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A More Perfect Union

Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt
A More Perfect Union


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track listing
1 God's Counting on Me..God's Counting on Your itunesbuy
2. Old Apples itunesbuy
3. Keep the Flame Alive itunesbuy
4. Memories Out of Mud itunesbuy
5. A More Perfect Union itunesbuy
6. This Old Man Revisited itunesbuy
7. These Days in Zimbabwe itunesbuy
8. Somebody Else's Eye itunesbuy
9. Strange Lullabye itunesbuy
10. Somos el Barco/We Are the Boat itunesbuy
11. Howling for Our Supper itunesbuy
12. My Neighbor's Needs itunesbuy
13. Wonderful Friends itunesbuy
14. A Toast to the Times itunesbuy
15. Fields of Harmony itunesbuy
16. Bountiful River itunesbuy

Pete Seeger, 93, Surveys the Present and Future with Old and New Friends

Wyatt, Springsteen, Morello, Earle, Harris, Williams and others!

In September 2012, Appleseed Recordings has simultaneously released two new recordings by Pete Seeger, America’s greatest living folksinger, topical songwriter and longstanding musical/political activist. 

A More Perfect Union is a newly-recorded 16-song collaboration between Pete and longtime friend and fellow singer-songwriter Lorre Wyatt, on which the duo is joined by newer generations of socially conscious musicians Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Dar Williams, among others. (Seeger’s second new release is Pete Remembers Woody, a two-CD spoken-word/musical tribute to Woody Guthrie.)

Seeger’s abiding mission – to inspire sociopolitical involvement and personal inclusiveness through song and example – shines through the 14 songs newly co-written with Wyatt. The duo addresses recent and ongoing political, economic and environmental issues alongside gentler appreciations of life’s good moments, meditations on the future, and exhortations to individual action. The opening track, “God’s Counting on Me…God’s Counting on You,” puts the responsibility for battling corporate greed, the BP oil spill, and other manmade catastrophes squarely in our hands. “Time to turn things around/Trickle up, not trickle down,” rasps Springsteen, while Pete reminds us, “What we do, you and me/Will affect eternity.” Other “hot button” songs include “This Old Man Revisited,” an ironic scorcher about the joys of war with guest vocals by a never-grittier Steve Earle and deceptively gentle Dar Williams (who also appears on the sorrowful Hurricane Katrina aftermath, “Memories Out of Mud”). Tom Morello, former guitar-shredder for Rage Against the Machine and now recording and performing as the far folkier Nightwatchman, chips in on vocals and acoustic lead guitar on the CD’s title song, which carries multiple layers of meaning. “Somos el Barco (We are the Boat”), Wyatt’s best-known solo composition, adds Emmylou Harris’s sweet voice to Lorre’s resolute tenor.

There’s more to this CD than political commentary. Among the more lighthearted songs are the delightfully self-deprecating “Old Apples” (“…still can make good sauce”) and “Howling for Our Supper,” a pet’s-eye view of Pete and Lorre writing “another pointless ditty” when it’s feeding time. On the heartwarming side, there are “Wonderful Friends,” a different version than found on one of Seeger’s two Grammy-winning Appleseed CDs, At 89 (2008), “A Toast to the Times,” and the closing “Bountiful River.” Throughout the CD, Pete and Lorre share and split vocal duties; Pete plays banjo and acoustic 12-string guitar, while Lorre handles the six-string acoustic and additional banjo. Providing a varied, acoustic-based instrumental bed are co-producers David Bernz (guitar, banjo, vocals, harmonica), engineer-percussionist Jeff Haynes, and a host of musicians based near Pete’s Beacon, N.Y., home. The use of a wide variety of percussion adds an atmospheric, throbbing Third World tinge to many of the songs.

Seeger and Wyatt, more than 25 years his junior, have been friends for more than 40 years and have co-written several dozen songs since then. Massachusetts-based Wyatt was sidelined for much of the last 15 years recovering from a stroke but has fully recovered and is “back on [his] musical feet again.”

These two new Seeger CDs mark the 15th year the independent Appleseed label has been releasing Pete’s new and archival material, as well as three highly lauded collections of newly-recorded versions of Seeger-related songs performed by Springsteen (who has recorded six songs for Appleseed to date, including three with Seeger), Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, and other great artists.  It was at Appleseed president Jim Musselman’s urging that Bruce originally recorded the song “We Shall Overcome” for the label’s Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 1 (1998). The recording also planted the seed for Springsteen’s 2006 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions CD and subsequent tours, helping to bring Pete’s music to new generations.





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Pete Remembers Woody

Tomorrow's Children

Live in '65

Pete Seeger at 89
where have all the flowers gone
The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 1
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
if i had a song
The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 2
If I Had a Song
The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 3
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