Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg

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All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • UPC: 800495000727
  • Catalog Number: 950007
  • Sales rank: 156,067

Album Credits

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, Guitar, 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
Phil Klum Mastering
Dan Zanes Producer, Liner Notes, Author
John Elliott Flute Arrangement
Rob Friedman Engineer
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