|All Artists: Bruce Springsteen, Madeleine Peyroux, Pete Seeger, Dan Zanes, Jon Bon Jovi, Buffalo Tom, Mario Frangoulis, Danny Glover, Jewel, Sonya Kitchell, Natalie Merchant, Mighty Sam Mcclain, Keb' Mo', Bonnie Raitt, Tim Robbins, John Sebastian, Michelle Shocked, Sweet Honey in the Rock|
Title: Give US Your Poor
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Appleseed Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 9/25/2007
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
17 exclusive new tracks by Bruce Springsteen & Pete Seeger, Jon Bon Jovi, Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt, and other stars, many in collaboration with currently or formerly homeless musicians on benefit CD to fight homelessness! Two years in the making, this fund-raising CD created by Appleseed Recordings and the national Give US Your Poor organization at UMass Boston brings together established musicians, socially committed actors and currently or previously homeless musicians in a collection of mostly exclusive new recordings that address the ongoing crisis of homelessness in America. There are frequent collaborations between the stars, who donated their time and music, and their formerly or currently homeless brethren on songs that often reflect on existence without guaranteed lodging, food, and the simple necessities of human existence. There is a broad spectrum of artists, genres and styles on Give US Your Poor that makes the CD a moving, engrossing, and enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Among the performers: Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger join together for a second time (they also share a track on Appleseed's new Sowing the Seeds label compilation). to perform the folk classic, "Hobo's Lullaby." Jon Bon Jovi represents the "arena rock" camp, pairing up with the formerly indigent Mighty Sam McClain on the rousing, gospel-inflected "Show Me the Way." For the AAA/Starbucks crowd, there are new tracks from the latest sophisticated, jazz-influenced and popular female singer-songwriters - Madeleine Peyroux and Sonya Kitchell - and from their more established musical sisters, including Bonnie Raitt (performing a rowdy version of "Walking the Dog" with bluesman Weepin' Willie Robinson), Natalie Merchant (surrounded by six veterans of homelessness), Michelle Shocked, and Jewel. Other contributors include bluesman Keb' Mo', the famed political/gospel a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, acclaimed "kid's music" rocker Dan Zanes, newly revived indie band Buffalo Tom, opera singer Mario Frangoulis, and actor/activists Tim Robbins and Danny Glover. You will also hear music by and read about those whom society has tried to ignore, such as teenager Nichole Cooper and 11-year-old Kyla Middleton, formerly homeless military veterans Michael Sullivan and Weepin' Willie, and outspoken poet/advocate Julia K. Dinsmore, whose two contributions are read by Danny Glover. The 28-page booklet accompanying Give US You Poor not only contains "the story behind the stories" of these songs and performers, but also presents an array of heartbreaking and infuriating statistics about homelessness in America.
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Soulboogiealex | Netherlands | 10/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Give Us Your Poor is an album which proceeds go to the direct benefit of the homeless. That noble cause alone could be reason enough to reason enough to but this wonderful CD. If that's not enough than the music on this CD will be. Jim Musselman from the folk label Appleseed has managed to interest some legendary blues men and folkies for this project and got them to team up with some impressive names. Most notably Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. The first teams up with the Migty Sam McClain on the first Bon Jovi recording that really touched me, the second does a duet with the legendary activist and musician Peete Seeger on Hobo's Lullaby. Bonnie Rait and Keb' Mo' are among the other notable contributers.
Intersected with the songs are the stories of the homeless. Real people explaining how they became homeless or the stories of homeless told by famous actors as Tim Robbins, painting a picture of the dilemma that is as complex as the reality out there. Shocking stories of families, working men and children who live out on the streets of America were set to music. These stories are as captivating as the songs duets on this album.
Revealing and moving portrait of the homeless
Barbara Jackson | Pawnee City, NE USA | 12/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Since most Americans consider themselves only two paychecks from sharing the plight of these people , you would think that the problem would garner more attention from local and state offices. This album makes the homeless real, attaching faces and voices to a reality too often ignored. The music is also very well done."
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? - The Real Story Of Homelessn
Alfred Johnson | boston, ma | 05/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, I have been homeless. Oh, not the desperate, day in, day out, year in, year old homelessness that drives the stories in this compilation of musical and storytelling artistic efforts to get people who are not homeless, have never been homeless, and hope never to be homeless to pay attention. And not just walk away, around, or over the problem. I have been homeless enough though , and in dire enough straits at times to have a pretty good sense that the streets are not for dreaming, or for living in, and are definitely to be avoided at all costs. Those are mean streets out there, brothers and sisters. And asking for the occasional spare change, spare cigarette, spare anything is just the tip of the iceberg.
But, hell, let some real folks tell the story. And that is what they do here, interspersed with some celebrity performances, by some people that Appleseed Records (and U/Mass-Boston) has been fortunate enough to garner in and who, in their own ways, give a damn. Especially give a listen to "Land of 10,000 Homeless" -Minnesota" and the story that brother has to tell and Danny Glover's recitation of "My Name Is Not "Those People"'. For those who are moved by celebrity, listen to Bonnie Raitt and Weepin' Willie Robinson on "Walking The Dog" and Sweet Honey In The Rock on "Stranger Blues". And for those who want to get mist eyed about the romance of the road- hobo style, at least vicariously, give a listen to Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger on a song made famous (although not written by) Woody Guthrie, "Hobo's Lullaby".
Let me finish with this little thought. I grew up dirt-poor and it was a long time before I knew, for real, that there was some other condition. One of the virtues, and maybe the only one, of being poor is that the vicissitudes, the ups and downs, of the world economy kind of pass me by, personally. However, I have elected, and rightly so, to fight so that poor is a word that is placed in the archives of human history through the struggle for our communist future where being homeless will be merely a relic of a barbaric age. But just in case, I will keep myself in shape. Brother (sister), can you spare a dime?