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Don't Mourn - Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill

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All Music Guide - Brian Whitener
The inclusion of Joan Baez's version of "Joe Hill" on the Woodstock album has been single-handedly responsible for keeping Joe Hill in the public consciousness. Sad but true, for Joe Hill, poet, songwriter, and organizer, was the most popular intentionally proletarian artist in American culture. Not an easy feat, especially considering how many people have tried to be popular proletarian artists. This album, named after Joe Hill's famous last words before he was executed by the State of Utah, is a testament to Hill's power as a musical and cultural figure. It also attempts to secure his place in our memory; Baez won't last forever, of course. The album consists of two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Whitener
The inclusion of Joan Baez's version of "Joe Hill" on the Woodstock album has been single-handedly responsible for keeping Joe Hill in the public consciousness. Sad but true, for Joe Hill, poet, songwriter, and organizer, was the most popular intentionally proletarian artist in American culture. Not an easy feat, especially considering how many people have tried to be popular proletarian artists. This album, named after Joe Hill's famous last words before he was executed by the State of Utah, is a testament to Hill's power as a musical and cultural figure. It also attempts to secure his place in our memory; Baez won't last forever, of course. The album consists of two elements, Hill songs performed by important interpreters and songs about Hill, again in historically important performances. Among the former, number Harry McClintock singing "The Preacher and the Slave," Pete Seeger doing "Casey Jones The Union Scab," and Cisco Houston's version of "The Tramp." The latter category contains the more varied and more interesting contributions. Among these are poet Kenneth Patchen's spoken word piece "Joe Hill Listens to the Praying," Billy Bragg singing Phil Ochs' "Joe Hill," and both Paul Robeson and Earl Robinson performing the Robinson-penned number Baez made her own, "Joe Hill," with its classic line, "I never died said he." Excellent as an album and as a cultural document, hopefully this album will not let us forget the important legacy, a sense of purpose, Joe Hill bequeathed to our culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1992
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074002629
  • Catalog Number: 40026
  • Sales rank: 256,990

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joe Hill - Billy Bragg (8:26)
  2. 2 Joe Hill's Last Will - Utah Phillips (3:15)
  3. 3 Joe Hill's Ashes - Mark Levy (3:22)
  4. 4 The Preacher and the Slave - Mac McClintock (3:39)
  5. 5 Joe Hill - Paul Robeson (2:57)
  6. 6 Paper Heart - Si Kahn (2:21)
  7. 7 Casey Jones - The Song Swappers (2:58)
  8. 8 Mr. Block - Mats Paulson (3:00)
  9. 9 Joe Hill Listens to the Praying - Joe Glazer (7:20)
  10. 10 The Tramp - Cisco Houston (3:30)
  11. 11 Joe Hill - Earl Robinson (2:33)
  12. 12 The White Slave - Alfred Esteban Cortez (3:27)
  13. 13 Narrative - Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1:06)
  14. 14 The Rebel Girl - Hazel Dickens (3:01)
  15. 15 There Is Power in a Union @@Entertainment Workers IU 630 (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hazel Dickens Vocals, Track Performer
Cisco Houston Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Si Kahn Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Faith Petric Vocals
Utah Phillips Vocals, Narrator, Track Performer
Pete Seeger Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Robeson Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Bragg Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Earl Robinson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Kate Taylor Vocals
Chris Thompson Banjo
Mary Travers Vocals
Fred Holstein Vocals
Tom Adams Banjo
Joe Glazer Narrator, Track Performer
Bob Bovee Guitar, Vocals
Alan Booth Piano
Bruce Brackney Vocals
Jeff Cahill Vocals
Zoe Collimore Vocals
Dudley Connell Guitar
Alfred Esteban Cortez Vocals, Track Performer
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Narrator, Track Performer
J.B. Freeman Vocals
Eric Glatz Vocals
Debbie Hand Vocals
Simon Kahn Guitar, Vocals
Nancy Kurz Vocals
Harry McClintock Vocals
David McLaughlin Fiddle, Mandolin
Robin Oye Mandolin, Vocals
Mats Paulson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Mark Ross Banjo, Vocals
Dave Sear Vocals
The Song Swappers Vocals, Track Performer
Marion Wade Vocals
Wiggy Guitar, Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Marshall Wilborn Bass
Kathy Taylor Vocals
Chris Thomson 5-string Banjo
Mark Levy Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hazel Dickens Arranger
Billy Bragg Composer
Sam Eskin Interviewer
Gunnar Bergsten Producer
Step Parikian Engineer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Rich Warren Engineer
Charleston Folk Producer
Laura Parenteau Producer
Mike Rivers Engineer
Edmund Robinson Producer
Bart Saylor Producer
Lori Elaine Taylor Producer
Gunnar Bergstrom Producer
Carlos Cortez Engineer
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