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Songs for Political Action: Folk Music, Topical Songs and the American Lef [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Boll Weevil, The - Carl Sandburg
    2. Patriotic Diggers - John Allison
    3. London's Bridge Is Falling Down - Charles Seeger
    4. Rissility Rossolty - Charles Seeger/R. Crawford
    5. Old Grey Mare - Ruth Crawford
    6. Hands - Charles Seeger
    7. Ragged Hungry Blues (Part 1) - Aunt Molly Jackson
    8. Ragged Hungry Blues (Part 2) - Aunt Molly Jackson
    9. I'm Going to Organize, Baby Mine - Sarah Ogan Gunning
    10. I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister - Tillman Cadle
    11. Raggedy, Raggedy - John Handcox
    12. No More Mourning - John Handcox
    13. Join the Union Tonight - John Handcox
    14. We're Going to Roll the Union On - John Handcox
    15. There Is Mean Things Happening in This Land - John Handcox
    16. Farmer's Letter to the President - Bob Ferguson
    17. Farm Relief Blues - Bob Miller
    18. 11 Cent Cotton, 40 Cent Meat - Bob's Boys (Bob Miller)
    19. Hootenanny Song, The - Miller's Bullfrog Entertainers
    20. Bank Failures - Bob Ferguson & Scalawaggers
    21. Rich Man and the Poor Man, The - Bob Miller
    22. Poor Forgotten Man, The - Bill Palmer (Bob Miller)
    23. Soup Song, The - New Singers
    24. Internationale, The - New Singers
    25. Rise Up - New Singers
    26. United Front - New Singers
    27. Forward, We've Not Forgotten - New Singers
    28. In Praise of Learning - New Singers
    29. On the Picket Line - Manhattan Chorus
    30. Hold the Fort - Manhattan Chorus
    31. Casey Jones - Manhattan Chorus
    32. Sit Down - Manhattan Chorus
    33. Write Me Out My Union Card - Manhattan Chorus
    34. We Shall Not Be Moved - Manhattan Chorus
    36. Join the Union - Manhattan Chorus
    37. Solidarity Forever - Manhattan Chorus
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Strange Funeral in Braddock, The - M. Baumann/Elie Siegmeister
    2. Abraham Lincoln (Parts 1 & 2) - Earl Robinson
    3. Joe Hill - Earl Robinson
    4. Spring Song - Earl Robinson
    5. Old Chisholm Trail, The - Tony Kraber
    6. Old Paint (The Horse With the Union Label) - Saul Aarons
    7. Capitalistic Boss (Part 1 & 2) - Saul Aarons
    8. Little Theather on the Right - Harrison Dowd
    9. Little Theater on the Left - Harrison Dowd
    10. Nine Foot Shovel - Josh White
    11. Chain Gang Boun' - Josh White
    12. Trouble - Josh White
    13. Goin' Home Boys - Josh White
    14. Cryin' Who? Cryin' You! (Parts 1 & 2) - Josh White
    15. Told My Captain - Josh White
    16. Jerry - Josh White
    17. Southern Exposure - Josh White
    18. Uncle Sam Says - Josh White
    19. Jim Crow Train - Josh White
    20. Bad Housing Blues - Josh White
    21. Hard Times Blues - Josh White
    22. Defense Factory Blues - Josh White
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Strange Death of John Doe, The - Almanac Singers
    2. Billy Boy - Almanac Singers
    3. 'C' For Conscription - Almanac Singers
    4. Washington Breakdown - Almanac Singers
    5. Lisa Jane - Almanac Singers
    6. Ballad of October 16th - Almanac Singers
    7. Plow Under - Almanac Singers
    8. Talking Union - Almanac Singers
    9. Union Train - Almanac Singers
    10. Which Side Are You On? - Almanac Singers
    11. Get Thee Behind Me Satan - Almanac Singers
    12. Union Maid - Almanac Singers
    13. All I Want - Almanac Singers
    14. Songs For Bridges - Almanac Singers
    15. Babe O' Mine - Woody Guthrie
    16. Blow Ye Winds, Heigh Ho - Almanac Singers
    17. Haul Away, Joe - Almanac Singers
    18. Blow the Man Down - Almanac Singers
    19. Golden Vanity, The - Almanac Singers
    20. Away, Rio - Almanac Singers
    21. Coast of High Barbary, The - Almanac Singers
