April 16, 1996
Living Music
Folk, Political Folk, Traditional Folk, Folk Revival, Folksongs, Children's Folk

Album Review

Having long since decided to give up recording, Pete Seeger was coaxed into making a new album (his first in 17 years) by Paul Winter, who co-produced this 18-track, nearly 64-minute collection and recorded it at his studio. Winter's approach was to have Seeger sing his usual repertoire, accompanied on most of the tracks by one of three choruses: the 30-member Gaudeamus, the Union Baptist Church Singers, or the Cathedral Singers. The result is like a Pete Seeger concert in which the audience sings along with much better harmony, but in a much more formal manner than usual. There are three songs previously unrecorded by the artist, including a tribute to Lead Belly, but the other 15 are familiar songs such as "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "The Water Is Wide." "Singing an old song is an act of reaffirmation," he writes in the CD booklet. But recording a bunch of them makes this album more a coda to Seeger's recording career than another milestone.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Well May the World Go
  2. My Rainbow Race
  3. Huddie Ledbetter Was a Helluva Man
  4. The Water Is Wide
  5. All Mixed Up
  6. Sailing Down My Golden River
  7. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  8. Living in the Country
  9. How Can I Keep from Singing?
  10. Garbage
  11. The Spider's Web (Natural History)
  12. Old Devil Time
  13. Of Time and Rivers Flowing
  14. In the Evening
  15. For Everyone in All the World
  16. River of My People
  17. Russian Song/Ode to Joy
  18. To My Old Brown Earth
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