American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
By the time it reached its third volume in 1959, Folkways Records' series of Pete Seeger albums called American Favorite Ballads seemed to be running out of gas, as Seeger re-recorded old Weavers hits like "Goodnight Irene" and "Wimoweh" (the latter, of course, not even American). But arriving after two years in 1961, American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4 seems much closer to the series' original intent to present a variety of generally well-known, traditional American folk songs in Seeger's inimitable style. Variety is the key here, as Seeger ranges from a murder ballad ("Banks of the Ohio") to a patriotic anthem ("America the Beautiful"), with comic novelties ("Hole in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
By the time it reached its third volume in 1959, Folkways Records' series of Pete Seeger albums called American Favorite Ballads seemed to be running out of gas, as Seeger re-recorded old Weavers hits like "Goodnight Irene" and "Wimoweh" (the latter, of course, not even American). But arriving after two years in 1961, American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4 seems much closer to the series' original intent to present a variety of generally well-known, traditional American folk songs in Seeger's inimitable style. Variety is the key here, as Seeger ranges from a murder ballad ("Banks of the Ohio") to a patriotic anthem ("America the Beautiful"), with comic novelties ("Hole in the Bucket") contrasting with plaintive anti-war statements ("Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"), a children's tune ("Froggie Went A-Courtin'"), and a spiritual ("Go Down Moses"), not to mention a raucous sea chantey ("What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?") and a hyperbolic and hilarious tale of army life ("Gee, But I Want to Go Home"). The ringer in the bunch is "You Are My Sunshine," which might sound like an old song, but really dates only from 1940, when its co-author, Jimmie Davis, introduced it. (It went on to help him become governor of Louisiana.) No matter. Seeger continues to contemporize a wide range of American folk music with performances that are unfailingly engaging. [A reissue added 16 songs taken from other Seeger Folkways recordings, including nine from the 1962 album American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5; a smattering of cuts from material he recorded for Folkways in the '50s; and even a previously unreleased performance (date not given) of "Old Maid's Song."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074015322
  • Catalog Number: 40153
  • Sales rank: 74,733

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Banks of the Ohio (3:29)
  2. 2 You Are My Sunshine (1:45)
  3. 3 Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1:39)
  4. 4 The Foggy Dew (1:59)
  5. 5 Molly Malone (2:21)
  6. 6 Old Maid's Song (1:43)
  7. 7 Oh, How He Lied (1:41)
  8. 8 Where the Old Allegheny and the Monongahela Flow (2:44)
  9. 9 Leatherwing Bat (3:10)
  10. 10 Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (2:26)
  11. 11 Farther Along (2:33)
  12. 12 Go Down, Moses (2:56)
  13. 13 All My Trials (3:07)
  14. 14 Monsieur Banjo (2:10)
  15. 15 No More Auction Block (1:56)
  16. 16 Hole in the Bucket (2:17)
  17. 17 What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor (2:16)
  18. 18 Army Life (2:06)
  19. 19 Blue Mountain Lake (2:48)
  20. 20 Lady Margaret (2:54)
  21. 21 John Hardy (3:32)
  22. 22 Johnson (2:50)
  23. 23 John Riley (2:28)
  24. 24 Washer Lad (1:14)
  25. 25 Talking Bloues (2:05)
  26. 26 Lolly-Too-Dum (3:35)
  27. 27 T.B. Blues (4:04)
  28. 28 Summertime (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Richard Burgess Marketing, Staff
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jeff Place Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation, Song Notes
Ronnie Simpkins Staff
Guy Logsdon Introduction, Annotation, Song Notes
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Carla Borden Staff
DuBose Heyward Composer
Gitz Rice Composer
Stephanie Smith Staff
C.C. Mitchell Composer
Lee Michael Demsey Staff
Traditional Composer
Margot Nassau Staff, Financial Director, Licensing
Mark Gustafson Marketing, Promotions Director, Staff
Norman van der Sluys Staff
Helen Lindsay Public Relations, Staff
Amy Schriefer Staff
Betty Derbyshire Staff, Financial Director
J.B. Rodgers Composer
Toby Dodds Management, Staff
John Smith Marketing, Staff
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