This Pretty Planet

This Pretty Planet

by Tom Chapin



For the earth-centric concept album THIS PRETTY PLANET, Tom Chapin has re-recorded the best of his green-themed tunes with guest stars and penned some new ones that fit right in. As always, Chapin's supremely witty tunes, cowritten with longtime collaborators John Forster, Michael Mark, and Jon Cobert, are rife with contagious melodies and sparkling wordplay. His guest performers shine as well -- gospel great Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney) duets with Chapin on a remake of his "Happy Earth Day," while the laugh-a-minute "Good Garbage," Chapin's tribute to biodegradability, benefits from the button accordion and fiddle of Cajun virtuoso Michael Doucet of Beausoleil. Chapin's albums are invariably a family affair, and here his daughters Abigail, Lily, and Jessica join in for the stop-and-smell-the-roses number "The Signs of Dawn," and brother Steve Chapin helps out with vocals on the new song "Passengers." Homage is paid to the next millennium (that's right, the next one) in "The Year 3000," a blues-washed question-and-answer tune that examines why we should keep Mother Earth healthy. The real showstopper, though, is "Two Kinds of Seagulls," an ingenious, very funny look at procreation, with guest vocals by none other than Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Not to worry -- there's nothing remotely inappropriate here, just clever observations on gender diversity in the animal kingdom, such as "There's two kinds of blackbirds, jillbirds and jackbirds/Jillbirds thrill jackbirds, and that's why there's blackbirds." Ever just toss a soda can in the garbage because you can't be bothered to lug it over to the recycle bin? You'll shape up right away after just one spin of this thoughtful, delightful album.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2000
Label: Sony Wonder (Audio)
UPC: 0074646379820
catalogNumber: 63798

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Chapin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Doucet   Fiddle
Judy Collins   Vocals,Voices,Guest Appearance
Eric Weissberg   Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Harp,Jew's Harp,Jaw Harp
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals,Voices
Tawatha Agee   Vocals
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Tuba
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Abigail Chapin   Vocals
Lily Chapin   Vocals
Stephen Chapin   Vocals
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Voices,Guest Appearance
Jon Cobert   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Crooks   Drums
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Fisher   Alto Saxophone
Vicky Forster   Vocals,Vocal Director
Lani Groves   Vocals
Barbara Hart   Vocal Director
Curtis King   Vocals
Emily Mark   Vocals
Michael Mark   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Director
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Dirk Powell   Accordion,Button Accordion
Ira Siegel   Electric Guitar
Fonzi Thornton   Vocals,Voices
Wayne Pedzwater   Bass
Amanda Broomfield   Vocals
Sharon Bryant-Gallaway   Vocals
Julia Chafkin   Vocals
Javier Picayo   Vocals
Sarah Reisberg   Vocals
Lucinda Schlussel   Vocals
Leila Nell Segan   Vocals
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Emily Agress   Vocals
Fiona E.T. Cansino   Vocals
Dana Cobert   Vocals
Joshua Cobert   Vocals
Jessica Craven   Vocals
Alison Gusberg   Vocals
Jessica Gusberg   Vocals
Rebecca Lieberman   Vocals
LaLita Oltarsh   Vocals
Eliza M. Simpson   Vocals,Voices
Ruth K Westheimer   Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Tom Chapin   Producer,Liner Notes
Jon Cobert   Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Joe DeGiorgi   Engineer
John Forster   Arranger,Producer,Synthesizer Arrangements
Vicky Forster   Direction
Elliott Glenn   Engineer
John Guth   Engineer
Barbara Hart   Direction
Michael Mark   Producer,Direction
Keith Walsh   Engineer
Shari Weingarten   Engineer
Chris Arbisi   Engineer
Vic Anesini   Engineer
Danny Kadar   Engineer
Matt Sietz   Engineer
Mary Kramer   Art Direction
Michael Messier   Engineer
Jerry Smath   Artwork,Illustrations,Cover Design,Cover Art

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This Pretty Planet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of Tom Chapin's earth songs.