Victory Gardens

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Victory Gardens
Studio album by John & Mary
Released July 1, 1991
Recorded June 18 – July 22, 1990
Genre Folk rock
Modern rock
Length 38:40
Label Rykodisc
Producer John Lombardo
John & Mary chronology
Victory Gardens
The Weedkiller's Daughter
(1993)The Weedkiller's Daughter1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Victory Gardens (1991) is the debut album from John & Mary, recorded in 1990 just six months after the two met in December 1989 and immediately following their signing with Rykodisc. John Lombardo, former member of 10,000 Maniacs and responsible for much of their early music, brought elements of the early Maniacs sound with him. Combined with the classically trained Mary Ramsey's blend of folk and classical influences, the album is considered by some to be heir to the 10,000 Maniacs album The Wishing Chair (1985), critically acclaimed for linking traditional influences with the contemporary new-wave sound.

Victory Gardens was produced by Lombardo and recorded at Mitch Easter's Chapel Hill Drive-In Studio in Winston-Salem, NC. The album features 10,000 Maniacs members Robert Buck and Jerome Augustyniak as well as special guests Ronnie Lane (Small Faces), Joey Molland (Badfinger) and Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornadoes).

The song "Red Wooden Beads" was included on Steal This Disc Vol. 3, part of a series of compact discs released by Rykodisc in 1991. "Rags of Flowers" was included on Troubadours of Folk Vol. 5: Singer-Songwriters Of The '80s, part of a five volume series of compact discs released by Rhino Records in 1992.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey except where indicated

  1. "Red Wooden Beads" – 2:53
  2. "The Azalea Festival" – 4:28
  3. "Piles of Dead Leaves" – 4:14
  4. "We Have Nothing" (Lombardo) - 3:47
  5. "Rags of Flowers" – 3:20
  6. "I Became Alone" – 3:33
  7. "The Open Window" – 3:45
  8. "July 6th" (Lombardo) – 4:39
  9. "Pram" (Lombardo) – 3:21
  10. "Un Canadien Errant" (Public Domain, arranged by Mary Ramsey) – 4:40


John & Mary
Additional musicians
Technical staff
  • Stuart Sullivan – engineer
  • Joe Barbaria – mixing
  • Mitch Easter – engineer
  • Toby Mountain – mastering
  • Shannon Carr – mixing
  • Dan Griffin – production


In 1991 Rykodisc released a 7-inch vinyl promotional-only single

  1. "Red Wooden Beads" – 2:53
  2. "The Azalea Festival" (live version) – 3:10


  1. ^ "Victory Gardens - John & Mary". Retrieved May 14, 2015.