Renmin Park: The Nomad Series, Vol. 1

Renmin Park: The Nomad Series, Vol. 1

by Cowboy Junkies
     
 

Renmin Park, the first volume in the Cowboy Junkies' Nomad Series, was named for the park where guitarist/songwriter Michael Timmins spent a considerable amount of time while in the process of adopting two children from China. Built on a foundation of loops, conversations, street performances, and other found sounds from the region, the Junkies haveSee more details below

Overview

Renmin Park, the first volume in the Cowboy Junkies' Nomad Series, was named for the park where guitarist/songwriter Michael Timmins spent a considerable amount of time while in the process of adopting two children from China. Built on a foundation of loops, conversations, street performances, and other found sounds from the region, the Junkies have crafted a song cycle that at first glance seems at odds with their rootsy Great White North Americana, but as it turns out, modern Chinese culture (as filtered through the deep calming voice of Margo Timmins) has inspired the veteran Canadian outfit to create one its best and most fascinating collections to date. Endlessly creative, while still holding true to the sanguine, country-kissed balladry that has become their forte over the last 25 years, songs like the harrowing "A Few Bags of Grain," the windows-down (China National) highway rocker "Stranger Here," and the bluesy, trip-hop-kissed "(You've Got to Get) A Good Heart" feel both lived in and raw. Renmin Park may find the band operating outside of its AOR comfort zone, but even at its most challenging, the Timmins siblings have found a way to remain connected enough to the material to provide comfort to even the most xenophobic Cowboy Junkies junkie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018310420
catalogNumber:
83104
Rank:
229185

Tracks

  1. Intro  -  Cowboy Junkies
  2. Renmin Park  -  Cowboy Junkies
  3. Sir Francis Bacon At the Net  -  Cowboy Junkies
  4. Stranger Here  -  Cowboy Junkies
  5. A Few Bags of Grain  -  Cowboy Junkies
  6. I Cannot Sit Sadly by Your Side  -  Cowboy Junkies
  7. (You've Got To Get) a Good Heart  -  Cowboy Junkies
  8. Cicadas  -  Cowboy Junkies
  9. Interlude  -  Cowboy Junkies
  10. My Fall  -  Cowboy Junkies
  11. Little Dark Heart  -  Cowboy Junkies
  12. A Walk in the Park  -  Cowboy Junkies
  13. Renmin Park (Revisited)  -  Cowboy Junkies
  14. Coda  -  Cowboy Junkies

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cowboy Junkies   Primary Artist
Alan Anton   Bass,Group Member
Andy Maize   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Margo Timmins   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Timmins   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Timmins   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Henry Kucharzyk   Guest Appearance
George Gao   Erhu,Guest Appearance
Joby Baker   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Bowed Bass,Loops,Guest Appearance
Josh Finlayson   Bass,Guest Appearance
Rebecca VanDerPost   String Quartet,Guest Appearance
Aaron Goldstein   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jesse O'Brien   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Zuoxiao Zuzhou   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sandra Baron   String Quartet,Guest Appearance
Guo Xue Ying   Pipa,Guest Appearance
Anna Redekop   String Quartet,Guest Appearance
Amber Ghent   String Quartet,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Alan Anton   Composer
Michael Timmins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Henry Kucharzyk   String Arrangements
Joby Baker   Composer,Engineer,Collage
Peter J. Moore   Mastering
Alice Phieu   Graphic Design
Zuoxiao Zuzhou   Composer
Eric Chen   translation
Enrique Martinez Celaya   Cover Image
Xu Wie   Composer

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