This Pretty Planet

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
For the earth-centric concept album THIS PRETTY PLANET, Tom Chapin has re-recorded the best of his green-themed tunes with guest stars and penned some new ones that fit right in. As always, Chapin's supremely witty tunes, cowritten with longtime collaborators John Forster, Michael Mark, and Jon Cobert, are rife with contagious melodies and sparkling wordplay. His guest performers shine as well -- gospel great Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney) duets with Chapin on a remake of his "Happy Earth Day," while the laugh-a-minute "Good Garbage," Chapin's tribute to biodegradability, benefits from the button accordion and fiddle of Cajun virtuoso Michael Doucet of Beausoleil....
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
For the earth-centric concept album THIS PRETTY PLANET, Tom Chapin has re-recorded the best of his green-themed tunes with guest stars and penned some new ones that fit right in. As always, Chapin's supremely witty tunes, cowritten with longtime collaborators John Forster, Michael Mark, and Jon Cobert, are rife with contagious melodies and sparkling wordplay. His guest performers shine as well -- gospel great Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney) duets with Chapin on a remake of his "Happy Earth Day," while the laugh-a-minute "Good Garbage," Chapin's tribute to biodegradability, benefits from the button accordion and fiddle of Cajun virtuoso Michael Doucet of Beausoleil. Chapin's albums are invariably a family affair, and here his daughters Abigail, Lily, and Jessica join in for the stop-and-smell-the-roses number "The Signs of Dawn," and brother Steve Chapin helps out with vocals on the new song "Passengers." Homage is paid to the next millennium (that's right, the next one) in "The Year 3000," a blues-washed question-and-answer tune that examines why we should keep Mother Earth healthy. The real showstopper, though, is "Two Kinds of Seagulls," an ingenious, very funny look at procreation, with guest vocals by none other than Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Not to worry -- there's nothing remotely inappropriate here, just clever observations on gender diversity in the animal kingdom, such as "There's two kinds of blackbirds, jillbirds and jackbirds/Jillbirds thrill jackbirds, and that's why there's blackbirds." Ever just toss a soda can in the garbage because you can't be bothered to lug it over to the recycle bin? You'll shape up right away after just one spin of this thoughtful, delightful album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646379943
  • Catalog Number: 63799

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Chapin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Doucet Fiddle
Judy Collins Vocals, Voices, Guest Appearance
Eric Weissberg Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Harp, Jew's Harp, Jaw Harp
Vaneese Thomas Vocals, Voices
Tawatha Agee Vocals
Dave Bargeron Trombone, Tuba
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Don Brooks Harmonica
Abigail Chapin Vocals
Lily Chapin Vocals
Stephen Chapin Vocals
Cissy Houston Vocals, Voices, Guest Appearance
Jon Cobert Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer
Richard Crooks Drums
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Fisher Alto Saxophone
Vicky Forster Vocals, Vocal Director
Lani Groves Vocals
Barbara Hart Vocal Director
Curtis King Vocals
Emily Mark Vocals
Michael Mark Bass, Vocals, Track Performer, Vocal Director
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Dirk Powell Accordion, Button Accordion
Ira Siegel Electric Guitar
Fonzi Thornton Vocals, Voices
Wayne Pedzwater Bass
Amanda Broomfield Vocals
Sharon Bryant-Gallaway Vocals
Julia Chafkin Vocals
Javier Picayo Vocals
Sarah Reisberg Vocals
Lucinda Schlussel Vocals
Leila Nell Segan Vocals
Peter Gordon French Horn
Emily Agress Vocals
Fiona E.T. Cansino Vocals
Dana Cobert Vocals
Joshua Cobert Vocals
Jessica Craven Vocals
Alison Gusberg Vocals
Jessica Gusberg Vocals
Rebecca Lieberman Vocals
LaLita Oltarsh Vocals
Eliza M. Simpson Vocals, Voices
Ruth K Westheimer Vocals, Voices
Technical Credits
Tom Chapin Producer, Liner Notes
Jon Cobert Producer
Tony Daigle Engineer
Joe DeGiorgi Engineer
John Forster Arranger, Producer, Synthesizer Arrangements
Vicky Forster Direction
Elliott Glenn Engineer
John Guth Engineer
Barbara Hart Direction
Michael Mark Producer, Direction
Keith Walsh Engineer
Shari Weingarten Engineer
Chris Arbisi Engineer
Vic Anesini Engineer, Mastering
Danny Kadar Engineer
Matt Sietz Engineer
Mary Kramer Art Direction
Michael Messier Engineer
Jerry Smath Artwork, Illustrations, Cover Design, Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Pick

    This is a great collection of Tom Chapin's earth songs.

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