Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger

Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger

     
 

Producer Jim Mussleman cast the more than three dozen artists involved in this project with great care. "I looked on this almost like a movie, showing many sides of Pete's life and his music," he says. "I chose people I felt were in the spirit of Pete, and songs that I felt were philosophically connected to them." Once the choices were made, though, each musician was… See more details below

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Producer Jim Mussleman cast the more than three dozen artists involved in this project with great care. "I looked on this almost like a movie, showing many sides of Pete's life and his music," he says. "I chose people I felt were in the spirit of Pete, and songs that I felt were philosophically connected to them." Once the choices were made, though, each musician was given free reign, resulting in surprises such as the reggae treatment Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne chose for "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and Ani di Franco's powerful, almost recitative arrangement of of "My Name Is Lisa Kalvelage." The many voices here constitute a remarkable tribute to Seeger's influence. There are folk music revival comrades (Tom Paxton, the Weavers), artists who extended Seeger's ideas into other areas of music (Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen), and a good sampling of musicians who are carrying on Seeger's spirit and openness to younger listeners (Indigo Girls, Billy Bragg). Tish Hinojosa even sings a Seeger song that hasn't appeared on record before, "Feria de los Flores." The disc concludes with Seeger himself, at 77, singing the tune he chose to describe his career, "I Am Still Searching."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
After listening to this multi-artist two-CD celebration of Pete Seeger's songs, you'll be delighted to read in the liner notes that it's "just the beginning of at least four volumes." Producer Jim Musselman calls the package a "labor of love," and that's clearly what it was. Musselman did a terrific job of choosing the songs from Seeger's vast repertoire, and of matching each tune with an artist "based on either the philosophical fit between the artist and the message of the song and/or their unique musical style." Even the extensive liner notes -- which include info on each performer, plus comments on every song by Seeger and the performer -- testify to the effort that went into the project. The result is one of the most consistently successful tribute albums on the market. The material is wonderful; whether you think of Seeger primarily as an interpreter or a crusader for social justice, you'll be impressed by this reminder of just how many classic tunes he has written or cowritten and how many topics he's covered -- everything from the Byrds-popularized "Turn, Turn, Turn" (Bruce Cockburn) to the lullaby "One Grain of Sand" (Odetta) to "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" (Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt). The performers, who range in age from five to 85, are a motley crew; and while they include more than a few obscure artists who apparently made the grade because they happen to be signed to Appleseed or its affiliated labels, the collection also features lots of big names. More importantly, nearly all of the 39 recordings are first-rate. Among the many highlights: Bruce Springsteen's gentle reading of "We Shall Overcome"; Greg Brown's "Sailing Down My Golden River"; Roger McGuinn's "Bells of Rhymney" (a song he first recorded with the Byrds); and Ani DiFranco's "My Name Is Lisa Kalvelage." Perhaps most touching, though, is the concluding number, Pete Seeger's own recording of his newly written "And Still I Am Searching." Sadly, the track does back up Seeger's statement in the liner notes that "I hardly have any voice left." But it also evidences the spirit that gave birth to all these songs. That spirit was still very much alive in the septuagenarian Seeger when this album was released, and thanks to his music, it will be around long after he's gone.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587102423
catalogNumber:
1024

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?  - Vedran Smailovic
  2. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  3. The Water Is Wide
  4. Of Time and Rivers Flowing
  5. My Name Is Liza Kalvelage
  6. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  7. Festival of Flowers
  8. Step by Step
  9. Blessed Be the Nation
  10. My Father's Mansion
  11. Sailing Down My Golden River
  12. Goofing off Suite
  13. Those Three Are on My Mind  - Kim Harris
  14. How Can I Keep from Singing?
  15. All Mixed Up
  16. Empty Pocket Blues
  17. Get up and Go
  18. Old Riley  - John Stewart
  19. If I Had a Hammer
  20. Wimoweh  -  Weavers

Disc 2

  1. We Shall Overcome
  2. The Bells of Rhymney
  3. Oh, Had I a Golden Thread
  4. False from True
  5. Letter to Eve
  6. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
  7. All My Children of the Sun  - Tim Robbins
  8. Living in the Country
  9. One Grain of Sand
  10. Old Father Hudson-Sailing Down Dirty Stream
  11. The Torn Flag
  12. Doublin'
  13. To Everyone in the World
  14. Over the Hills
  15. I Come and Stand at Every Door
  16. My Rainbow Race
  17. Quiet Early Morning
  18. Oh, Sacred World  - Studs Terkel
  19. And Still I Am Searching  - Pete Seeger

