Tomorrow?s Children CD (2010)

Artist: Pete Seeger

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Label Appleseed Records
SKU 216726206
UPC 611587112323
UPC 14 00611587112323
Format CD
Release Date 7/27/2010
Author Pete Seeger
Technical Info
Engineer Jeffrey Haynes
Producer Danny Einbender; David Bernz
CatalogID APRCD 1123
Lable Name Appleseed Records
Released 07/27/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00611587112323
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string guitar, banjo); David Bernz (vocals, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, banjo); Danny Einbender (vocals, 12-string guitar); Travis Jeffrey (vocals, banjo); Chris Richards, Sue Altkin, Allyson Hockler, A.J. Lukan, Brian Dolman, Julia Barnett, John Sgorbissa, Jacob Bernz, Imani Washington, Gabriella Lucas, Gabe O'Reilly, Elyse Fox, Diana Barriga, Claire Emmett, Tyrese Collins, Trevion Belton, Sarah Armour, Samantha Medina, Rebe Underhill, Melissa Ortquist, Mark Luchs, Lucas Davison, Lilian Lewis, Kirsten Lutley, Karen Brooks, Linda Richards, Franklin Thompson (vocals); C. Lanzbom (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Steve Stanne (dobro); Peter Siegel (mandolin); David Amram (Native American flute, pennywhistle); Gr?goire Maret (harmonica); Doug Weiss (upright bass, electric bass); Mark Murphy (upright bass); Jeff Haynes (steel pan, percussion).
Audio Mixer: C. Lanzbom.
Liner Note Author: David Bernz.
Illustrator: Dio Cramer.
Photographers: David Bernz; Heather Fox; Daniel Keller; The Lutley Family; Tery Udell.
Pete Seeger has been making children's records for over 50 years, but he has never made one like this, a full-scale collaboration with a group dubbed the Rivertown Kids who were, when he started working with them, fourth graders at the Forrestal School in Beacon, NY, where he lives. (At the time of the release of this album, they would be on summer vacation after finishing sixth grade.) The album's third credit, to "friends," includes a batch of other folk singers, some of whom sit in to take lead vocals on songs they wrote. Indeed, while Seeger is heard throughout the disc in one capacity or another, he can be considered something of a master of ceremonies, speaking or singing lead here, playing a banjo part there. While it is reasonable to classify the album as children's music, "educational" music might be a better tag, since the songs, written not only by folk singers, but also in some cases featuring lyrics contributed by the children, touch on familiar topics for Seeger, including political issues such as environmentalism and civil rights, as well as enough references to the Hudson River to make it a concept album about the waterway Seeger has devoted decades to trying to clean up. The children are not professional singers, of course, but their unison vocals remain in key and comprehensible for the most part, and they take turns singing lead on, for example, their own verses to "We Shall Not Be Moved," otherwise stepping back to allow Bob Killian to sing his composition "There'll Come a Day" or David Bernz to sing his "Solartopia," with Dar Williams taking a verse. Other singers who get lead vocals include Rick Nestler (on his song "The River That Flows Both Ways"), Travis Jeffrey (on "It's a Long Haul," which he and Seeger adapted from an old folk song), Dan Einbender (on his song "It Really Isn't Garbage"), and Sarah Underhill (on Bill Staines' "River"). Seeger, meanwhile, who demonstrated a remarkable vigor for his age at his 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 2009, here continues his late-in-life renaissance, following the same interests he's had throughout his life, and carefully transferring them to people young enough to be his great-grandchildren. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Seeger's song 'Quite Early Morning' bookends and album demonstrating environmental concern in a charming parochial setting..."
Disc 1
1 Quite Early Morning (With Spoken Introduction)
2 We Sing Out
3 There'll Come a Day
4 Solartopia
5 Down by the River
6 River
7 Mastinchele Wachipi Olewan [The Rabbit Song]
8 River That Flows Both Ways, The
9 I See Freedom
10 Take It from Dr. King
11 Colores, De
12 It Really Isn't Garbage
13 English Is Cuh-ray-zee
14 River Song (Back and Forth the Hudson Flows)
15 It's a Long Haul
16 We Shall Not Be Moved
17 Turn, Turn, Turn
18 Tomorrow's Children
19 Quite Early Morning
Product Attributes
Artist Seeger,Pete
Label Appleseed Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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