We Will Be Together CD (2006)

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Product Overview


Label Gadfly
SKU 202791652
UPC 076605229320
UPC 14 00076605229320
Format CD
Release Date 7/18/2006
Author David Massengill
Technical Info
Engineer Mark Dann; Mark Dann
Producer David Massengill; Mark Dann; David Massengill; Mark Dann
CatalogID 293
Lable Name Gadfly Records
Released 07/18/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00076605229320
Album Notes and Credits
Adapter: David Massengill.
Personnel: David Massengill (vocals, guitar, dulcimer); David Massengill; Lisi Tribble (vocals); Mark Dann (electric guitar, mandolin, bass guitar); Maggie Roche (vocals); Dave Van Ronk (guitar); Sarah Dann (violin); Seth Farber (piano); Steve Holley (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Dann.
Liner Note Author: David Massengill.
Photographers: Teddy Lee; Bristol Cadmea; Ken Russell ; Andrea Vuocolo; Bill Penley; Irene Young.
Arranger: David Massengill.
We Will Be Together is David Massengill's first album in four years and only his fifth album overall in a career over 30 years long as of the 2000s. At least, that's true if you only count the albums issued by regular record companies; anyone who attends a Massengill concert finds he has available for sale an array of self-produced CD-Rs as well. Nevertheless, he acts as if this is his first recording opportunity in a while and wants to make maximum use of it. The album contains 19 tracks and runs over 76 minutes. For its contents, he remarks in the liner notes, he has assembled a sort of advance compilation of highlights from as-yet unrecorded future projects, to wit: "1. A musical tribute to Dave Van Ronk. 2. Songs revisiting my hometown of Bristol, TN-VA. 3. A bouquet of valentine/lullaby/love songs. 4. An all-singing, all-dancing pop musical of Jack and the Beanstalk. 5. An adventure saga of the heroine child Morgana in Fairyland. 6. A sequel of Morgana's exploits in Pirateville. 7. A collection of postmodern protest songs." There are songs on the album answering to all of these descriptions, which would seem to suggest a disparate collection. But, in fact, there is a theme running through the album, and that is heroism. On the album cover, Massengill presents a collage of photographs ? la Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, people lined up in rows before an image of MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village (recently given the added moniker "Dave Van Ronk Street," in tribute to the late folksinger). A few faces are recognizable to anyone -- Mark Twain, George McGovern, Van Ronk himself -- but many are people important in Massengill's personal universe, doubtless including members of his family and friends. Similarly, the album pays tribute to his heroes, starting with Van Ronk, who is evoked in both original songs ("Talking Dave Van Ronk Blues," "Dave Van Ronk's Last Cigar") and in covers of songs associated with him ("Tell Old Bill," "Somebody Else Not Me"). Massengill doesn't really sound like Van Ronk, naturally, though he can do a mean imitation of the gruff-voiced folk-blues singer. What matter is that Van Ronk is part of his pantheon of independent misfits, along with Jack of beanstalk fame, a football coach ("Killer Keller's Last Stand"), and a school bus driver ("Penley at the Wheel"). Massengill tells their stories with his typically inventive sense of wordplay, accompanying himself on simple, familiar guitar or mountain dulcimer riffs. And there's also a villain. "The Gambler-in-Chief" is clearly a lambasting of President George W. Bush, though he isn't mentioned by name. We Will Be Together really is a sampler of future projects for Massengill, and it whets the appetite for the full-length versions. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.50) - "WE WILL BE TOGETHER is part seductive charmer, part fairy tale spinner, part political and ecological commentary..."
Disc 1
1 To Climb A Tree
2 Valentine For Her Highness, A
3 We Will Be Together
4 Talking Dave Van Ronk Blues
5 Tell Old Bill
6 Forever Love
7 Family Reunion
8 Rainchild
9 Morgana The Pirate Queen
10 Jack And The Beanstalk
11 Scratchee Goes A-Wooing
12 Dave Van Ronk's Last Cigar
13 Somebody Else Not Me
14 Tree Romance, A
15 Killer Keller's Last Stand
16 Penley At The Wheel
17 Fairy's Code, The
18 Gambler-In-Chief, The
19 Used To Be
Product Attributes
Artist Massengill,David
Music Format Compact Disc

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