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Down on the Farm
     

Down on the Farm

by Erich Kunzel
 
Ever hear a square-dance caller doing his thing with a symphony orchestra? You will here, along with a bewildering variety of what is euphemistically called American folk music, gussied up for Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. Folk music there is -- however lushly orchestrated -- but there is also mid-20th century country music

Overview

Ever hear a square-dance caller doing his thing with a symphony orchestra? You will here, along with a bewildering variety of what is euphemistically called American folk music, gussied up for Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. Folk music there is -- however lushly orchestrated -- but there is also mid-20th century country music, bluegrass, fiddle tunes, Stephen Foster, and what passes for true modern folk music, a medley of tunes from television's golden age of rural programming. Sometimes it gets awfully corny -- the low point being a children's chorus doing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" at great, intolerable length with a full menagerie of sound effects (if you can sit through that, give yourself a hand). Sometimes the excess weight that some of these songs have to bear is just too much, even within the context of classical "pops." But there is compensation from the guest stars. Tom Wopat offers a gritty variation of John Denver's original vocal in "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." Country fiddler/guitarist/singer Roy Clark goes into overdrive with his band in a medley of fiddle tunes; his electric guitar solos are decidedly uptown and jazzy in tone and he slips gracefully and authentically into the role of the lonely, aging boulevardier in his hit of 22 years before, "Yesterday When I Was Young." Overall, though, this is one of the least-convincing attempts by Kunzel/the Cincinnati Pops to prove that a "pops" concert can embrace absolutely everything.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1991
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408026324
catalogNumber:
80263
Rank:
192569

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erich Kunzel   Primary Artist,Conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Roy Clark   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Charles   Piano
Tom Wopat   Vocals,Track Performer
Rodney Lay   Bass Guitar,Leader
Tim Berens   Guitar
Paul Patterson   Banjo,Track Performer
Peter "Madcat" Ruth   Harmonica
Vernon Sandusky   Guitar
James Henley   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar
Shelby Eicher   Fiddle
Jimmy Henley   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Timothy Breithaupt   Background Vocals
Jerry Helt   Track Performer
Phillip Ruder   Fiddle
Bobby Toots   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Charles Davis   Steel Guitar
Wayne Massengale   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Stephen Foster   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Richard Hayman   Arranger
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Carmen Dragon   Arranger
Deborah Berry-Centers   Director
Michael Bishop   Sound Effects
Chris Brubeck   Arranger
Bill Danoff   Composer
Kenneth Hamann   Engineer
Eric Knight   Arranger
Elaine Martone   Producer
Tom Montgomery   Director
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Paul Patterson   Arranger
Jack Renner   Engineer
Robert Woods   Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Cover Design
Crafton Beck   Arranger
Mark McGurty   Arranger
Bruce Healey   Arranger
Robert Derwae   Liner Notes
Ray Kirschensteiner   Art Direction
Jerry Helt   Contributor,Square Dance Caller
Aleta Jenks   Illustrations
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
John Windt   Engineer
School for Creative & Performing Arts Children's Chorus   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
Unknown   Composer
John Martin Sommers   Composer

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