Mary Had a Little Amp

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969290828
  • Catalog Number: 92908

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pure Imagination - Maroon 5 (4:22)
  2. 2 We Walk - R.E.M. (3:02)
  3. 3 The Rainbow Connection (4:20)
  4. 4 Little Star - Madonna (5:17)
  5. 5 Sing Along - Blue Man Group (3:25)
  6. 6 Baby Mine (3:17)
  7. 7 The 3 R's - Jack Johnson (1:47)
  8. 8 Anchovie - Moby (2:50)
  9. 9 Life Line - Ann & Nancy Wilson (2:51)
  10. 10 Gentle Breeze - Lou Reed (2:14)
  11. 11 Wild, Wild Party in the Loquat Tree (3:02)
  12. 12 How to Be Strong (2:59)
  13. 13 When You Wish Upon a Star - Joe Henry (2:14)
  14. 14 Teach Your Children (1:02)
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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 Winkleman 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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