While I'm Here

While I’m Here is a specially priced 2-CD celebration of the late Theodore Bikel, the legendary Austrian-born, American artist whose 70-plus-year career encompassed stage and film acting, songwriting and performance (folk and Broadway), with albums on Elektra, Reprise, and other labels. Known for his talent and stamina, he played Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof in over 2000 performances. Along with co-founding the Newport Folk Festival and mentoring generations of younger folk artists such as Judy Collins and Peter Yarrow, Bikel was a passionate human rights advocate, labor leader, Jewish activist and supporter of Israel.

Disc one is entirely spoken word and is dedicated to Bikel’s reflections and remembrances of his rich and eventful life. Disc two is a 17-song career musical retrospective spanning his early work through his last recordings made during his 90th birthday concert in 2014 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Most of the recordings are exclusive to this release with some songs previously unreleased, some newly recorded, and some obtained from obscure and long out-of-print sources. There are tracks in Yiddish, Hebrew, English and French, including the classic “Edelweiss,” written specifically for Bikel when he originated the Captain von Trapp role on Broadway in The Sound of Music.

Produced by Michael Stein, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer and Eric Peltoniemi, While I’m Here includes a lavish 22-page color booklet with extensive liner notes, interviews and photos. This collection, truly a labor of love, provides the latest, definitive recordings of the artist whom President Obama lauded, stating that Bikel “captivated audiences and (his) advocacy has brought people together.”

"He will forever be a star in my own life, as well as a blessing to all who knew him." —Judy Collins

"Theo was passionate, tender, intense, emotional, triumphant, angry, and more when he sang his songs." —Peter Yarrow

While I'm Here

Theodore Bikel

MP3/320 $9.75 $13.00
FLAC $11.25 $15.00
2xCD $13.50 $18.00

Track Listing

The Name Bikel (Spoken Word) Buy
Head Goy (Spoken Word) Buy
Judaism (Spoken Word) Buy
Social Justice (Spoken Word) Buy
Grandma and the Books (Spoken Word) Buy
Palestine (Spoken Word) Buy
First Acting Job (Spoken Word) Buy
London (Spoken Word) Buy
Coming to America (Spoken Word) Buy
The Sound of Music (Spoken Word) Buy
Return to Austria (Spoken Word) Buy
Yiddish (Spoken Word) Buy
Love at 90 (Spoken Word) Buy
Life Wisdom (Spoken Word) Buy
Use Your Voice (Spoken Word) Buy
When Im Gone (Spoken Word) Buy
Wasnt That a Mighty Day? Buy
Partizaner-Marsh (March of the Partisans) Buy
Tsum Hemerl (The Hammer Song) Buy
Dem Milners Trern (The Miller’s Tears) Buy
Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of the Roses) Buy
Di Mizinke Oysgegebn (The Youngest Daughter is Given Away) Buy
Edelweiss Buy
Pourquoi Je Chante (Why I Sing) Buy
The Lady is Waiting Buy
Di Zun Vet Aruntergeyn (The Sun Will Be Setting) Buy
Beryuzoviye Kalyechke (Emerald Rings) Buy
Un Az Der Rebbi Tantz (And then the Rabbi Danced) Buy
Oh Freedom Buy
Adios Grenada Buy
Come Away Melinda (Before the War) Buy
In My Own Lifetime Buy
When Im Gone Buy