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If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

  • 1. Guantanamera - Jackson Browne/Joan Baez
    2. If I Had a Hammer - Eliza Carthy/Billy Bragg
    3. Words, Words, Words - John Wesley Harding/The Minus 5
    4. Walking Down Death Row - Steve Earle
    5. Oh, Had I a Golden Thread - Dar Williams/Toshi Reagon
    6. 66 Highway Blues - Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie
    7. Talking Union - Corey Harris/John McCutcheon
    8. Maple Syrup Time - Moxy Frvous
    9. Snow, Snow - Eric Andersen
    10. Little Boxes - Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle/Kate & Anna McGarrigle
    11. Last Train to Nuremberg - Joel Rafael Band
    12. You'll Sing to Me Too - Guardabarranco
    13. This Old Car - Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie
    14. Old Devil Time - Kim Harris/Magpie/Reggie Harris/Kim & Reggie Harris/Mapgpie
    15. Emperor Is Naked Today-O, The - Dave Carter/Tracy Grammer
    16. Well May the World Go - Jackson Browne/Joan Baez/Larry Long/Pete Seeger
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1055

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Andersen; Dave Carter; David Seitz; Jorge Caleron; Jim Musselman; Guardabarranco; Jackson Browne; John Wesley Harding; Kate McGarrigle; Paul Dieter; Peter Buck; Anna McGarrigle; Reggie Harris; Scott McCaughey; Terry Leonino; Tracy Grammer; Twangtrust; Ben Wisch; Billy Oskay; Billy Peterson; Joel Rafael
    EngineerTom Heron; Jonas Fjeld; Michel Pepin; Paul Dieter; Billy Oskay; Bobby Read

    This is the second volume of artist tributes to Pete Seeger. The first was called WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE: THE SONGS OF PETE SEEGER.
    Includes liner notes by Pete Seeger and Jim Musselman.
    Adapter: Pete Seeger.
    Personnel: Dave Carter (vocals, guitar, banjo); Dar Williams, Larry Long, Mike Ford, Reggie Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Bragg, Greg Artzner (vocals, guitar); Scott McCaughey (vocals, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, tambourine); John Wesley Harding, Joel Rafael (vocals, acoustic guitar); Eric Andersen (vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar); Anna McGarrigle (vocals, electric guitar, tambourine); Corey Harris (vocals, slide guitar); Pete Seeger (vocals, banjo); Tracy Grammer (vocals, mandolin, violin); Eliza Carthy (vocals, violin); David Matheson (vocals, piano); Jian Ghomeshi, Kate McGarrigle (vocals, drums); Debbie Duncan, Kim Harris, Katia Cardenal, Geoffrey Jones, Jackson Browne, John McCutcheon, Murray Foster, Terry Leonino, Toshi Reagon, Joan Baez (vocals); Andrs Snchez, Jorge Strunz (guitar); Jonas Fjeld (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, percussion); Carl Johnson , Michel Pepin (acoustic guitar); John Ramberg (electric guitar, baritone guitar); Peter Buck (12-string guitar); Bo Ramsey (slide guitar); Joel Pea (tres); Daniel Thonon (hurdy-gurdy); Peter Ostroushko (mandolin); Fiddlin' Pete Watercott, Joel Zifkin (violin); Dawn Buckholz, Nancy Ives (cello); Alberto Salas (piano); Kenny White (organ); Amanda Vincent (keyboards); Kevin McCormick (fretless bass); Robert Josp (drums, percussion); Will Rigby, Bill Rieflin (drums); Jeff Berkley (percussion, background vocals); Brian Melick, Luis Conte (percussion); Veslemoy Solberg (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Javier Ramirez; Jonas Fjeld; Michel Pepin; Paul Dieter; Twangtrust; Billy Oskay.
    Recording information: 1-800-PrimeCD Studios, New York, NY (1999-2001); Big Red Studio, Corbett, OR (1999-2001); Cathouse Studios, London, England (1999-2001); Groovemasters, Santa Monica, CA (1999-2001); Jonas Fjeld Studio, Denmark (1999-2001); Managua, Nicaragua (1999-2001); Nevessa Studios (1999-2001); Reaction Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1999-2001); Red House Music, New York, NY (1999-2001); Room and Board, Nashville, TN (1999-2001); Salmagundi Studios, Northfield, MN (1999-2001); Studio Frisson, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1999-2001); The Garden Studio, North Garden, VA (1999-2001).
    Photographers: Sam Erickson; Carol Hodge; Jim Musselman; Elde Stewart; Michael Wilson ; Dane Lanken; Henry Diltz; Andrew Goetz; Irene Young; Ken Schles; Nels Israelson; C. Taylor Crothers.
    Arrangers: Larry Long; Reggie Harris.
    Few songwriters encapsulate the political awareness, ecological activism, anti-war sentiment, the embracing of traditional musical forms and yearning for global peace of the folk movement than Pete Seeger. His music has affected millions, and on If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 many of his disciples pay tribute to the songs Seeger has written or, at the very least, made popular. This release is actually the second in a trilogy of tribute albums from Appleseed Recordings that began with Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger and will continue with a third disc in 2002. On this release, artists like Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie, Eric Andersen, Dar Williams, Toshi Reagon, John Wesley Harding, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Steve Earle, Moxy Frvous, and Corey Harris pay homage to this legendary songwriter with mixed results. Some of the performances are truly inspired, such as Dar Williams and Toshi Reagon's impassioned "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" and Eric Andersen's earthy "Snow, Snow." Steve Earle chooses a likely subject in "Walking Down Death Row," performing it with his usual gruff earnestness, and it's fun to hear an older Seeger and Arlo Guthrie harmonizing like they did twenty years ago on 1982's Precious Friend. Unfortunately, as was the case with the first tribute album, some of the tracks are a little weak, such as John McCutcheon and Corey Harris rap version of "Talking Union," and (surprisingly) Billy Bragg and Eliza Carthy's off the cuff version of "If I Had a Hammer." None of the songs are as great as the originals, but, Seeger himself states in the liner notes, "the world is full of cooks changing old recipes to fit new stomachs" and "lawyers changing old laws to fit new citizens," and since this is a textbook definition of the folk music process rolling onward, it is a success. ~ Zac Johnson

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