    22. Greenland Fishing - Almanac Singers
    23. Dodger Song, The - Almanac Singers
    24. Ground Hog - Almanac Singers
    25. State of Arkansas - Almanac Singers
    26. Hard, Ain't It Hard - Almanac Singers
    27. I Ride an Old Paint - Almanac Singers
    28. House of the Rising Sun - Almanac Singers
    29. Weaver's Song, The - Almanac Singers
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Dear Mr. President - Almanac Singers
    2. Belt Line Girl - Almanac Singers
    3. Round, Round Hitler's Grave - Almanac Singers
    4. Side by Side - Almanac Singers
    5. Deliver the Goods - Almanac Singers
    6. Reuben James - Almanac Singers
    7. Boomtown Bill - Almanac Singers
    8. Keep That Oil a Rollin' - Almanac Singers
    9. I'm Looking For a Home (Housing Song) - The Priority Ramblers
    10. Amsterdam Maid - The Priority Ramblers
    11. Song of the Free - The Priority Ramblers
    12. In Washington - The Priority Ramblers
    13. Overtime Pay - The Priority Ramblers
    14. Quinte Brigada - Seeger & Glazer/Hawes/Lomax
    15. Jarama Valley - Tom Glazer/B. Hawes/Lomax
    16. Spanish Marching Song - Seeger & Glazer/Hawes/Lomax
    17. Cook House / The Young Man From Alcala - Seeger & Glazer/Hawes/Lomax
    18. Quinte Regimento - Seeger & Glazer/Hawes/Lomax
    19. Quarter Master Song - Seeger & Glazer/Hawes/Lomax
    20. Little Man on a Fence - Josh White/The Boys
    21. Jim Crow - Union Boys
    22. You Better Get Ready - Union Boys
    23. Hold The Fort / We Shall Not Be Moved - Union Boys
    24. U.A.W.-C.I.O. - Union Boys
    25. Hold On - Union Boys
    26. Solidarity Forever - Burl Ives/The Boys
    27. Dollar Ain't a Dollar Anymore, A - Union Boys
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Horace Greeley - Earl Robinson
    2. Kevin Barry - Earl Robinson
    3. House I Live In, The - Earl Robinson
    4. Man's a Man For a That, A - Earl Robinson
    5. Drill Ye Tarriers Drill - Earl Robinson
    6. Frozen Logger, The - Earl Robinson
    7. Jefferson and Liberty - Earl Robinson
    8. Sweet Betsy From Pike / Dirty Miner - Earl Robinson
    9. Grand Coulee Dam - Earl Robinson
    10. Free and Equal Blues (Parts 1&2) - Earl Robinson/Delroy Wilson
    11. Century of the Common Man, The - Sir Lancelot
    12. I'm a Native American Nazi - Vern Partlow
    13. Join the U.A.W.-C.I.O. - Vern Partlow
    14. Keeping Score For '44 - Vern Partlow
    15. U.A.W. Train, The - Vern Partlow
    16. Susan's in the Union - Vern Partlow
    17. Rollback Blues, The - Vern Partlow
    18. Mama Don't Allow - Vern Partlow
    19. Farmer-Labor Train - Woody Guthrie
    20. So Long, It's Been Good to Know You - Woody Guthrie
    21. Talking Sailor - Woody Guthrie
    22. Sally, Don't You Grieve - Woody Guthrie
    23. Citizen C.I.O. - Josh White
    24. No More Blues - Josh White
    25. We've Got a Plan - Tom Glazer
    26. Social Worker's Talking Blues - Tom Glazer
    27. I'm Gonna Put My Name Down - Tom Glazer
    28. Freedom Road - Josh White
    0. DISC 6:
    1. Landlord - Josh White
    2. Beloved Comrade - Josh White
    3. Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier - Josh White
    4. Beloved Comrade - Josh White
    5. Man Who Couldn't Walk Around, The - Josh White
    6. I'm the Guy - Josh White
    7. Little Man Sitting on a Fence - Josh White
    8. When the Country Is Broke - Tom Glazer
    9. Money in the Pocket - Tom Glazer
    10. Our Fight Is Yours - Tom Glazer
    11. Moses Green - Lee Hays
    12. Rankin Tree, The - Lee Hays
    13. Talking Bilbo - Lee Hays
    14. This Old World - Lee Hays
    15. No One Stooge - Bob Claiborne
    16. Song of My Hands - Bernie Asbel
    17. Mad as I Can Be - Bernie Asbel/Pete Seeger
    18. Jackie Robinson - Lord Invader
    19. High Price Blues - Brownie McGhee
