Mona Lisa Cafe

Mona Lisa Cafe

by Cliff Eberhardt



After two albums largely given over to songs of romantic obsession, Cliff Eberhardt lightened up on Mona Lisa Café. Of course, his interest in love continued to peek through, sometimes transformed into the third person, a form of address previously foreign to him ("Life Is Hard," "She Loved He"), sometimes filtered through a trip to a museum ("Mona Lisa Waits"), sometimes expressed with a distanced wistfulness previously uncharacteristic of him ("Why Do Lovers [Have to Say Goodbye]"). The singer who used to like to declare things like "I will take my chances," was still on the side of commitment to true love, but in "She Loved He" he seemed to be talking about other people. For once, the humor of his live performances began to come out in rollicking songs like "Trouble for Life" and "Is It Wrong to Feel So Good (At This Time of My Life)." And some of the old passion was still apparent on "Everything Is Almost Gone," even if the song itself was an old one. But you couldn't help thinking that Eberhardt hadn't had enough time in the 21 months since his last album to come up with enough quality material. There were minor efforts, a cover of a Dire Straits song, a co-composition with David Wilcox, and even a pop song written by producer Peter Gallway. Maybe Eberhardt's obsessions had eased, or maybe he was listening to advisors who wanted him to take a more commercial turn. In any case, though there were individual gems on the disc, Mona Lisa Café was Eberhardt lite, an album that backed away from the singer/songwriter's creative development rather than continuing it.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/1995
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351801722
catalogNumber: 8017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Eberhardt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rory Block   Background Vocals
Patty Larkin   Background Vocals
Christine Lavin   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Massengill   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Sebastian   Harmonica
Peter Gallway   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Janie Barnett   Background Vocals
Joe Bonadio   Percussion,Drums,Foot Stomping,Hi Hat
Terry Brock   Background Vocals
Seth Farber   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Irwin Fisch   Strings
Steve Gaboury   Synthesizer,Strings
Julie Gold   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Jenkins   Bass,Vocals
Zev Katz   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Lisa Lowell   Background Vocals
Paul Ossola   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeff Pevar   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Liz Queler   Background Vocals
Marc Shulman   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar,Bazouki,tiple
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Michael Visceglia   Bass
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Evan Barker   Trumpet
Amy Fairchild   Background Vocals
Peter Salett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jane Barnett   Background Vocals
Lisi Tribble   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Gallway   Producer,Engineer
Joe Bonadio   Sound Effects,Contributor,Tape Box
Steve Gaboury   Engineer
Doug Katsaros   Arranger,Cello Arrangement
Marc Shulman   Contributor
David Wilkes   Executive Producer
Dave Wonsey   Engineer
Steven Miller   Engineer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer

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