RELEASE
1991
LABEL
Free Dirt Records
GENRES
Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk

Album Review

Utah Phillips has a long tradition as an activist and radical. I've Got to Know, recorded during the first Gulf War in 1991, is meant to be a rant against war, talking eloquently about the stupidity (and inequity) of killing, through songs and words. Recorded live in the studio in one session, it makes its point wonderfully well, with songs like the unaccompanied "Killing Ground," or the very true "Stupid's Pledge." While he's perhaps not as well-known as Pete Seeger, say, or Woody Guthrie, he's long deserved to be, since his songs are the equal of theirs. Like all good folksingers, he's marvelously humorous, but also marvelously wise -- and he puts his money where his mouth is: as he says on this disc, during the war he refused to drive, since his car didn't run on blood. This isn't a man entertaining; this is a man who feels things very deeply -- not only about war (as on "Trooper's Lament" and his very first composition, "Enola Gay," harking back to his own service in Korea), but about the injustices inherent in the American system, although he does find good things in America. In some hands, something as intense and relentless as this could be wearing, but Phillips knows how to pace things, and how to keep the ear listening. Inevitably, some will violently disagree with what he has to say and sing, and deem it "unpatriotic," but hear it with an open ear. With Phillips, the human element is even more important than the politics. And this disc is every bit as relevant now as when it was recorded.
Chris Nickson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Stupid's Pledgehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798122&id=301798073
  2. I've Got to Knowhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798123&id=301798073
  3. Seditionhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798124&id=301798073
  4. General, Your Tankhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798125&id=301798073
  5. Yellow Ribbonhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798129&id=301798073
  6. Yellow Legs & Pugshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798131&id=301798073
  7. I Love My Flaghttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798132&id=301798073
  8. Scribner on the Drafthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798137&id=301798073
  9. Killing Groundhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798138&id=301798073
  10. Learninghttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798141&id=301798073
  11. Riding the Peace Trainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798143&id=301798073
  12. Trooper's Lamenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ive-got-to-know/id500208132?uo=5
  13. Victory Stuffhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798148&id=301798073
  14. Mountain Valley Homehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798152&id=301798073
  15. Michaelhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798155&id=301798073
  16. The Soldier's Returnhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798160&id=301798073
  17. Was It You?http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798164&id=301798073
  18. Lord, Ain't It Sad?http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798172&id=301798073
  19. What Is a Pacifist?http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798194&id=301798073
  20. I Will Not Obeyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798197&id=301798073
  21. The Violence Withinhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798204&id=301798073
  22. Judas Ramhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798208&id=301798073
  23. Truman Cactushttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798211&id=301798073
  24. There Shall Come Soft Rainshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798216&id=301798073
  25. Enola Gayhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798222&id=301798073
  26. Wife of Flandershttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798230&id=301798073
  27. Rice and Beanshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798296&id=301798073
  28. Ain't It Finehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798319&id=301798073
  29. Revolt in the Deserthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ive-got-to-know/id500208132?uo=5
  30. Stand to Your Glasses Steadyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798347&id=301798073
  31. How to Live in Peacehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798385&id=301798073
  32. This Here Riverhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798388&id=301798073
  33. Huddled Chickenshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301798391&id=301798073
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