"A Long and Winding Road" is based on McGovern's newest cabaret act, which she co-conceived with director Philip Himberg. McGovern is accompanied on the new disc by music director and arranger Jeff Harris on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, Lou Marini on saxophone, Cenovia Cummins and Suzanne Chaplin on violin, Debra Shufelt-Dine on viola, Dorothy Lawson on cello and Joe Passaro on percussion.
About "Winding Road," McGovern previously stated, "For the longest time, people have been asking me to do a concert featuring so-called 'Baby Boomer' songs. At this time in my life, looking back, what interested me most were those introspective songs that influenced and inspired my own development as a person and an artist before 'The Morning After.' I started out as a folk singer in the late '60s, so it was highly nostalgic for me to go back and explore this particular section of my musical influences. I fell in love all over again with the early works of Jimmy Webb, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman and other groundbreaking singer-songwriters from my youth. Their songs, as The New York Times has called them, have become 'the second half of the Great American Songbook.' They're classic, timeless and evoke all kinds of memories."
The complete track listing for "A Long and Winding Road" follows:
"All I Want"/"America" (Joni Mitchell/Paul Simon)
"The Times They Are a-Changin'" (Bob Dylan)
"The Circle Game" (Joni Mitchell)
"The 59th Street Bridge Song" (Feelin’ Groovy) (Paul Simon)
"Cowboy" (Randy Newman)
"The Coming of the Roads" (Billy Edd Wheeler)
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" (Carole King & Gerry Goffin)
"Shed a Little Light"/"Carry It On" (James Taylor/Gil Turner)
"The Fiddle and the Drum" (Joni Mitchell)
"Fire and Rain" (James Taylor)
"Rocky Raccoon" (John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
"Let It Be" (John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Jimmy Webb)
"MacArthur Park" (Jimmy Webb)
"The Moon's a Harsh Mistress" (Jimmy Webb)
"And When I Die" (Laura Nyro)
"Imagine" (John Lennon)
"The Long and Winding Road" (John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
The recording is executive produced by Dan Fortune; co-producers are McGovern and Jeffrey Lesser. Maureen McGovern's performing credits are numerous and varied. She appeared on Broadway in Little Women, Nine, The Pirates of Penzance and The Threepenny Opera, and her many recordings include the Grammy nominated "The Pleasure of His Company" and the Academy Award-winning song "The Morning After." She was also seen in the films "The Towering Inferno," "Airplane!" and "The Cure for Boredom," and she appeared at the Sundance Theatre in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Jerry Herman's Dear World.
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