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Various Artists
Sowing the Seeds - The 10th Anniversary

(2-CD set, 2007)


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track listings disc 1

1. Oh Sacred World- Pete Seeger itunesbuy
2. Ghost Of Tom Joad *-Pete Seeger / Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen itunesbuy
3. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy *-Ani DiFranco itunesbuy
4. Universal Soldier *-Donovan itunesbuy
5. White Boots Marching In A Yellow Land-Eric Andersen With Wyclef Jean itunesbuy
6. All My Children Of The Sun-Tim Robbins itunesbuy
7. The Bravest-Tom Paxton itunesbuy
8. 19 Miles To Baghdad-Lizzie West & The White Buffalo itunesbuy
9. Bring Them Home-Pete Seeger With Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle & Anne Hills itunesbuy
10. Walking Down Death Row *-Pete Seeger itunesbuy
11. Guantanamera-Jackson Browne & Joan Baez itunesbuy
12. Heartland Express-Sharon Katz & The Peace Train itunesbuy
13. Indian Prayer-Tom Pacheco itunesbuy
14.There Goes The Mountain-Tom Paxton & Anne Hills itunesbuy
15. Sing About These Hard Times-Peggy Seeger itunesbuy
16. If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus *-Kim And Reggie Harris wiTh Peter Yarrow    And Bethany & Rufus itunesbuy
17. The Ross Perot (George Bush) Guide To Answering Embarrassing Questions *-Pete Seeger With Tao Rodriguez-Seeger itunesbuy
18.The Emperor Is Naked Today-O *-Pete Seeger itunesbuy
19. Where Have All The Flowers Gone-Tommy Sands With Dolores Keane And Vedran Smailovic itunesbuy

track listings disc 2

1. Quite Early Morning *-Pete Seeger itunesbuy
2. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy-Ani DiFranco itunesbuy
3. There Is Hope-Aoife Clancy itunesbuy
4. Swimming To The Other Side-Pat Humphries itunesbuy
5. Turn! Turn! Turn!-Bruce Cockburn itunesbuy
6. Namaste-The Kennedys itunesbuy
7. Gina In The Kings Road-Al Stewart itunesbuy
8. Yin My Yang-Donovan itunesbuy
9. Baby, It's You-John Stewart itunesbuy
10. Leave Your Light On-Tim Eriksen itunesbuy
11. Try Me One More Time-David Bromberg itunesbuy
12. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right-Ramblin' Jack Elliott itunesbuy
13. Dink's Song-Roger McGuinn With Pete Seeger And Josh White Jr. itunesbuy
14. You Can't Relive The Past-Eric Andersen With Lou Reed itunesbuy
15. Oh Had I A Golden Thread-Judy Collins itunesbuy
16. Sail On-Dick Gaughan itunesbuy
17. Somos El Barco (We Are The Boat)-Holly Near / Arlo Guthrie / Ronnie Gilbert / Pete Seeger itunesbuy
18. Pete Gets The Last Word *-Pete Seeger itunesbuy
*- Exclusive New Recording

“Sowing the Seeds: The Tenth Anniversary makes a solid argument that folk and folk-derived music is alive and well in the 21st century, and more than that, the music makes for a fine celebration.
All Music Guide

This handsome collection is split across two discs: the first with a strong political bent, the second to explore the wider human issues. If this still sounds earnest, the beauty of this record is its subtlety. . . . In keeping the folk fires bruning, Appleseed does it with vim, vision and a heap of imagination. (4 stars, featured Americana CD).”Uncut

Established in 1997 to “explore the roots and branches of folk and world music and sow the seeds of social justice through music,” Appleseed Recordings has lived up to its  up to its intentions. The independent, internationally distributed label has released 85 CDs so far that present new music by folk giants such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Donovan, David Bromberg, Al Stewart and Eric Andersen, ascendant talents like The Kennedys, Tim Eriksen, and Lizzie West, and has attracted guest artists Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, and many more. 

Sowing the Seeds – The 10th Anniversary is Appleseed’s first sampler and captures many of the label’s highlights, as well as nine new tracks recorded specifically for this birthday celebration. The 2-CD set has been split into two “themed” discs of new and old songs by a veritable Who’s Who of socially aware musicians. 

Disc 1, “And Justice for All,” features politically charged songs that were among the first to confront the Iraq War and the Bush Administration, as well as addressing economic hard times, the environment, and other sociopolitical issues. There are classics from our catalogue like Pete Seeger’s controversial update of his Vietnam-era “Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)” with guests Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, and Anne Hills, 9/11 meditations “The Bravest” by Tom Paxton and “19 Miles to Baghdad” by Lizzie West (a recent “Democracy Now” radio/TV favorite), Jackson Browne & Joan Baez’s “Guantanamera,” and Paxton/Hills’“There Goes the Mountain.” New songs here include the first collaboration between Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger on Springsteen’s haunting “Ghost of Tom Joad” (ironically following Bruce’s recent spate of Seeger-related CDs), Ani DiFranco’s blistering take on Seeger’s “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” Donovan’s re-recording of his 1965 hit, “Universal Soldier,” and four new Pete Seeger tracks, including the hilarious “Ross Perot (George Bush) Guide to Embarrassing Questions” and solemn “Walking Down Death Row.” 

Sowing’s second disc, “Love Hope and Appleseed,” presents a somewhat broader selection of themes and styles. The CD features songs of optimism, perseverance and meditations on love. There’s folk-rock from both sides of the Atlantic, including Al Stewart’s “Gina on the Kings Road,” Donovan’s mystical “Yin My Yang,” The Kennedys’ effervescent “Namaste” and John Stewart’s coulda-beeen-a-hit “Baby, It’s You.” There’s traditional acoustic folk from ex-Byrds leader and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Roger McGuinn, with guest Pete Seeger, on “Dink’s Song,” the title track from David Bromberg’s massively popular new CD of solo folk-blues, “Try Me One More Time,” and Tim Eriksen’s spooky but uplifting “Leave Your Light On.” Other artists include Eric Andersen with guest Lou Reed on the chugging acoustic rocker “You Can’t Relive the Past,” Judy Collins, Pat Humphries (her classic “Swimming to the Other Side”), Dick Gaughan, Tommy Sands and Vedran Smailovic, and more.