Ray Korona Band | The People Are In Charge!

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The People Are In Charge!

by Ray Korona Band

Original activist, environmental & labor folk & folk rock plus love songs too, with warm harmonies, acoustic instruments, well-crafted lyrics, catchy tunes and a solid beat.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. Teratorn
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2. The People Are in Charge!
3:20 $0.99
3. Gay Free Boy Scouts
3:37 $0.99
4. Just Words
3:41 $0.99
5. Globalization Blues
3:12 $0.99
6. We're Marching to Let Them Live
2:24 $0.99
7. No Matter How Hard It Gets
3:41 $0.99
8. Incinerator
3:52 $0.99
9. Vote For Prisons
3:00 $0.99
10. A Book By Its Cover
3:29 $0.99
11. The Power of Love and Light
4:15 $0.99
12. Big Step to Freedom
2:59 $0.99
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Ray Korona Band - The People Are In Charge!
*new songs for social justice*
*a musical tradition continues*

When Pete Seeger performed his 80th birthday concert in NYC recalling his life in the music of struggle, the Ray Korona Band played every song with him and some of Ray's new topical songs as well. When Nora Guthrie hosted a celebration of 65 years of her father's song, "This Land Is Your Land," the Band played Woody's songs and Ray's new songs now on this CD.

Greedy globalizers, war mongrels, executioners, tree clear-cutters, homophobic boy scout officials, union busters, political profiteers and double-talkers, BEWARE! These songs will run right over you (and maybe even take you through some changes). And, as always, you'll find humor, singable choruses and some love songs, too, on the band's fifth nationally released CD.

The band features Barry Kornhauser, Ivice, Ellen Davidson, Sharon Abreu & Ray with warm vocal harmonies, diverse musical instruments (fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, guitar, flute, clarinet, bass, percussion, drums, piano, etc.) and even an a cappella tune. In the words of one reviewer, "This CD's 12 songs explore current and perennial issues with passion, humor and catchy music!"



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Roz Boyd, URPE Newsletter

It faces big political and economic issues head on... I love this CD!
Spring 2002

URPE Newsletter: Union for Radical Political Economics

THE PEOPLE ARE IN CHARGE! New Political Music CD reviewed by Roz Boyd

The Ray Korona Band has just released an exciting new CD: The People Are In Charge! Featuring twelve of Ray's songs, it faces big political and economic issues head on with story songs, humor, clever lyrics and catchy music. As usual, the songs are of special interest to URPE members covering subjects such as the prison-industrial complex, the economic plundering of the environment, globalization, racial and racial justice, political double-speak, labor rights and more. The music is mostly acoustic with a great blend of instruments including guitar, bass, dulcimer, flute, fiddle, cello, mandolin, slide, piano, clarinet, sax, drums and percussion. While Ray sings most of the songs, Sharon, Ivice and Ellen take turns at the lead vocals and there are wonderful harmonies everywhere. No doubt the group's impressive singing and playing skills reflect its experience in performing with the likes of Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte and Patti Smith as well as playing in college concerts and conference events around the country. I love this CD! You can find out more or buy it at www.raykorona.com.

George Geist

There are some wonderfully funny and incisive songs on this CD.
There are some wonderfully funny and incisive songs on this CD. At least as interesting are the arrangements. Most music in this genre is both deadly earnest and musically static. This band avoids both traps; there's a baroque interlude one one tune (integral, not grafted on), a variety of vocalists, even an a capella union hymn with crisp three-part harmony. The political message is clear, but they haven't forgotten the spirit of "if I can't dance, you can keep your revolution."

Barry Gruber

Inspirational political music CD!
Ray Korona's music is a throwback to the great political songwriting of the 60's. He carries on the tradition of bards writing songs about current events, protesting social injustice, corporate greed, racism and prejudice and globalization. The lyrics are inspired and the arrangements are acoustic oriented. His vocals are clear and easy to understand, which is important when so many important issues are being addressed. There are several guests vocalists as well. One can just picture his music being sung at rallies. My favorite was "the Power of Love and Light", a beautiful love song-duet. The last track "Big Step to Freedom" has nice harmonies and is anthemic. If you're politically oriented in your music tastes, you will enjoy this CD.