MARC RIBOT — Songs of Resistance 1942-2018

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Album · 2018


1 We Are Soldiers in the Army 5:27
2 Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) 3:37
3 Srinivas Ribot 6:09
4 How To Walk In Freedom 5:44
5 Rata de dos Patas 4:46
6 The Militant Ecologist [Based on Fischia II Vento] 4:10
7 The Big Fool 6:34
8 Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round 3:23
9 John Brown 5:53
10 Knock That Statue Down 3:50
11 We'll Never Turn Back 4:34


Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Tom Waits (track 2)
Backing Vocals – Domenica Fossati, Tift Merritt,Lukas Rutzen, Rea Dubach,Syd Straw, Marc Ribot (track 4)
Banjo – Marc Ribot (track 2)
Bass – Tony Garnier,Devin Hoff, Marc Ribot (track 5)
Cello – Dave Eggar, Erik Friedlander
Clarinet – Doug Wieselman
Congas – Reinaldo De Jesús, Mauricio Herrera
Drums – Chad Taylor,Ches Smith,Kenny Wollesen
Drums, Vibraphone – Kenny Wollesen
Flute – Roy Nathanson
Guitar – Marc Ribot
Harmonica – Marc Ribot (tracks: 2, 6)
Pedal Steel Guitar – Eric Heywood
Percussion – Reinaldo De Jesús,Ches Smith, Shahzad Ismaily
Rap – Ohene Cornelius (track 5)
Requinto Guitar – Devin Hoff, Marc Ribot (tracks: 3, 8, 10)
Saxophone – James Brandon Lewis,Doug Wieselman
Sitar [Electric Sitar] – Marc Ribot (tracks: 4, 5)
Synthesizer [Moog] – Shahzad Ismaily
Trombone – Curtis Fowlkes
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Ches Smith
Violin – Rachel Golub,Mark Feldman
Vocals – Fay Victor, Sam Amidon, Steve Earle,Me'Shell NdegéOcello(track 6),Justin Vivian Bond
Vocals [Additional] – Marc Ribot (tracks: 3, 5)

About this release

Anti- ‎– 87604-2 (US)

*1,3,4,8,9*Recorded by Daniel Schlett @ Strange Weather (Brooklyn, NY)
5,6,7,10 Recorded by Randall Dunn @ Brooklyn Recording (Brooklyn, NY)
11 Recorded by Ryan Kelly @ Studio G (Brooklyn, NY)
2 Recorded by Karl Derfler @ The School Bell (Sebastopol, CA)

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Marc Ribot’s latest offering “Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018” comprises quite a few well known guests covering some originals and old nuggets fitting the album’s title. Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Fay Victor, Meshell Ndegeocello, Sam Amidon , Justin Vivian Bond and an artist who does not want to be named due to possible ramifications concerning their residential status is mentioned as “Ohene Cornelius”. The album was recorded as a protest against the current U. S. Administration with eleven tracks included with Fay Victor being the biggest contributor after Marc Ribot of course as she appears on three with Steve Earle being an old political campaigner himself appearing in two.

The old Gospel number “We Are Soldiers In The Army” with Fay Victor on vocals gets things underway with some quite interesting saxophone accompaniment bringing a different touch to this old nugget but what the majority of listeners will be interested in is the following old Italian Anti Fascist song “Bella Ciao ( Goodbye Beautiful)” with Tom Waits providing his unique style delivered close to a lament with Marc Ribot’s guitar backing it all up as he has done on so many songs that they have recorded together. Steve Earle wrote “Srinvas” concerning an Indian immigrant’s murder as a direct result from racism with quite a pick up for the tunes ending. “How To Walk In Freedom” is where we get the folk singer Sam Amidon leading vocals with Fay Victor assisting with flute bringing texture to the song and “Rata De Dos Patas” is Latin based with a not to subtle English introduction for the persona Ohene Cornelius.The protest songs keep coming with two more from Marc Ribot, Fay Victor doing “John Brown”, another from Steve Earle and even the trans genre artist Justin Vivian Bond comes in to finish things up with “We’ll Never Turn Back” and perhaps even Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger might approve.

Interesting listen and I have tried to keep out of the politics not being my own Country and just cover the music with what it is about and there are some great sounding songs and tunes included and I hope that they do resonate from this project for the artists. Tom Waits is a great addition for Marc Ribot within the album as he will increase sales with those fans of Tom’s that want them all, still I feel like many Political themed album’s they are doomed to a short lifespan.

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