Sonntag, 26. September 2021

VA - Let Freedom Sing - This Land Is Your Land, Vol. 2

While everyone doesn't agree on what patriotism means, even left-leaning folksingers celebrate the promises of America. Promises, however, sometimes fall short. So if singers like Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, and Cisco Houston point out America's shortcomings in protest songs, they don't consider themselves unpatriotic: they're only reminding Americans of their original principals. 

"Let Freedom Sing" travels back to the early-to-mid '60s, the golden age of the protest song, for the majority of its material. Since Vanguard signed so many top folk acts during the time, the major voices from the era are represented here. There's a live take of Dylan singing "Playboys and Playgirls" with Pete Seeger and a live, acapella version of Baez singing "Oh Freedom." Patrick Sky and Buffy Sainte-Marie weigh in on Native-American rights on the "Ballad of Ira Hayes" and "Now That the Buffalo's Gone" respectively. 

While most of this collection is rather somber, Mimi & Richard Farina's "House Un-American Blues Activity Dream" and the Chad Mitchell Trio's "The John Birch Society" offer a slight reprieve. Two Woody Guthrie classics get overhauled by Houston ("Deportee") and Ramblin' Jack Elliott ("1913 Massacre"), while the Weavers sing the rousing "Which Side Are You On?" 

This is an excellent collection that entertains while reminding Americans that there are many types of patriotism. -, Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.


1 –Phil Ochs - I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
2 –Phil Ochs  - There But For Fortune
3 –Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger  - Playboys and Playgirls
4 –Bob Dylan - Blowing In The Wind
5 –Joan Baez - Oh Freedom
6 –Joan Baez - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
7 –The Weavers - Which Side Are You On?
8 –The Weavers - Miner's Life
9 –Patrick Sky  - Ballad of Ira Hayes
10 –Eric Andersen - Thirsty Boots
11 –Judy Collins - Carry It On
12 –Mimi & Richard Farina - House Un-American Blues Activity Dream
13 –Tom Paxton  -The Death Of Stephen Biko
14 –The Chad Mitchell Trio - The John Birch Society
15 –Buffy Sainte-Marie - Now That the Buffalo's Gone
16 –Ramblin' Jack Elliott - 1913 Massacre
17 –Cisco Houston - Deportee
18 –Odetta - No More Auction Block For Me

VA - Let Freedom Sing - This Land Is Your Land, Vol. 2
(320 kbps, cover art included)

5 Kommentare:

Bob Mac hat gesagt…

Many thanks for Vol 2 of these historical recordings.

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

Many thanks for this collection of great folk artists, the Jamaican protest songs, the dancehall set, and Fela. They are all fantastic posts!

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for your comments. Glad you like that kind of music. Best wishes!

Mark hat gesagt…

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