Tomorrow's Children

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Pete Seeger has been making children's records for over 50 years, but he has never made one like this, a full-scale collaboration with a group dubbed the Rivertown Kids who were, when he started working with them, fourth graders at the Forrestal School in Beacon, NY, where he lives. (At the time of the release of this album, they would be on summer vacation after finishing sixth grade.) The album's third credit, to "friends," includes a batch of other folk singers, some of whom sit in to take lead vocals on songs they wrote. Indeed, while Seeger is heard throughout the disc in one capacity or another, he can be considered something of a master of ceremonies, speaking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Pete Seeger has been making children's records for over 50 years, but he has never made one like this, a full-scale collaboration with a group dubbed the Rivertown Kids who were, when he started working with them, fourth graders at the Forrestal School in Beacon, NY, where he lives. (At the time of the release of this album, they would be on summer vacation after finishing sixth grade.) The album's third credit, to "friends," includes a batch of other folk singers, some of whom sit in to take lead vocals on songs they wrote. Indeed, while Seeger is heard throughout the disc in one capacity or another, he can be considered something of a master of ceremonies, speaking or singing lead here, playing a banjo part there. While it is reasonable to classify the album as children's music, "educational" music might be a better tag, since the songs, written not only by folk singers, but also in some cases featuring lyrics contributed by the children, touch on familiar topics for Seeger, including political issues such as environmentalism and civil rights, as well as enough references to the Hudson River to make it a concept album about the waterway Seeger has devoted decades to trying to clean up. The children are not professional singers, of course, but their unison vocals remain in key and comprehensible for the most part, and they take turns singing lead on, for example, their own verses to "We Shall Not Be Moved," otherwise stepping back to allow Bob Killian to sing his composition "There'll Come a Day" or David Bernz to sing his "Solartopia," with Dar Williams taking a verse. Other singers who get lead vocals include Rick Nestler (on his song "The River That Flows Both Ways"), Travis Jeffrey (on "It's a Long Haul," which he and Seeger adapted from an old folk song), Dan Einbender (on his song "It Really Isn't Garbage"), and Sarah Underhill (on Bill Staines' "River"). Seeger, meanwhile, who demonstrated a remarkable vigor for his age at his 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 2009, here continues his late-in-life renaissance, following the same interests he's had throughout his life, and carefully transferring them to people young enough to be his great-grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587112323
  • Catalog Number: 1123
  • Sales rank: 205,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quite Early Morning (With Spoken Introduction) - Rivertown Kids (2:25)
  2. 2 We Sing Out - Rivertown Kids (2:57)
  3. 3 There'll Come A Day - Rivertown Kids (6:30)
  4. 4 Solartopia - Rivertown Kids (3:51)
  5. 5 Down By the River - Rivertown Kids (3:12)
  6. 6 River - Rivertown Kids (4:05)
  7. 7 Mastinchele Wachipi Olewan - Rivertown Kids (1:31)
  8. 8 The River That Flows Both Ways - Rivertown Kids (4:38)
  9. 9 I See Freedom - Rivertown Kids (4:26)
  10. 10 Take It From Dr. King - Rivertown Kids (3:52)
  11. 11 De Colores - Rivertown Kids (3:51)
  12. 12 It Really Isn't Garbage - Rivertown Kids (4:05)
  13. 13 English is Cuh-Ray-Zee - Rivertown Kids (3:06)
  14. 14 River Song (Back and Forth the Hudson Flows) - Rivertown Kids (1:48)
  15. 15 It's A Long Haul - Rivertown Kids (3:56)
  16. 16 We Shall Not Be Moved - Rivertown Kids (3:08)
  17. 17 Turn, Turn, Turn - Rivertown Kids (4:30)
  18. 18 Tomorrow's Children - Rivertown Kids (2:11)
  19. 19 Quite Early Morning - Rivertown Kids (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
David Amram Percussion, Penny Whistle, Native American Flute
Karen Brooks Vocals
Dar Williams Vocals
Jeff Haynes Percussion, Steel Pan
Chris Richards Vocals
Linda Richards Vocals
Peter Siegel Mandolin
Travis Jeffrey Banjo, Vocals
C. Lanzbom Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Steve Stanne Dobro
Doug Weiss Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Sue Altkin Vocals
David Bernz Banjo, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Mark Murphy Upright Bass
Franklin Thompson Vocals
Samantha Springer Hand Drums
Victorio Roland Mousaa Vocals, Animal Sounds
Declan Costello Hand Drums
Danny Einbender Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Rick Nestler Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Allyson Hockler Vocals
A.J. Lukan Vocals
Brian Dolman Vocals
Bob Killian Guitar, Vocals
Kendyll Gaster Hand Drums
Justin Warner Hand Drums
Julia Barnett Vocals
Joseph Borrello Hand Drums
John Sgorbissa Vocals
Jacob Bernz Vocals
Isaac Otero Hand Drums
Imani Washington Vocals
Hope Horan Hand Drums
Gabriella Lucas Vocals
Gabe O'Reilly Vocals
Elyse Fox Vocals
Diana Barriga Vocals
Curt Jorgensen Hand Drums
Claire Emmett Vocals
Yania Stafford Hand Drums
Tyrese Collins Vocals
Trevion Belton Vocals
Sofia Olmo Hand Drums
Sarah Underhill Vocals
Sarah Armour Vocals
Samantha Medina Vocals
Sahar Moshret Hand Drums
Rebe Underhill Vocals
Monique Boone Hand Drums
Michael Borrello Hand Drums
Melissa Ortquist Vocals
Mark Luchs Vocals
Lucas Davison Vocals
Lilian Lewis Vocals
Kyra Johnston Hand Drums
Kirsten Lutley Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom Paxton Composer
Pete Seeger Composer, Song Notes
Bill Staines Composer
Richard Lederer Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Jeff Haynes Composer, Producer, Engineer
Josh White Jr. Composer
Alan Edwards Packaging
Travis Jeffrey Composer
C. Lanzbom Composer
Jim Musselman Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Sonya Cohen Cramer Layout
David Bernz Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Song Notes
Danny Einbender Composer, Producer, Song Notes
Rick Nestler Composer
Walter Lowenfels Composer
Rivertown Kids Composer, Song Notes
Bob Killian Composer
Jean Valla-McAvoy Composer
Harvey Wasserman Composer
Dio Cramer Illustrations
Toshi Seeger Composer
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