If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

     
 

From the lively opening bars of Joan Baez and Jackson Browne’s upbeat version of "Guantanamera" to the closing lines of Pete Seeger leading us in "Well May the World Go," this CD, The Songs of Pete Seeger, Volume Two in a series, lets us know we have come across an American treasure trove: music from the bulging and extraordinary songbooks of PeteSee more details below

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From the lively opening bars of Joan Baez and Jackson Browne’s upbeat version of "Guantanamera" to the closing lines of Pete Seeger leading us in "Well May the World Go," this CD, The Songs of Pete Seeger, Volume Two in a series, lets us know we have come across an American treasure trove: music from the bulging and extraordinary songbooks of Pete Seeger. The collection stresses diversity of style, presentation, and musical adaptability. A case in point is the earthy sound of Billy Bragg’s version of "If I Had a Hammer," stripped of all cuteness and prettiness and sounding very much like the strong anthem it was meant to be. Or Steve Earle’s hauntingly lyrical interpretation of "Walkin’ Down Death’s Row," which gives the song a viability well beyond its strong protest context. One of the best things about this compilation is just how personal and intimate each Seeger song becomes in the hands and style of each artist. Eric Anderson’s rendition of "Snow, Snow" fits beautifully into his canon -- a stylistic ballad carved out with the exquisite detail of the classic Anderson sound. "Talkin’ Union" (John McCutcheon and Corey Harris) becomes a rap song, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s intricate harmonies turn "Little Boxes" into a signature piece. Many of Seeger’s songs may have originally been written in response to a particular event or moment in history; such is often the case with topical song. But this glorious collection clearly shows the ways in which Seeger, an American icon, has given us a solid sampler that is a reflection on more than a half century of thinking and singing about America in the progressive tradition. There is no doubt about the power of this music and its celebratory nature; we can all be excited as we look forward to Volume Three. Elena Pinto Simon

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Few songwriters encapsulate the political awareness, ecological activism, anti-war sentiment, the embracing of traditional musical forms and yearning for global peace of the folk movement than Pete Seeger. His music has affected millions, and on If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 many of his disciples pay tribute to the songs Seeger has written or, at the very least, made popular. This release is actually the second in a trilogy of tribute albums from Appleseed Recordings that began with Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger and will continue with a third disc in 2002. On this release, artists like Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie, Eric Andersen, Dar Williams, Toshi Reagon, John Wesley Harding, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Steve Earle, Moxy Früvous, and Corey Harris pay homage to this legendary songwriter with mixed results. Some of the performances are truly inspired, such as Dar Williams and Toshi Reagon's impassioned "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" and Eric Andersen's earthy "Snow, Snow." Steve Earle chooses a likely subject in "Walking Down Death Row," performing it with his usual gruff earnestness, and it's fun to hear an older Seeger and Arlo Guthrie harmonizing like they did twenty years ago on 1982's Precious Friend. Unfortunately, as was the case with the first tribute album, some of the tracks are a little weak, such as John McCutcheon and Corey Harris rap version of "Talking Union," and (surprisingly) Billy Bragg and Eliza Carthy's off the cuff version of "If I Had a Hammer." None of the songs are as great as the originals, but, Seeger himself states in the liner notes, "the world is full of cooks changing old recipes to fit new stomachs" and "lawyers changing old laws to fit new citizens," and since this is a textbook definition of the folk music process rolling onward, it is a success.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587105523
catalogNumber:
1055
Rank:
247220

Tracks

  1. Guantanamera
  2. If I Had a Hammer  - Eliza Carthy
  3. Words, Words, Words
  4. Walking Down Death Row  - Steve Earle
  5. Oh, Had I a Golden Thread  - Toshi Reagon
  6. 66 Highway Blues  - Pete Seeger
  7. Talking Union
  8. Maple Syrup Time  -  Moxy Früvous
  9. Snow, Snow  - Eric Andersen
  10. Little Boxes  - Kate McGarrigle
  11. Last Train to Nuremberg  -  Joel Rafael Band
  12. You'll Sing to Me Too
  13. This Old Car  - Pete Seeger
  14. Old Devil Time  -  Mapgpie
  15. The Emperor Is Naked Today-O  - Tracy Grammer
  16. Well May the World Go  - Jackson Browne

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Magpie   Track Performer
Eric Andersen   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Joan Baez   Vocals
Arlo Guthrie   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Long   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Vocals
Billy Bragg   Guitar,Vocals
Jackson Browne   Vocals
John Wesley Harding   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Scott McCaughey   Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Jonas Fjeld   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar
John McCutcheon   Vocals
Peter Ostroushko   Mandolin
Dar Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Artzner   Guitar,Vocals
J.T. Brown   Bass
Peter Buck   Bass,12-string Guitar
Jorge Caleron   Bass
Dave Carter   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Mark Dann   Bass
Debbie Duncan   Vocals
Mike Ford   Guitar,Vocals
Murray Foster   Bass,Vocals
Jian Ghomeshi   Drums,Vocals
Reggie Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Nancy Ives   Cello
Carl Johnson   Acoustic Guitar
Robert Jospé   Percussion,Drums
Terry Leonino   Vocals
David Matheson   Piano,Vocals
Kevin McCormick   Fretless Bass Guitar
Anna McGarrigle   Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Brian Melick   Percussion
Bo Ramsey   Slide Guitar
Toshi Reagon   Vocals
Bill Rieflin   Drums
Will Rigby   Drums
Jorge Strunz   Guitar
Daniel Thonon   Hurdy-Gurdy
Amanda Vincent   Keyboards
Chris Von Sneidern   Vocal Harmony
Joel Zifkin   Violin
Eliza Carthy   Violin,Vocals
Corey Harris   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Kate McGarrigle   Drums,Vocals,Button Accordion
Billy Peterson   Bass
Kenny White   Organ
John Ramberg   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Michel Pepin   Acoustic Guitar
Joel Peña   Tres
Jeff Berkley   Percussion,Background Vocals
Dawn Buckholz   Cello
Katia Cardenal   Vocals
Fiddlin' Pete Watercott   Violin
Alberto Salas   Piano
Andrés Sánchez   Guitar
Geoffrey Jones   Vocals
Kim Harris   Vocals
Veslemoy Solberg   Background Vocals
Joel Rafael   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tracy Grammer   Mandolin,Violin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Larry Long   Arranger,Executive Producer
Pete Seeger   Composer,Adaptation,Lyric Adaptations
Jackson Browne   Producer
John Wesley Harding   Producer
Scott McCaughey   Producer
Jonas Fjeld   Engineer,Mastering
Guardabarranco   Producer
John McCutcheon   Lyric Adaptations
Chris Andersen   Producer
Peter Buck   Producer,Feedback
Jorge Caleron   Producer
Dave Carter   Producer
Paul Dieter   Producer,Engineer
David Glasser   Mastering
Reggie Harris   Arranger,Producer
Lee Hays   Composer
Terry Leonino   Producer
Anna McGarrigle   Producer
Steve Mckinstry   Mastering
Billy Oskay   Producer,Engineer
David Seitz   Producer
Ben Wisch   Producer
Bobby Read   Engineer
Corey Harris   Lyric Adaptations
Kate McGarrigle   Producer
Billy Peterson   Producer
Tom Heron   Engineer
Michel Pepin   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Package Art Direction
José Martí   Poetry
Héctor Angulo   Lyric Editing
Twangtrust   Producer
Jim Musselman   Producer,Executive Producer
Joel Rafael   Producer
Tracy Grammer   Producer

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