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Song of America
 : Song of America

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by: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Elizabeth Cook and The Grascals


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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0827912065466
Item Dimensions: 9055040490
Label: Thirty One Tigers
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Thirty One Tigers
Number Of Discs: 3
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Publisher: Thirty One Tigers
Release Date: September 18, 2007
Running Time: 201 minutes
Studio: Thirty One Tigers




Disc 1:
  1. Lakota Dream Song - Earl Bullhead
  2. Once More Our God Vouchsafe To Shine - Julie Lee
  3. Let Us Break Bread Together - The Blind Boys of Alabama
  4. God Save The King - John Wesley Harding
  5. Young Ladies In Town - Elizabeth Foster
  6. The Old Woman Taught Wisdom - Malcom Holcombe
  7. The Liberty Song - Ed Pettersen
  8. Yankee Doodle - Harper Simon
  9. Jefferson & Liberty - The Wilders
  10. Hail Columbia - Steven Kowalczyk-Santoro
  11. The Star Spangled Banner - Take 6
  12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Beth Nielsen Chapman
  13. Peg and Awl - Freedy Johnston
  14. Sweet Betsy From Pike - BR549
  15. Trail of Tears - Will & Jehnean
  16. Declaration Of Sentiments - Minton Sparks/Pat Flynn
  17. Go Down Moses - Fisk Jubilee Singers
  18. Dixie's Land - The Mavericks featuring Thad Cockrell
Disc 2:
  1. John Brown's Body - Marah
  2. Battle Hymn of the Republic - Joanna Smith
  3. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye - Janis Ian
  4. Thousands Are Sailing To Amerikay - Tim O'Brien
  5. The Farmer Is The Man - Otis Gibbs
  6. Home On The Range - Joni Harms
  7. Stars & Stripes Forever - Jake Shimabukuro
  8. Sleep, My Child (Schlof Mayn Kind) - Judith Edelman & Neilson Hubbard
  9. Over There - Jen Chapin
  10. How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm - Andrew Bird
  11. Lift Every Voice and Sing! - Karen Parks
  12. Happy Days Are Here Again - Danielson
  13. Brother Can Spare A Dime? - Andy Bey
  14. Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat - Jim Lauderdale
  15. Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) - Old Crow Medicine Show
  16. Rosie The Riveter - Suzy Bogguss
  17. Reuben James - Folk Family Robinson
Disc 3:
  1. The Great Atomic Power - Elizabeth Cook and The Grascals
  2. Little Boxes - Devendra Banhart
  3. The Times They Are A Changin' - The Del McCoury Band
  4. Apache Tears - Scott Kempner
  5. Get Together - Kim Richey
  6. Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud - The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker
  7. Ohio - Ben Taylor
  8. What's Going On? - Anthony David
  9. I Am Woman - Martha Wainwright
  10. Youngstown - Matthew Ryan
  11. Wave - Gary Heffern & Chris Eckman
  12. The Message - Shortee
  13. Streets of Philadelphia - Bettye LaVette
  14. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning - The Wrights
  15. This Land Is Your Land - John Mellencamp
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
A landmark 50-song, three-CD set featuring John Mellencamp, The Blind Boys ofAlabama, MarthaWainwright, The Black Crowes, Andrew Bird and many others This one of a kind collection tells the history of our country through song, from 1492 through modern times, offering listeners a way to connect with America's vast musical and cultural heritage. These are new versions of beloved songs interpreted by an array of diverse and talented contemporary artists. The project was envisioned by Janet Reno and artist/producer Ed Pettersen, and co-produced by Pettersen and Grammy-winning producer David Macias.

Amazon.com:
On paper, this project appears as improbable as the partnership that conceived it: former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and veteran Nashville indie-punk troubadour Ed Pettersen (who happens to be married to Reno's niece). The history of America through 50 songs, encapsulated on three discs? The first disc alone spanning 1492 to 1860, from the landing of Columbus to the Civil War? An idiosyncratic selection that includes songs familiar to almost all Americans and others familiar to practically none? Rather than a dry, dusty museum piece, the results are compulsively listenable, as producer Pettersen invites a wide range of artists to do what they do best--interpret the material and make it their own. Highlights are many, as the early days of the republic find Harper Simon (Paul's son) rendering "Yankee Doodle" as if it were an indie-rock Viagra commercial; the advent of the Civil War shows Marah, like an American Pogues, bringing a punk ferocity to "John Brown's Body"; and Del McCoury's bluegrass rendition of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" finds an older man renewing a young Bob Dylan's anthem. The sonorous dignity that jazz vocalist Andy Bey brings to the Depression-era panhandler's plea, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," is particularly moving, as is Bettye LaVette's gospel rendition of Bruce Springsteen's AIDS ballad, "Streets of Philadelphia." Revolution, immigration, war, atomic power, civil rights, feminism, faith, depression, and despair--it's all here, in song. --Don McLeese



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