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Various Artists - Sowing The Seeds - The 10th Anniversary

Sowing The Seeds -
The 10th Anniversary

Various Artists

Appleseed Records - APR CD 1102

Available from Appleseed Records after Sept 11, 2007

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

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As it remains true to its founding mission—to preserve and promote folk and traditional music while inspiring social and political action—there is no doubt that when the hour of accounting comes for record labels, Jim Musselman's Appleseed Recordings will be one of the infant's handful allowed to pass peacefully into the golden beyond.

Now I'm fully aware that opening sentence is a Michener-like mouthful, but I could find no other way to say it. Here is the label that harbors Pete Seeger's treasures and inspired Springsteen's Seeger Sessions. Within Appleseed's vast orchard stand The Kennedy's, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton, Kim & Reggie Harris, Aoife Clancy, Sharon Katz, Tom Pacheo, Pat Humphries and Christine Lavin to name a few. Here is where Catholic and Protestant school children sang together for peace in Northern Ireland. Appleseed is where hope, not only for the future of music, but hope in our common future, dwells and thrives.

Highlights among these 37 tracks include the jangly effervescence of Pete and Maura Kennedy's Namaste. Paxton's The Bravest and Lizzie West's 19 Miles to Baghdad' are an unbeatable 9-11 one-two punch. Tommy Sands/Dolores Keane/Verdan Smalovic's Where Have All The Flowers Gone' and Sands/Smalovic/Seeger's Music Of Healing can't help but assure that peace is out there, if only we stop looking only at ourselves. Exclusive new tracks by Seeger/Springsteen and Ani Difranco only up the ante.

Track Lists:

Disc 1: And Justice for AllDisc 2: Love, Hope and Appleseed
  • Oh Sacred World—Pete Seeger
  • Ghost of Tom Joad—Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen
  • Waist Deep in the Big Muddy—Ani D,Franco
  • Universal Soldier—Donovan
  • White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land—Enc Andersen with Wyclef Jean
  • All My Children of the Sun—Tim Robbins
  • The Bravest—Tom Paxton
  • 19 Miles to Baghdad—Lizzie West & The White Buffalo
  • Bring Them Home—Pete Seeger with Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle & Anne Hills
  • Walking Down Death Row—Pete Seeger
  • Guantanamera—Jackson Browne & Joan Baez
  • Heartland Express—Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Indian Prayer—Tom Pacheco
  • There Goes the Mountain—Tom Paxton & Anne Hills
  • Sing About These HardTimes—Peggy Seeger
  • It You Miss Me at the Back ot the Bus—Kim and Reggie Hams with Peter Yarrow and Bethany & Rufus
  • The Ross Perot (George Bush) Guide to Answering Embarrassing Questions—Pete Seeger with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
  • The Emperor is Naked Today-o—Pete Seeger
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone—Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane and Vedran Smailovic
  • Quite Early Morning—Pete Seeger
  • Music of Healing—Tommy Sands & Pete Seeger with Vedran Smailovlc
  • There is Hope—Aoife Clancy
  • Swimming to the Other Side—Pat Humphries
  • Turn! Turn! Tum!—Bruce Cockburn
  • Namaste—The Kennedys
  • Gina in the Kings Road—Al Stewart
  • Yin My Yang—Donovan
  • Baby, It's You—John Stewart
  • Leave Your Light On—Tim Eriksen
  • Try Me One More Time—David Bromberg
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right—Ramblin'Jack Elliott
  • Disk's Song—Roger McGuinn with Pete Seeger and Josh White Jr.
  • You Can't Relive the Past—Eric Andersen with Lou Reed
  • Oh Had I a Golden Thread—Judy Collins
  • Sail On - Dick Gaughan
  • Somos El Barco (We Are the Boat)—Holly Near/Arlo Guthrie/Ronnie Gilbert/Pete Seeger (HARP)
  • Pete gets the last word—Pete Seeger
Executive producer: Jim Musselman

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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