CD Song of America [31 Tigers] [Digipak] (CD 1146638), Audio Other
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Song of America [31 Tigers] [Digipak]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Lakota Dream Song - Earl Bullhead
    2. Once More Our God Vouchsafe to Shine - Julie Lee
    3. Let Us Break Bread Together - The Blind Boys of Alabama
    4. God Save the King - John Wesley Harding
    5. Young Ladies in Town - Elizabeth Foster
    6. Old Woman Taught Wisdom, The - Malcolm Holcombe
    7. Liberty Song, The - Ed Pettersen
    8. Yankee Doodle - Harper Simon
    9. Jefferson & Liberty - The Wilders
    10. Hail Columbia - Steven Kowalczyk-Santoro
    11. Star Spangled Banner, The - Take 6
    12. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Beth Nielsen Chapman
    13. Peg and Awl - Freedy Johnston
    14. Sweet Betsy From Pike - BR5-49
    15. Trail of Tears - Will & Jehnean
    16. Declaration of Sentiments - Minton Sparks/Pat Hynn
    17. Go Down Moses - Fisk University Jubilee Singers
    18. Dixie's Land - The Mavericks/Thad Cockrell
    0. DISC 2:
    1. John Brown's Body - Marah
    2. Battle Hymn of the Republic - Joana Smith
    3. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye - Janis Ian
    4. Thousands Are Sailing to Amerikay - Tim O'Brien
    5. Farmer Is the Man, The - Otis Gibbs
    6. Home on the Range - Joni Harms
    7. Stars & Stripes Forever - Jake Shimabukuro
    8. Sleep My Child - Judith Edelman/Neilson Hubbard
    9. Over There - Jen Chapin
    10. How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm - Andrew Bird
    11. Lift Every Voice and Sing - Karen Parks
    12. Happy Days Are Here Again - Danielson
    13. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime - Andy Bey
    14. Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat - Jim Lauderdale
    15. Deportee (Plane Wreck at los Gatos) - Old Crow Medicine Show
    16. Rosie the Riveter - Suzy Bogguss
    17. Reuben James - Folk Family Robinson
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Great Atomic Power, The - Elizabeth Cook & the Grascals
    2. Little Boxes - Devendra Banhart
    3. Times They Are a Changin', The - The Del McCoury Band
    4. Apache Tears - Scott Kempner
    5. Get Together - Kim Richey
    6. Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud) - Charles Walker/Dynamites
    7. Ohio - Ben Taylor
    8. What's Going On? - Anthony David
    9. I Am Woman - Martha Wainwright
    10. Youngstown - Matthew Ryan
    11. Wave - Gary Heffern/Chris Eckman
    12. Message, The - Shortee Wop
    13. Streets of Philadelphia - Bettye LaVette
    14. Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning - The Wrights
    15. This Land Is Your Land - John Mellencamp
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12065466

  • Credits
    ProducerMac McAnally; Daniel; Janis Ian; Marah; Jen Chapin; Del McCoury; Ronnie; Neilson Hubbard; Stephan Crump; Beth Nielsen Chapman; John Mellencamp; Michael Rubin; Harper Simon; The Grascals; The Wilders; Herb Jordan; Chris Eckman; Kevin Bacon; Jonathan Quarmby; Elizabeth Cook; Tom Bee; Betse Ellis; Willy Will; Ed Pettersen; Brad Albetta; Leo Black; Bob Olhsson (Compilation); David Macias (Compilation); Ed Pettersen (Compilation)
    EngineerScott Davis; Dave Martin; Andy Hunt; Pat Sansone; Dave Kowalski; Philip Clark; Joe Martino; Bob Olhsson; Patrick Murphy; Carter William Humphrey; Paul Mahern; Rich Feaster; Mike Esser; Patrick Miller; Brian Fulk; Peter Robbins; Willy Will; Josiah Mazzaschi; Dirk Powell; Jack Irwin

    Any reasonable music fan would be forgiven for being wary of a collection of American folk music whose executive producer was former attorney general Janet Reno, but as it happens Reno knows more about such things than one might expect. At the very least Reno had the good judgment to suggest singer, songwriter and activist Ed Pettersen coordinate an album of songs that reflected different aspects of American history, from the colonial period to the present day. Pettersen's long gestating project, Song of America, has finally surfaced as a hefty three-CD set, featuring 50 songs from as many artists, and the final product is frequently fascinating and ambitious stuff, music that demonstrates how art mirrors our history and how that art can carry its message in a broad range of interpretations. Pettersen, co-producers David Macias and Bob Olhsson, and their cast of singers and musicians are clearly mindful of the message and context of these songs, but they don't insist on treating them with kid gloves; the discordant horns on John Wesley Harding's "God Save the King" boldly reflects the chaos of the Revolution, Danielson's interpretation of "Happy Days Are Here Again" is at once playful and aware of the dark shadows of the Depression, the Mavericks transform "Dixie's Land" into a spectral anthem to a cause that would soon be lost, and "The Times They Are A Changin'" seems to speak to both past and present through the Del McCoury Band. Pettersen and company are also smart enough to realize that while the folk process has changed, it's hardly stopped, and that the work of James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Grandmaster Flash, and Marvin Gaye are all a part of the broad banner of our history, with their works interpreted with the same intelligence and thoughtfulness as the traditional numbers. The set closes with John Mellencamp singing Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," and in this context, Guthrie's simple but eloquent song has rarely displayed a greater resonance, revealing how these tunes don't merely reflect our lives and history, but are a living part of it. Song of America is hardly the first album that seeks to chart this nation's progress through song, but few have done it with this degree of intelligence and imagination, and everyone involved deserved to be congratulated for creating something very special indeed. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]pectacular....[F]ive centuries of song are crammed into three red-white-and-blue discs. It's all here: colonial war, revolution, immigration, the expansion of the West and capitalism."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Fine performances abound -- Beth Nielsen Chapman's enthralling 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child' one among many."
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