    20. Black, Brown & White - Brownie McGhee
    21. Nix On Mundt / Nixon - Anna Beyer
    22. Daily Worker's Song, The - George Levine
    23. Taft-Hartley Blues - Unidentified
    24. Parnell Thomas Blues - Agnes "Sis" Cunningham
    25. Turn Me Loose - Malvina Reynolds/B. Oliver
    26. Snowball - Berries
    27. Swingin' on a Scab - Berries
    28. On to Sacramento - Mario Casetta
    29. Atomic Talking Blues - Vern Partlow
    30. Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People - Vern Partlow
    31. Passing Through - Dick Blakeslee
    0. DISC 7:
    1. Listen Mr. Bilbo - Pete Seeger
    2. Joe Hill - Pete Seeger
    3. O.P.A. Shout - Pete Seeger
    4. Voting Union - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    5. Get Out the Vote - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    6. Dollar Ain't a Dollar Anymore, A - Tom Glazer
    7. Dollar For P.A.C., A - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    8. Oh, What Congress Done to Me - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    9. Four P.A.C. Nursery Rhymes - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    10. D.D.T. - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    11. Fare Ye Well, Bad Congressman - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    12. No, No, No Discrimination - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    13. Voter, Oh Voter - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    14. Intro / Commonwealth Of Toil - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    15. We've Got Our Eyes on You - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    16. Talking Union - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    17. Preacher and the Slave, The - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    18. Which Side Are You One? - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    19. Solidarity Forever - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    20. Whole Wide World Around, The - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    21. Hold The Fort / Conclusion - Pete Seeger/Tom Glazer
    22. Talking P.A.C. - Pete Seeger
    23. Conversation With a Mule - Pete Seeger
    24. Farmer Is the Man, The - Pete Seeger
    25. Join the Famer's Union - Pete Seeger
    26. Talking Atom - Pete Seeger
    27. Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People - Pete Seeger
    28. Skillet Good and Greasy - Pete Seeger
    29. T For Texas - Pete Seeger
    30. Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase - Pete Seeger
    0. DISC 8:
    1. Walk in Peace (Part 1) - Sir Lancelot
    2. Walk in Peace (Part 2) - Sir Lancelot
    3. Atomic Energy - Sir Lancelot
    4. Old Lady With a Rolling Pin - Sir Lancelot
    5. Red Boogie - Goodson & Vale
    6. Unity Rhumba - Goodson & Vale
    7. Elephant and the Ass - Goodson & Vale
    8. Hungry Rhapsody - Goodson & Vale
    9. Housing - Goodson & Vale
    10. People's Songs Chorus Ballad of F.D.R. - Goodson & Vale
    11. Jim Crow - Goodson & Vale
    12. Mein Shtele Belz - Berries
    13. Zhonkoye - Berries/Pete Seeger
    14. Travelin' - Pete Seeger
    15. Black, Brown & White Blues - Pete Seeger
    16. Death of Harry Simms, The - Pete Seeger
    17. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues - Pete Seeger
    18. No Irish Need Apply - Pete Seeger
    19. Unemployment Compensation Blues - Mario Casetta
    20. Fireship, The - Betty Sanders
    21. Johnny, I Hardly Knew You - Betty Sanders
    22. Peeksill Story, The (Parts 1 & 2) - The Weavers
    23. Wasn't That a Time - The Weavers
    24. Dig My Grave - The Weavers
    25. Freight Train Blues - The Weavers
    26. Love Song Blues - The Weavers
    27. Hammers Song, The - The Weavers
    0. DISC 9:
    1. We're Keeping Score in '44 - Earl Robinson
