Mary Had a Little Amp

Mary Had a Little Amp

     
 

Mary Had a Little Amp is a collection billed as "Music's Biggest Stars/Childhood's Greatest Songs." In fact it is something quite different as about half of the record is devoted to acts covering classic childhood songs and half are childlike songs by big stars like Madonna and R.E.M. It makes for a prettySee more details below

Overview

Mary Had a Little Amp is a collection billed as "Music's Biggest Stars/Childhood's Greatest Songs." In fact it is something quite different as about half of the record is devoted to acts covering classic childhood songs and half are childlike songs by big stars like Madonna and R.E.M. It makes for a pretty schizophrenic listening experience, but for the most part it works okay because the songs and performances are strong, especially those of artists covering classics. The highlights are the Dixie Chicks harmonizing sweetly on "The Rainbow Connection," Maroon 5 getting spooky and weird on "Pure Imagination" from Willie Wonka, Bonnie Raitt and Was (Not Was) delivering a sensual take on "Baby Mine" from Dumbo recorded in 1988, and Joe Henry getting atmospheric and trying his torch-singer tux on for size on a dramatic "When You Wish Upon a Star." Probably the most interesting track is Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart performing a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Lifeline" from his classic The Point! record with Brian Wilson's backing band at a tribute concert for the Carl Wilson Foundation. Using the Wilson sisters is an interesting bit of stunt casting and it works well. Some of the other new and original songs that also work well are the sweet duet between Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson on "Gentle Breeze" and Rosanne Cash's gentle and wise "How to be Strong." R.E.M.'s "We Walk," taken from 1983's Murmur, Madonna's "Little Star," and Moby's "Anchovie" are less successful and leave the listener puzzled as to the reasons behind their inclusion. The record is a benefit for programs supporting preschool education programs, and that is certainly a worthy cause. It is too bad a little more thought wasn't put into the selection and programming of the tracks here. It may be something you want to pick up to support the cause, but it won't be something you pick up to put into your CD player very often.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969290828
catalogNumber:
92908

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
Moby   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Roscoe Beck   Bass
John Leventhal   Multi Instruments
Lloyd Maines   Pedal Steel Guitar
Don McCollister   Shaker
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Amy Ray   Guitar,Tambourine,Ukulele,Vocals,Vibraslap
Emily Saliers   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Adam Levine   Guitar,Vocals
Keith Sewell   Acoustic Guitar
John Deaderick   Keyboards
Sam Farrar   Drums
Laura Dawn   Vocals
Jesse Carmichael   Keyboards
Mickey Madden   Bass
James Valentine   Guitar
Jason Elinoff   Viola
Bryan Sulton   Acoustic Guitar
Stephanie Teply   Violin

Technical Credits

Laurie Anderson   Producer,Engineer
Don Dixon   Producer
Graham Nash   Composer,Producer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Lou Reed   Producer,Engineer
Joe Henry   Producer,Engineer
Moby   Producer,Engineer
Dixie Chicks   Producer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Randy Bishop   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
Madonna   Composer,Producer
Marius de Vries   Producer
Christian Dyas   Composer
Mitch Easter   Producer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Leigh Harline   Composer
Larry Hirsh   Engineer
Stanley Johnston   Engineer
John Leventhal   Producer,Engineer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Don McCollister   Producer,Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Rick Nowels   Composer
Lorenza Ponce   String Arrangements
Amy Ray   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Luis Resto   Horn Arrangements
Emily Saliers   Producer
Steve Sidelnyk   drum programming
P.T. Stanton   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Don Was   Arranger
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Hal Willner   Producer
John Alagia   Producer
Jack D. Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Josh Wink   Producer
David Bett   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Dan the Automator   Programming
Stephen Shelton   Engineer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Matt Silva   Engineer
Sam Farrar   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Matt Goldman   Composer
Chris Wink   Composer
Lior Perlmutter   Producer
W. Tom Berry   Composer
Maroon 5   Producer
R. Hall   Composer
Marc Boutavant   Artwork
Mark Endard   Engineer
Jon Englesby   Engineer
Lisa Guide   Associate Project Director
Diahann Hill   Logo Design
James Landry   Producer,Engineer

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