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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • ASIN: B001CW7LPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"As you might expect from a Seeger album, the songs on "At 89" take on some of the problems faced by America in 2008, and while the music is sometimes touched by melancholy, Seeger's faith in his fellow humans shines through clearly." -- j. poet, AllMusic.com

"At an age where most men are struggling for breath, Pete Seeger has made a vibrant, full-bodied album that encompasses all his magnificent talents. . . Seeger is buoyed by guest vocalists, children's choirs, etc., but stays center stage throughout on this masterful outing by an American folk music giant heading into his 10th decade on Earth." -- Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 2008

". . . something of a treasure for longtime fans and packs at least a dozen treats for relative newbies." -- Jeff Vrabel, Billboard, Sept. 26, 2008

"...Spunkier here than he even gives himself credit for, Seeger loves being in front of a mic again and delivers a commensurate performance. Certainly a late in life valentine to his fans, he has earned the right to deliver any material in any way he sees fit. The real fans are sure to respond accordingly. This is the kind of set that defies both category and criticism." -- Chris Spector, Midwest Record, August 29, 2008

"Here's a record by a folk singer who is the opposite of an unhappy, delicate creature, who has no concern at all for the concept of the beautiful loser, who carries no loftiness or obscurantism about his own talent, who speaks to adults with the same clarity and care that one might speak to children, who believes that everything is done better in groups and yet puts enormous faith in the value of his individual effort. . . [a] sweet, antivirtuosic record . . . This is an artful gesture, but it's not just for art's sake." -- Ben Ratliff, New York Times "Critics Pick," Sept. 29, 2008

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You can't help but feel better after listening to the stories and songs here.
R. Kyle
He combines his philosophy of life, his love of social equality, and his love of music in this album with songs and spoken dialogue.
B. Lewis
Congratulations to Pete Seeger and to Jim Musselman of Appleseed Records for all of his work in getting Pete to record again.
James Capaldi

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John A. Gregorio VINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
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Pete as 89 is as powerful as Pete at 50. The music he sings, with lyrics that matter, empowers him . My only criticism is the use of singers, but I have always like Pete to sing alone, or with an audience or with protest marchers. Choirs and such seem to dilute the power of his performance.
I have listened to Pete in all the "ages" of my life, and wish he has many more although he is 89!
One warning: Some of the songs are without Pete, and our songs he has done over the years. I would have preferred to use some earlier recorded songs of Pete, but these songs are very, very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather Rose Bridger on October 31, 2008
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We can only hope Pete will be around long enough to see a positive result in next week's elections! He is an inspiration to us all, a testament to the power of positive, dedicated, optimistic, conscientious, committed people to make this world a better place. Fans who enjoy this CD may also want to check out Pete's spoken recollections of playing the great Spanish Civil War songs on another Appleseed release, "Spain In My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War". He shares some poignant memories and also plays some great banjo!Spain in My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia A. Evert on October 15, 2008
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I think it is great that Pete can still perform at his age. I am 84 myself and cannot sing anymore. Of course, the reason is my chemo 24 years age. I and my sons consider that a small price to pay for my life. I love Pete's songs. They are very, very down to earth and beautiful. Thank you, Pete, and keep on singing. Ginny Evert
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Woolever on November 23, 2008
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I suppose there are folks who can resist, but it's hard to imagine a life and a talent that is any more authentic, and dedicated to bringing healing transformation to life, human and otherwise. Whether it's nurturing future generations, or the heroic nature of an elder living to the hilt beyond the traditional retirement formula, I dare you to encounter the tear that will likely appear - not of sadness, but joy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce I. Gibson on November 16, 2008
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Pete Seeger has always been such a strong force for social justice, equality and protecting the environment; especially the waters. His voice is a little scratchy at 89 but he's still that amazing, strong and influential person! Irene
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Owl on December 6, 2008
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Pete Seeger at 89..........this is moving, meaningful and one of a kind. True, he doesn't sing all the songs, but his heart and soul are clearly there. The quality of sings is perhaps uneven and every song won't please every person. But the spirit is so strong and so real. The message is as it's always been. Well worth the money and a CD you'll value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
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I think it's his good heart that keeps him so young. Pete Seeger hardly sounds 60 on this recording, let alone 89. With his typical generosity, Seeger's shared his birthday with us and we get the hour-long present to enjoy. You can't help but feel better after listening to the stories and songs here. I refuse to call this a coda, but perhaps just a pause to reflect on a life very well lived and causes very well served.

The CD starts out on an upbeat note with "Nameless Banjo Riff." From there, we shift to a bluesy "False from True." While the second song refers to Governor Wallace, no truer notes were sounded even today.

The songs here are definitely a history of the progressive movements Seeger's supported, including "Visions of Children", an anthem written for the Green Guerillas who protested New York's Mayor Guiliani's selling of some of the city's public gardens. "The Long Haul" talks about Clearwater, a group which takes kids out on a sailboat teaching kids music, history, and political activism.

Of course, there's Seeger's continuing efforts to unify diverse peoples through song. "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" was a popular World War II song originally written by a man in an Israeli regiment. This CD has the song not only in Hebrew, but English and Arabic as well.

What's great about this CD is the more you listen, the more you learn. Each new iteration gives you a different look at both the man and the history he influenced. What a lovely tribute to a life well lived and a heart open and well-used.

Rebecca Kyle, September 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Capaldi on February 9, 2009
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"Pete Seeger At 89" has won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Congratulations to Pete Seeger and to Jim Musselman of Appleseed Records for all of his work in getting Pete to record again.

A truly wonderful recording recommended to all.
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