Blue Clouds

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Arriving just three months after the compilation Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, Blue Clouds, the sixth outing from singer/songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, gleefully continues the founding member of New York-based indie rockers Ida's chalk-lined, hopscotch path to children's folk royalty. On Blue Clouds, Mitchell once again proves that family music needn't be earworm-heavy and cloying by breathing new life into traditional folk songs like "Froggie Went A-Courtin" and "Summer Is Icumen In," offering up smart, sweet originals like "Arm in Arm" and "Rollin' Baby," and incorporating familial '70s pop songs like David Bowie's "Kooks," Van Morrison's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Arriving just three months after the compilation Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, Blue Clouds, the sixth outing from singer/songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, gleefully continues the founding member of New York-based indie rockers Ida's chalk-lined, hopscotch path to children's folk royalty. On Blue Clouds, Mitchell once again proves that family music needn't be earworm-heavy and cloying by breathing new life into traditional folk songs like "Froggie Went A-Courtin" and "Summer Is Icumen In," offering up smart, sweet originals like "Arm in Arm" and "Rollin' Baby," and incorporating familial '70s pop songs like David Bowie's "Kooks," Van Morrison's "Everyone," Jimi Hendrix's "May This Be Love," and Bill Withers' "I Wish You Well" (she even tapped into the Allman Brothers Band's back catalog for the amiable title cut) into the mix, resulting in what is easily one of the more likeable and listenable collections of tunes for tots to be released in some time. Backed by her extended musical family (You Are My Flower), which includes her husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and a small army of musical friends armed with everything from harmoniums and fiddles to banjos and glockenspiels, Mitchell and her band of urban merrymakers have once again taken the cookie cutters out of corporate kid pop's grubby little hands and created something that celebrates the boundless warmth and creativity of youth instead of attempting to capitalize on its cartoon product tie-in-induced and short attention span, which should please parents to no end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074506523
  • Catalog Number: 45065
  • Sales rank: 16,266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hop Up, My Ladies (1:49)
  2. 2 Froggie Went a-Courtin' (3:47)
  3. 3 Arm In Arm (2:27)
  4. 4 San Toki (Mountain Bunny) (1:36)
  5. 5 Kooks (3:35)
  6. 6 I Wish You Well (3:24)
  7. 7 Summer is Icumen In (2:11)
  8. 8 Rollin' Baby (1:43)
  9. 9 The Little Bird (1:23)
  10. 10 Circle of the Sun (2:32)
  11. 11 Moon Don't Go (0:50)
  12. 12 Everyone (2:47)
  13. 13 May This Be Love (2:23)
  14. 14 Yuki (Snow) (1:58)
  15. 15 Blue Sky (Little Martha Intro) (3:05)
  16. 16 Blue Clouds (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Mitchell Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Knee Slaps
Justin Guip Drums
Molly Mason Vocals, Upright Bass
Jay Ungar Fiddle
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Ruthy Ungar Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
Clem Waldmann Drums, Knee Slaps
Michael Littleton Vocals
Amy Helm Vocals
Anna Padgett Vocals
Michael Merenda Banjo
Jean Cook Violin, Viola, Vocals
Kirsten Jacobson Flute, Vocals
Daniel Littleton Dulcimer, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Cymbals, Harmonium, Harp, Vocals, Zither
Storey Littleton Percussion, Vocals
Libby Constan Vocals
Nancy Chusid Oboe, Recorder, Soprano Recorder, Bass Recorder
Ken Ejinkone Percussion, Vocals
Somoto Ejinkone Percussion, Vocals
Penny Littleton Vocals
Bonnie Mitchell Hand Clapping, Knee Slaps
Rodman Stout Vocals
Joey Driscoll Vocals
Emma Loewen Vocals
Technical Credits
Dickey Betts Composer
David Bowie Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Ella Jenkins Composer
Sally Rogers Composer
Duane Allman Composer
Richard James Burgess Marketing
Warren Defever Producer, Engineer
Justin Guip Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Charlie Pilzer Engineer
Elizabeth Mitchell Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Pete Reiniger Mastering
D.A. Sonneborn Executive Producer
Chris Edwards Engineer
Anna Padgett Composer
Sonya Cohen Cramer Art Direction, Layout
Margot Nassau Licensing
Jean Cook Adaptation
Susan Bergman Composer
Daniel Littleton Composer, Producer, Engineer
John Smith Marketing
David Horgan Marketing
Brian Selznick Annotation, Essay
Daniel E. Sheehy Executive Producer
Laura Dion Marketing
Nancy Chusid Arranger
Remy Charlip Composer, Artwork
Gisel Florez Back Cover Photo
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