Songs from the Movie

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Though singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter was initially considered a country performer, she was never easily boxed in; her interests and songs ran from folk to rock to pop, and she never reined them in. She was part of an anti-establishment group of writers and performers who came from the East Coast acoustic music scene and hit Nashville in the late 1980s. Most are footnotes now, but Carpenter has remained vital, productive, and has a track record of consistency most artists would -- or at least should -- envy. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Songs from the Movie finds her revisiting her own catalog and revisioning it. She chose ten songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Though singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter was initially considered a country performer, she was never easily boxed in; her interests and songs ran from folk to rock to pop, and she never reined them in. She was part of an anti-establishment group of writers and performers who came from the East Coast acoustic music scene and hit Nashville in the late 1980s. Most are footnotes now, but Carpenter has remained vital, productive, and has a track record of consistency most artists would -- or at least should -- envy. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Songs from the Movie finds her revisiting her own catalog and revisioning it. She chose ten songs and enlisted Grammy-winning arranger Vince Mendoza to orchestrate them. Backed by a 63-piece orchestra, a 15-voice choir, and some prime session players in select places (Peter Erskine, Matt Rollings, Luis Conte), and recorded at the Sir George Martin-founded AIR studios in London. Carpenter bravely executes these songs with the taste she has exhibited throughout her career. Her singing voice has never been particularly powerful, but her crystalline contralto has always gotten her lyrics across convincingly and honestly. Mendoza's charts treat that voice with respect and dignity. They are seldom overtly ornate and they never overpower her singing. For her part, Carpenter is more restrained than usual here; she doesn't attempt to become an extension of the orchestra's and choir's grandeur, but instead offers a subtle, deliberately understated delivery that allows lyrics and music to become part and parcel of an unfolding story. As a result, standout tracks such as "I Am a Town," "The Dreaming Road," "Come On Come On," "Mrs. Hemingway," and closer "Goodnight America," add poignant reverie to the original versions. And as a whole, these songs highlight and accentuate the set's title; Songs from the Movie becomes an almost painterly soundtrack that is indeed a nearly visual exteriorization of the interior world, travels, and travails of Carpenter as a songwriter. At times, this album is nearly exquisite, at all others, it is beautiful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 601143114724
  • Catalog Number: 431147
  • Sales rank: 488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On and On It Goes - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:26)
  2. 2 I Am a Town - Mary Chapin Carpenter (5:00)
  3. 3 Between Here and Gone - Mary Chapin Carpenter (5:06)
  4. 4 Ideas Are Like Stars - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:17)
  5. 5 The Dreaming Road - Mary Chapin Carpenter (5:46)
  6. 6 Only a Dream - Mary Chapin Carpenter (5:56)
  7. 7 Come On Come On - Mary Chapin Carpenter (5:30)
  8. 8 Mrs. Hemingway - Mary Chapin Carpenter (6:20)
  9. 9 Where Time Stands Still - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:46)
  10. 10 Goodnight America - Mary Chapin Carpenter (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Chapin Carpenter Primary Artist
Peter Erskine Percussion
Vince Mendoza Conductor
Matt Rollings Piano
Mark Berrow Violin
John Bradbury Violin
Luis Conte Percussion
Yona Dunsford Choir, Chorus
Liz Edwards Violin
Richard Edwards Tenor Trombone
Roger Garland Violin
Claire Henry Choir, Chorus
Garfield Jackson Viola
Skaila Kanga Harp
Paul Kegg Cello
Gary Kettel Percussion
Martin Loveday Cello
Rita Manning Violin
Kate Musker Viola
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Maciej Rakowski Violin
Frank Ricotti Percussion
George Robertson Viola
David Theodore Oboe
Cathy Thompson Violin
Alex Gibson Choir, Chorus
Dave Arch Piano
Bill Hawkes Viola
Peter Lale Viola
Paul Willey Violin
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Frank Schaefer Cello
Bruce White Viola
David Fuest Clarinet
Helen Keen Flute, Alto Flute
Julian Leaper Violin
Stephen Maw Contrabassoon
Oren Marshall Tuba
Jane Marshall Oboe
Everton Nelson Violin
Rachel Bolt Viola
Deborah Widdup Violin
Anna Noakes Flute, Alto Flute
Michael Valerio Acoustic Bass
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Stacey Watton Bass
Polly May Choir, Chorus
Tom Pearce Choir Master
Jon Carnac Clarinet
Chris Parkes Horn
Joanna Forbes Choir, Chorus
Patrick Lannigan Bass
Vicci Wardman Viola
Richard Skinner Bassoon
Dave Daniels Cello
Thomas Bowes Violin
Alice Fearn Choir, Chorus
Rebecca Trehearn Choir, Chorus
Stephen Mair Bass
Anthony Lewis Cello
Abbie Osmon Choir, Chorus
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
David Chatterton Bassoon
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Karen Jones Flute, Alto Flute
Jonathan Evans-Jones Violin
Jonathan Williams Cello
Jonathan Rees Violin
Phillip Eastop Horn
Richard Berry Horn
Andy Parker Viola
Michael Kidd Horn
Soophia Foroughi Choir, Chorus
Eloise Irving Choir, Chorus
Dani May Choir, Chorus
Chloe Morgan Choir, Chorus
Caitlyn Gordon Choir, Chorus
Nikki Kenedy Choir, Chorus
Mike Hext Tenor Trombone
Leah Jackson Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Vince Mendoza Producer, Orchestration
Matt Rollings Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Geoff Foster Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Thomas Bowes Orchestra Leader
Richard Macintyre Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Simply beautiful.

    Simply beautiful.

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