Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea

Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea

by Poi Dog Pondering
     
 
Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea was a breakthrough album for Poi Dog Pondering, as AOR and college radio stations around the country began to discover the zany, eclectic, outdoor-summer jam-session sound of the Chicago-based band. The airtight hooks of songs like "Bury Me Deep," "Everybody's Trying," and "Thanksgiving" were catchy and

Overview

Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea was a breakthrough album for Poi Dog Pondering, as AOR and college radio stations around the country began to discover the zany, eclectic, outdoor-summer jam-session sound of the Chicago-based band. The airtight hooks of songs like "Bury Me Deep," "Everybody's Trying," and "Thanksgiving" were catchy and radio-ready, while the goofy charm of tracks like "The Watermelon Song," "Big Beautiful Spoon," and "Spending the Day in the Shirt That You Wore" made the album a favorite with quirk-rock devotees. And on every track, the band's globetrotting instrumental inventiveness was infectious and impressive. Lead singer Frank Orrall played a mind-bogglingly wide array of instruments on the record, from guitar and piano to frying pan and "bicycle with playing cards." The drums and percussion by Dick Ross and John Nelson helped to create a world music vibe that outdid Rusted Root at their own game before that world/jam band hit the scene, and the band's dynamic use of Susan Voelz's string performances (on Italian classical violin and octave violin) seems to anticipate another later jam rock sensation, Dave Matthews Band. Wishing Like a Mountain is an irresistible party of an album.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644540321
catalogNumber:
45403

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Performance Credits

Poi Dog Pondering   Primary Artist
Susan Voelz   Violin,Vocals,Octave Violin
Chris Bauer   Steel Guitar
Dave Crawford   Organ,Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Accordion,Recorder,Xylophone,Melodica
James Luther Dickinson   Conductor,Alto Horn
Dick Hensold   Northumbrian Smallpipes
Bruce Hughes   Bass,Voices,Fretless Bass Guitar
Joe Mulherin   Trumpet
John Nelson   Conga,Maracas
Frank Orrall   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Autoharp,Drums,Marimbas,Voices,Bells,Wood Block,Toy Piano
Dick Ross   Drums,Timbales,cowbell
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Abra Moore   Vocals
Ted Cho   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Sean Coffey   Snare Drums
Adam Sultan   Guitar,Voices
David Crawfish   Trumpet
Jeff Voelz   Trumpet
Mark Williams   Cello,Mandocello

Technical Credits

Poi Dog Pondering   Producer
Susan Voelz   Contributor
James Luther Dickinson   Horn Arrangements
Dick Hensold   Contributor
Frank Orrall   Composer,Artwork
Kevin Smith   Engineer
Tony Sellari   Artwork
Jeff Voelz   Contributor
Mike Stewart   Producer,Engineer

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