Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 3

Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 3

     
 

The third collection of live performances from Mountain Stage remains true to this weekly two-hour radio program's melange of singer/songwriter pop-rock, folk, and other compatible styles of music. Timbuk 3, an alternative pop
ock band that was unfairly relegated to one-hit wonder status, sounds perfectly comfortable in this setting, asSee more details below

Overview

The third collection of live performances from Mountain Stage remains true to this weekly two-hour radio program's melange of singer/songwriter pop-rock, folk, and other compatible styles of music. Timbuk 3, an alternative pop
ock band that was unfairly relegated to one-hit wonder status, sounds perfectly comfortable in this setting, as Courtney Adair sings the lyrics (actually, speaks the words) of "Border Crossing" over tasteful musical support from guitars, bass, drums, harmonicas, and violin. Alex Chilton's guitar-bass-drums trio do a good job with "Guantan Amerika," a mid-tempo rocker that's one of several songs on this collection with some form of political content. Crash Test Dummies do a passable rendition of their alternative rock hit "Superman's Song," while Mary-Chapin Carpenter sounds fine in a solo rendition (with one backup vocalist) of her country hit "Never Had It So Good." Bruce Cockburn doesn't break a sweat performing "Waiting for a Miracle" with his band, but you can hear the enthusiastic audience response to the Tex-Mex sounds of the Texas Tornados, who rollick through an accordion-driven, bilingual performance of "Soy de San Louis." Cowboy Junkies do one of their top numbers, the dysfunctional love song "Misguided Angel," with vocalist Margot Timmins at her mournful best. Alternative rocker Yo La Tengo gives a folk-country feel to "Lewis," which mentions the '70s country-pop band America, while Sarah McLachlan gives a drawing room feel to "Shelter," which mentions the problem of homelessness in America. Warren Zevon's "Renegade" isn't one of his best songs, and his overly serious performance doesn't enhance the hackneyed lyrics, but he gets strong support from violinist Deni Bonett of Mountain Stage's house band. Marshall Crenshaw's "Cynical Girl" is one of his best songs, but it sounds much better in the studio; however, you could do a lot worse than an acceptable performance of a great song. The Fabulous Twister Sisters, which is essentially Mountain Stage's house band (including Julie Adams on vocals and the aforementioned Deni Bonett on acoustic violin), do a real nice job with Tim O'Brien's "Romance Is a Slow Dance," which sounds just like the title suggests. And Jo-El Sonnier's Cajun rendition of Richard Thompson's perky breakup song "Tear-Stained Letter" ends the album on an upbeat note. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't add up to much more than a pleasant sampler with performances that are generally good but hardly revelatory or great.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1992
Label:
Blue Plate
UPC:
0728951000329
catalogNumber:
510003

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo-El Sonnier   Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Alex Chilton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bruce Cockburn   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Cowboy Junkies   Track Performer
Marshall Crenshaw   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Doug Sahm   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Bajo Sexto,6-string bass
Texas Tornados   Track Performer
Timbuk 3   Track Performer
Yo La Tengo   Track Performer
Bob Thompson   Piano,Keyboards
Crash Test Dummies   Track Performer
Sarah McLachlan   Vocals,Track Performer
Augie Meyers   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Vox Organ
Kevin Salem   Guitar
Alan Anton   Bass
Richard Bell   Keyboards
Jeff Bird   Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion
Deni Bonet   Violin
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Benjamin Darvill   Harmonica,Mandolin
Ernie Durawa   Drums
John Dymond   Bass
Mitch Easter   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Eoff   Bass
Freddy Fender   Guitar,Vocals
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion,Vocals
Georgia Hubley   Drums,Vocals
Wally Ingram   Drums
Brad Jones   Bass
Ira Kaplan   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Kennedy   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dave Kershaw   Keyboards
Colin Linden   Guitar
Pat MacDonald   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
William T. Mason   Drums
Ken Myhr   Guitar
Louie Ortega   Guitar
Ron Pangborn   Drums,Vocals
Sam Phillips   Background Vocals
Michel Pouliot   Drums
Ellen Reid   Accordion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Brad Roberts   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Roberts   Bass
Margo Timmins   Vocals
Michael Timmins   Guitar
Peter Timmins   Drums
Warren Zevon   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Julie Adams   Vocals,Voices
Doug Garrison   Drums
Steve Hill   Guitar
John Kessler   Bass
Ammed Solomon   Percussion,Drums
Ron Sowell   Guitar,Harmonica
Courtney Adair   Bass,Vocals
Steve Barzyk   Piano
Steve Burczyk   Piano
Ernie Darawa   Drums
Mitch Dorge   Drums
Ron Easley   Bass,Background Vocals
Georgia Habley   Drums,Vocals
Doug Lahm   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Joe McMahon   Electric Guitar
Mark Oliveous   Keyboards
Miller Sparks   Bass
Wilbo   Bass
Fabulous Twister Sisters   Track Performer
Louis Ortega   Guitar
Angie Meyer   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Vox Organ
Wally Ingran   Drums
Miche Pohliot   Drums
Barbara K. MacDonald   Violin,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Spencer Evans   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Larry Groce   Producer,Liner Notes
Alan Anton   Contributor
Bunetta   Producer
Dan Einstein   Producer
Ron Eoff   Contributor
Francis Fisher   Engineer
Randy LeRoy   Engineer
Andy Ridenour   Executive Producer
Margo Timmins   Composer
Robert Vosgien   Engineer,Digital Editing,Mastering
Don Santiago Jimenez   translation
John Kessler   Director,Musical Director
Louis Ortega   translation
Jim Burrows   Monitor Mixer
Don Wafer   Director
David McClanahan   Engineer,Assistant Technical Director
Susanne Smolka   Art Direction
Marge Ostroushko   Program Director
Andy Ridenout   Executive Producer
Suzsanne Smilka   Art Direction
Banetta   Producer
Bannetta   Producer
John Ewards Jennings   Composer

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