Previously unheard covers by Bruce Springsteen; his sometimes touring bandmate Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage; and '60s folk-pop legend Donovan highlight a three-disc collection put together to celebrate the 21st anniversary of protest music label Appleseed Recordings.
Springsteen performs Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" and adds his previously released version of "We Shall Overcome." He's also represented by singer-songwriter Tom Russell's cover of "Across the Border" off The Ghost of Tom Joad in a new recording made on the Mexico-New Mexico border.
Morello tackles AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" in addition to his previously issued "This Land Is Your Land." The Scottish-born Donovan offers a new take on the oft-covered folk song from his homeland "Wild Mountain Thyme" and one other.
Also among the many participants are actors Tim Robbins and Danny Glover, Natalie Merchant and Jackson Browne, who sings with both Bonnie Raitt and The Joel Rafael Band. In addition to Springsteen's cover, the late Pete Seeger is prominently featured, appearing on five songs. (Rolling Stone)