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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
In his 60-some years as a public performer, Pete Seeger has left an indelible footprint on popular music. As a member of the Almanac Singers in the '40s and the Weavers a decade later, Seeger helped midwife the urban folk boom of the '60s. His comfortable voice and graceful banjo style give his many compositions and folk adaptations an easy and elegant dignity, and on the political front, well, he's been a kind of canary in the coal mine for decades, speaking and singing out on any number of vital issues. This wonderful five-disc set each disc comes with its own booklet shows Seeger at his calm, plainspoken best as he runs through the American folk songbook accompanied ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
In his 60-some years as a public performer, Pete Seeger has left an indelible footprint on popular music. As a member of the Almanac Singers in the '40s and the Weavers a decade later, Seeger helped midwife the urban folk boom of the '60s. His comfortable voice and graceful banjo style give his many compositions and folk adaptations an easy and elegant dignity, and on the political front, well, he's been a kind of canary in the coal mine for decades, speaking and singing out on any number of vital issues. This wonderful five-disc set each disc comes with its own booklet shows Seeger at his calm, plainspoken best as he runs through the American folk songbook accompanied only by guitar or banjo. The discs were originally released by Moses Asch's Folkways Records as individual LPs between 1957 and 1962 in all, Seeger recorded some 40 albums for Folkways between 1950 and 1964, and Smithsonian Folkways reshuffled and reissued them as stand-alone CDs in the digital era, but put together like this, they make a grand and sweeping survey of the songs America has been singing for a century or two, all filtered through Seeger's wise, politically aware perspective. It adds up to some six hours of music, history, and memories, a fine testament to Seeger, Asch, Folkways, and the grand music of the American people.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074015520
  • Catalog Number: 40155
  • Sales rank: 7,096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 John Henry (4:33)
  2. 2 Shenandoah (1:52)
  3. 3 Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn) (2:37)
  4. 4 Black Girl (2:35)
  5. 5 Skip to My Lou (3:13)
  6. 6 The Big Rock Candy Mountain (3:10)
  7. 7 Clementine [Oh, My Darling (3:07)
  8. 8 Yankee Doodle (1:42)
  9. 9 Home on the Range (1:53)
  10. 10 John Brown's Body (3:01)
  11. 11 Goodnight, Irene (3:45)
  12. 12 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (2:39)
  13. 13 Oh, Susanna (1:19)
  14. 14 Wayfaring Stranger [I'm a Poor Wayfaring Strang (1:18)
  15. 15 Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep (2:33)
  16. 16 Down in the Valley (3:47)
  17. 17 The Wabash Cannon Ball (3:07)
  18. 18 On Top of Old Smoky (2:21)
  19. 19 Frankie and Johnny [Litt (4:29)
  20. 20 I Ride an Old Paint (3:26)
  21. 21 The Wreck of the Old 97 (1:55)
  22. 22 Wagoner's Lad (1:27)
  23. 23 Old Dan Tucker (2:16)
  24. 24 I've Been Working on the Railroad (1:29)
  25. 25 Cielito Lindo (2:36)
  26. 26 So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (Dusty Old Dust) (3:24)
  27. 27 America the Beautiful (1:40)
  28. 28 This Land Is Your Land (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Barbara Allen (2:53)
  2. 2 Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn [the You (1:39)
  3. 3 Midnight Special (3:08)
  4. 4 House of the Rising Sun (2:34)
  5. 5 Careless Love (3:08)
  6. 6 Oh, What a Beautiful City (3:29)
  7. 7 Poor Boy [Green V (2:19)
  8. 8 Sally Ann (1:33)
  9. 9 The Riddle Song (2:28)
  10. 10 Go Tell Aunt Rhody [G (3:16)
  11. 11 The Water Is Wide (3:36)
  12. 12 The Fox [Old Miss Flipp (2:07)
  13. 13 The Keeper and the Doe (2:14)
  14. 14 Pretty Polly [the Sh (3:39)
  15. 15 Jesse James [the Life and Death of Jesse Jam (4:29)
  16. 16 Stagolee (2:15)
  17. 17 Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (2:33)
  18. 18 Camptown Races (1:33)
  19. 19 Blow the Man Down (2:05)
  20. 20 Froggie Went a Courtin' [the Frog He Would a Wooin (2:53)
  21. 21 I Had a Rooster (Barnyard Song) (3:56)
  22. 22 Putting on the Style (2:51)
  23. 23 The Farmer's Curst Wife [the Devil and the Farmer's (2:52)
  24. 24 Hard Travelin' (2:46)
  25. 25 Alabama Bound (2:22)
  26. 26 Wimoweh (3:03)
  27. 27 Dink's Song (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Gypsy Davy (5:02)
  2. 2 Deep Blue Sea (2:16)
  3. 3 New River Train [Green Riv (3:01)
  4. 4 St. James Hospital [Streets of (2:57)
