Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Released in Canada and the United States in 2006, Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky is Penny Lang's first album since 1999 and the Canadian folk veteran's first studio recording since suffering a stroke in 2000 (when she was 58). Some singers who survived strokes have been forced to give up singing for good, but thankfully, Lang recovered enough to record again and provide a meaningful album. This excellent CD points to the fact that although Lang (who turned 64 in 2006) is folk-oriented, she has plenty of other influences as well. During the course of the album, Lang combines folk with everything from gospel ("Let Me Fly") to country ("If I Could Be the Rain," "Prairie Sky") to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Released in Canada and the United States in 2006, Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky is Penny Lang's first album since 1999 and the Canadian folk veteran's first studio recording since suffering a stroke in 2000 (when she was 58). Some singers who survived strokes have been forced to give up singing for good, but thankfully, Lang recovered enough to record again and provide a meaningful album. This excellent CD points to the fact that although Lang (who turned 64 in 2006) is folk-oriented, she has plenty of other influences as well. During the course of the album, Lang combines folk with everything from gospel ("Let Me Fly") to country ("If I Could Be the Rain," "Prairie Sky") to Celtic music (the title track) to jazz and torch singing ("Careless Love," "Room to Move"). The vocal jazz that Lang acknowledges on parts of Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky isn't the Charlie Parker-influenced bop of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Abbey Lincoln, but rather, vocal jazz from the pre-bebop era (as in Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, and Hoagy Carmichael during the '30s). Regrettably, Lang's catalog isn't nearly as large as it should be; in a perfect world, she would have been recorded exhaustively back in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. And it's also regrettable that the Montreal native isn't as well-known in the United States as she is in Canada. But listeners can be thankful for the Lang albums that do exist, and that includes the rewarding Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Borealis Recording
  • UPC: 773958117624
  • Catalog Number: 176
  • Sales rank: 276,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sudden Waves (4:50)
  2. 2 Careless Love (4:08)
  3. 3 It's Not Easy (4:28)
  4. 4 Prairie Sky (3:02)
  5. 5 You Fool (2:33)
  6. 6 Diamonds on the Water (2:59)
  7. 7 High Muddy Waters (3:03)
  8. 8 Let Me Fly (3:07)
  9. 9 One Too Many Mornings (4:01)
  10. 10 If I Could Be the Rain (3:25)
  11. 11 My Last Go Round (3:43)
  12. 12 Room to Move (4:18)
  13. 13 Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Penny Lang Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jim Staley Trombone
Rebecca Coupe Franks Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Roma Baran Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Bottle, Lap Steel Guitar, Hi String, Weissenborn
Dave Clarke Acoustic Guitar
Rachelle Garniez Accordion
Tony Markellis Bass
Linda Morrison Background Vocals
Rick VanBenschoten Bass
Vivian Stoll Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Marimbas, Bottle, Vibes, Hi Hat, Metal Bowls
Joel Zifkin Fiddle
Kate McGarrigle Banjo, Piano
Jason Lang Background Vocals
Bill Gossage Bass
Bill Garrett Acoustic Guitar
Nicholas Williams Wood Flute
Gaston Bernard Fiddle, Mandolin, Viola
Michael Jerome Browne Mandolin, Background Vocals
Sue Lothrop Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Frank Wakefield Composer
Michael Jerling Engineer
Rosalie Sorrels Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Roma Baran Producer, Engineer
Les Barker Composer
Dave Clarke Engineer
John Herald Composer
Linda Morrison Composer
Bruce Phillips Composer
Vivian Stoll Producer, Engineer
Jason Lang Engineer
Rob Heaney Engineer
Penny Lang Composer
Robert Yellin Composer
Traditional Composer
Harris Newman Mastering
Heidi Fleming Executive Producer
Wayne Schrengohst Engineer
Dave Sturton Engineer
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