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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With Holly Near's Redwood label having gone bust, putting all her early albums out of print, Appleseed culls tracks from two of her 1980s releases, Watch Out! and Sky Dances, and adds the version of Pete Seeger's "Quiet Early Morning" from its 1998 Seeger tribute, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, to construct this compilation. Near adds a sleeve note under the word "context," pointing out that most of the songs derive from the Reagan era and represent early warnings for political storms that are here today. The compilation doesn't do any favors for Watch Out!, which was a timely collection of topical songwriting set to a folk/bluegrass/acoustic new age musical palette ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With Holly Near's Redwood label having gone bust, putting all her early albums out of print, Appleseed culls tracks from two of her 1980s releases, Watch Out! and Sky Dances, and adds the version of Pete Seeger's "Quiet Early Morning" from its 1998 Seeger tribute, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, to construct this compilation. Near adds a sleeve note under the word "context," pointing out that most of the songs derive from the Reagan era and represent early warnings for political storms that are here today. The compilation doesn't do any favors for Watch Out!, which was a timely collection of topical songwriting set to a folk/bluegrass/acoustic new age musical palette contributed by the likes of John McCutcheon, Barbara Higbie, Michael Manring, Darol Anger, and others. But Sky Dances marked the beginning of Near's apparent writing block, and excerpting her own compositions from an album largely made up of cover tunes, while dropping some of the lesser tracks from Watch Out! makes for a stronger collection than either album separately. Near fans, of course, will want the original albums, but they're hard to find, and this is a reasonable selection from them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Calico Tracks Music
  • UPC: 611587105622
  • Catalog Number: 1056
  • Sales rank: 228,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Meek Are Getting Ready (3:57)
  2. 2 Don't Let the Singer Down (4:55)
  3. 3 War of the Flea (3:04)
  4. 4 Watch Out! (3:28)
  5. 5 Step It Out Nancy (3:27)
  6. 6 The Train Song (5:01)
  7. 7 Couple of Friends (2:47)
  8. 8 She (2:33)
  9. 9 Nicaragua Night (4:02)
  10. 10 Sun Won't Stop (2:55)
  11. 11 Child (3:52)
  12. 12 Sky Dances (4:12)
  13. 13 West Virginia Friend (3:33)
  14. 14 Quiet Early Morning (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Holly Near Primary Artist, Vocals
Darol Anger Cello
Barbara Higbie Piano
Michael Manring Bass
Ray Obiedo Electric Guitar
Lorraine Duisit Mandolin, Vocals, Mandola
John McCutcheon Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Hammered Dulcimer
John Bucchino Piano, Keyboards
Carrie Barton Electric Bass
Freyda Epstein Violin, Vocals, Double Bass
Nina Gerber Acoustic Guitar
Ralph Gordon Cello, Acoustic Bass
Paul Reisler Acoustic Guitar
Irene Sazer Viola
Rafael Manriquez Acoustic Guitar
Cam Davis Drums
Debbie Cotter Banjo
Technical Credits
Michael Manring Arranger, Producer
Holly Near Arranger, Producer
John McCutcheon Arranger, Producer
John Bucchino Arranger, Producer
Tom Anderson Engineer
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Joanie Shoemaker Arranger, Producer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Jo-Lynne Worley Arranger, Producer
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