Between the Covers

Between the Covers

by Cris Williamson


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As its erotically charged title suggests, Cris Williamson and Tret Fure's Between the Covers is a celebration of the love between two women in its emotional and physical manifestations. The two singer/songwriters mix things up and alternately take the lead (four songs are co-compositions with co-lead vocals, four are Williamson songs on which she sings lead, and six showcase Fure). Their primary subject is romantic devotion, often expressed in imagery evoking nature, animals, and the American West, though they also take up other matters, such as the death of Fure's mother ("New Year's") and a musical treatment of one of the poems from Edgar Lee Masters' The Spoon River Anthology ("Lucinda's Stone"). The music is melodic folk-rock, sometimes employing unusual rhythms, especially on three reggae-sounding tracks. Williamson's songs tend to be simpler, catchier, and more optimistic, particularly "Positive Solution" and "Brand New Lullaby," while Fure can be more introspective and fretful, often reaching for a poetic language to express more complicated emotions without quite capturing them. But she holds her own against her better known and more accessible partner, providing an effective contrast. Between the Covers is an uplifting collection of songs that describe the beneficial effects of a romantic pairing in a challenging world.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/1996
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0618106540124
catalogNumber: 5637799456
Rank: 169017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cris Williamson   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Barbara Higbie   Violin,Background Vocals
Tret Fure   Dulcimer,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Musette,Track Performer
Rhiannon   Sovoso
Teresa Trull   Background Vocals
Mary Watkins   Conductor
June Millington   Guitar,Background Vocals,Frame Drum
Gwen Avery   Background Vocals
Leo Adamian   Drums
Michaelle Goerlitz   Percussion
Jean Millington   Bass,Background Vocals
Machines   Drums
Libby McLaren   Keyboards
Melanie Rath   Sovoso
Dave Worm   Sovoso
Nicolas Bearde   Sovoso
Lynn Vidal   Guitar,Background Vocals
Karen Zimmerman   Strings
Becky Ayer   Strings
Janelle Burdell   Drums,Udu
Phoebe Dong   Strings
Julie Eige   Strings
Keith Herritt   Strings
Patricia Miner   Strings
Megan McElroy   Background Vocals
Muftiah Martin   Strings

Technical Credits

Tret Fure   Producer,Engineer
Rhiannon   Contributor
Cris Williamson   Producer
Mary Watkins   String Arrangements
June Millington   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Leo Adamian   rhythm arrangement
Jean Millington   rhythm arrangement
Melanie Rath   Contributor
Dave Worm   Contributor
Deborah Dare   Art Direction
Jill Davey   Art Direction
Nicolas Bearde   Contributor
Alan Kraus   Engineer

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