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April 24, 2006

A cappella on new Neil Young CD

Rock legend Neil Young is to release a new album next week called "Living with War", a 10-song collection that takes President Bush to task and sharply criticizes the war in Iraq. The album concludes with a deeply emotional a cappella version of "America the Beautiful," with Young backed by a 100-member choir. Young has been performing recently with the Fisk Jubilee Singers (including a weeklong stint on the Conan O'Brian Show) so it will be interesting to see if they are part of this 100 voice choir. As a long time Neil Young fan I really look forward to the album and with Bruce Springsteen about to come out with an album of Pete Seger songs and the track "Wartime Prayers" on the new Paul Simon release it's real good to know that corporate (especially Clear Channel) radio can not stop the great tradition of the protest song, which were some of the first songs I ever learnt as a kid. A cappella Woody Guthrie anybody?

Posted by acapnews at April 24, 2006 9:46 PM