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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
The second collaboration between a loquacious, 60-something activist / singer and a fierce, 20-something acoustic punk priestess is not your average folk record. But then, longtime pacifist Phillips and his edgy young pal DiFranco are not your average folkies. FELLOW WORKERS is a bold and experimental follow-up to 1996's THE PAST DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE, where DiFranco essentially remixed Philips's old-timer orations. Now, Phillips's tales of the history of the American labor movement are backed up by the impassioned, improvisational musical counterpoint of DiFranco and her band. The humorous, pointed tales gain movement and dimension from the music, shining most brightly on...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
The second collaboration between a loquacious, 60-something activist / singer and a fierce, 20-something acoustic punk priestess is not your average folk record. But then, longtime pacifist Phillips and his edgy young pal DiFranco are not your average folkies. FELLOW WORKERS is a bold and experimental follow-up to 1996's THE PAST DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE, where DiFranco essentially remixed Philips's old-timer orations. Now, Phillips's tales of the history of the American labor movement are backed up by the impassioned, improvisational musical counterpoint of DiFranco and her band. The humorous, pointed tales gain movement and dimension from the music, shining most brightly on "The Most Dangerous Woman in America" about labor activist Mother Jones and on the workers' anthem "Bread and Roses." The collection of songs, stories, poetry, jokes, and spur-of-the moment improvisation was recorded before a live audience at Kingsway Studio, housed in a 19th-century building in New Orleans's French Quarter. Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner was moved enough to kick in on trumpet, and Howard Zinn author of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES contributed the album's liner notes. But the response of the audience -- the laughter and cheers -- really makes clear what it is that these two inventive and ideologically committed performers have created. FELLOW WORKERS, more than an album, is a project that taps folk music's primal role: It connects people -- emotionally, philosophically -- with their past.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Singers/songwriters Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco follow the success of their previous collaboration, The Past Didn't Go Anywhere, with 1999's Fellow Workers. As the title suggests, this album focuses on America's labor movement, telling its triumphs and troubles through stories, songs and poetry. Phillips, DiFranco and her touring band played for 40 guests in the living room of an old New Orleans mansion. This homey, intimate vibe comes across in the recording, adding a freshness to their versions of "Bread & Roses" and "The Internationale," as well as their tributes to Mother Jones and Joe Hill. Fellow Workers celebrates the traditions of American folk and American workers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • UPC: 748731701529
  • Catalog Number: 15
  • Sales rank: 175,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joe Hill (2:34)
  2. 2 Stupid's Song (2:43)
  3. 3 The Most Dangerous Woman (3:43)
  4. 4 Stupid's Pledge (0:14)
  5. 5 Direct Action (4:52)
  6. 6 Pie in the Sky (3:30)
  7. 7 Shoot or Stab Them (2:44)
  8. 8 Lawrence (3:29)
  9. 9 Bread and Roses (1:45)
  10. 10 Why Come? (6:05)
  11. 11 Unless You Are Free (0:22)
  12. 12 I Will Not Obey (2:01)
  13. 13 The Long Memory (5:33)
  14. 14 The Silence That Is Me (0:42)
  15. 15 Joe Hill (1:37)
  16. 16 The Saw-Playing Musician (4:43)
  17. 17 Dump the Bosses (1:15)
  18. 18 The Internationale (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ani DiFranco Primary Artist
Utah Phillips Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mimi Fariña Composer
Earl Robinson Composer
Ani DiFranco Producer
Jim Oppenheim Composer
Andrew Gilchrist Engineer
Traditional Composer
Alfred Hayes Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    anti-ness

    good album, makes me want to hear more of Utah Phillips. has some real song opions.

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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