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Various Artists / Classic Labor Songs
Album:Classic Labor Songs Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:Sep 2006

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Add Date:2006-10-08 Pull Date:2006-12-10 
Week Ending:Dec 3Nov 26Nov 19Nov 5Oct 29Oct 22Oct 15

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 29, 2021:Traditions - Musicians We Lost to Covid
We Just Come To Work Here, We Don't Come To Die
4.Mar 22, 2019:Traditions
We Do The Work, Rol Lthe Union On
2.Feb 21, 2020:Traditions
Too Old To Work
5.Dec 21, 2018:Traditions
Which Side And You On?
3.Apr 26, 2019:Traditions
We Do The Work
6.Sep 22, 2018:Iron Skillet by way of Mix Tape
Carpal Tunnel

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-10-09 
V/A CLASSIC LABOR SONGS CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
Folk, bluegrass, a little country, singer songwriters, acapella and a few other sounds all sing pro-worker songs. There are some classics, like “Joe Hill” and “Which Side are You On” to go along with some newer tracks.
1. Piano and the lowest voice you’ve heard before.
2. Absolutely awful.
3. Banjo, Pete Seeger and backing female vocals do a classic.
4. Restrained, somewhat uptight version of this classic.
5. Short acapella.
**6. Harmonica, guitar and vocals. Still relevant since you’re probably wearing sweatshop clothes.
7. Another textile worker themed song that’s slightly country.
8. Strange slow pace and grating voice.
**9. Amazing classic with mostly just vocals and guitar in the “talking blues” form, which WOODY GUTHRIE started and DYLAN continued.
**10. Sad, simple guitar and GUTHRIE’S voice. A sad story of the bosses causing a xmas party panic which killed 73 children. Read the liner notes!
**11. UTAH PHILLIPS hitting hard as usual with a song about how the preachers were for a long time, against the worker. Banjo, upbeat, and pissed.
**12. One of my favorite songs and renditions of it. Mostly acappella vocals from an older scratchy voiced woman to begin and then PETE SEEGER and the ALMANAC SINGERS take over.
13. In somewhat of a gospel form which kicks into upbeat banjo bluegrass. A Wobbly theme song.
14. Fiddle, mandolin and multiple female vocals doing an upbeat version of this classic.
**16. A powerful acapella track from bluegrass singer HAZEL DICKENS.
18. A bit poppy.
19. Some electric guitar.
20. Strange rock sound.
21. Doesn't start out sounding like it but this is a straight bluegrass track.
22. Old melody line used in a new song. Mostly acapella.
23. Blues rock.
24. Strong female vocals and background guitar.
**25. Well known, do-wop/barbershop quartet track “We do the Work”
26. Surprising “Mexican” sounding UFW theme song from Cesar Chavez’s time sung by the current president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
27. I’ve heard many better version of this track.
Good collection. -mph

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Paul RobesonJoe Hill
2.Bobbie McgeeBread And Roses
3.Pete Seeger And The Almanac SingerCasey Jones (Union Scab)
4.Joe GlazerWe Shall Not Be Moved/Roll The Union On
5.John HandcoxRol Lthe Union On
6.Mike SeegerCotton Mill Colic
7.Joe GlazerThe Mill Was Made Of Marble
8.Peggy SeegerArgon Mill
9.Almanac SingersTalking Union
10.Woody Guthrie1913 Massacre
11.Utah PhillipsThe Preacher And The Slave
12.Florence Reese/Almanac SingersWhich Side And You On?
13.Joe UehleinHold The Fort
14.New Harmony Sisterhood BandUnion Maid
15.Joe GlazeerToo Old To Work
16.Hazel DickensBlack Lung
17.Larry PennBeen Rolling So Long
18.Tom JuravichVdt
19.Joe GlazerAutomation
20.Kenny WinfreeI'm A Union Card
21.John O'connerCarpal Tunnel
22.Anne FeeneyWe Just Come To Work Here, We Don't Come To Die
23.Elaine PurkeyOne Day More
24.Elaine PurkeyOne Day More
25.Jon FromerWe Do The Work
26.Baldemar Velasquez And Aguila NegraDe Colores
27.Joe GlazerSolidarity Forever