Raised by Humans

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Fifty-three-year-old folksinger Spider John Koerner delivers only his sixth solo album in 27 years with Raised by Humans, following Spider Blues 1965, Running, Jumping, Standing Still 1969, Music Is Just a Bunch of Notes 1972, Some American Folk Songs Like They Used To 1974, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been 1986. That last album marked something of a resurgence for Koerner, but it was a little deceptive in the sense that the recording was six years old when it was released. So, it's been more than six years between albums for Koerner, but not, perhaps, as much as 12, by the evidence of one of the few original compositions, "Summer of '88," the singer's wry ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Fifty-three-year-old folksinger Spider John Koerner delivers only his sixth solo album in 27 years with Raised by Humans, following Spider Blues 1965, Running, Jumping, Standing Still 1969, Music Is Just a Bunch of Notes 1972, Some American Folk Songs Like They Used To 1974, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been 1986. That last album marked something of a resurgence for Koerner, but it was a little deceptive in the sense that the recording was six years old when it was released. So, it's been more than six years between albums for Koerner, but not, perhaps, as much as 12, by the evidence of one of the few original compositions, "Summer of '88," the singer's wry observation of the state of the planet as of that year and season. For the most part, however, the album is consistent with Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been in the sense that it consists of Koerner's easygoing takes on traditional material and songs associated with Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. Accompanying himself on 12-string acoustic guitar, Koerner is joined by John "Mr. Bones" Burrell on bones and occasional other musicians, many of them also playing percussion instruments. He sings in an assured, rhythmic voice that has taken on a certain gruffness since the early days of Koerner, Ray & Glover more than 30 years ago, making it all the more appropriate to the often familiar songs and enabling him to create his own distinct interpretations. He doesn't need to make albums frequently, as long as the ones he does make are as enjoyable as this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1992
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651004424
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 256,400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude (0:23)
  2. 2 Summer of '88 (5:32)
  3. 3 The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (1:50)
  4. 4 The Water Is Wide (4:21)
  5. 5 Titanic (4:01)
  6. 6 Boll Weevil (3:15)
  7. 7 The Farmer's Curst Wife (2:38)
  8. 8 Santy Anno (2:42)
  9. 9 More Pretty Women Than One (2:34)
  10. 10 Midnight Special (2:37)
  11. 11 The Fox (2:41)
  12. 12 Old Smoky (4:31)
  13. 13 Everybody's Going for the Money (2:45)
  14. 14 Ezekiel (3:29)
  15. 15 Poem (0:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
"Spider" John Koerner Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Dave Moore Harmonica, Percussion, Accordion
Peter Ostroushko Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Dakota Dave Hull Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, national steel guitar
Marc Anderson Percussion, Drums
Paul Baron Percussion
Dean Magraw Guitar
Willie Murphy Bass, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Eric Peltoniemi Percussion, Vocals
John "Mr. Bones" Burrell Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Knight Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Paul Baron Engineer
Bob Feldman Executive Producer
"Spider" John Koerner Arranger, Adaptation
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Eric Peltoniemi Producer
Johnny Rivers Composer
Glenn Tipton Composer
Tom Mudge Engineer
Craig Thorson Engineer
Linda Beauvais Artwork
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