Song Of America CD (2007)

Artist: Various

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Label Thirty-One Tigers/red
SKU 205467920
UPC 827912065466
UPC 14 00827912065466
Format CD
Release Date 9/18/2007
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Author Various
Technical Info
Engineer Scott 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 Mazzasch
Producer Mac 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 Quarmb
CatalogID 12065466
Lable Name Thirty Tigers
Released 09/18/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 200m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827912065466
Album Notes and Credits
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
Professional 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."
Disc 1
1 Lakota Dream Song - Earl Bullhead,John Brown's Body - Marah,Great Atomic Power, The - Elizabeth Cook & the Grascals
2 Once More Our God Vouchsafe To Shine - Julie Lee,Battle Hymn of the Republic - Joana Smith,Little Boxes - Devendra Banhart
3 Let Us Break Bread Together - The Blind Boys of Alabama,Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye - Janis Ian,Times They Are A Changin', The - The Del McCoury Band
4 God Save The King - John Wesley Harding,Thousands Are Sailing To Amerikay - Tim O'Brien,Apache Tears - Scott Kempner
5 Young Ladies In Town - Elizabeth Foster,Farmer Is The Man, The - Otis Gibbs,Get Together - Kim Richey
6 Old Woman Taught Wisdom, The - Malcolm Holcombe,Home On The Range - Joni Harms,Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud) - Charles Walker/Dynamites
7 Liberty Song, The - Ed Pettersen,Stars & Stripes Forever - Jake Shimabukuro,Ohio - Ben Taylor
8 Yankee Doodle - Harper Simon,Sleep My Child - Judith Edelman/Neilson Hubbard,What's Going On? - Anthony David
9 Jefferson & Liberty - The Wilders,Over There - Jen Chapin,I Am Woman - Martha Wainwright
10 Hail Columbia - Steven Kowalczyk-Santoro,How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm - Andrew Bird,Youngstown - Matthew Ryan
11 Star Spangled Banner, The - Take 6,Lift Every Voice And Sing - Karen Parks,Wave - Gary Heffern/Chris Eckman
12 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Beth Nielsen Chapman,Happy Days Are Here Again - Danielson,Message, The - Shortee Wop
13 Peg And Awl - Freedy Johnston,Brother, Can You Spare A Dime - Andy Bey,Streets Of Philadelphia - Bettye LaVette
14 Sweet Betsy From Pike - BR5-49,Seven Cent Cotton And Forty Cent Meat - Jim Lauderdale,Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning - The Wrights
15 Trail Of Tears - Will & Jehnean,Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) - Old Crow Medicine Show,This Land Is Your Land - John Mellencamp
16 Declaration Of Sentiments - Minton Sparks/Pat Hynn,Rosie The Riveter - Suzy Bogguss
17 Go Down Moses - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Reuben James - Folk Family Robinson
18 Dixie's Land - The Mavericks/Thad Cockrell
Disc 2
1 Lakota Dream Song - Earl Bullhead,John Brown's Body - Marah,Great Atomic Power, The - Elizabeth Cook & the Grascals
2 Once More Our God Vouchsafe To Shine - Julie Lee,Battle Hymn of the Republic - Joana Smith,Little Boxes - Devendra Banhart
3 Let Us Break Bread Together - The Blind Boys of Alabama,Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye - Janis Ian,Times They Are A Changin', The - The Del McCoury Band
4 God Save The King - John Wesley Harding,Thousands Are Sailing To Amerikay - Tim O'Brien,Apache Tears - Scott Kempner
5 Young Ladies In Town - Elizabeth Foster,Farmer Is The Man, The - Otis Gibbs,Get Together - Kim Richey
