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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While the neophyte might be better advised to start with the 20-track 1972 Columbia compilation The World of Pete Seeger, this collection would make a good second purchase to hear the highlights of Seeger's major-label sojourn. Eschewing such favorites as "Little Boxes" Seeger's sole chart single and "If I Had a Hammer" which Seeger co-wrote, but including many other familiar performances among them "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", the set is thematically organized into story songs, political songs, biographical songs, and children's songs. This separation sometimes seems arbitrary -- "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" and "Harry Sims" about a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While the neophyte might be better advised to start with the 20-track 1972 Columbia compilation The World of Pete Seeger, this collection would make a good second purchase to hear the highlights of Seeger's major-label sojourn. Eschewing such favorites as "Little Boxes" Seeger's sole chart single and "If I Had a Hammer" which Seeger co-wrote, but including many other familiar performances among them "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", the set is thematically organized into story songs, political songs, biographical songs, and children's songs. This separation sometimes seems arbitrary -- "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" and "Harry Sims" about a mine workers' union organizer would seem to fit better in the political column than as stories or biographies -- and in concert, where much of this material was recorded, Seeger deliberately mixes his songs up while drawing on at least a few other categories. But for the most part, the grouping works on disc, and along with classics like "We Shall Overcome" and "This Land Is Your Land," there are some pleasant discoveries, such as the story of "Aimee Semple McPherson," from Seeger's debut Columbia album Story Songs, and Woody Guthrie's "Belle Star," a duet with Ramblin' Jack Elliott from The Badmen. At a running time well under two hours, the album could have been more comprehensive, and the liner notes, spread among seven writers, amount to little more than superficial tribute. So, this is not the kind of retrospective Seeger deserves. But it gives a good sense of the range of his talent, and it is full of enlightening, entertaining songs and performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/1996
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646477229
  • Catalog Number: 64772

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Sandy Bull Guitar
Ed McCurdy Banjo, Vocals
Ramblin' Jack Elliott Guitar, Vocals
Fred Hellerman Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Joan Baez Liner Notes
Pete Seeger Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Bobby Troup Composer
Peter Yarrow Liner Notes
Alan Lomax Composer
Michael Berniker Producer
Ronnie Gilbert Liner Notes
Fred Hellerman Liner Notes
Bob Johnston Producer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
John A. Lomax Composer
Tom Wilson Producer
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes
Lawrence Cohn Liner Notes
Joel Zimmerman Art Direction
Porter Steele Composer
Traditional Composer
R. Gould Composer
Tony Saletan Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pete Seeger - once in a lifetime experience.

    An all time great album.Each and every track is fabulous.Heard him singing his own songs for the first time. I heard the entire 2CD album in one go. A must for all who appreciate good music.

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