Postcards from Paradise

Postcards from Paradise

by Cris WilliamsonCris Williamson


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Singer/songwriter Tret Fure first worked with Cris Williamson as an engineer on Williamson's children's album, Lumière (1982), after which the two became domestic partners and contributed to each other's albums, with Fure helping add a more produced, harder-rocking sound to Williamson's LPs Prairie Fire and Wolf Moon. With Postcards from Paradise, the two abandoned their solo careers to form a permanent duo act. The album, which contains five songs written by Williamson, four by Fure, and two co-compositions, leans more to Williamson's typical sound than Fure's. It's folk-rock, with many of the arrangements piano-based and containing hints of country and Native American styles here and there. (Fure on her own is more of a rocker.) "Little World Spinning Blue," with its pledge to be "forever, together," is an appropriate curtain raiser, introducing a series of story-songs, sometimes based on plays, "true" stories, or events in the songwriters' lives. "Living On" depicts a single father, while "Something Blue" is a sad reflection on homophobia; both draw their inspiration from plays. "The Stones from Helen's Field" chronicles the life story of the founder of a sauna in Minnesota; "Garden Ring" refers to Williamson and Fure's trip to Moscow; and "My Father's Hands" is Fure's tribute to her father. Williamson's elaborate, album-closing title song is "a dream of how things might have changed if Columbus had jumped ship on the island of Guanahani, chosen the Arawak people as his own, and burned all existing maps to the New World." Two of Williamson's songs, "If I Live" and "In the Best Interest of the Children" (originally written for lesbian mothers and now the name of her pediatric AIDS charity), date from her 1978 album Live Dream. Whatever the subject matter, the two singers complement each other well on this varied collection, which nevertheless lacks the individual stamps of their solo work.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/1993
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0020002097129
catalogNumber: 5637799483
Rank: 144595

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cris Williamson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Michael Callen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tret Fure   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Track Performer,Synthesizer Bass,Native American Drums,Brushes
Bonnie Hayes   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
June Millington   Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Deidre McCalla   Background Vocals
Leo Adamian   Background Vocals
Joan Lowe   Background Vocals
Sally Van Meter   Dobro,Weissenborn
Lynn Vidal   Background Vocals
Annette Aguilar   Percussion,Background Vocals
Cam Davis   Percussion,Background Vocals,Foot Percussion,Brushes
Ann Hackler   Background Vocals
Jenna Mammina   Background Vocals
Julie Aldwell   Background Vocals
Martha Woods   Background Vocals
Lee Madeloni   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Si Kahn   Composer
Tret Fure   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Cris Williamson   Producer
June Millington   Arranger
Larry Byrom   Composer
Virgil Evans   Composer
Jill Davey   Art Direction
Cam Davis   Sound Effects

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