American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5 [2007]

American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5 [2007]

by Pete Seeger
     
 
Notwithstanding Pete Seeger's major-label contract with Columbia Records, which commenced in 1961, Folkways Records, the tiny independent label for which he has recorded prolifically since 1950, continues to assemble albums out of its archive of unreleased tracks, and this is the fifth volume of a series of LPs dating back to 1957. See more details below

Overview

Notwithstanding Pete Seeger's major-label contract with Columbia Records, which commenced in 1961, Folkways Records, the tiny independent label for which he has recorded prolifically since 1950, continues to assemble albums out of its archive of unreleased tracks, and this is the fifth volume of a series of LPs dating back to 1957. American Favorite Ballads has long since become a catchall category in Seeger's catalog, easier to define by what it isn't than what it is. The albums are not live recordings; they are not children's recordings; and they are not collections of contemporary topical material, to cite three other types of LPs that are numerous among his releases. Nominally, they contain familiar traditional American folk songs like, for example, "I've Been Working on the Railroad," rendered here in Seeger's sturdy tenor voice over his banjo plucking. But in practice, he and Folkways have included songs from other sources. Here, he sings a traditional blues ("St. James Infirmary"), a "Talking Blues," and old-time country songs like "Red River Valley," "Ida Red," and the spiritual "Farther Along," as well as compositions by credited songwriters, not just "traditional," notably Jimmie Rodgers' country-blues tune "T.B. Blues" and even "Summertime," the bluesy lullaby that opens George Gershwin's "folk opera" Porgy and Bess. The point, as with the four earlier volumes, seems to be to suggest the breadth of music that can be included under the fashionable rubric of "folk" and that can be performed effectively by a single musician with his voice and one acoustic instrument.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074015421
catalogNumber:
40154
Rank:
266910

Tracks

  1. Trail to Mexico
  2. Red River Valley
  3. Old Joe Clark
  4. St. James Infirmary
  5. Greer Country Bachelor
  6. Ox Driver's Song
  7. Buffalo Gals
  8. Joe Bowers
  9. Texian Boys
  10. My Sweetheart Is a Mule in the Mines
  11. Johnny Gray
  12. Cowboy Yodel
  13. Sioux Indians
  14. Ida Reed
  15. Holler
  16. Cumberland Gap
  17. Wake Up, Jacob
  18. Sweet Betsy from Pike
  19. Buffalo Skinners
  20. Whiskey, Rye Whiskey
  21. Stewball
  22. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along, Little Dogies
  23. Strawberry Roan
  24. Jay Gould's Daughter
  25. Playparty
  26. I Never Will Marry
  27. Riflemen of Bennington
  28. Kingdom Coming
  29. Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase

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