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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707958028
  • Catalog Number: 79580
  • Sales rank: 67,449

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Isaachar Miron Composer
Julius Grossman Composer
John W. Work II Composer
Julián Orbón Composer
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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Memories- Brought Tears...

    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.

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