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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


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Flying Fish and Rounder are independent labels which started up in the '70s, specializing in various types of roots music. The former company was apparently started up by Bruce Kaplan, a dissatisfied member of the Rounder collective. One of the disagreements might have been about politics, an element that Rounder seems to avoid despite the strong presence protest songs have in many types of American folk styles. The label even went as far as to remove a controversial political song from a Hazel & Alice album, while Flying Fish, on the other hand, has actually released some product with a strong leftist bent, this compilation of labor songs among them. The most obvious audience for music such as this are people who are upset about their jobs; based on that perhaps faulty concept, this album should have sold millions. The presence of Utah Phillips looms large. He is a combination activist, organizer, songwriter, singer, and storyteller, and there are few performers who can put across a song such as "The Two Bums" as well as he can. The album also combines its participants into various small groupings and a big ensemble finale, an idea that works just as well in an album sequence as it has on many folk festival stages. There are several numbers originating with Joe Hill, needless to say, but also a grand Malvina Reynolds cover by Faith Petric and a terrific take on the classic "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" by Bob Bovee. Besides delivering its intended messages, this collection also puts the spotlight on some fairly unknown performers in a context that brings welcome thematic strength and emotional power to their work.

1. Preamble to the IWW Constitution
2. Organizer - Jeff Cahill
3. Little Red Hen - Faith Petric
4. Which Side Are You On? - Bob Bovee
5. Two Bums - Utah Phillips
6. Banks of Marbles - Fred Holstein
7. Put It on the Ground - Marion Wade
8. Popular Wobbly - Eric Glatz
9. Song of the Rail - Mark Ross
10. Hold the Fort - Bruce Brackney
11. We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years - Bruce Brackney
12. Ain't Done Nothing If You Ain't Been Called a Red - Faith Petric
13. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum - Bob Bovee
14. Boss - Utah Phillips
15. Preacher and the Slave - Jeff Cahill
16. Mysteries of a Hobo's Life - Mark Ross
17. Stung Right - Fred Holstein
18. Jo Hill's Last Will - Kathy Taylor
19. Mr. Block - Utah Phillips
20. Power in the Union

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