We Walked in Song is the seventh studio album from The Innocence Mission.
The standard eleven-track album was released in North America on March 13, 2007 via Badman Recording Co., with a vinyl edition containing the bonus track "Shooting Star (Sketch)" following a week later on March 20. All international versions of the album include the bonus track as standard.
A European release containing three bonus tracks was commissioned later that year via the French-based Fargo record label. One of these exclusive recordings, "Song from Holland," was a new song recorded after the original album sessions and was sold as a one-track digital single by retailers such as iTunes and Amazon; while the other, "Do You See My Brothers Coming?," dates back to recording sessions from 2001. Courtesy of web.archive.org. Note: "'Do You See My Brothers Coming?' (July's Rare Track - Recorded in Nov. 2001)." Access Date: October 3rd, 2009.
The album was released with two different cover designs, both created by Karen Peris. The CD artwork features a young girl standing between two trees with vividly colored leaves. Karen stated on their website that the artwork was inspired by an image she had seen in Leo Lionni's picture book 'Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.' Unable to figure out how Mr. Lionni painted such transparent pieces while also retaining vivid color schemes, Karen opted to paint the circles on mylar to create a similar effect. In the same post, she also mentioned that the young girl on the CD cover was unknown to her. She cut the image out of an old French-language text book she had found at a library book sale. The name of the photographer or identity of the young girl was not stated and she "had to hope that would not mind my using the lovely photo." The Innocence Mission.com, July 03, 2009.
The vinyl edition contained expansive artwork featuring a group of people painted using the same mylar technique used to create the leaves on the CD artwork. Since the people are placed onto the surface of the cover with a removable sticky-adhesive, the individual people could be removed from the cover and placed back onto the sleeve in any order. This feature is only found on North American editions of the vinyl, since internationally-printed editions of the vinyl were made with standard glue.
Album - Charting positions
Note: The sales listed above only include physical copies bought at Nielsen SoundScan-enabled physical retailers for the weeks running March 14 until March 28, 2007. This excludes copies bought directly from The Innocence Mission's and Badman's official websites - which would be seen as the biggest sellers of Innocence Mission-related material, since many larger stores such as HMV don't stock their material. HMV.com, July 03, 2009. Note: All material "Out of Stock."
* Karen Peris: Vocals, Guitars, Field Pump Organ, Piano and Hammond Organ
* Don Peris: Guitars, Background Vocals, Drums and Hammond Organ
* Mike Bitts: Upright and Electric Bass
* Hunter Johnson: Additional Drums on "Lake Shore Drive"
* Engineered and Mixed by Don Peris
* Mastered by Shawn Hatfield
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The Innocence Mission (stylized in lowercase on all releases since 1995) is an American alternative rock band centered on husband-and-wife singer-songwriters Karen and Don Peris. The original group, including Mike Bitts (bass) and Steve Brown (drums), was formed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the early 1980s when the members met during a Catholic school production of Godspell. Although all members of the band have contributed musically, Karen Peris is its principal writer.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1989 on A&M Records and was produced by Larry Klein, then-husband of Joni Mitchell. Recorded in the couple's Los Angeles recording studio, the album spent 10 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at #167 in 1990, with the album's lead single "Black Sheep Wall" peaking at #22 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Klein also produced their 1991 follow up, Umbrella.
Their third and final A&M album, Glow (1995), was produced by Dennis Herring, who had previously produced two records for Camper Van Beethoven. This album is a departure from Klein's heavier production style. Whereas the first two releases may have brought to mind The Sundays and 10,000 Maniacs with their moody keyboards and layered sound, Herring's lighter touch gave more emphasis to the group's guitar work and to Karen's vocals and lyrics. Glow contains songs that appear on the soundtracks of the films Empire Records and Dream for an Insomniac, as well as the television series Party of Five. The album's second track, Bright As Yellow, peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks and also reached #17 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which would be the equivalent of #117 on the main Hot 100 chart. While in the process of recording a follow-up to Glow, A&M Records was bought by Universal Music Group. The group decided to mutually part ways with A&M, just before it was merged with other companies to form Interscope-Geffen-A&M. The album recorded during this period remains unreleased.
In 1999 the band signed to a new label, Kneeling Elephant, a sub-label of RCA Records. Additionally, drummer Steve Brown left the band to pursue a career as a chef. With the exception of his sole contribution - drums and brushes on "Snow" - the subsequent album, Birds of My Neighborhood, is largely bereft of drums. Don Peris took up percussional duties on "Birdless" and the closing moments of his self-penned "Green Grass, Red Tree," but otherwise the group adapted to its new trio status by replacing Mike Bitt's electric bass with an upright bass and taking on a more acoustic, folk-based sound. The album was followed by the release of The Lakes of Canada EP - which contains their one and only remix thus far, a remix of "Snow" by Icelandic electronic group GusGus.
The 2000 release Christ Is My Hope, featuring folk songs and hymns that had inspired them over the years, was independently distributed by their own label, LAMP, with all proceeds from sales of the record being donated to hunger relief charities. An exclusive one-album deal signed with independent label WhatAreRecords? saw Small Planes following a year later. The album, which consisted of unreleased recordings made between 1996–2001, contained one song (the title track) from the unreleased album recorded for A&M in 1996.
Their first album on Badman Records in the US and Agenda in Europe, Befriended, was released in 2003 and was followed a year later by a collection of lullabies, standards, traditional and classical songs called Now the Day Is Over. Recorded in a number of weeks in August 2004, the album contained one original song, as well as their well-known cover of Henry Mancini's "Moon River." Badman Records acquired license to re-master and re-issue the then-out-of-print Birds of My Neighborhood album in 2006. We Walked in Song was released in 2007.
Street Map was released in December 2008 and was the second record to be distributed independently on their own LAMP label. Their latest studio album, My Room in the Trees, was released on July 13, 2010. In a February 2011 interview, Karen stated the group are currently working on "another children's album, not lullabies this time" which is expected to be released sometime in 2012. WhatsOnTheHiFi.com. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
Don Peris has recorded three solo albums, Ten Silver Slide Trombones in 2001, the mostly instrumental Go When the Morning Shineth in 2006, which features a vocal contribution from Karen Peris on "North Atlantic Sand," and an instrumental solo guitar Christmas album, Brighter Visions Beam Afar, which was released in 2007.
* The Innocence Mission (1989)
* Umbrella (1991)
* Glow (1995)
* Birds Of My Neighborhood (1999)
* Christ Is My Hope (2000)
* Small Planes (2001)
* Befriended (2003)
* Now The Day Is Over (2004)
* We Walked In Song (2007)
* My Room In The Trees (2010)
;EP's and singles
* Tending The Rose Garden (1986)
* Black Sheep Wall (1986) (peaked at #2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart)
* Black Sheep Wall (1989) (re-release; peaked at #22 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart)
* Bright As Yellow (1995) (peaked at #33 on Hot Modern Rock Tracks and #17 on the Bubbling Under chart)
* The Lakes Of Canada (1999)
* One For Sorrow, Two For Joy (2003) (UK-only release)
* Song From Holland (2007) (previously unreleased, available for a limited period as a 1-track digital single)
* Street Map (2008)
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