HARP A Time to Sing (Live) (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: September 25, 2001
- Label: Calico Tracks Music
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Oh Mary Don't You Weep
- 2.Somos el Barco :: We Are The Boat
- 3.Singing With You
- 4.Oh Mom
- 6.You and Me
- 7.Mothers, Daughters, Wives
- 8.What's Going On / Foolish Notion
- 9.Jacob's Ladder
- 10.Take Back the Night
- 11.The Water Is Wide
- 12.City of New Orleans
- 13.Wimoweh (Mbube)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Twelve Gates to the City
- 2.Fine Time
- 3.Icicle Blue
- 4.Ghannu Ma'i
- 6.All Over the World
- 7.Small Business Blues
- 8.Estadio Chile
- 10.Mr. Tambourine Man
- 11.Good For the World
- 12.Pallet on the Floor
- 13.Singing For Our Lives
Full performer name: Holly Near/Arlo Guthrie/Ronnie Gilbert/Pete Seeger.
HARP: A TIME TO SING! includes 13 tracks that were not included in the original release.
Holly Near/Arlo Guthrie/Ronnie Gilbert/Pete Seeger: Holly Near (vocals, percussion); Arlo Guthrie (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric piano, synthesizer); Ronnie Gilbert (vocals, percussion); Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, banjo, recorder, percussion).
Additional personnel: Jeff Langley (piano).
Producers: Jo-Lynne Worley, Joanie Shoemaker.
Reissue producer: Holly Near.
Recorded live at the Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles, California in September 1984. Includes liner notes by Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, and Pete Seeger.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Holly Near (vocals, percussion); Arlo Guthrie (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric piano, synthesizer); Ronnie Gilbert (vocals, percussion); Pete Seeger (vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar, banjo, recorder, percussion); Jeff Langley (piano).
Audio Mixer: Leslie Ann Jones.
Liner Note Authors: Holly Near; Arlo Guthrie; Ronnie Gilbert; Pete Seeger .
Recording information: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angels, CA (09/1984).
Arranger: Jeff Langley.
Recorded in 1984 and originally released the following year, this concert album unites four longtime friends from two eras: Holly Near and Arlo Guthrie from the '60s generation and ex-Weavers Ronnie Gilbert and Pete Seeger from their parents' generation. HARP combines the first letters of their four names. This double-CD re-release certainly has its moments, some of which are among the 13 songs that have been added to the original recording. Among the best tracks are Seeger-led renditions of "Wimoweh" and "Guantanamera" and Guthrie's readings of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans." Some of the between-song storytelling -- such as Guthrie's tale of how he first heard the Goodman composition -- is also worth hearing. Its high spirits, abundant talent, and strong moments notwithstanding, however, A Time to Sing never quite takes off. Like most albums with long spoken bits, this one will have listeners hitting the fast-forward button during its frequent monologues after a few plays. Listeners may want to hit the same button during some of the topical material here, some of which seems lyrically dated and musically thin. It's also disappointing that little collaboration seems apparent. Instead of an album from a real quartet, much of this sounds like a sampler of tracks from four solo CDs. ~ Jeff Burger
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