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

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: NPR NATIONAL PUBLIC
  • UPC: 637402003324
  • Catalog Number: 33

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before This Time (2:17)
  2. 2 It Just Suits Me (2:20)
  3. 3 I Saw the Light (3:44)
  4. 4 Farther Along (4:21)
  5. 5 Cuckoo's Nest (2:18)
  6. 6 Sherburne (2:01)
  7. 7 Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (2:42)
  8. 8 When God Dips His Pen of Love in My Heart (4:26)
  9. 9 Creepin' In (3:01)
  10. 10 Strong Hand (3:14)
  11. 11 The Seeker (4:22)
  12. 12 I Shall Not Walk Alone (5:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Save It for a Rainy Day - The Jayhawks (3:09)
  2. 2 Hollywood (3:40)
  3. 3 War (4:11)
  4. 4 Sweetness (3:17)
  5. 5 Eenie Meenie (3:55)
  6. 6 For You (2:08)
  7. 7 Just Can't Last (4:14)
  8. 8 The Cranes (2:42)
  9. 9 She Said It Was Destiny - Richard Thompson (3:56)
  10. 10 Will You Remember Me? (2:21)
  11. 11 Gilbert (4:42)
  12. 12 Harbor (3:33)
  13. 13 One Moment More (3:42)
  14. 14 Sail Away (2:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Deb (Heart Broken) (5:06)
  2. 2 Qualahila Ar Tesninam (3:51)
  3. 3 Bèl Kongo (4:16)
  4. 4 People Get Ready (3:19)
  5. 5 Rivers of Babylon (3:28)
  6. 6 The Retreat Song (Jikele Emaweni) (2:37)
  7. 7 13 de Maio (3:40)
  8. 8 Dignificada (3:47)
  9. 9 Sitting on Top of the World (4:06)
  10. 10 Jubilee (4:47)
  11. 11 Razom Nas Bahato (2:41)
  12. 12 Cranes (3:49)
  13. 13 Save the Country (3:12)
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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
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
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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