If I Had A Song: Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

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1 Guantanamera [Jackson Browne and Joan Baez] 6:38 $1.49 Buy
2 If I Had A Hammer [Billy Bragg with Eliza Carthy] 3:11 $1.49 Buy
3 Words, Words, Words [John Wesley Harding and The Minus 5] 3:03 $1.49 Buy
4 Walking Down Death Row [Steve Earle] 3:51 $1.49 Buy
5 Oh, Had I A Golden Thread [Dar Williams and Toshi Reagon] 5:20 $1.49 Buy
6 66 Highway Blues [Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger] 2:24 $1.49 Buy
7 Talking Union [John McCutcheon and Corey Harris] 5:12 $1.49 Buy
8 Maple Syrup Time [Moxy Früvous] 3:38 $1.49 Buy
9 Snow, Snow [Eric Andersen] 4:11 $1.49 Buy
10 Little Boxes (Petites Boîtes) [Kate & Anna McGarrigle] 3:42 $1.49 Buy
11 Last Train To Nuremberg [Joel Rafael Band] 4:22 $1.49 Buy
12 You'll Sing To Me Too [Guardabarranco] 3:12 $1.49 Buy
13 This Old Car [Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger] 3:02 $1.49 Buy
14 Old Devil Time [kim & reggie harris & the magpies] 3:42 $1.49 Buy
15 The Emperor Is Naked Today-O [Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer] 2:54 $1.49 Buy
16 Well May The World Go [Larry Long and Pete Seeger] 6:30 $1.49 Buy

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The sixteen selections on If I Had a Song extend the engagingly diverse guest list and wide range of song topics presented on the first volume. A few artists reappear with new contributions (Jackson Browne, this time teamed with Joan Baez for a gorgeous version of “Guantanamera”; Billy Bragg with Eliza Carthy; Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie), but there are plenty of additional and varied voices represented (as well as Pete’s own, on five selections). Traditional “folkies” and protest singers (Arlo Guthrie, John McCutcheon, Larry Long, Guardabarranco), singer-songwriters (Eric Andersen, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Dar Williams & Toshi Reagon, John Wesley Harding, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Joel Rafael ), alt.country stars (Steve Earle), pop-rockers (Moxy Früvous), and bluesmen (Corey Harris) all pay their respects to the 82-year-old Pete with imaginative arrangements and song choices. There are songs here that were never previously recorded, and many others that have yet to be reissued on any of Pete’s CDs, only appearing once on long-vanished Seeger LPs. One of the two collaborations between Arlo Guthrie and Pete on If I Had a Song, “66 Highway Blues,” is the first recording of one of the rare co-writing efforts by Seeger and Arlo’s father, Woody Guthrie.
Virtually all of the artists invited to participate in our three-volume tribute to Pete’s songs enthusiastically accepted. Their contributions were recorded in studios across the United States, in Canada, England, Nicaragua, Norway and elsewhere, mirroring Pete’s worldwide impact.

Steve Earle's version of "Walking Down Death Row", Dar Williams' and Toshi Reagon's rendering of "Oh Had I a Golden Thread", Eric Andersen's "Snow, Snow", the McGarrigle Sisters' "Little Boxes", and "You Sing It to Me Too" by Guardabarranco are all outstanding interpretations of Seeger's work...For 45 years I've loaded a lunch bucket and hauled myself off to work at one job or another. Most of that time I've had a Pete Seeger song or two running around my brain, helping me remember who the good guys are. Pete Seeger somehow knows what that's like...This album is a fine tribute to a good man, one who never wavered in the good but futile fight for social and economic justice. Carry it on, Pete. - Jack Pugh