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Format: CD
Sku: 60589094
UPC: 793018288620
UPC 14: 00793018288620
Release Date: 2/18/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mercy Of The Fallen ~ Dar Williams
2. Farewell To The Old Me - (featuring Stefan Lessard & John Medeski) ~ Dar Williams
3. I Saw A Bird Fly Away - (featuring John Popper & John Medeski) ~ Dar Williams
4. Beauty Of The Rain, The - (featuring Chris Botti) ~ Dar Williams
5. World's Not Falling Apart - (featuring Stefan Lessard & Michael Kang) ~ Dar Williams
6. One Who Knows, The - (featuring Alison Krauss) ~ Dar Williams
7. Closer To Me - (featuring Bela Fleck) ~ Dar Williams
8. Fishing In The Morning - (featuring Bela Fleck & Michael Kang) ~ Dar Williams
9. Whispering Pines - (Chris Botti, Cliff Eberhardt, and Alison Krauss, featuring Steffan Lessard) ~ Dar Williams
10. Your Fire Your Soul - (featuring John Medeski) ~ Dar Williams
11. I Have Lost My Dreams ~ Dar Williams
On her latest album, The Beauty of The Rain, Dar Williams takes another step forward, showcasing a new, fuller sound, as well as her mastery at mapping out the emotional terrain of people whose lives are in transition. Recorded in a studio in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood, The Beauty of the Rain was produced by Steuart Lerman and Rob Hyman, and features guest appearances by a remarkable array of talent: Alison Krauss on vocals, Bela Fleck on banjo, John Popper manning the harmonica and backup vocals, Stefan Lessard (of Dave Matthews Band) on bass, John Medeski on keyboards, Chris Botti on trumpet, Cliff Eberhardt on vocals and Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) on fiddle. The idea to bring in so many illustrious guests came from Dar, who decided to make her song arrangements richer and denser this time around. "It can be a little lonely sometimes being a girl with a guitar," she says. "I wanted to reach out into the world and see what else was going on."

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Cliff Eberhardt (vocals); Eric Bazilian (guitar, mandolin); Steuart Smith (guitar, 12-string guitar, piano); Bela Fleck (banjo); David Mansfield (violin); Michael Kang (fiddle); Chris Botti (trumpet); Rob Hyman (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, melodica); John Medeski (Hammond B-3 organ); John Medeski (keyboards); Steffan Lessard, William Wittman, Stewart Lerman, Paul Sokolow (bass); Steve Holley, Sammy Merendino (drums); Carol Steele (percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded at the Shinebox, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Personnel: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Cliff Eberhardt, Alison Krauss (vocals); Steuart Smith (guitar, 12-string guitar, E-bow, harmonica, piano); Eric Bazilian (guitar, mandolin); Stewart Lerman (guitar, keyboards); B?la Fleck (banjo); David Mansfield , Michael Kang (violin); Rob Hyman (melodica, piano, reed organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Chris Botti (trumpet); John Medeski (piano, Clavinet); Steve Holley, Sammy Merendino (drums); Carol Steele (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Steve Addabbo; William Wittman.
Muze PNote Recording information: DBM, Ruckersville, WV; Elmstreet Studios, Conshohocken, PA; Pilot Sound, New York, NY; Shelter Island Sound; The Sanctuary, Nashville, TN; The Shinebox, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Photographers: Ronald K. Fierstein; Ken Schles.
Muze PNote Dar Williams' fifth album THE BEAUTY OF THE RAIN finds the singer-songwriter getting around the loneliness of being "a girl with a guitar" and chronicling her move from New York City to Massachusetts by breaking out her little black book to reel in a number of famous names. The result is a fuller-sounding album minus the kind of forced chemistry that occurs when it's an artist's label rather than the artist who arranges such an all-star affair. This organically flowing record benefits from the contributions of people like Alison Krauss (the harmony-brushed "The One Who Knows"), Blues Traveler's John Popper (a chugging "I Saw a Bird Fly Away"), and trumpeter Chris Botti (the subdued title cut).
Muze PNote Other guests are more content to blend into the musical background, be it Bela Fleck (a twangy "Fishing in the Morning") or Medeski, Martin & Wood organist John Medeski (the stirring "Farewell to the Old Me.") RAIN also finds Williams delivering a chilling reading of the Band's "Whispering Pines" and forming a rare songwriting partnership with former Hooter Rob Hyman (the lightly trilling "Closer to Me.")

Producer: Rob Hyman; Stewart Lerman

Engineer: Chris Kress; Robert Battaglia; Richard Battaglia; Steve Addabbo; Stewart Lerman; Will Schillinger; William Wittman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Chris Botti
Muze Guest Artist Cliff Eberhardt
Muze Guest Artist Bela Fleck
Muze Guest Artist John Popper
Muze Guest Artist John Medeski
Muze Guest Artist Alison Krauss
Muze Guest Artist Stefan Lessard
Muze Guest Artist Michael Kang

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul
Muze Music Compilations For The Kids Three
Muze Music Compilations Ring Them Bells
Muze Music Compilations More Perfect Union
Muze Music Compilations Born To The Breed:tribute To Judy Col
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Women Of Kerrville

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 82886
Music Label Name Label : Razor & Tie
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00793018288620

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (3/6/03, p.70)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Williams is an earnest and unadorned vocalist....She seems more at ease than ever..."

Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.87)
- "...Bursts out of the starting blocks with the breathtaking rush of 'The World's Not Falling Apart'..."

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