Night Time CD (2002)

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Label Ryko Distribution
SKU 60570004
UPC 800495000321
UPC 14 00800495000321
Format CD
Release Date 10/15/2002
Author Dan Zanes & Friends
Associated Artist/Work Dan Zanes and Friends
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Ella Jenkins
Artist Influence Jerry Garcia
Artist Influence Jonathan Richman
Artist Influence Lead Belly
Artist Influence Pete Seeger (Folk)
Artist Influence Raffi
Artist Contemporary Elizabeth Mitchell
Artist Contemporary Gemini (Children's Folk)
Artist Contemporary Imagination Movers
Artist Contemporary Jack Logan (Rock)
Artist Contemporary Justin Roberts
Artist Contemporary Laurie Berkner
Artist Contemporary Lisa Loeb
Artist Contemporary Martin Zellar
Artist Contemporary Milkshake
Artist Contemporary Phineas and Ferb
Artist Contemporary Raffi
Artist Contemporary Ralph's World
Artist Contemporary The Terrible Twos
Artist Contemporary The Wiggles
Artist Contemporary They Might Be Giants
Artist Contemporary Tom Chapin
Technical Info
Engineer Dan Zanes
Producer Dan Zanes
CatalogID FFR 003
Lable Name Festival Five Records
Released 10/15/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00800495000321
Musical Guests
Aimee Mann
Lou Reed
John Doe
Dar Williams
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Dan Zanes (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, 12-string, lap steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica); Barbara Brousal, Donald Saaf, John Doe (vocals, guitar); Aimee Mann, Lou Reed, Dar Williams, Father Goose, The Sandy Girls (vocals); Diane Stockwell (fiddle, harmonica);
Charlie Giordano (accordion); John Hagen (saxophone); Ned Holder (trombone); Rob Friedman (pump organ, percussion); Jacob Eigen, Paul Bryan (bass); Jerry Marotta (drums); Rubi Theater Company; The Dandelion Chrus.
Dan Zanes has certainly come a long way from those sepia-toned days in the '80s, when he fronted boozy alternative rockers the Del Fuegos. The new millennium found him trying to reconcile the seemingly disparate strands of family life (as a devoted father) and his artistic ambitions. He solved the conundrum by recording "family-friendly" albums in his basement and releasing them on his own label. These are clearly songs aimed at kids -- but they are well crafted enough to be equally enjoyable for adults. For this album, Zanes sought to undertake some themes that evoked the night, and, as usual, he enlisted a stellar cast of "friends" to help round out his muse. The result is a gorgeously reflective work for all ages. One listen to "Night Owl," which pits Zanes' gentle, rootsy vocals atop a languid country- blues acoustic figure, offers clear evidence of this music's broad appeal. Zanes, supported by Aimee Mann's guest vocals, even adds owl hoots for the kids -- yet the track is sturdy enough that it wouldn't be out of place on a Steve Earle album. Another highlight is a wildly original interpretation of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," with guests Lou Reed and the beatboxers/rappers of the Rub¡ Theater Company. Old punker John Doe (of X) even comes out for the kids, teaming up with Zanes on Woody Guthrie's "So Long (It's Been Good to Know You)." Dar Williams also pops up on a stirring, mystery-laden version of the traditional "Wild Mountain Thyme." Despite the homespun nature of these projects, major publications (Billboard, the New York Times) have been taking notice and offering raves. Night Time is clear evidence why. Zanes is onto something special with his non-patronizing, well-intended family tunes. It wouldn't be out of place to call this adult alternative music for kids. Paradoxical for sure, but this is good stuff for hip moms and dads to listen to when the kids aren't even around. ~ Erik Hage
Artist Overview
After becoming a father, Dan Zanes, former frontman of the 1980s college-rock act the Del Fuegos, embarked on a kid-friendly solo career, enlisting the help of fellow New York City musicians and famous friends such as Sheryl Crow and Roseanne Cash. Children's music clearly proved to be a good fit for Zanes, with the singer/guitarist issuing eight eclectic, folk-tinged albums within eight years, including 2006's Grammy-nominated CATCH THAT TRAIN! Unlike much kiddie-oriented fare, Zanes's laid-back, thoughtful tunes also easily appeal to adults, putting him in the company of fellow Brooklynites They Might Be Giants.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/14/02, p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Zanes' fourth solo album vibes Jonathan Richman at his cutest..."
Disc 1
1 Night Owl - (with Aimee Mann)
2 Pay Me My Money Down - (with The Rocket Ship Revue)
3 Side By Side - (with Father Goose)
4 Guysborough Railway - (with Donald Saaf)
5 Que Fortinidad! - (with Barbara Brousal)
6 Evening Time - (with The Sandy Girls)
7 Smile Smile Smile
8 Siyahamba
9 Down By The Riverside
10 Rattlin' Bog - (with Father Goose & The Dandelion Chorus)
11 Firefly
12 So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh - (with John Doe)
13 What A Wonderful World - (with Lou Reed & The Rubi Theater Company)
14 Wild Mountain Thyme - (with Dar Williams)
15 Leadbelly Songs
16 Linger For Awhile

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