Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tribute albums usually reflect an artist's wide-ranging influence and reputation. Be Yourself doesn't exactly fit into that category. Rather than merely celebrate Graham Nash as an artist, this set pays tribute to his first solo album, Songs for Beginners, released in 1971. Co-produced and spearheaded by Nile Nash Graham's daughter and Britt Govea, the pair have chosen a slate of artists to re-create the album in its proper running order. Contributors include Bonnie Prince Billy, Brendan Benson, Vetiver, Robin Pecknold, Alela Diane, Mariee Sioux with Greg Weeks, the Moore Brothers, Sleepy Sun, Port O'Brien, and Papercuts. Nile Nash performs as well. Songs for Beginners was ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tribute albums usually reflect an artist's wide-ranging influence and reputation. Be Yourself doesn't exactly fit into that category. Rather than merely celebrate Graham Nash as an artist, this set pays tribute to his first solo album, Songs for Beginners, released in 1971. Co-produced and spearheaded by Nile Nash Graham's daughter and Britt Govea, the pair have chosen a slate of artists to re-create the album in its proper running order. Contributors include Bonnie Prince Billy, Brendan Benson, Vetiver, Robin Pecknold, Alela Diane, Mariee Sioux with Greg Weeks, the Moore Brothers, Sleepy Sun, Port O'Brien, and Papercuts. Nile Nash performs as well. Songs for Beginners was recorded in the aftermath of Nash's breakup with Joni Mitchell, the temporary breakup of CSNY, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and the waning idealism of the '60s. He created a space of quiet in the midst of his turmoil with beautifully articulated and arranged songs and performances that hold up 40 years later. The album produced a hit single in "Military Madness" as well as the anthems "Chicago" and its reprise "We Can Change the World." Here, Vetiver's "I Used to Be King" is the brightest moment, but the set's quality is surprisingly consistent. Benson's "Better Days" captures the disillusionment of the original version with a country-rock arrangement. "Military Madness" has been redefined for the indie rock generation thanks to a seamless collaborative reading from Port O'Brien and Papercuts; Nile Nash's "Wounded Bird" rings empathically -- if plaintively -- true. Pecknold's version of the title track contains some gorgeous backing vocals all his that evoke CSN's. Diane's read of "There's Only One" is stellar in its emotional revelation. Sleepy Sun's "Chicago" rocks harder than anything here and reveals the anger inherent in the history the song bears, but is then transformed by the reprise of Nash' refrain at the album's close; it becomes a paean to solidarity and hope. Re-creating a classic album, especially one this iconic, is no mean feat. Be Yourself maintains mostly its inspiration's spirit of quiet and heartfelt honesty, no matter its new interpretations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Grass Roots Record
  • UPC: 897620001094
  • Catalog Number: 17
  • Sales rank: 342,468

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Military Madness - Port O'Brien (3:37)
  2. 2 Better Days - Brendan Benson (4:06)
  3. 3 Wounded Bird - Nile Nash (3:49)
  4. 4 I Used to Be A King - Vetiver (4:35)
  5. 5 Be Yourself - Robin Pecknold (3:06)
  6. 6 Simple Man (Hombre Sencillo) - Bonnie "Prince" Billy (3:36)
  7. 7 Man In The Mirror - The Moore Brothers (3:03)
  8. 8 There's Only One - Alela Diane (3:25)
  9. 9 Sleep Song - Mariee Sioux (3:43)
  10. 10 Chicago - Sleepy Sun (3:50)
  11. 11 We Can Change The World (Reprise) - Nile Nash (2:12)
  12. 12 On the Line - Johnathan Rice
  13. 13 Hey You (Looking At the Moon) - Tyson Vogel
  14. 14 And So It Goes (Music Gets You High) - Jonathan Wilson
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Kamm Background Vocals
Thomas Heyman Electric Guitar
Chris Von Sneidern Acoustic Guitar, Piano, 12-string Guitar
Brendan Benson Various
Greg Weeks Various
Danny Kiely Double Bass
Andy Cabic Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Lorraine Gervais Background Vocals
Chris Sipe Percussion, Drums
Jason Quever Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Otto Hauser Drums
Peter Townsend Percussion
Mariee Sioux Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Robin Pecknold Various
Pete Newsom Group Member
Cheyenne Mize Fiddle
Van Pierszalowski Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Alela Diane Guitar, Vocals
Mark "Lupe" Hamilton Guitar
Sanders Trippe Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Higley Piano
Sleepy Sun Various
Tom Bevitori Bass, Vocals
Tom Menig Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Alina Hardin Background Vocals
Meryl Press Background Vocals
Nile Nash Vocals
Ben Goodman Background Vocals
Sarah Versprille Piano, Vocals
Noelle Cahill Background Vocals
Mike Deni Vocal Harmony
Micah Morris Background Vocals
Marc Dantona Electric Bass
Elenore Macdonald Background Vocals
Daniel Hindman Bass, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Graham Nash Composer, Liner Notes
Terry Reid Composer
Joel Bernstein Liner Notes
Colin Stewart Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Brendan Benson Producer, Engineer
Greg Weeks Producer, Engineer
Andy Cabic Producer
Dana Gumbiner Engineer
Jason Quever Producer, Engineer
Adam Joseph Interview Editor
Sylvie Simmons Liner Notes
Nathaniel Russell Layout
Robin Pecknold Engineer
Alela Diane Producer
Josh Antonuccio Engineer
Tom Menig Producer, Engineer
Nile Nash Liner Notes, Executive Producer
JJ Golden Mastering
Bob Arellano translation
Tahiti Pehrson Artwork
Nina Snegg Interview Editor
Marc Dantona Producer
Chris Konovoliv Engineer
Britt Govea Executive Producer
Brian Ziffer Web Design
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