Whistling In The Wind CD (2004)

Artist: Leon Redbone

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Label Philo Records/rounder Records
SKU 61013862
UPC 011661323827
UPC 14 00011661323827
Format CD
Release Date 7/20/2004
Author Leon Redbone
Technical Info
Engineer Doug Epstein; Tom Greto
Producer Beryl Handler; Leon Redbone
CatalogID 613238
Lable Name Rounder Select
Released 07/20/2004
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 36m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00011661323827
Musical Guests
Ringo Starr
Merle Haggard
Ken Peplowski
Roger McGuinn
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Leon Redbone (guitar, vocals, harmonica); Frank Vignola (guitar, mandolin); Cyndi Cashdollar, Larry Campbell, Stacy Phillips (dobro); John Ely (steel guitar); Lenny Pickett (piccolo); Joe Venuti (violin); Peter Ecklund (cornet); Stanley Schwartz, Terry Waldo (piano); Brian Nalepka (bass); Arnold Kinsella, Jr. (drums, percussion); Giampaolo Biagi (drums); Donny McClurkin, Arene Lomax, Daryl Doleman (background vocals).
Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks: Vince Giordano (banjo, sousaphone, bass saxophone, bass); Dave Brandom, John Gunther (clarinet, saxophone); Joe Ferrante, Dean Pratt (trumpet); Herb Gardner (trombone); Dan Rosengard (piano); John Meyers (drums).
The Islanders: Beryl, Cyndi, Doug, Ira, Mitch.
Recorded at M & I, Soundtrack and Warehouse Recording Studios, New York; Ocean Way Recording and The Bakery Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Leon Redbone (vocals, National guitar); Merle Haggard, Ringo Starr (vocals); John Ely (steel guitar); Vince Giordano (banjo, saxophone, sousaphone, bass instrument); Lenny Pickett (piccolo); Ken Peplowski (clarinet); Roger McGuinn (background vocals).
WHISTLING IN THE WIND resembles a 1940s radio broadcast minus the static. Like much of Leon Redbone's output, this 1988 recording travels down nostalgic pathways to revisit ragtime, swing, early country, and Tin Pan Alley. Such revivalism might be ho-hum were it not for Redbone's distinctive baritone, ease and charm as a stylistic interpreter, and theatrical flair (the fedora, sunglasses, and Groucho Marx moustache don't hurt).
The influence of songwriter Stephen Foster can be heard on the album's opener, "Dancin' On Daddy's Shoes" (which features a very charming backup chorus). The increasing influence of roots country on Redbone's music can be heard on "Bouquet of Roses" and on "Settin' By the Fire" (the vocal guest spot by Merle Haggard on this latter cut makes it one of the album's highlights). The lounge/Hawaiian vibe of "My Little Grass Shack" features a vocal turn from none other than Ringo Starr, and dares the listener to sing along with its lyrics about the island's difficult-to-pronounce tropical fish. With its wit, charm, and mixed bag of classic American influences, WHISTLING IN THE WIND is eminently listenable fare.
Disc 1
1 Dancin' On Daddy's Shoes
2 When I Kissed That Girl Good-Bye
3 Bouquet Of Roses
4 Truckin' 101
5 Settin' By The Fire - (with Merle Haggard)
6 Crazy Over Dixie
7 My Little Grass Shack - (with Ringo Starr)
8 Love Letters In The Sand
9 You're Gonna Lose Your Gal
10 If I Could Be With You
11 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
12 I Ain't Got Nobody
Product Attributes
Artist Redbone,Leon
Label Philo Records/rounder Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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