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Pete Seeger - At 89

At 89

Pete Seeger

Appleseed Records - APR CD 1113

Available from Appleseed Records.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

I can't in all good conscience, tell you I can recall the time I heard a recording so joyfully stream-of-conscious as At 89. If I had to guess it was probably Pete's last record, 'cos that's what Pete does: He brings you to his stream for a drink, a frolic, and a singalong.

Insightfully sequenced by guitarist/producer David Bernz, these 32 organic tracks, or should I stay steps towards Seeger's good, wise stream, focus not so much on the ageless voice and musicianship, but on his inexhaustible vitality and spirit. Always present as our true connection to Indra's net, Seeger soothes, challenges, celebrates, empowers and enlightens simply by getting us to sing. Imagine that as a global and personal diplomacy then lend your voice to the gathering down by the crystal clear stream.

If you'll excuse my fool's errand of picking a few highlights from a life full of them, here goes: False From True, The Water Is Wide, Throw Away That Shad Net, When I Was Most Beautiful, Waist Deep In The Big Muddy and an Arabic reworking of the Weavers' old fave Tzena Tzena Tzena.

Track List:

  • Nameless Banjo Riff
  • False From True
  • Now We Sit Us Down
  • Pete's Greeting
  • Visions Of Children
  • Wonderful Friends
  • The Water Is Wide
  • Pete Talks About Clearwater
  • It's A Long Haul
  • Throw Away That Shad Net
  • Song Of The World's Last Whale
  • The First Settlers
  • The D Minor Flourish/Cindy
  • Pete's Intro to If It Can't Be Reduced
  • It Can't Be Reduced
  • Spring Fever
  • Pete Talks about WW II
  • When I Was Most Beautiful
  • Bach At Treblinka
  • We Will Love or We Will Perish
  • Story of Tzena Tzena Tzena
  • Tzena Tzena Tzena
  • One Percent Phosphorous Banjo Riff
  • Pete Speaks about Involvement
  • Or Else (One of These Days)
  • Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
  • Little Fat Baby
  • Arrange and Re-Arrange
  • Alleuya
  • Pete's Extroduction
  • If This World Survives
  • How Soon?
Produced by David Bernz and Pete Seeger

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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