This is a nice changeup. The Innocence Mission return with a benefit collection of cover songs that are all centered reverie akin to dreaming. Calling them all lullabies would be stretching a little bit, but the presentations are such that they might as well be. Don and Karen Peris and bassist Mike Bitts craft an absolutely beguiling collection of standards. The readings of "Over the Rainbow," "Wonderful World," and "Moon River" form a gorgeous sequence. The inclusion of an instrumental, Chopin's "Prelude in A," is a choice moment as well (played beautifully by Don), and is followed by a haunting, nostalgic version of Michel Legrand's "Once Upon a Summertime." The one original on the set, Karen's "My Love Goes With You," is a lullaby proper and is perhaps the most beautiful and tender song on the outing. That it's followed by "Edelweiss" is only fitting. The title track is, appropriately, the set's closer. Peris' wispy vocal carries the fleeting traces of daylight into the mix, ushering in a time of silence and magic. This could have been merely a curiosity piece, a curious addition to a mysterious catalog by a singular group. Instead, it is nothing less than a wondrous little gem.
Performance CreditsInnocence Mission Primary Artist
Mike Bitts Standup Bass,Group Member
Don Peris Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String),Group Member
Karen Peris Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Pump Organ,Group Member
Mike Bitt Double Bass
Technical CreditsHenry Mancini Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Joseph Barnby Composer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Robert B. Sherman Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Don Peris Engineer
Karen Peris Artwork,Cover Art
Eddie Barclay Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have given this as a gift to many new parents, who say they & their newborns love listening to it. My grandchildren still ask to listen to it in the car, & have learned all the words to these wonderful songs (they are 6 an 9 years old!!). We never get tired of it!
I love giving this to friends who are expecting almost as much as I love falling asleep to it myself. A true gem for all ages.