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Best of the Vanguard Years

Best of the Vanguard Years

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The Weavers' stint at Vanguard, it should be noted, took place after they had their big pop hits in the early 1950s. That might be construed as either an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your perspective. These are not the biggest-selling original versions of the staples of their repertoire, but they also feature only the group and their acoustic instruments,

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The Weavers' stint at Vanguard, it should be noted, took place after they had their big pop hits in the early 1950s. That might be construed as either an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your perspective. These are not the biggest-selling original versions of the staples of their repertoire, but they also feature only the group and their acoustic instruments, without the added orchestration that some felt diluted their early studio recordings. In any case, this has 24 songs drawn from live and studio performances in 1955 and 1963, almost all of them including Pete Seeger in the lineup (there are also two previously unreleased tracks from the 1960 Newport Folk Festival). Listening to these, one is struck by the sheer number of folk standards that the Weavers were instrumental in popularizing: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," "Tzena Tzena," "Goodnight Irene," "Wimoweh," "On Top of Old Smoky," "Guantanamera," "Rock Island Line," "The House of the Rising Sun," "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Midnight Special." It's also undeniable that their interpretations can smack of tame quaintness so far removed, time-wise, from their original setting. It's a serviceable overview of their post-blacklist output, though fans might prefer the less patchwork flow of the original albums, especially the ones recorded just after the group reformed in 1955.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707958028
catalogNumber:
79580
Rank:
15358

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weavers   Primary Artist
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
Ronnie Gilbert   Alto (Vocal)
Lee Hays   Bass,Baritone (Vocal)
Fred Hellerman   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Erik Darling   Composer,Contributor
Carl Sandburg   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Frank Hamilton   Contributor
Alan Lomax   Composer
Joseíto Fernandez   Composer
Ronnie Gilbert   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Fred Hellerman   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya   Engineer
Tom Vickers   Producer
Ed Ward   Liner Notes
Josef Marais   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Solomon Linda   Composer
José Martí   Composer
Georgia Turner   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Julius Grossman   Composer
John W. Work   Composer
Julián Orbón   Composer
Issachar Miron   Composer

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Best of the Vanguard Years 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bobbiIA More than 1 year ago
I'm 65.. first heard & saw Weavers video/music on Public Television this summer. Memories and knowledge; so many songs, my talented mother & older sister sang many of these from time I was little; usually,as they did the dishes of an evening, on our farm. Hearing these songs on IPTV brought memories...tears of joy & sadness. Finishing this review, I'll be ordering a copy for my sis & an extra one. Mom is gone but, bet she's smiling above me; maybe harmonizing with the "Weavers", yes, she was that good. What a wonderful gift I gave myself when I bought this CD. You'll be amazed when you hear the "Weaver's" sing songs later made very famous and profitable for singers in the 60s, 70s 80s and beyond - you'll know which I mean as soon as you hear.