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Tomorrow's Children

  • 1. Quite Early Morning (With Spoken Introduction)
    2. We Sing Out
    3. There'll Come a Day
    4. Solartopia
    5. Down by the River
    6. River
    7. Mastinchele Wachipi Olewan [The Rabbit Song]
    8. River That Flows Both Ways, The
    9. I See Freedom
    10. Take It from Dr. King
    11. Colores, De
    12. It Really Isn't Garbage
    13. English Is Cuh-ray-zee
    14. River Song (Back and Forth the Hudson Flows)
    15. It's a Long Haul
    16. We Shall Not Be Moved
    17. Turn, Turn, Turn
    18. Tomorrow's Children
    19. Quite Early Morning
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APR CD 1123

  • Credits
    ProducerDanny Einbender; David Bernz
    EngineerJeffrey Haynes

    Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string guitar, banjo); David Bernz (vocals, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, banjo); Danny Einbender (vocals, 12-string guitar); Travis Jeffrey (vocals, banjo); Chris Richards, Sue Altkin, Allyson Hockler, A.J. Lukan, Brian Dolman, Julia Barnett, John Sgorbissa, Jacob Bernz, Imani Washington, Gabriella Lucas, Gabe O'Reilly, Elyse Fox, Diana Barriga, Claire Emmett, Tyrese Collins, Trevion Belton, Sarah Armour, Samantha Medina, Rebe Underhill, Melissa Ortquist, Mark Luchs, Lucas Davison, Lilian Lewis, Kirsten Lutley, Karen Brooks, Linda Richards, Franklin Thompson (vocals); C. Lanzbom (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Steve Stanne (dobro); Peter Siegel (mandolin); David Amram (Native American flute, pennywhistle); Grgoire Maret (harmonica); Doug Weiss (upright bass, electric bass); Mark Murphy (upright bass); Jeff Haynes (steel pan, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: C. Lanzbom.
    Liner Note Author: David Bernz.
    Illustrator: Dio Cramer.
    Photographers: David Bernz; Heather Fox; Daniel Keller; The Lutley Family; Tery Udell.
    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. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Seeger's song 'Quite Early Morning' bookends and album demonstrating environmental concern in a charming parochial setting..."
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