Early Warnings

Early Warnings

by Holly Near


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With Holly Near's Redwood label having gone bust, putting all her early albums out of print, Appleseed culls tracks from two of her 1980s releases, Watch Out! and Sky Dances, and adds the version of Pete Seeger's "Quiet Early Morning" from its 1998 Seeger tribute, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, to construct this compilation. Near adds a sleeve note under the word "context," pointing out that most of the songs derive from the Reagan era and represent early warnings for political storms that are here today. The compilation doesn't do any favors for Watch Out!, which was a timely collection of topical songwriting set to a folk/bluegrass/acoustic new age musical palette contributed by the likes of John McCutcheon, Barbara Higbie, Michael Manring, Darol Anger, and others. But Sky Dances marked the beginning of Near's apparent writing block, and excerpting her own compositions from an album largely made up of cover tunes, while dropping some of the lesser tracks from Watch Out! makes for a stronger collection than either album separately. Near fans, of course, will want the original albums, but they're hard to find, and this is a reasonable selection from them.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
Label: Calico Tracks Music
UPC: 0611587105622
catalogNumber: 1056
Rank: 107011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Near   Primary Artist,Vocals
Darol Anger   Cello
Barbara Higbie   Piano
Michael Manring   Bass
Ray Obiedo   Electric Guitar
Lorraine Duisit   Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola
John McCutcheon   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Hammered Dulcimer
John Bucchino   Piano,Keyboards
Carrie Barton   Electric Bass
Freyda Epstein   Violin,Vocals,Double Bass
Nina Gerber   Acoustic Guitar
Ralph Gordon   Cello,Acoustic Bass
Paul Reisler   Acoustic Guitar
Irene Sazer   Viola
Rafael Manriquez   Acoustic Guitar
Cam Davis   Drums
Debbie Cotter   Banjo

Technical Credits

Michael Manring   Arranger,Producer
Holly Near   Arranger,Producer
John McCutcheon   Arranger,Producer
John Bucchino   Arranger,Producer
Tom Anderson   Engineer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Joanie Shoemaker   Arranger,Producer
Jo-Lynne Worley   Arranger,Producer

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