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Odetta   Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Trischka   Track Performer
Dick Gaughan   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Dolores Keane   Vocals,Track Performer
Nanci Griffith   Vocals
Tish Hinojosa   Vocals,Track Performer
Greg Brown   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Christian   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Judy Collins   Vocals,Track Performer
Cliff Eberhardt   Dobro
Cathy Fink   Banjo,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Gorka   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Richie Havens   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Anne Hills   Vocals,Track Performer
Si Kahn   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Tom Paxton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Peter, Paul and Mary   Track Performer
Jean Ritchie   Vocals
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Rosalie Sorrels   Vocals
John Stewart   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Eric Taylor   Vocals
Weavers   Track Performer
Michael Manring   Bass
Holly Near   Vocals,Track Performer
Sweet Honey in the Rock   Track Performer
Billy Bragg   Vocals,Track Performer
Jackson Browne   Track Performer
Bruce Cockburn   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Donovan   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Indigo Girls   Track Performer
David Lindley   Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Thompson   Vocals
Cordelia's Dad   Track Performer
Jay Berliner   Acoustic Guitar
Martin Simpson   Guitar,Track Performer
Eric Weissberg   Banjo,Vocals
Marcy Marxer   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer,Hi String
Tommy Sands   Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Vocals
Jim Rooney   Vocals
Peter Ostroushko   Mandolin
Tommy Makem   Autoharp,Vocals,Human Whistle,Track Performer
John Trudell   Vocals,Track Performer
Sue Evans   Percussion
Ben Riley   Drums
John Bucchino   Piano
Ani DiFranco   Bass,Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Track Performer
Patti Scialfa   Background Vocals
Martin Hayes   Fiddle
Lucy Kaplansky   Vocals
Greg Artzner   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Batti   Bass
James Blennerhassett   Double Bass
Nitanju Bolade Casel   Vocals
Liam Bradley   Percussion
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Mark Clifford   Banjo
Akua Dixon   Cello
Marvin Denton Dykhuis   Guitar
Larry Eagle   Percussion
Rick Eckstein   Bass,Keyboards
Nina Gerber   Acoustic Guitar
Ronnie Gilbert   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Giordano   Piano,Accordion
Kim & Reggie Harris   Vocals,Track Performer
Reggie Harris   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lee Hays   Vocals
Fred Hellerman   Guitar,Vocals
James Hooker   Piano,Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Gordon Johnson   Bass
Jay Joyce   Vocals
Aisha Kahlil   Vocals
Nancy Katz   Upright Bass
Zev Katz   Bass
Doug Lancio   Vocals,Guitar (Electric Resonator)
Terry Leonino   Vocals
Dean Magraw   Guitar
Carol Maillard   Vocals
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Arty McGlynn   Guitar
Kevin McCormick   Bass
Pete McDonald   Drums
Roger McGuinn   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Pat McInerney   Drums,Vocals
Abby Newton   Cello
Liam O'Flynn   Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Larry Packer   Violin,Viola
Paul Pearcy   Percussion,Drums
Scott Petito   Piano
Charlie Pilzer   Bass
Amy Ray   Guitar,Vocals
Gary Ray   Percussion,Drums
Doug Robinson   Bass Guitar
Richie Rosenberg   Trombone
Emily Saliers   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Shark   Guitar
Maurice Smith   Flute
Soozie Tyrell   Violin,Background Vocals
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Rick Walker   Percussion
Rod McVey   Accordion,Keyboards
Glenn Kawamoto   Bass
Libby McLaren   Piano,Track Performer
Studs Terkel   Track Performer
Eliza Carthy   Violin,Track Performer
Guy Davis   Track Performer
Chip Dolan   Accordion
Amy Farris Tiven   Violin
Gillian Welch   Vocals
Linda McRae   Accordion,Background Vocals
Robin Flower   Fiddle,Track Performer
Laura Risk   Fiddle
Sara Lee   Bass
Jeffrey Young   Organ
Matthew Ryan   Vocals
Rory Makem   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Bardfeld   Violin
Julie Cantor   Vocals
Robby Coffin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kevin O'Shea   Vocals
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger   Guitar
Ron de la Vega   Bass
Tim Robbins   Vocals,Track Performer
Lisa Ekström   Human Whistle
Tim Eriksen   Vocals
Steve Lucas   Bass
Casey Neill   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jack Henry Robbins   Vocals
Franklin Bruno   Guitar
Amanda Schreiber   Vocals
Frank Lee   Banjo,Vocals
Vedran Smailovic   Cello,Track Performer
Ros Ni Dhubhain   Choir, Chorus
Sosanna Ni Dhubhain   Choir, Chorus
Garret O'Hare   Choir, Chorus
Glen Phillips   Vocals
Marco Accattatis   Electric Bass
Dave Bass   Fiddle
Michael Amendola   Saxophone
Eva Amurri   Vocals
Jeremy Chatzky   Upright Bass
Marlene Rice   Viola
Stella Jones   Vocals
Ted Jones   Vocals
Ron Lawrence   Violin
Ed Manion   Tenor Saxophone
Alexa Caesar   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Trischka   Contributor
Dick Gaughan   Producer
Nanci Griffith   Producer
Judy Collins   Producer
Cathy Fink   Producer,Engineer
Pete Seeger   Composer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
Bruce Cockburn   Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Martin Simpson   Producer
Peter Yarrow   Producer
Marcy Marxer   Producer,Engineer
Tommy Sands   Arranger
Jim Rooney   Producer
John Trudell   Lyricist
Ani DiFranco   Producer
Colum Sands   Engineer
Joe Arlotta   Engineer
Robert Biles   Engineer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Bob Doidge   Engineer
Marvin Denton Dykhuis   Contributor
Don Gehman   Engineer
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Leslie Ann Jones   Producer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Colin Linden   Producer
Gary Mankin   Engineer
John McClure   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Producer
Lee Peterzell   Engineer
Scott Petito   Producer,Engineer
Jim Robeson   Engineer
Toby Scott   Engineer
David Seitz   Producer,Engineer
Alan Silverman   Producer
Justin Mayer   Engineer
Rod McVey   Arranger,Producer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Tom Tucker   Engineer
Laura Risk   Producer
Doug Trantow   Engineer
Pete Lewis   Engineer
Tim Robbins   Producer
Tim Eriksen   Producer
Peter Irvine   Producer
Betty Scott   Director
Chucho Monge   Composer
Scott McAllister   Engineer
Jessica Simpson   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jim Lovell   Engineer
David Robbins   Producer
Louise Bennett Coverly   Composer

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