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Where Have All the Flowers Gone:
The Songs of Pete Seeger

(Appleseed, 1998)

After listening to this enjoyable compilation of remakes of Pete Seeger's songs, I'm not sure the flowers have really all gone. They may look and sound a little different, but they're still blooming strong.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone contains 150 minutes of selections of both Seeger's better- and lesser-known songs, but all are nicely reproduced. Some of the flowers on this disc stand taller and are more colorful than others, but all in all, they make a nice bunch of wildflowers. Artists who lend their talents to this garden of Seeger music include Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Richie Havens, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Peter Paul & Mary, Bruce Springsteen, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Indigo Girls, Donovan and others, including Pete Seeger himself! Studs Terkel provides a timely recitation of "Blessed Be the Nation."

Having grown up in the '60s, the old favorites ("Where Have All the Flowers Gone," " If I Had A Hammer," "Turn Turn Turn: To Everything There is a Season," "We Shall Overcome") still have roots deep in my heart. Strangely, under the current circumstances of war and world strife, Seeger's political messages and wishes for world peace prove as appropriate now as they were almost 40 years ago!

- Rambles
written by Lynne Remick
published 10 May 2003

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