A More Perfect Union

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
At age 93, Pete Seeger isn't actually retiring, just slowing down a bit. He's doing fewer concerts and his voice is a bit wobbly, but his heart is still open and his mind is still sharp. If you need proof, listen to the 16 songs on this album, 15 of them newly written by Seeger and his longtime friend and collaborator Lorre Wyatt. Wyatt's in his mid-sixties, and a well-known singer/songwriter in his own right, but a severe stroke in 1996 left him unable to sing or play guitar for almost 15 years. After a long intensive recovery, he's singing and playing again and asked Seeger to collaborate with him on a songwriting project he was working on. Seeger agreed and the result is A ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
At age 93, Pete Seeger isn't actually retiring, just slowing down a bit. He's doing fewer concerts and his voice is a bit wobbly, but his heart is still open and his mind is still sharp. If you need proof, listen to the 16 songs on this album, 15 of them newly written by Seeger and his longtime friend and collaborator Lorre Wyatt. Wyatt's in his mid-sixties, and a well-known singer/songwriter in his own right, but a severe stroke in 1996 left him unable to sing or play guitar for almost 15 years. After a long intensive recovery, he's singing and playing again and asked Seeger to collaborate with him on a songwriting project he was working on. Seeger agreed and the result is A More Perfect Union, a great album that stands as a testament to the faith and resilience of both artists. This may be the first album that Seeger's ever recorded that contains all new, all original material, and many of the tunes here are as good as anything Seeger or Wyatt has ever written or recorded. Most of the songs deal with aging and mortality, but the album is uplifting nonetheless. Both men have led full lives and they bring a lot of humor and wisdom to the songs. Musically, the album is as diverse as anything Seeger's ever cut. "God's Counting on Me...God's Counting on You" and "Wonderful Friends" are the kinds of elevating anthems Seeger has always sung, and this one should be added to his list of greatest hits. Dozens of harmony singers, including Bruce Springsteen on "God's Counting on Me...," make them sound like campfire singalongs. "Keep the Flame Alive" is a country-flavored ode to aging well that's given a poignant feel by Seeger's shaky vocals and C. Lanzbom's mournful slide guitar. Seeger sings "Strange Lullaby" solo; it's an antiwar song full of love and righteous anger. "These Days in Zimbabwe" is sung a cappella by Wyatt with Jeff Haynes providing percolating Afro-Celtic percussion that makes this gentle protest song swing. Wyatt's most famous song, and the only older tune on the album, is "Somos el Barco" (We Are the Boat), a lilting Latin-flavored waltz that features Emmylou Harris and another big singalong chorale. The set closes with two mediations on the end of life. "Fields of Harmony" is a testament to the power of music to enrich and preserve life, and Dave Eggar's cello gives the number an aching, tender feel. The loping cowboy rhythm of "Bountiful River" makes it sound like another anthem, a salute to friendship, music, and the healing power of nature with a gorgeous, timeless chorus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587113023
  • Catalog Number: 1130
  • Sales rank: 139,891

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lorre Wyatt Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals, Guest Appearance
Pete Seeger Banjo, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Steve Earle Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bruce Springsteen Vocals, Guest Appearance
Perry Robinson Clarinet
Karen Brooks Vocals
Dar Williams Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jeff Haynes Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Tom Morello Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rob Scheps Saxophone
Laurie Siegel Vocals
Bruce Taylor Vocals
Jane Kelly Williams Vocals
James Durst Vocals
Dan Fisherman Vocals
Travis Jeffrey Vocals
C. Lanzbom Guitar, Slide Guitar
Doug Weiss Bass
Spook Handy Vocals
Sue Altkin Vocals
David Bernz Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Mark Murphy Bass
Paul Hanna Vocals
Sara Milonovich Violin
Timothy Hill Vocals
Connie Taylor Vocals
Bianca Merkley Vocals
Jen Clapp Vocals
Dave Eggar Cello
Danny Einbender Vocals
Rivertown Kids Vocals
Jacob Bernz Vocals
Sarah Underhill Vocals
Melissa Ortquist Vocals
Amy Vachal Vocals
Jenny Murphy Vocals
Story Laurie Vocals
Valerie Haynes Vocals
Pat Lamana Vocals
Mark Turk Vocals
Ira McIntosh Vocals
Hayden Minifield Vocals
Goldee Green Vocals
Eli Kleiner Vocals
Eleanor Kleiner Vocals
Edward Esquerre Vocals
Dave Tarlo Vocals
Dave Rothenberg Bass Clarinet
Chris Hughes Trap Kit
Adam Brzostoski Harmonica
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Lorre Wyatt Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Jeff Haynes Producer, Engineer
Corin Nelsen Engineer
C. Lanzbom Engineer
Jim Musselman Producer, Liner Notes
David Bernz Liner Notes, Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Davide Bernz Producer
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