A Family Album

A Family Album

by The Verve Pipe


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A Family Album

Returning to action after an eight-year hiatus, the Verve Pipe shrewdly follow the lead of other aging alt-rockers by turning in a collection of songs for kids. It's a smart move for two reasons: it gives them a marketing hook a run of the mill comeback would not, and it allows them to dabble in more musical styles than any of their previous albums did. Here, they're allowing themselves to indulge in soft-shoe shuffles, psychedelia in the vein of Dukes of Stratosphear, country-rock, punchy power pop and, of course, lullabies, all in the guise of entertaining kids. It will surely bring a smile to many a child's face, but the thing of it is, this is way looser than any other Verve Pipe album and much more fun, too. If they wound up patterning a full-fledged comeback after this Family Album, retaining the same spirit of fun and adventure yet turning to mature topics, they'd be cutting a distinctive path, but as it stands their record for kids is one of the best albums they've ever made.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Lmno Pop
UPC: 0616892063667
catalogNumber: 2011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Verve Pipe   Primary Artist
John Connors   Bass,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Kay Rinker   Flute,Voices
Mark Byerly   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Keith Kaminski   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Donny Brown   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brian Vander Ark   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Paul Mundo   Trombone
Craig Griffith   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Motor City Horns   Horn
John Rutherford   Trombone
Andy Reed   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Sampling
Scott VanDell   Electric Guitar
Cathy Waldron   Bassoon
Ben Keeler   Electric Guitar
Nathanael Koenig   cowbell
Lou Musa   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Randy Sly   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Gary Clavette   Clarinet,Saxophone
Steve Pinckney   Electric Guitar
Tracy Sonneborn   French Horn
Keith Axtell   Rhythm Guitar
Mark Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Geoff Michael   Engineer
Mark Byerly   Engineer
Donny Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brian Vander Ark   Composer
Edward Groves   Composer
Julie Magsig   Horn Arrangements
Andy Reed   Engineer
Chris DuRoss   Engineer
Kate Cosgrove   Art Direction
Mark Miller   Engineer

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