    2. No More Blues - Josh White
    3. Lay That Ballot Down (Part 1 & 2) - Bill Oliver
    4. Fertilizer Song, The - Vern Partlow
    5. Talking F.T.A. - Vern Partlow
    6. Kiss the Boys Goodbye - Vern Partlow
    7. Round and Round the Canneries - Vern Partlow
    8. My Name Is Cannery Bill - Vern Partlow
    9. Bosses' Gang, The - Maria Alexander
    10. Bye, Bye Bosses - Maria Alexander
    11. New Walls of Jericho, The - Richard Huey
    12. Henry Wallace Is the Man - Royal Harmonaires
    13. Corrido to Wallace and Taylor, A - Abigail Alvarez
    14. Second Corrido to Wallace and Taylor - Abigail Alvarez
    15. Battle Hymn of '48, The - Paul Robeson
    16. Same Old Merry-Go-Round, The - Michael Loring
    17. I've Got a Ballot - Michael Loring
    18. Great Day - Michael Loring
    19. Wallace Button/Goodbye Harry - George Levine
    20. Henry Wallace - Agnes "Sis" Cunningham
    21. We Can Win With Wallace - Bill Oliver
    22. Work With Wallace - Malvina Reynolds
    23. Century of the Common Man, The - Sir Lancelot
    24. Wallace Is the Man For Me - Sir Lancelot
    25. Yankee Doodle, Tell the Boss - Alan Lomax
    26. Intro/ New York City - The Weavers
    27. Marcantonio For Me - Fred Hellerman
    28. Skip to the Polls - The Weavers
    29. Marcantonio For Major - Fred Hellerman
    30. Now, Right Now - Laura Duncan
    31. We Shall Not Be Moved - The Weavers
    32. Oh, Freedom - Pete Seeger
    33. Ben Davis - Pete Seeger
    34. M.T.A. - Unidentified
    35. People's Choice, The - Unidentified
    36. Keep a-Goin' and a-Growin' - Fred Hellerman
    0. DISC 10:
    1. Riddle of Thurman Towns, The - Robert DeCormier/Bernardi
    2. Grapes to Pick - Gerald Gallant
    3. Medley - Fred Hellerman
    4. Medley - Unidentified
    5. Party Is Here to Stay - Unidentified
    6. Pity the Downtrodden Landlord - Bob Hill
    7. Hammer Song, The - The Weavers
    8. Banks of Marble - The Weavers
    9. Spring Song - Ernie Lieberman
    10. Songs of My Hands - Ernie Lieberman
    11. My Old Man - Ernie Lieberman
    12. I'm on My Way - Ernie Lieberman
    13. In Contempt - Ernie Lieberman/Duncan & Smith
    14. Die Gedanken Sind Frei - Ernie Lieberman/Duncan & Smith
    15. Walk Along Together - Ernie Lieberman/Duncan & Smith
    16. Put My Name Down - Ernie Lieberman/Duncan & Smith
    17. Hold On - Ernie Lieberman/Duncan & Smith
    18. Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel - Osborne Smith
    19. I've Got a Right - Laura Duncan
    20. We Shall Overcome - Jewish Young Folk Singers
    21. Talking un-American Blues - Betty Sanders
    22. Old Bolshevik Song - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    23. Cloakmaker's Union, The - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    24. Land of the Daily - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    25. Our Line's Been - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    26. In Old Moscow - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    27. Unite For Unity - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    28. Bill Bailey - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    29. Last Internationale, The - Joe Glazer/Bill Friedland
    30. Giveaway Boys in Washington, The - Joe Glazer
    31. Joe McCarthy's Band - Joe Glazer
    32. I've Got to Know - Woody Guthrie
    33. This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15720

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    DISC 9:
