RELEASE
September 23, 2003
LABEL
Appleseed Records
GENRES
Folk, Contemporary Folk, Political Folk, Traditional Folk, Folk Revival, Folksongs

Album Review

In his 60-some years as a public performer, Pete Seeger has left an indelible footprint on popular music. As a member of the Almanac Singers (with Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays, and Millard Lampell) in the 1940s and the Weavers (again with Lee Hays, as well as Fred Hellerman and Ronnie Gilbert) a decade later, Seeger helped midwife the urban folk boom of the 1960s. His comfortable voice and graceful banjo style give his many compositions and folk adaptations an easy and elegant dignity. Seeds is the third in a trilogy of double-disc albums that feature songs either written or arranged by Seeger, with the spotlight this time on previously unreleased material, most of which is on the first disc. As a writer, Seeger has long been a master of protest songs, whimsical songs, and songs of unbridled optimism, and "Trouble at the Bottom," "English Is Cuh-ray-zee," and "Flowers of Peace" (sung to the gorgeous melody of "Wild Mountain Thyme") are welcome additions to his body of work. "Estadio Chile," the horrifying story of the great Chilean singer Victor Jara, is simply an unforgettable song, if painful to hear because of the cruelty it has to bear. The final song on the first disc, "Sailing Down My Golden River," recorded with the assistance of David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd fame) and orchestrated by Michael Kamen, functions as a sort of elegant autumnal statement from Seeger. The songs on the second disc are sung by contemporary folk artists who share an affinity to Seeger's work and include some of his most famous tunes, including Dick Gaughan's slow, stark, synthesizer-colored version of "Bells of Rhymney" and Natalie Merchant's powerful take on "Which Side Are You On," a song written by Florence Reece but popularized by Seeger and sung at many union gatherings.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Oh, Sacred Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)http://itunes.apple.com/album/bring-them-home-if-you-love-your/id259045119?i=259045133&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Trouble at the Bottomhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/trouble-at-the-bottom/id259045119?i=259045264&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. The Dovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-dove/id259045119?i=259045284&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. English Is Cuh-Ray-Zeehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/english-is-cuh-ray-zee-live/id259045119?i=259045359&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. A Little A' This 'N' Thathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/a-little-a-this-n-that/id259045119?i=259045377&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Maple Syrup Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/maple-syrup-time/id259045119?i=259045392&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Odds on Favorite (A Long Story Terse)http://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Estadio Chilehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/estadio-chile/id259045119?i=259045434&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Flowers of Peacehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/flowers-of-peace/id259045119?i=259045498&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Dr. King on Violencehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dr-king-on-violence-spoken/id259045119?i=259045700&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Take It From Dr. Kinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/take-it-from-dr-king/id259045119?i=259045717&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Sower of Seedshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sower-of-seeds/id259045119?i=259045746&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Visions of Childrenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/visions-of-children/id259045119?i=259045821&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Over the Rainbowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/over-the-rainbow/id259045119?i=259045848&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Sailing Down My Golden Riverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sailing-down-my-golden-river/id259045119?i=259045881&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. A Lucky Musicianhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Old Devil Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Who Killed Norma Jeanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiringhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Bells of Rhymneyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)http://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. From Way Up Herehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Times A-Getting Hard, Boyshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. One Man's Handshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Sacco's Letter to His Sonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Spider's Web (Natural History)http://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. River of My People [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. When I Was Most Beautiful [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Tomorrow Is a Highway [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Which Side Are You Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Precious Friendhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. To My Old Brown Earthhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. 50/50 Chancehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/seeds-songs-pete-seeger-vol/id259045119?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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