Rebel Voices: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World

Rebel Voices: Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World

by Iww Rebel Voices
     
 

Flying Fish and Rounder are independent labels which started up in the '70s, specializing in various types of roots music. The former company was apparently started up by Bruce Kaplan, a dissatisfied member of the Rounder collective. One of the disagreements might have been about politics, an element that Rounder seems to avoid despite the strong presence protest… See more details below

Overview

Flying Fish and Rounder are independent labels which started up in the '70s, specializing in various types of roots music. The former company was apparently started up by Bruce Kaplan, a dissatisfied member of the Rounder collective. One of the disagreements might have been about politics, an element that Rounder seems to avoid despite the strong presence protest songs have in many types of American folk styles. The label even went as far as to remove a controversial political song from a Hazel & Alice album, while Flying Fish, on the other hand, has actually released some product with a strong leftist bent, this compilation of labor songs among them. The most obvious audience for music such as this are people who are upset about their jobs; based on that perhaps faulty concept, this album should have sold millions. The presence of Utah Phillips looms large. He is a combination activist, organizer, songwriter, singer, and storyteller, and there are few performers who can put across a song such as "The Two Bums" as well as he can. The album also combines its participants into various small groupings and a big ensemble finale, an idea that works just as well in an album sequence as it has on many folk festival stages. There are several numbers originating with Joe Hill, needless to say, but also a grand Malvina Reynolds cover by Faith Petric and a terrific take on the classic "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" by Bob Bovee. Besides delivering its intended messages, this collection also puts the spotlight on some fairly unknown performers in a context that brings welcome thematic strength and emotional power to their work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1993
Label:
Flying Fish Records
UPC:
0018964048426
catalogNumber:
70484
Rank:
307958

Tracks

  1. Preamble to the Iww Constitution  - Utah Phillips
  2. The Organizer
  3. Little Red Hen
  4. Which Side Are You On?
  5. The Two Bums
  6. Banks of Marbles
  7. Put It on the Ground
  8. The Popular Wobbly
  9. Song of the Rail  - Mark Ross
  10. Hold the Fort
  11. We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years
  12. Ain't Done Nothing If You Ain't Been Called a Red
  13. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
  14. The Boss  - Utah Phillips
  15. The Preacher and the Slave  - Jeff Cahill
  16. Mysteries of a Hobo's Life  - Mark Ross
  17. Stung Right
  18. Jo Hill's Last Will
  19. Mr. Block  - Utah Phillips
  20. Power in the Union  - Utah Phillips

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iww Rebel Voices   Primary Artist
Faith Petric   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Utah Phillips   Vocals,Track Performer
Kate Taylor   Track Performer
Fred Holstein   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Track Performer
Bob Bovee   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Bruce Brackney   Vocals,12-string Guitar,Track Performer
Jeff Cahill   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
J.B. Freeman   Vocals
Eric Glatz   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Robin Oye   Flute,Mandolin,Vocals
Mark Ross   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Marion Wade   Vocals,Track Performer
Kathy Taylor   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Utah Phillips   Liner Notes
Rich Warren   Engineer
Public Domain   Composer
F. Reece   Composer

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