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I Heard It on NPR: Down to the Roots/Singers, Songs & Sessions/One World Many Voices
     

I Heard It on NPR: Down to the Roots/Singers, Songs & Sessions/One World Many Voices

 
There have been six installments in the I Heard It on NPR series to date, three of which -- "Down to the Roots," "Singers, Songs & Sessions," and "One World Many Voices" -- are included in this box set. There are several gems on each of these albums, but what you have here is in effect an extended sampler, and the safe, quaint tone that dominates (and

Overview

There have been six installments in the I Heard It on NPR series to date, three of which -- "Down to the Roots," "Singers, Songs & Sessions," and "One World Many Voices" -- are included in this box set. There are several gems on each of these albums, but what you have here is in effect an extended sampler, and the safe, quaint tone that dominates (and practically defines NPR) gets a little irritating after a while, and one starts to long for a couple of Sex Pistols tracks just to clear out the ears. "Down to the Roots" focuses on bluegrass, gospel, and country artists, and the clear highlights are the first two tracks, Ollabelle's call-and-response gospel stomper, "Before This Time," followed by the equally as passionate (and every bit as upbeat) "It Just Suits Me," which pairs American treasures Hobart Smith and Bessie Jones. Another pairing here is even odder (but no less successful), with Norah Jones joining Dolly Parton for "Creepin' In," a wonderful bit of Appalachian pop full of mountain harmonies. "Singers, Songs & Sessions" is a collection of live-in-the-studio performances from several singer/songwriter types, and it is veteran Randy Newman who steals the show with a stripped-down rendition of his beautiful and tragic farce "Sail Away." "One World Many Voices" focuses on mostly international tracks in what is a clear attempt to show how interlinked the planet's music actually is. The selections range from the soulful folk of the late Eva Cassidy to the classic reggae spiritual "Rivers of Babylon" by the Melodians. If there's a problem with this NPR series, it's that nothing is ever too jarring, and while there is no denying that one of music's many purposes is to soothe, it also needs to -- at times, anyway -- rattle and roll and occasionally even piss people off. None of that is here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Npr National Public
UPC:
0637402003324
catalogNumber:
33

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Patty Larkin   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Newman   Piano,Vocals
Dan Bern   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jonatha Brooke   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joey Burns   Guitar,Vocals
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Gary Louris   Guitar,Vocals
Graham Maby   Bass,Background Vocals
Steve McCarthy   Guitar,Background Vocals
Natalie Merchant   Vocals
Tim O'Reagan   Drums,Background Vocals
Marc Perlman   Bass
Duncan Sheik   Guitar,Vocals
John Convertino   Drums
Paul Dugan   Standup Bass
Paul Niehaus   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bill Chambers   Guitar
Kasey Chambers   Vocals
Geoffrey Moore   Electric Guitar
Stephen Ulrich   Electric Guitar
Colin Mahoney   Drums
Gabriel Gordon   Guitar,Background Vocals
Lex Price   Mandolin
Glen Hannah   Guitar
Jeff McCormack   Bass
Elizabeth Steen   Piano
Vienna Teng   Piano,Vocals
Tamir Muskat   Drums
Brian Schey   Bass
Eben Grace   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jacob Valenzuela   Trumpet
Martin Wenk   Vibes
Volker Zander   Bass
Mindy Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Darren Embry   Bass,Background Vocals
Erik Dellapenna   Guitar

Technical Credits

Rosanne Cash   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Patty Larkin   Composer
Caetano Veloso   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Brenton Dowe   Composer
Dan Bern   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Jonatha Brooke   Composer
Mark Greenhouse   Engineer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes
R. Hill   Composer
Gary Louris   Composer
Natalie Merchant   Composer
Duncan Sheik   Composer
Patti Smith   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Gillian Welch   Arranger
Matt Martinez   Producer
Kasey Chambers   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lila Downs   Composer
Souad Massi   Composer
Emeline Michel   Arranger
Vienna Teng   Composer
Mindy Smith   Composer
Helaine Harris   Producer,Concept
Jeeun Lee   Artwork
Nell Mulderry   Producer
Ned Wharton   Producer,Liner Notes
Wilma Consul   Producer
Cara Gerhard   Producer
Chip Grabow   Producer
Melissa Gray   Producer
Sarah Beyer Kelly   Producer
Charlie Mayer   Producer
Rekha Murthy   Producer
Emily Rubin   Producer,Concept
Chris Nelson   Engineer
Lee Alexander   Composer

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