Pete Remembers Woody

Pete Remembers Woody

by Pete Seeger
     
 

This set is exactly what the title says it is -- Pete Seeger remembering his friend and sometimes musical collaborator Woody Guthrie. What it isn't is a collection of Pete Seeger singing Woody Guthrie songs, although there are a few performances of Seeger doing that here -- one also gets Arlo Guthrie and others presenting Woody GuthrieSee more details below

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This set is exactly what the title says it is -- Pete Seeger remembering his friend and sometimes musical collaborator Woody Guthrie. What it isn't is a collection of Pete Seeger singing Woody Guthrie songs, although there are a few performances of Seeger doing that here -- one also gets Arlo Guthrie and others presenting Woody Guthrie songs. Seeger's main role in this release is to reminisce, which he does. Now 93 years of age, the 21-year-old Seeger met Guthrie at a benefit concert in 1940 when Guthrie was 27 and, falling under the spell of Guthrie's songs, music, and charisma, Seeger began traveling and playing music with him, most notably in the Almanac Singers (there's a version of the Almanac Singers' "Reuben James" included here). Seeger talks about what it was like to travel with Guthrie and the genesis of songs like "This Land Is Your Land," "New York Town," and "Do Re Mi." In the second half of this set, Seeger talks about Guthrie's legacy, the folk boom he godfathered, and his influence on Seeger's own journeys and struggles. Versions of Guthrie's songs are scattered through these remembrances, giving them added grace and lift. Guthrie himself makes an appearance, and is heard playing and singing "New York Town" with Cisco Houston on a recording the two made in 1940. There really isn't anything new in this package, but the way it's fit together, arranged, and sequenced makes it more than just an archival sort of release. Seeger has his own legacy, and to hear him talk about his friend and mentor is worth the price of admission, and with the songs laced all through the story, it becomes an even bigger story, one that is still unfolding in influence a decade or more into the 21st century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587113122
catalogNumber:
1131
Rank:
146757

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Woody’S Ghost, Pt. 1  - David Bernz
  2. Pete Meets Woody  - Pete Seeger
  3. Are There Any Mountains Near Here?  - Pete Seeger
  4. Woody Writes This Land is Your Land  - Pete Seeger
  5. America Learns This Land is Your Land  - Pete Seeger
  6. My Big Education  - Pete Seeger
  7. 66 Highway Blues  - Pete Seeger
  8. How To Sing In Saloons  - Pete Seeger
  9. Riding the Freights  - Pete Seeger
  10. Rambling the Appalachians  - Pete Seeger
  11. Which Side Are You On?  -  Work o' the Weavers
  12. You’D Better Get Them Singing  - Pete Seeger
  13. Union Maid  -  Vanaver Caravan
  14. Songs Woody Liked  - Pete Seeger
  15. New York Town  - Cisco Houston
  16. