Imagine my Surprise!
Photo by Mike Rogers

 

 

Holly has been involved with recordings since childhood. Russell Near (her father) was interested in recording equipment and set up a system so his kids could record songs and make spoken word birthday tapes for their grandmother. When stereo first came out, he bought a demonstration tape (reel to reel) of a train. With the speakers set up and the kids sitting in the middle of the room, he would hit "play" and the train entered the house on one side and went steaming out the other.

Below are the recordings Holly made with Redwood Records, Calico Tracks Music, and Appleseed Recordings. Coming soon!... a list of recordings on which Holly has sung and on which her songs, recorded by other artists, have appeared.

To see the tracks and details for each recording, click on the name of the recording and the panel will reveal the details.


Peace Becomes You
Peace Becomes You
Calico Tracks Music 2012; CTM0010

TRACK LISTING

One Good Song, Because Of A Song, Because Of A Drum And A Song, 99 Miles From L.A., In The Shadow Of War, Peace Becomes You, Jump Jump, I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face, Shirt In The Wind , Crazy , She Just Wants To Dance , My Favorite Year, It Won’t Take Long , We’ve Come A Long Way, There’s A Meeting Here Tonight , Here Comes The Hard Part, Carousel, Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Sway, The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You), Seemed Like A Good Idea, It’s A Lazy Afternoon, What About Me?,  If I Were Alone, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Full Moon Rising, Waiting, We’re Still Here, Peace

We Came to Sing!

We Came to Sing!
Calico Tracks Music 2009; CTM0009

TRACK LISTING
Listen to the Voices, Sail Away Lady, Sky Dances, Swimming to the Other Side, 1000 Grandmothers, Sing to Me the Dream, Ministry of Oil, Fired Up, West Virginia Friend, Mountain Song, Study War No More

 

Sing to Me the Dream
Sing to Me the Dream
Calico Tracks Music 2008; CTM0008

An historic live recording of the 1984 Peace in the Americas Tour with Holly Near and Inti Illimani; includes additional material not on the original release.

TRACK LISTING
Live Concert with Holly Near and Inti Illimani, 1984
Tinku, Gypsy, Te Doy Una Cancion, Sing to Me the Dream, Colibri, El Arado, Watch Out, La Pajita, La Marusa, We're Not Alone, She, Medley: Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida / Voices / It Could Have Been Me, Samba Lando, Gracias a la Vida

Studio Recording, 2000
Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida

Live Concert with Holly Near and Mercedes Sosa, 1989
They Dance Alone, Todavia Cantamos

Show Up

Show Up
Calico Tracks Music; CTM0007

TRACK LISTING
Family Band, Somebody's Jail, Gandhi/Buddha, I Am Willing, I Want You Gone Too, Lives In The Balance, Bound By The Beauty, Hattie and Mattie, Show Up, It's About Time, Drunken Sailor, This Is Peace, Oh River

Cris & Holly

Cris & Holly
Cris Williamson and Holly Near with pianist, John Bucchino
HC Records, 2003; HNC6201

TRACK LISTING
Valentine Song, Tea Leaf Prophecy, Mountain Song, I've Learned To Let Things Go, Azulão, Bound by the Beauty, On Going, I Am Willing, We the People, In Our Little Town, Lullabye/Harbor Me, Memory Lane Medley

Crushed: The Love Song Collection

Crushed: The Love Song Collection
Calico Tracks Music, 2002; CTM0006

Styles from pop/rock to country to jazz

TRACK LISTING
Crushed, How Bold, The Promise, Don't Hold Back, How Was I To Know, Boney Jaw Baby, Bird Gonna Fly, Plain And Simple Love, Back Off, Fire In The Rain, Right To Love, The Letter, Sit With Me , Backing Off And Pulling Away, Dancing Bird, Lonely Days, Room For Me, Once Or Twice, Really Didn't Want To

And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection

And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection
Includes collaborations with Rhiannon, Inti Illimani, Ronnie Gilbert, HARP, Mercedes Sosa, and Brian Lane Green
Calico Tracks Music, 2002; CTM0005

TRACK LISTING
Disc One:
Fired Up, I Ain't Afraid, Voices, They Are Falling All Around Me, To Raise The Morning Star, Foolish Notion, I Got Trouble, No More Songs, Family Promise, Power, Simply Love, In The Face Of Love, Ain't Nwhere You Can Run, Wrap The Sun Around You, Change Of Heart, No More Genocide, Oh Holy Night, Wish You Were Here, It Could Have Been Me

Disc Two:
Sing To Me The Dream, La Pajita, La Marusa, They Dance Alone, Todavia Cantamos, Pallet on the Floor, Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida, Fight Back, Waterfall, We're Not Alone, Mountain Song, Singer In The Storm, Ella's Song, Harriet Tubman, Don't You Worry, Te Doy Una Cancion, Great Peace March, Singing For Our Lives

Lifeline Extended

Lifeline Extended
with Ronnie Gilbert
Appleseed Recordings 2002; APR-CD-1066

This reissue expands on the original and out-of-print Lifeline to include more songs as well as introductions, stage banter, and audience participation.

TRACK LISTING
Disc One:
Harriet Tubman, Si Me Quieres Escribir, Pastures Of Plenty, Beloved Comrade, Two Good Arms, Biko, Isabel, Started Out Fine, The Right Time, No More Genocide, Kids Song, Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida, Goodnight Irene

Disc Two:
Women's Medley, I Cried, The Activity Room, Perfect Night, Lucky To Be Me, Stormy Medley, Army Song/Chairman of the Board, Family Promise, Singing For Our Lives, Singing With You

Early Warnings

Early Warnings
Appleseed Recordings 2001; APR-CD-1056
A collection of songs taken from Sky Dances and Watch Out!

TRACK LISTING
The Meek Are Getting Ready, Don't Let The Singer Down, War Of The Flea, Watch Out!, Step It Out Nancy, The Train Song, Couple Of Friends , She, Nicaragua Night, Sun Won't Stop, Child, Skydances, West Virginia Friend, Quite Early Morning

HARP: A Time to Sing

HARP: A Time To Sing (2-CD set)
with Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie
Appleseed Recordings 2001; APR-CD-1054

TRACK LISTING
Oh Mary Don't You Weep, Somos El Barco/We Are The Boat, Singing With You, Oh Mom, Emma, You And Me, Mothers, Daughters, Wives, What's Going On/Foolish Notion, Jacob's Ladder, Take Back The Night!, The Water Is Wide, City Of New Orleans, Wimoweh (Mbube), Twelve Gates To The City, Fine Time, Icicle Blue, Ghannu Ma'i, Tarantella, All Over The World, Small Business Blues, Estadio Chile, Guantanamera, Mr. Tambourine Man, Good For The World, Pallet On The Floor, Singing For Our Lives

Edge

Edge
Calico Tracks Music, 2000; CTM0004

TRACK LISTING
Fired Up!, Planet Called Home, If It Were Up To Me, 1000 Grandmothers, Kids Are Gonna Love, Love Don't Need A Reason, Think About Your Troubles, Standard White Jesus, Uh Huh, When Do We Rest?, Didn't You Mean To Say?, I Ain't Afraid, Further To Fly

Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection

Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection (2-CD set)
Calico Tracks Music, 2000; CTM0003

TRACK LISTING
Disc One:
You Can Know All I Am, Harbor Me, Imagine My Surprise, Put Away, Nina, Mountain Song, Kentucky Woman, You Bet, Rock Me In Your Arms, Something About The Women , No Loss of Pride, Golden Thread, Fire In The Rain, Infatuation, Take It With You

Disc Two:
Perfect Night, She, Singing With You, Waterfall, Simply Love , Wouldn't You Rather, Testimony, Singer In The Storm, Woman In Your Life, Having Been Touched, Emma, Wonderful, Rock Will Wear Away, Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida, Every Woman

With a Song in My Heart

With a Song In My Heart
With pianist, John Bucchino
Calico Tracks Music, 1997;CTM-CD-9701

TRACK LISTING
Love is Here To Stay, The Best Is Yet To Come, Just In Time, Isn't This A Lovely Day, The Nearness Of You / My Romance, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Where Or When, When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful , What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, The Very Thought Of You, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, I've Got The World On A String, 01d Devil Moon, With A Song In My Heart, Reprise: When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful

This Train Still Runs

This Train Still Runs
With Ronnie Gilbert
Abbe Alice Music, 1996; AAH0696

TRACK LISTING
This Train Still Runs, It’s About Time, Trouble in Mind, Home Is Where the Heart Is, In the Quiet Morning, Agitator, Build High the Bridge, Music in My Mother’s House, When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love, Look at the Way, Marie, Through the Years, The Poet, The Wife, and The Monkey, La Pajita, Why, Oh Why, We’re Not Alone, When the Stars Begin to Fall, Pastures of Plenty, Power and Glory

Musical Highlights

Musical Highlights
From the play, Fire In The Rain
Redwood Records, 1993; Reissued on Calico Tracks Music (available as digital download)

TRACK LISTING
Water Come Down, You've Got Me Flying, Icicle Blue, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Started Out Fine, No More Genocide, Simply Love, Great Peace March, Coming Home, Find Me, Fire In The Rain, If I loved You, Si Buscabas, Sit With Me, Change of Heart

Singer In the Storm

Singer in the Storm
Chameleon Music Group, 1990 (out of print)
Some material reissued on And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection

TRACK LISTING
Sing to Me the Dream, Sun Won't Stop, Singer in the Storm0, Ella's Song (We Who Believe), Harriet Tubman (Lifeline), Te Doy Una Cancion, Don't You Worry, Great Peace March, Icicle Blue, Si Buscabas, Singing For Our Lives, They Dance Alone (Cueca Sola), Todavia Cantamos

Sky Dances

Sky Dances
Redwood Records, 1989 (out of print)
Some material reissued on Early Warnings (Appleseed Recordings)

TRACK LISTING
Sun Wont Stop, To Raise The Morning Star, Testimony, They Are Falling All Around Me, Sky Dances, Nicaragua Night, The Letter, No More Songs, Don't Let The Singer Down, I Wish You Were Here, Over the Rainbow

Don't Hold Back

Don't Hold Back
Redwood Records, 1987 (out of print)
Some material appears on Crushed: The Love Song Collection

TRACK LISTING
How Bold, The Promise, Don't Hold Back, How Was I To Know, Bird Gonna Fly, Crushed, In The Face Of love, Boney Jaw Baby, All I Can Give Is Goodbye, Plain And Simple Love

Singing With You

Singing With You
With Ronnie Gilbert
Redwood Records, 1987 (out of print)
Some material reissued on Lifeline Extended (Appleseed Recordings)

TRACK LISTING
Singing With You, Lucky To Be Me, Right Time, I Cried, Simply Love, In A Restaurant By The Sea , Women's Music Medley, Wouldn't You Rather, Hand Me Down My Jogging Shoes, Kids Song, New Underground Railroad, Great Peace March

HARP

HARP, with Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie
Redwood Records, 1985, RRCD409 (out of print)
Reissued with additional material as HARP: A Time to Sing (Appleseed Recordings)

TRACK LISTING
Oh Mary Don't You Weep, Somos el Barco/We Are the Boat, Singing With You, City of New Orleans, Fine Time, All Over the World, Small Business Blues, What's Going On/Foolish Notion, Wimoweh, Jacob's Ladder, Good for the World, Pallet on the Floor

Sing to Me the Dream

Sing To Me The Dream
With Inti Illimani
Redwood Records, 1984 (out of print)
Reissued with additional material as Sing to Me the Dream (Calico Tracks, 2008)

TRACK LISTING
Colibri, El Arado, Gracias A La Vida, Te Doy Una Cancion, Gypsy, La Marusa , La Pajita, Samba Lando, Sing To Me The Dream, Tinku, We're Not Alone

Watch Out!

Watch Out!
With John McCutcheon and Trapezoid
Redwood Records, 1984 (out of print)
Some material reissued on Early Warnings (Appleseed Recordings)

TRACK LISTING
Watch Out, The Meek Are Getting Ready, She, War Of The Flea, Child, West Virginia Friend, The Train Song, Step It Out Nancy, Backing Off and Pulling Away, Couple Of Friends, Oh Come Smile With Us

Lifeline

Lifeline
With Ronnie Gilbert
Redwood Records, 1983; RRCD404
Reissued as Lifeline Extended (Appleseed Recordings)

TRACK LISTING
Harriet Tubman, Si Me Quieres Escribir, Beloved Comrade, Two Good Arms, Biko, Gracias A La Vida, Pastures of Plenty, Stormy Weather/A Medley of Love Songs, Goodnight Irene, No More Genocide, Isabel, Perfect Night, The Activity Room, Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida, Singing For Our Lives

Journeys

Journeys
Redwood Records, 1983; RRCD 405 (out of print)

TRACK LISTING
A Retrospective, 1972-1983
Winner Takes All, Room For Me, You've Got Me Flying, Water Come Down, GI Movement, Unity, Once or Twice, Started Out Fine, Imagine My Surprise, Something About the Women, It Could Have Been Me, Wrap the Sun

Speed of Light

Speed of Light
Redwood Records, 1982 (out of print)

TRACK LISTING
Dancing Bird, Back Off, Lonely Days, Room For Me, Emma, I Really Didnt Want To, El Salvador, Coming Home, Family Promise, Power, Unity

Fire in the Rain

Fire In the Rain, Redwood Records, 1981 (RCD 402) (out of print)

TRACK LISTING
Fire in the Rain, Once or Twice, I Got Trouble, Working Woman, No Loss of Pride, Sit With Me, Foolish Notion, Ain't Nowhere You Can Run, Wrap the Sun Around You, Voices, Golden Thread

Imagine My Surprise

Imagine My Surprise
With Guest Artist Meg Christian
Redwood Records, 1978; RRCD 401 (out of print)
Some material reissued on Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection

TRACK LISTING
Imagine My Surprise!, Put Away, Nina, Lady At the Piano, Fight Back, Riverboat, Mountain Song/Kentucky Woman, You Bet, Rock Me In Your Arms, Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida, Something About the Women, Golden Thread, Simply Love

You Can Know All I Am

You Can Know All I Am
Redwood Records, 1976 (out of print)

TRACK LISTING
It's My Move, Someday One Will Do, Song To A Melody, Don't Take My Sunday Paper, Winner Takes All, Broken Promises Nicolia, Gotta Let Go, You've Got Me Flying, Damn The Poets, You Can Know All I Am, Sister-Woman-Sister

A Live Album

A Live Album
Redwood Records, 1975 (out of print)

TRACK LISTING
Started Out Fine, Old Time Woman, Laid Off, Water Come Down, It Could Have Been Me, Faces Get Off Me baby, Free To Grow, Feeling Better, Haven't Grown Tired, Santa Monica Pier

Hang In There

Hang In There
Redwood Records, 1973 (out of print)

TRACK LISTING
Birthday Children, Better Days, GI Movement, Hang In There, It's More Important To me , No More Genocide In My Name, Tieng Dan Ta-Lu, Strong, Wedding Song