Rockin' Patriots

Rockin' Patriots


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Rockin' Patriots

Rhino's Rockin' Patriots is a bit odd, even if its heart is probably in the right place. It offers 18 songs about America and freedom. Sometimes, the songs fit this definition loosely, but not to the detriment of the collection, since it's so weird in the first place. And it's not weird because of the idea about rock songs about America is weird -- it's just that the selections are all over the map, containing a handful of hits ("Living in America," "American Pie," "We're an American Band") with critics' favorites (Joe Grushecky, Washington Squares, Randy Newman), covers of critics' favorites (Richie Havens doing Jackson Browne), little-known songs by stars like Glenn Frey and Alabama, cuts from little-knowns like Snakefarm and Tom Kimmel, an album track by Bon Jovi's guitarist Richie Sambora, and new tracks recording exclusively for this compilation, including a version of "This Land Is Your Land" by the head-spinning congregate of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Jose Feliciano, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bill Miller, and Dar Williams. Whew. If the intention is to make this disc a melting pot like America, then they've succeeded, but that doesn't really make the disc listenable. The concept overrides the music and though there are many worthy artists here, the selections don't necessarily showcase them at their best. So, Rockin' Patriots winds up a bit like a novelty record, in the sense that it's novel -- it's an original idea, and executed well, but it's hard to imagine anybody listening to this all the way through more than once.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227426828
catalogNumber: 74268

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Track Performer
Richie Havens   Track Performer
Washington Squares   Track Performer
José Feliciano   Track Performer
Grand Funk Railroad   Track Performer
Randy Newman   Track Performer
Richie Sambora   Track Performer
Tom Kimmel   Track Performer
Jesse Colin Young   Track Performer
Julie Miller   Track Performer
Dar Williams   Track Performer
Glenn Frey   Track Performer
Buddy Miller   Track Performer
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Track Performer
Joe Grushecky   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Don McLean   Composer
Snakefarm   Arranger
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
David Freiberg   Engineer
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
Jim Griffith   Engineer
Lou Beach   Cover Illustration
Larry Bastian   Arranger,Producer
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Amy Utstein   Discographical Annotation
Tom Bocci   Producer,Liner Notes

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