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Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg
     

Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg

by Dan Zanes
 
Fans who have followed Dan Zanes since 2001's Rocket Ship Beach probably noticed that the usual hubbub didn't attend the release of his 2004 album Sea Music. That was by design -- Zanes wasn't sure a crowd accustomed to "Polly Wolly Doodle" could handle songs not aimed squarely at kids (drinking and general debauchery

Overview

Fans who have followed Dan Zanes since 2001's Rocket Ship Beach probably noticed that the usual hubbub didn't attend the release of his 2004 album Sea Music. That was by design -- Zanes wasn't sure a crowd accustomed to "Polly Wolly Doodle" could handle songs not aimed squarely at kids (drinking and general debauchery were among the subjects). He was wrong, of course -- Sea Music is among his mostly highly regarded discs -- and one hopes the lesson will lead to the masses discovering Parades and Panoramas, possibly his best and definitely his most ambitious CD yet. Zanes, wild-haired and wildly optimistic, refuses to strut the musical easy street: Panoramas is adapted directly from Carl Sandburg's 1927 book The American Songbag, a collection of the poet's observations of a "ragbag" America. Because of its origins, the disc can sound straight out of a Coen Brothers movie -- you can practically see the dust kicking up on "Roll the Chariot" and "The Railroad Cars Are Coming." But the effect, rather than dulling the music's colors and textures or sweeping it into a corner alongside other Americana oddities, brightens what's on offer. Credit the unsurpassed inventiveness of Zanes and his usual collaborators, including Donald Saaf, Barbara Brousal, and Cynthia Hopkins. Some of these 25 songs are silly ("The Monkey's Wedding"), some devastatingly sad ("Lonesome Road"), and some flat-out, stunningly beautiful ("When the Curtains of Night Are Pinned Back"). All, however, will stay with you and your kids, permanently pinning back the curtains on a panorama you never knew existed but are enchanted to discover.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Festival Five Rec.
UPC:
0800495000727
catalogNumber:
950007
Rank:
208999

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Performance Credits

Dan Zanes   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,cuatro,Lap Steel Guitar
Marc Ribot   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Dave Hofstra   Tuba
Simon Kirke   Drums
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums,gourd
Jenell Marshall   Vocals
Bob Sullivan   Guitar
Barbara Brousal   Mandolin,Vocals
Rob Friedman   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Piano,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Colin Brooks   Percussion,Drums,Djembe
David O Jones   Concertina,Vocals,tin whistle
Lyris Hung   Fiddle
Tareq Abboushi   Bazouki
Anna Zanes   Vocals
Yoshi Waki   Bass,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Aggie Decaul   Vocals
Cynthia Hopkins   Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Louise Sullivan   Vocals
Lucas Mockler   Vocals
Sophia Mockler   Violin,Vocals
Donald Saaf   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Cavaquinho,Tenor Banjo
Zuri Barnes   Vocals
Katie Brewster   Flute
Mollie Dohertey   Flute
Laura Gilbert   Conductor
Sonya Greenberg   Flute
Hannah Hodson   Flute
Simone Marton   Flute
Casey McSherry   Vocals
Allie Medina   Flute
Andrew Mockler   French Horn,Vocals
Jenny Mockler   Vocals
Oona Mockler   Percussion,Tambourine
Wayne "Rankin Don" "Father Goose" Rhoden   Vocals,Dialogue
Suzanne Sullivan   Vocals
Naomi Wood   Flute

Technical Credits

Carl Sandburg   Liner Notes,Author
Garrison Keillor   Introduction
Dan Zanes   Producer,Liner Notes,Author
John Elliott   Flute Arrangement
Rob Friedman   Engineer

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