American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 2 [2003]

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Similar to the 2002 "reissue" of Smithsonian Folkways' American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1, the second volume is not a straight re-release of the 1959 Folkways LP, but it is part of a newer five-disc series incorporating not only Pete Seeger's American Favorite Ballads albums, but also tracks from similar Seeger projects from that era, like his American Ballads and Frontier Ballads albums. Regardless of where the source material came from, the resulting CD is a work of its own. Containing 27 of the story-songs that have become best known in coffeehouses and nurseries across the English-speaking world, the album presents the tracks in a stark, barebones manner with Seeger's ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Similar to the 2002 "reissue" of Smithsonian Folkways' American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1, the second volume is not a straight re-release of the 1959 Folkways LP, but it is part of a newer five-disc series incorporating not only Pete Seeger's American Favorite Ballads albums, but also tracks from similar Seeger projects from that era, like his American Ballads and Frontier Ballads albums. Regardless of where the source material came from, the resulting CD is a work of its own. Containing 27 of the story-songs that have become best known in coffeehouses and nurseries across the English-speaking world, the album presents the tracks in a stark, barebones manner with Seeger's warm cradling voice in the forefront, accompanied usually by his banjo or guitar, but occasionally completely a cappella. Familiar tunes like "Barbara Allen," "Jesse James," "Pretty Polly," and "House of the Rising Sun" are all represented, as is a startlingly beautiful reading of "Poor Boy" and a rare solo rendition of "Wimoweh." Seeger's passion for keeping the folk tradition alive never gets too academic, and his genuine love of passing these songs on to new generations is infectious. This series is a must-own for parents, historians, and fans of folk music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074015124
  • Catalog Number: 40151
  • Sales rank: 129,580

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Lead Belly Composer
Stephen Foster Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
John Jacob Niles Arranger
Pete Seeger Composer, Liner Notes
W.C. Handy Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Moses Asch Engineer
Ronnie Gilbert Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Fred Hellerman Composer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Arranger, Composer
John A. Lomax Arranger, Composer
Jeff Place Liner Notes, Annotation
Ralph Rinzler Liner Notes
Spencer Williams Composer
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Arranger
Guy Logsdon Liner Notes, Annotation
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Bess Lomax Arranger
David Gahr Cover Photo
Solomon Linda Composer
Marion Hicks Arranger
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Margot Nassau Licensing
John Hurt Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent resource for all Americans to rediscover their musical heritage and favorite story songs.

    Total playing time - 73:22 Folksinger, banjoplayer, songwriter Pete Seeger was born in New York in 1919, the son of musicologist Charles Louis Seeger and violin teacher Constance de Clyver. A political activist, he fought injustice. Seeger was a member of the Almanac Singers and The Weavers in the 40s. During the 50s and 60s, he recorded for Folkways Records. In fact, he was so prolific, there were 38 albums released for Folkways between 1950 and 1964. From 1957-62, Seeger's 5-record "American Favorite Ballads" series were a cornerstone of the collection. "American Favorite Ballads" has apparently been reissued in two volumes. The songs were, and still are, essential items for the folk music enthusiast. As Seeger always believed, we should be singing and enjoying these old songs. And he had a knack for involving his audiences, interacting with them in ways that stimulated their active participation. While not all of the songs on this Volume 2 CD are true ballads in the strict definition of the term, each tells a strong story. With extensive liner notes, and 27 songs totaling 73 minutes, there are many songs that we'll immediately recognize while others are a little more obscure. All are sung by Seeger, most accompanied only with banjo or 12-string guitar. This is an excellent resource for all Americans to rediscover their musical heritage and favorite story songs. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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