  5. 5 E-Ri-E Canal (3:23)
  6. 6 St. Louis Blues (2:24)
  7. 7 Boll Weevil [Mississippi Boweavi (3:54)
  8. 8 The Girl I Left Behind [Regimental Song of the 7th Infantry (1:12)
  9. 9 When I First Came to This Land (2:42)
  10. 10 The Titanic [ (3:45)
  11. 11 El-A-Noy [S (1:50)
  12. 12 Lady of Carlysle (3:21)
  13. 13 My Good Man (2:40)
  14. 14 Golden Vanity [the Sweet T (3:52)
  15. 15 Ain't It a Shame (1:49)
  16. 16 Swanee River (3:04)
  17. 17 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (4:34)
  18. 18 The Boys from County Mayo (2:26)
  19. 19 No Irish Need Apply (1:56)
  20. 20 Paddy Works on the Railroad (2:27)
  21. 21 Arkansas Traveler (2:43)
  22. 22 When I Was Single [I Wish (1:19)
  23. 23 Wond'rous Love (1:40)
  24. 24 Ground Hog (3:50)
  25. 25 Old Blue (2:24)
  26. 26 She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain (1:58)
  27. 27 Erie Canal [Fifteen Miles on (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Banks of the Ohio [D (3:32)
  2. 2 You Are My Sunshine (1:47)
  3. 3 Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1:41)
  4. 4 The Foggy Dew (2:01)
  5. 5 Molly Malone (2:23)
  6. 6 Old Maid's Song [t (1:45)
  7. 7 Oh, How He Lied [the Villain (1:43)
  8. 8 Where the Old Allegheny and the Monongahela Flow (2:46)
  9. 9 Leatherwing Bat [the Birds' (3:12)
  10. 10 Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier [Buttermilk H (2:28)
  11. 11 Farther Along (2:35)
  12. 12 Go Down, Moses (2:58)
  13. 13 All My Trials (3:10)
  14. 14 Monsieur Banjo [Mister Banjo - Look at th (2:13)
  15. 15 No More Auction Block (1:58)
  16. 16 Hole in the Bucket [Leiwer Hei (2:19)
  17. 17 What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor (Early in (2:18)
  18. 18 Army Life (2:08)
  19. 19 Blue Mountain Lake (2:50)
  20. 20 Lady Margaret [Fair Margaret and Swee (2:56)
  21. 21 John Hardy [Johnn (3:34)
  22. 22 Johnson (2:53)
  23. 23 John Riley [as I Walked out Some (2:30)
  24. 24 Washer Lad (1:16)
  25. 25 Talking Blues (2:07)
  26. 26 Lolly Too Dum [I Must and I Will Get Married (3:37)
  27. 27 T. B. Blues (4:06)
  28. 28 Summertime (3:40)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Trail to Mexico (2:51)
  2. 2 Red River Valley (2:11)
  3. 3 Old Joe Clark (3:58)
  4. 4 St. James Infirmary [Gamble (2:36)
  5. 5 Green County Bachelor [Lane (2:38)
  6. 6 Ox Driver's Song (1:57)
  7. 7 Buffalo Gals (2:24)
  8. 8 Joe Bowers (3:02)
  9. 9 Texian Boys (1:32)
  10. 10 My Sweetheart Is a Mule in the Mines (0:30)
  11. 11 Johnny Gray [Blow Ye Winds of Morni (1:56)
  12. 12 Cowboy Yodel (0:56)
  13. 13 Sioux Indians (3:43)
  14. 14 Ida Red (1:59)
  15. 15 Holler (1:21)
  16. 16 Cumberland Gap (1:24)
  17. 17 Wake Up, Jacob (0:22)
  18. 18 Sweet Betsy from Pike (3:29)
  19. 19 Buffalo Skinners [Boggy (2:48)
  20. 20 Whiskey, Rye Whiskey (2:20)
  21. 21 Stewball (4:58)
  22. 22 Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along, Little Dogies (1:33)
  23. 23 Strawberry Roan (5:07)
  24. 24 Jay Gould's Daughter (2:43)
  25. 25 Play-Party (1:27)
  26. 26 I Never Will Marry [One D (2:08)
  27. 27 Riflemen of Bennington (2:16)
  28. 28 Kingdom Coming (Year of Jubilo) [Lincoln' (2:37)
  29. 29 Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Uncle Dave Macon Composer
Oscar Brand Composer, translation
Woody Guthrie Composer
John Jacob Niles Arranger
Pete Seeger Composer, Liner Notes
W.C. Handy Composer
George Wright Composer
Daniel Decatur Emmett Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ronnie Gilbert Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Fred Hellerman Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Arranger, Composer
John A. Lomax Arranger, Adaptation
Jeff Place Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation
Henry Clay Work Composer
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Arranger
Guy Logsdon Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Henry Whitter Composer
David Gahr Cover Photo
DuBose Heyward Composer
Solomon Linda Composer
Gitz Rice Composer
Katherine Lee Bates Composer
Curley Fletcher Composer
Marion Hicks Arranger
Traditional Composer
Texas Gladden Arranger
Cortez Composer
Julia Ward Howe Composer
Brewster M. Higley Composer
Charles W. Noell Composer
W. Willis Composer
S. a. Ward Composer
P. Montrose Composer
M. Willis Composer
John F. Poole Composer
H. McClintock Composer
G. Rice Composer
F. J. Lewey Composer
D. E. Kelley Composer
C. Bouchillion Composer
B. Higley Composer
Alexander Means Composer
K. L. Bates Composer
John Allison Composer
Thomas S. Allen Composer
C. Mitchell Composer
Q. Mendoza Composer
S. Foster Composer
John Stone Composer
J. Rodgers Composer
D. Emmett Composer
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