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Some Assembly Required * [Tom Chapin]

  • 1. Puppy at the Pound
    2. Only One Shoe
    3. Bill Bailey, Get Yourself Back Home
    4. How I Became a Clown
    5. My Face
    6. Brown Gold
    7. I'm the Only Me
    8. Walk the World Now, Children
    9. Happiest Song I Know, The
    10. Questions
    11. Some Assembly Required
    12. Don't Make Me Dance
    13. Planet Bruno
    14. Quiet Time
    15. Home Is the Welcoming Sound
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 29472

  • Credits
    ProducerTom Chapin; Jon Cobert; Michael Mark; John Forster; Tom Chapin; Jon Cobert; John Forster; Michael Mark
    EngineerJon Cobert; Bob Golden; John Guth

    Personnel: Tom Chapin (vocals, 12-string guitar, autoharp); Tom Chapin (6-string bass); Jon Cobert (vocals, harp, accordion, piano, organ, synthesizer); Michael Mark (vocals, kazoo, bass guitar); Rachel Melton, Pilgrim Ensemble, Michael Roy, Judy Dunleavy, Keith Artez Smith, Victoria Ambrose, Warren McKinzie, Janie Owens, Gail Royster (vocals); Joanie Madden (whistling, whistle); John Forster (synthesizer, programming); Ira Siegel (electric guitar); Eric Weissberg (dobro, banjo); Larry Campbell (mandolin, fiddle); Clint DeGanon (drums).
    Additional personnel: Dan Zanes, Laurie Berkner, Vanessa Williams , Rachel Melton, Michael Roy, Keith Artez Smith, Jane Sylvester, Charlene Weaver (vocals); Victoria Ambrose, Warren McKinzie, Janie Owens, Gail Royster.
    Audio Mixer: John Guth.
    Recording information: Cobert Operations, Chappaqua, NY; JGP, Valley Cottage, NY; Savvy Kat Music, New York, NY.
    Ensembles: Victoria Ambrose; Warren McKinzie; Janie Owens; Gail Royster; Rachel Melton; Pilgrim Ensemble; Michael Roy; Keith Artez Smith.
    Photographer: Bonnie Chapin.
    Arranger: John Forster.
    Harry Chapin's younger brother Tom has had a successful career of recording songs for children since the late 1980s. Bridging the gap between songs for the very young and bubblegum music, Chapin's unpretentious material is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating, predating late-'90s kid-oriented artists like They Might Be Giants and the Del Fuegos' Dan Zanes. His appealing SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED consists of a variety of folksy songs about puppies, astronomy, shoes, and, in a duet with Zanes, ecology.

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