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Pete Seeger
If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 2


“From the first track to the 16th, If I Had a Song is a joy to listen to, as various top performers, including Pete Seeger himself, give us top-class renditions of his songs. . .This is a CD of folk music but also a social history of the 20th century in song. . .Anyone with a social conscience will enjoy this collection from one of the best songwriters of his era. Even the least committed out there can enjoy some great tunes and blot out the sentiments – but you will lose more than you gain.”, A Cultural Arts Magazine
“Another recent release on Appleseed worth checking out is If I Had A Song: The Songs Of Pete Seeger Vol. 2. The living embodiment of folk music for much of the 20th Century, Pete Seeger is given the ultimate tribute by his peers…including Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie and Eric Andersen to name just a few. Seeger himself joins in with many of these artists on various tracks here, making the CD a living, breathing tribute to the distinguished king of American Folk music.”
MusicWeb Express 3000
“John Wesley Harding (backed by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey) rocks ‘Words, Words, Words’ straight into the psychedelic garage, Jackson Browne and Joan Baez surround themselves with Cuban musicians for a memorable ‘Guantanamera,’ Steve Earle casts his bitter, bloodshot eye deep into the heart of ‘Walking Down Death Row,’ and Eric Andersen, his voice an icy whisper, turns the pure lyricism of ‘Snow, Snow’ into the album's most harrowing and memorable moment.” Editorial Review

“Tribute records either work or fall flat on their face. Well, this one is still standing, and it’s a stunner. The tracks range from very close to the originals…to some serious experimentation, like John McCutcheon and Corey Harris’s great rap take of ‘Talkin’Union,’ complete with a Pete sample…Actually, there’s not a bad cut on this disc. With great liner notes, as well as Seeger popping up all over the place, this disc is a real charmer. If I Had a Song is a stunning tribute to one stunning artist. Highly recommended.”
Green Man Review

“Its 16 songs offer interesting and often compelling interpretations by a diverse crew of musicians…There are a lot of standouts here…[Steve] Earle’s chilling reading of ‘Walking Down Death Row’…Eric Andersen is absolutely eerie and ethereal in ‘Snow, Snow’…Volume 2 is a truly worthy addition to Appleseed’s catalog.”
Buffalo News, NY

“Another right-on tribute to a mighty pen and voice. Well done and not just for commie folkies.”  
Midwest Record

“…Brings together some marvelous talent, from Steve Earle and Joan Baez to Billy Bragg and Dar Williams.”
Utne Reader
“Neither Jackson Browne nor Joan Baez ever sounded as beautiful as they do in their duet on ‘Guantanamera’.” 
New York Daily News