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

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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
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: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587105523
  • Catalog Number: 1055
  • Sales rank: 168,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guantanamera (6:35)
  2. 2 If I Had a Hammer - Eliza Carthy (3:07)
  3. 3 Words, Words, Words (3:00)
  4. 4 Walking Down Death Row - Steve Earle (3:48)
  5. 5 Oh, Had I a Golden Thread - Toshi Reagon (5:16)
  6. 6 66 Highway Blues - Pete Seeger (2:20)
  7. 7 Talking Union (5:09)
  8. 8 Maple Syrup Time - Moxy Früvous (3:35)
  9. 9 Snow, Snow - Eric Andersen (4:08)
  10. 10 Little Boxes - Kate McGarrigle (3:39)
  11. 11 Last Train to Nuremberg - Joel Rafael Band (4:19)
  12. 12 You'll Sing to Me Too (3:09)
  13. 13 This Old Car - Pete Seeger (2:59)
  14. 14 Old Devil Time - Mapgpie (3:38)
  15. 15 The Emperor Is Naked Today-O - Tracy Grammer (2:51)
  16. 16 Well May the World Go - Jackson Browne (6:26)
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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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