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Album: Songs from the Movie
# Song Title   Time
1)    On and On It Goes
2)    I Am a Town
3)    Between Here and Gone
4)    Ideas Are Like Stars
5)    Dreaming Road, The
6)    Only a Dream
7)    Come On Come On
8)    Mrs. Hemingway
9)    Where Time Stands Still
10)    Goodnight America
 

Album: Songs from the Movie
# Song Title   Time
1)    On and On It Goes
2)    I Am a Town
3)    Between Here and Gone
4)    Ideas Are Like Stars
5)    Dreaming Road, The
6)    Only a Dream
7)    Come On Come On
8)    Mrs. Hemingway
9)    Where Time Stands Still
10)    Goodnight America
 
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  • Personnel: Skaila Kanga (harp); Julian Leaper, Liz Edwards, Mark Berrow, Deborah Widdup, Tom Pigott-Smith, Christopher Tombling, David Woodcock, Maciej Rakowski, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Jonathan Rees , Paul Willey, John Bradbury , Thomas Bowes , Roger Garland, Patrick Kiernan, Boguslav Kostecki, Rita Manning, Everton Nelson, Cathy Thompson, Emlyn Singleton (violin); Vicci Wardman, George Robertson , Rachel Bolt, Bill Hawkes, Garfield Jackson, Peter Lale, Kate Musker, Andrew Parker , Bruce White (viola); Frank Schaefer, Jonathan Williams , Tony Lewis , David Daniels , Paul Kegg, Martin Loveday, Anthony Pleeth (cello); Karen Jones , Helen Keen, Anna Noakes (flute, alto flute); David Fuest, Jon Carnac (clarinet); Jane Marshall , David Theodore (oboe); David Chatterton, Richard Skinner (bassoon); Stephen Maw (contrabassoon); Mike Hext, Richard Edwards (tenor trombone); David Stewart (bass trombone); Oren Marshall (tuba); Phillip Eastop, Chris Parkes, Michael Kidd , Richard Berry (horns); Dave Arch (piano); Frank Ricotti, Gary Kettel (percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Chuck Ainlay.
  • Recording information: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK; Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN.
  • Photographers: Russ Harrington; Richard Macintyre .
  • Though singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter was initially considered a country performer, she was never easily boxed in; her interests and songs ran from folk to rock to pop, and she never reined them in. She was part of an anti-establishment group of writers and performers who came from the East Coast acoustic music scene and hit Nashville in the late 1980s. Most are footnotes now, but Carpenter has remained vital, productive, and has a track record of consistency most artists would -- or at least should -- envy. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Songs from the Movie finds her revisiting her own catalog with Grammy-winning arranger Vince Mendoza, a 63-piece orchestra, a 15-voice choir, and some prime session players. She recorded the set at AIR studios in London. Carpenter executes these songs with the requisite taste she has exhibited throughout her career. Her singing voice has never been particularly powerful, but her crystalline contralto has always gotten her lyrics across convincingly and honestly. Mendoza's charts treat that voice with respect and dignity. They are seldom overtly ornate and they never overpower her singing. Carpenter is more restrained than usual here; she doesn't attempt to become an extension of the orchestral and choral grandeur, but instead offers a subtle, deliberately understated delivery that allows lyrics and music to become part and parcel of an unfolding story. As a result, standout tracks such as "I Am a Town," "The Dreaming Road," "Come On Come On," "Mrs. Hemingway," and closer "Goodnight America," add poignant reverie to the original versions. As a whole, these songs highlight and accentuate the set's title; Songs from the Movie becomes an almost painterly soundtrack, a nearly visual exteriorization of the interior world, travels, and travails of Carpenter as songwriter and human being. ~ Thom Jurek
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