Splendor in the Grass (album)

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Splendor in the Grass
Studio album by Pink Martini
Released October 27, 2009
Recorded September 2008 — July 2009
Genre Alternative pop, World, Latin, Jazz
Label Heinz Records
Producer Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes
Pink Martini chronology
Hey Eugene!
(2007)
Splendor in the Grass
(2009)
Joy to the World
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (link) 4/5 stars
BBC Music (link) (very positive)
The Daily Telegraph (link) 5/5 stars
The Guardian (link) (positive)
The New Zealand Herald (link) 4/5 stars
The Oregonian (link) (positive)
The Phoenix (link) 3/4 stars
PopMatters (link) 7/10 stars
The Sunday Times (link) 4/5 stars
The Times (link) 4/5 stars

Splendor in the Grass is the fourth full-length album from the band Pink Martini. It was released in October 27, 2009 on their own label Heinz Records.[1]

The album is named after its third track, and features songs in five languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Neapolitan). Collaborators included National Public Radio correspondent Ari Shapiro singing on the track "But Now I'm Back"[2] and Sesame Street performer Emilio Delgado on a cover of Joe Raposo's "Sing". Other covers included on the album are "Piensa en mí", written by Agustín Lara and his sister Maria Teresa Lara for the 1948 film Revancha; "Tuca Tuca", originally performed by Raffaella Carrà; and the Moondog song "New Amsterdam".[2]

The album debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard 200 and No. 10 on Top Independent Albums with 12,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3] The album was certified platinum in Greece.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Composer Length
1. "Ninna nanna"   Alba Clemente, Massimo Audiello 4:42
2. "Ohayoo Ohio (Hello Ohio)"   Dan Faehnle 4:47
3. "Splendor in the Grass"   Alex Marashian, Thomas Lauderdale, 3:40
4. "Où est ma tête?" (Where Is My Head?) Marashian, China Forbes, Lauderdale 4:12
5. "And Then You're Gone"   Marashian, Derek Rieth, Forbes, Lauderdale 2:43
6. "But Now I'm Back" (vocal by Ari Shapiro) Marashian, Lauderdale 3:00
7. "Sunday Table"   Forbes, Lauderdale 4:31
8. "Over the Valley"   Forbes, Lauderdale 4:40
9. "Tuca tuca" (cover of Raffaella Carrà, 1970) Gianni Boncompagni, Franco Pisano 2:50
10. "Bitty Boppy Betty"   Marashian 2:43
11. "Sing" (vocal by Emilio Delgado) Joe Raposo 4:10
12. "Piensa en mí" (Vocal by Chavela Vargas) Agustín Lara, Maria Teresa Lara 4:00
13. "New Amsterdam" (cover of Moondog, 1994) Moondog 4:51
14. "Ninna nanna"   Audiello, Clemente 3:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Hugo Alfvén
  • Neil Anderson - Choir, Chorus
  • Jennifer Arnold - Viola
  • Phil Baker - Guitar, Sitar, Bass
  • John Bartley - Choir, Chorus
  • Joel Belgique - Viola
  • Christopher Benjamin - Choir, Chorus
  • Heather Blackburn - Cello
  • Gavin Bondy - Trumpet, Cornet, Horn (Alto), Vocals, Piccolo Trumpet, Brass Arrangement, Saxophone Arrangement
  • Joe Bozzi - Mastering
  • Karen Brooks - Toy Piano
  • João Canziani - Cover Photo
  • Pansy Chang - Cello
  • Julie Coleman - Violin
  • Nicholas Crosa - Violin
  • Brian Davis - Percussion
  • Emilio Delgado - Vocals
  • Daniel Dempsey - Choir, Chorus
  • Gregory Ewer - Violin
  • Joy Fabos - Violin
  • Dan Faehnle - Guitar
  • China Forbes - Vocals
  • Dave Friedlander - Engineer, Mixing
  • Paloma Griffin - Violin
  • Bernie Grundman - Mastering
  • Doree Jarboe - Direction
  • Timothy Jensen - Saxophone, Brass Arrangement, Saxophone Arrangement
  • Ben Landsverk - Group
  • Thomas Lauderdale - Piano, Producer, Photography
  • Maureen Love - Harp
  • Peter Murray - Photography
  • Timothy Nishimoto - Percussion, Vocals
  • Charles Noble - Viola
  • Derek Rieth - Percussion
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor - guitar on "Splendor in the Grass"
  • Salvador Tercero - Vocal Engineer
  • Chavela Vargas - Vocals
  • Martin Zarzar - Percussion, Vocals, Brass Arrangement[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Splendor in the Grass – Pink Martini". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b Album notes, PinkMartini.com
  3. ^ Laura Leebove, "Pink Martini Sips Sweet Indie Success", Billboard.com, November 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "Top 50 Ξένων Aλμπουμ". ifpi.gr. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  5. ^ allmusic, Album Credits, retrieved March 4, 2010

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