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Made of Mud
     

Made of Mud

by Dana Cooper
 
Dana Cooper has been knocking around the margins of popular music for a long time now; his major-label debut was released in 1973, and the lead-off track of this album, "Step into the Light," was co-written with his old partner Shake Russell three decades ago. But, perhaps because of his juvenile-sounding tenor and artless phrasing

Overview

Dana Cooper has been knocking around the margins of popular music for a long time now; his major-label debut was released in 1973, and the lead-off track of this album, "Step into the Light," was co-written with his old partner Shake Russell three decades ago. But, perhaps because of his juvenile-sounding tenor and artless phrasing (somewhere between Jackson Browne and the Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit) and the timelessness of his folk-rock arrangements, he sounds much younger than his years on Made of Mud. His literate, if cliché-ridden lyrics range from confessional statements of love like "Right out Loud" to antiwar topical efforts like "Sit This One Out" and philosophical musings like the title song. He can rock out, as he does on those last two songs, or take a slower, more formal approach, as on "Bird on the Wing." And sometimes, staccato rhythms and slight atonality complement the abstraction of the lyric, as on "Comic Tragedy." Made of Mud is not likely to change the journeyman nature of a career that has kept Cooper working without granting him much popular recognition, but it is unfailingly appealing and shows glimmers of individual talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Virtual Label
UPC:
0829372000728
catalogNumber:
501

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dana Cooper   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Paul Griffith   Percussion,Drums
Vicki Hampton   Vocals
Eric Fritsch   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Sampling,Slide Guitar,Hammond B3
Richard McLaurin   Synthesizer,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
David Jacques   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Upright Bass
Steve Herman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Adam Bednarik   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Dana Cooper   Composer
Shake Russell   Composer
Richard McLaurin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Michael Lille   Composer

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