6 Old Woman Taught Wisdom, The - Malcolm Holcombe,Home On The Range - Joni Harms,Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud) - Charles Walker/Dynamites
7 Liberty Song, The - Ed Pettersen,Stars & Stripes Forever - Jake Shimabukuro,Ohio - Ben Taylor
8 Yankee Doodle - Harper Simon,Sleep My Child - Judith Edelman/Neilson Hubbard,What's Going On? - Anthony David
9 Jefferson & Liberty - The Wilders,Over There - Jen Chapin,I Am Woman - Martha Wainwright
10 Hail Columbia - Steven Kowalczyk-Santoro,How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm - Andrew Bird,Youngstown - Matthew Ryan
11 Star Spangled Banner, The - Take 6,Lift Every Voice And Sing - Karen Parks,Wave - Gary Heffern/Chris Eckman
12 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Beth Nielsen Chapman,Happy Days Are Here Again - Danielson,Message, The - Shortee Wop
13 Peg And Awl - Freedy Johnston,Brother, Can You Spare A Dime - Andy Bey,Streets Of Philadelphia - Bettye LaVette
14 Sweet Betsy From Pike - BR5-49,Seven Cent Cotton And Forty Cent Meat - Jim Lauderdale,Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning - The Wrights
15 Trail Of Tears - Will & Jehnean,Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) - Old Crow Medicine Show,This Land Is Your Land - John Mellencamp
16 Declaration Of Sentiments - Minton Sparks/Pat Hynn,Rosie The Riveter - Suzy Bogguss
17 Go Down Moses - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Reuben James - Folk Family Robinson
18 Dixie's Land - The Mavericks/Thad Cockrell
Disc 3
1 Lakota Dream Song - Earl Bullhead,John Brown's Body - Marah,Great Atomic Power, The - Elizabeth Cook & the Grascals
2 Once More Our God Vouchsafe To Shine - Julie Lee,Battle Hymn of the Republic - Joana Smith,Little Boxes - Devendra Banhart
3 Let Us Break Bread Together - The Blind Boys of Alabama,Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye - Janis Ian,Times They Are A Changin', The - The Del McCoury Band
4 God Save The King - John Wesley Harding,Thousands Are Sailing To Amerikay - Tim O'Brien,Apache Tears - Scott Kempner
5 Young Ladies In Town - Elizabeth Foster,Farmer Is The Man, The - Otis Gibbs,Get Together - Kim Richey
6 Old Woman Taught Wisdom, The - Malcolm Holcombe,Home On The Range - Joni Harms,Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud) - Charles Walker/Dynamites
7 Liberty Song, The - Ed Pettersen,Stars & Stripes Forever - Jake Shimabukuro,Ohio - Ben Taylor
8 Yankee Doodle - Harper Simon,Sleep My Child - Judith Edelman/Neilson Hubbard,What's Going On? - Anthony David
9 Jefferson & Liberty - The Wilders,Over There - Jen Chapin,I Am Woman - Martha Wainwright
10 Hail Columbia - Steven Kowalczyk-Santoro,How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm - Andrew Bird,Youngstown - Matthew Ryan
11 Star Spangled Banner, The - Take 6,Lift Every Voice And Sing - Karen Parks,Wave - Gary Heffern/Chris Eckman
12 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Beth Nielsen Chapman,Happy Days Are Here Again - Danielson,Message, The - Shortee Wop
13 Peg And Awl - Freedy Johnston,Brother, Can You Spare A Dime - Andy Bey,Streets Of Philadelphia - Bettye LaVette
14 Sweet Betsy From Pike - BR5-49,Seven Cent Cotton And Forty Cent Meat - Jim Lauderdale,Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning - The Wrights
15 Trail Of Tears - Will & Jehnean,Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) - Old Crow Medicine Show,This Land Is Your Land - John Mellencamp
16 Declaration Of Sentiments - Minton Sparks/Pat Hynn,Rosie The Riveter - Suzy Bogguss
17 Go Down Moses - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Reuben James - Folk Family Robinson
18 Dixie's Land - The Mavericks/Thad Cockrell

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