Pete Seeger & Friends | Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol 3

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Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol 3

by Pete Seeger & Friends

GRAMMY-nominated 2-CD set includes Pete's first new disc since 1996 plus 2nd disc of new recordings of Seeger material by Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Natalie Merchant & more.
Genre: Folk: like Ani
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1. Oh Sacred World
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2. Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam (Bring Them Home) /
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3. Trouble at the Bottom / with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
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4. The Dove
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5. English Is Cuh-Ray-Zee
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6. A Little a' This 'n' That / w/Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
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7. Maple Syrup Time / with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
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8. Odds On Favorite
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9. Estadio Chile
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10. Flowers of Peace / with Anne Hills
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11. Dr. King on Violence
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12. Take It from Dr. King
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13. Sower of Seeds
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14. Visions of Children / with Anna Crusis Women's Choir
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15. Over the Rainbow
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16. Sailing Down My Golden River
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17. A Lucky Musician / Pete Seeger
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18. Old Devil Time / Pat Humphries
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19. Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter / John McCutcheon
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20. Who Killed Norma Jean / Janis Ian
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21. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Tony Trischka & Jennifer Kimball
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22. Bells of Rhymney / Dick Gaughan
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23. Turn! Turn! Turn! / Martin Simpson & Jessica Radcliffe
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24. From Way Up Here / Michele Greene
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25. Times A-Getting Hard, Boys / Tom Paxton
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26. One Man's Hands / Carolyn Hester
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27. Sacco's Letter to His Son / Magpie
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28. Spider's Web (Natural History) / Peggy Seeger
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29. River of My People / Herdman, Hills & Mangsen
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30. When I Was Most Beautiful / Last Forever
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31. Tomorrow is a Highway / Magpie with Kim & Reggie Harris
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32. Which Side Are You On / Natalie Merchant
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33. Precious Friend / Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert
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34. To My Old Brown Earth / Pat Humphries
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35. 50/50 Chance / Pete Seeger
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This final, GRAMMY-nominated installment in the Appleseed label's trilogy of celebrations of Pete Seeger's music ("Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Song" are the first two volumes) is a 2-CD set that opens with Pete's first disc of new recordings since his 1996 Grammy winner, Pete. On disc one, 84-year-old Pete, family members (grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and half-sister Peggy) and musical friends (Arlo Guthrie, Anne Hills, and Tom Pacheco, among others) perform songs he wrote, adapted or adopted. Several pro-peace songs here were recorded even as the U.S. was invading Iraq, including an updated version of the Vietnam-era "Bring Them Home" featuring guest vocalists Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco and Steve Earle. Other songs on disc one range from the lighthearted ("English is Cuh-ray-zee," "Maple Syrup Time") and optimistic ("A Little a' This 'n' That," "Over the Rainbow") to pained political outrage ("Estadio Chile") and social commentary ("Take It from Dr. King," "Visions of Children"), concluding with the autumnal tranquility of "Sailing Down My Golden River."

The second disc presents exclusive recordings of Seeger-related songs by a diverse assortment of highly respected folk musicians. Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Natalie Merchant, Pete's fellow ex-Weaver Ronnie Gilbert, Holly Near and many others explore some of the lesser known entries in Seeger's repertoire. Highpoints include Pat Humphries' cover versions of Pete's meditations on the circle of life ("Old Devil Time" and "To My Old Brown Earth"), a slow, almost psychedelic rendition of "Bells of Rhymney" by Dick Gaughan, Natalie Merchant's fierce "Which Side Are You On," and Janis Ian's quietly bitter take on "Who Killed Norma Jean."

Both discs are interspersed with spoken comments by Pete, and the packing includes a 28-page booklet with extensive liner notes by Pete himself detailing the inspiration behind many of these songs.


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Mark Hanna

Powerful yet folksey
The lead song, Bring Them Home, is worth the price of the CD. Its strong, simple refrain might choke you up as it's sung by Seeger with Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, and Steve Earle. Nice to hear an anti-war message in many of the songs.

Tobias Bloyd

Great CD -- Wish Pete had sung more songs though!
There is still no singer to come along who can liven up a crowd like Mr. Seeger. He is one of a kind and has lit the fire under the political bandwagon time and again. Our country owes a lot to this man -- a national treasure. Pete, you are truly a class act, I hope you will be here for us another 88 years and beyond!

Chet Williams

Up to the standard of the first two in the series, and then some.
This CD is timely, important, precocious, and precious. Variety is its hallmark.

Karen Nemerowicz Lisi

Pete done well.
Vocals done by assorted artists match the music well. Good listening to good music