Mockingbird Time [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide
It was clear from their first recordings that the combination of Mark Olson and Gary Louris was a key part of the Jayhawks' magic, but it wasn't until Olson left the group after the release of 1995's Tomorrow the Green Grass that it became clear just how vital their collaboration as songwriters and vocalists was to the band's best work. While Louris kept the Jayhawks together and made some fine records, and Olson cut some compelling solo albums as well as recording with Victoria Williams in the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, it was hard not to realize that neither artist was as strong on their own as they were together. Olson and Louris recorded an acoustic album together in 2008, Ready for the Flood, that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
It was clear from their first recordings that the combination of Mark Olson and Gary Louris was a key part of the Jayhawks' magic, but it wasn't until Olson left the group after the release of 1995's Tomorrow the Green Grass that it became clear just how vital their collaboration as songwriters and vocalists was to the band's best work. While Louris kept the Jayhawks together and made some fine records, and Olson cut some compelling solo albums as well as recording with Victoria Williams in the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, it was hard not to realize that neither artist was as strong on their own as they were together. Olson and Louris recorded an acoustic album together in 2008, Ready for the Flood, that sounded stiff and tentative, but a couple years of writing and road work has made all the difference, and their reunion with fellow Jayhawks Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O'Reagan, Mockingbird Time, is easily the group's strongest and most cleanly focused album since their 1992 masterpiece Hollywood Town Hall. In fact, Mockingbird Time, more than Tomorrow the Green Grass, sounds like the long awaited follow-up to that great album; it never suggests the Jayhawks are trying to slavishly copy their early-'90s sound, but the homey, literate interplay between Olson and Louris, the way Grotberg's keyboards complement the fuzzy eloquence of Louris' electric guitar, and the understated strength of Perlman's bass and O'Reagan's drumming recalls the elemental emotional power and unobtrusive craft of Hollywood Town Hall. Simply having Olson and Louris together isn't the only factor that makes this album so good, but their harmonies are as beautiful and unusual as ever, and the way their lyrical voices mesh confirms they bring out the best in one another. If the Jayhawks' post-Olson work may have been more stylistically ambitious, Mockingbird Time cuts to the core of what they do best: evocative songs, striking vocals, and a handful of musicians who perform with precision and plenty of heart. Mockingbird Time is a simple but richly rewarding example of what the Jayhawks do better than anyone, and serves as a potent reminder that they're one of the finest American bands of their time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2011
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661912526
  • Catalog Number: 619125
  • Sales rank: 62,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hide Your Colors (4:00)
  2. 2 Closer To Your Side (3:36)
  3. 3 Tiny Arrows (5:52)
  4. 4 She Walks In So Many Ways (2:36)
  5. 5 High Water Blues (5:06)
  6. 6 Mockingbird Time - Ingunn Ringvold (5:07)
  7. 7 Stand Out In the Rain (3:54)
  8. 8 Cinnamon Love (3:54)
  9. 9 Guilder Annie (3:41)
  10. 10 Black-Eyed Susan - Mike Russell (5:25)
  11. 11 Pouring Rain At Dawn (3:23)
  12. 12 Hey Mr. Man (3:44)
  13. 13 Touch the Stars (3:13)
  14. 14 Darkest Hour (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mockingbird Time: a Documentary
  2. 2 She Walks In So Many Ways
  3. 3 Closer To Your Side
  4. 4 Tiny Arrows
  5. 5 King of Kings
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jayhawks Primary Artist
Gary Louris Group Member
Tim O'Reagan Group Member
Mark Olson Group Member
Marc Perlman Group Member
Michael Sutton Violin
Karen Grotberg Group Member
Mike Russell Violin
Ingunn Ringvold Harmonium
Jacqueline Ultan Cello
Milana Reiche Violin
Jonathan Magness Violin
Technical Credits
Tom Scott Arranger
Neal Casal Additional Music
Ken Friesen Engineer
Gary Louris Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kevin Morris Management
Winston Watson Additional Music
Craig Schumacher Additional Music
Will Botwin Management
Perry Greenfield Management
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Frank Riley Booking
Jared Miller Engineer
Andreas Barth Engineer
Josh Grange Additional Music
Tom Taaffe Booking
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