Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Love is a gift that is usually given with the utmost sincerity, but there's no way of telling how long it will last. It's not just the fickle nature of the human heart that guarantees this, but the simple cruelties of fate, which can take away the person who has given your life its greatest meaning without a moment's notice. While singer and songwriter Mark Mulcahy has shown he knows more than a little about the nature of love in the fine songs he's written as a solo artist, and with his bands Miracle Legion and Polaris, he learned an especially harsh lesson in September 2008 when Melissa Rich Mulcahy, his wife and the mother of his two daughters, died suddenly and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Love is a gift that is usually given with the utmost sincerity, but there's no way of telling how long it will last. It's not just the fickle nature of the human heart that guarantees this, but the simple cruelties of fate, which can take away the person who has given your life its greatest meaning without a moment's notice. While singer and songwriter Mark Mulcahy has shown he knows more than a little about the nature of love in the fine songs he's written as a solo artist, and with his bands Miracle Legion and Polaris, he learned an especially harsh lesson in September 2008 when Melissa Rich Mulcahy, his wife and the mother of his two daughters, died suddenly and unexpectedly. Beyond the human tragedy of Mulcahy and his children losing someone so important in their lives, there was the unfortunate reality that life as a single parent would make it a lot harder for Mulcahy to continue his career as a musician, songwriter, and composer of contemporary operas. So Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy is a very real act of love on behalf of a handful of friends and admirers of Mulcahy and his music; this album, created in tribute to Melissa, a woman who loved music and was fiercely supportive of her husband's career, features a number of Mark's most memorable tunes performed in a rich variety of styles. The presence of Thom Yorke contributing a spare, electronic-based treatment of "All for the Best," a Miracle Legion number he's covered in concert with Radiohead and Michael Stipe performing "Everything's Coming Undone" with a band including Tom Gilroy and Hahn Rowe will doubtless lure a great many listeners previously unfamiliar with Mulcahy's work, but everyone on this album turns in work ranging from quite good to excellent. And the musicians approach these songs in enough different ways to demonstrate the full spectrum of emotional colors in his songs, from Vic Chesnutt's spare solo turn on "Little Man" and the lightly sweet country-rock of Josh Rouse's "I Woke Up in the Mayflower" to the noisy, expressive eccentricity of Frank Black "Bill Jocko" and Rocket from the Tombs "In Pursuit of Your Happiness", and the epic-scale guitar crunch of Dinosaur Jr.'s "The Backyard." For the stylistic variety of these interpretations, the consistent strength of Mulcahy's songs and the wise, compassionate tone of his lyrics give this collection a unified voice, and if it unwittingly raises the question of how someone as talented as Mulcahy could gain little more than a cult following with this level of talent, it also demonstrates that the belief these musicians and the late Melissa Rich placed in his work was in no way misplaced. Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy wasn't created to give some critical favorite a musical high five or raise money for a worthy charity -- it's a concrete demonstration of caring and support for a fellow artist in a time of need that will also put some publishing royalties in his pocket to help care for his children. If that's not a show of love when and where it's needed, it's hard to say what else would qualify.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663115819
  • Catalog Number: 11581
  • Sales rank: 218,184

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All for the Best - Thom Yorke (5:29)
  2. 2 Ashamed of the Story I Told - The National (4:03)
  3. 3 Everything's Coming Undone - Michael Stipe (3:49)
  4. 4 Love's the Only Thing That Shuts Me Up - David Berkeley (1:49)
  5. 5 The Backyard - Dinosaur Jr. (4:11)
  6. 6 Micon the Icon - Chris Harford & The Band of Changes (2:35)
  7. 7 Bill Jocko - Black Francis (4:22)
  8. 8 Little Man - Vic Chesnutt (3:44)
  9. 9 Ciao My Shining Star - Unbelievable Truth (3:42)
  10. 10 I Have Patience - The Butterflies of Love (4:42)
  11. 11 Cookie Jar - Chris Collingwood (2:49)
  12. 12 The Quiet One - Frank Turner (3:39)
  13. 13 In Pursuit of Your Happiness - Rocket from the Tombs (2:11)
  14. 14 Wake Up Whispering - Ben Kweller (2:44)
  15. 15 I Woke Up in the Mayflower - Josh Rouse (4:06)
  16. 16 Paradise - The Autumn Defense (3:14)
  17. 17 Happy Birthday Yesterday - Hayden (3:35)
  18. 18 You're Not in Charleston Anymore - Juliana Hatfield (3:55)
  19. 19 Sailors and Animals - Mercury Rev (3:32)
  20. 20 She Watches Over Me - Elvis Perkins (1:44)
  21. 21 A World Away from This One - Sean Watkins (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Lloyd Bass
Chris Harford Vocals
Cheetah Chrome Guitar
Brad Jones Organ, Piano, Drums
Will Robertson Bass, Piano
Hahn Rowe Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Michael Stipe Vocals
John Stirratt Vocals
Ray Neal Guitar, Vocals
Chris Collingwood Track Performer
Steve Mehlman Drums
Thom Yorke Vocals, Musician
Josh Rouse Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Schwartz Percussion
Jason Moulster Bass
Jim Crosskey Electric Guitar
Geoff Sanoff Piano, Vocals
Neil O'Brien Percussion, Drums
Jason Mills Guitar
Paco Martinez Bass
Jeff Wiederschall Percussion, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Scott Amore Organ
Dub Gabriel Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals
Ben Kweller Guitar, Vocals
Anna Soloway Vocals
Padma Newsome Violin, Viola, Upright Bass
Jordan Katz Horn
Matt Berninger Vocals
Aaron Dessner Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Bryan Devendorf Drums
Scott Devendorf Vocals
Patrick Sansone Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Andy Yorke Guitar, Vocals
Nigel Powell Bass, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
David Berkeley Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Frank Turner Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Greene Guitar, Vocals
Dave & Ian Thomas Vocals
Tom Gilroy Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Kant Drums
Jason Mills Guitar
Rich Hinman Dobro
Neil O'Brien Percussion, Drums
Jeffrey Greene Guitar, Vocals
Scott Amore Organ
Technical Credits
Brad Jones Producer
J Mascis Engineer
Will Robertson Producer, Engineer
Nigel Godrich Producer, Engineer
Paul S. Thomas Producer
Chris Collingwood Producer, Engineer
Neil Baldock Producer, Engineer
Peter Katis Producer
Josh Rouse Producer
Mark Mulcahy Composer, Liner Notes
Hayden Desser Producer, Engineer
Geoff Sanoff Engineer
Scott Amore Engineer
Dub Gabriel Arranger, Producer, Engineer, beats
Ben Kweller Engineer
Patrick Sansone Engineer
Nigel Powell Engineer
Paco Loco Engineer
Carlos Anthony Molina Producer
Elvis Perkins Engineer
Myles Mangino Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Justin Pizzoferrato Engineer
Tom Gilroy Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Levi Person Producer
Scott Amore Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    super wonderful

    great listening and memories of Mark's early recordings.. BUY BUY and remember!

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