    Earl Robinson: We're Keeping Score In '44; Josh White: No More Blues; Bill Oliver: Lay That Ballot Down (part 1 & 2); Verne Partlow: The Fertilizer Song;; Talking F.T.A; Kiss The Boys Goodbye; Round And Round The Canneries; My Name is Cannery Bill; Maria Alexander & Others: The Boos Gang; Bye, Bye Bosses; Richard Huey: The Walls Of Jericho; Royal Harmonaires: Henry Wallace Is The Man; Abigail Alvarez: A Corrido To Wallace And Taylor; A Second Corrido To Wallace And Taylor; Paul Robseon: The Battle Hymn Of '48; Michael Loring: The Same Old Merry-Go Round; I've Got A Ballot; Great Day; George Levine: Wallace Button/Goodbye Harry; Sis Cunningham: Henry Wallace; Bill Oliver: We Can Win With Wallace; Malvina Reynolds: Work With Wallace; Sir Lancelot: The Century Of The Common Man; Wallace Is The Man For Me; Michael Loring/Alan Lomax: Yankee Doodle; Tell The Boss; The Weavers: Intro/New York City; Fred Hellerman: Marcantonio For Me; The Weavers/Hope Fox: Skip To THe Polls; Fred Hellerman: Marcantonio For Major; Laura Duncan: Now, Right Now; The Weavers: We Shall Not Be Moved; Pete Seeger/Hope Foye: Oh Freedom; Pete Seeger: Ben Davis; Unidentified Vocalist: M.T.A.; The People's Choice; Fred Hellerman: Keep A-Goin' And A-Growin.
    DISC 10:
    Decormier & Bernardi & Booth: Riddle Of Thurman Towns, The; Gerald Gallant: Grapes To Pick; Fred Hellerman: I Don't Want To Be Adjusted/Stand Up And Be Counted/The Progressive; The Party Is Here To Stay; Bob Hill: Pity The Downtrodden Landlord; The Weavers: The Hammer Song; Banks Of Marble; ERnie Lieberman/Hope Foye: Spring Song; Ernie Lieberman: Songs Of My Hands; My Old Man; I'm On My Way; Lieberman & Duncan & Smith: In Contempt; Die Gedanken Sind Frei; Walk Along Together; Put My Name Down; Hold On; Osborne Smith: Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel; Laura Duncan: I've Got A Right; Jewish Young Folksingers: We Shall Overcome; Betty Sanders: Talking Un-American Blues; Joe
    Glazer/Bill Friendland: Old Bolshevik Song; The Cloakmaker's Union; Land Of The Daily Worker; Our Line's Been Changed Again; In Old Moscow; Unite For Unity; Bill Bailey; The Last Internationale; The Giveaway Boys In Washington; Joe McCarthy's Band; Woody Guthrie: I've Got To Know; This Land Is Your Land.
    Leave it to Bear Family Records to release a ten-disc collection of Communist and leftist-activist songs that only a dyed-in-the-wool Republican can afford! However, there's a lot of stuff on these discs -- songs about lynchings, anti-union murders and riots, and other injustices, including wretched working conditions permitted by earlier governments, et cetera. There's folk material, of course, but also cowboy songs, country songs, blues and country-blues. These ten CDs also tear down the stereotype of the dry and doctrinaire political song.
    Highlights include Disc One ("The Roots of the Folk Revival,") which is primarily given over to the oldest union songs and farm-related protest songs. Disc Three is given over to the Almanac Singers; this body of work was recorded when the official Communist Party line (to which they adhered) was non-aggression against Nazi Germany. Some of the music on Disc Four ("Fighting the Fascists") was surprisingly complex, given the spartan conditions under which a lot of it was done. Disc Seven ("Pete Seeger: 1946-48") is mostly made up of Seeger's masterpieces Roll the Union On and Songs for Political Action. Disc Nine ("Campaign Songs: 1944-1949") represents the last significant cohesive body of topical political songs to come from the American left. By the time of Disc Ten ("An Era Closes"), the Left couldn't do more than snipe at the reactionaries setting the agenda and the passive moderates who stood by. The sound quality on most of the material in this set is astonishingly good and the ten discs are accompanied by an over-200-page hardcover book featuring historical and musical essays, photographs, session information and lyrics -- one of the finest documents of the relationship between music and politics of the period that has ever been published. ~ Bruce Eder

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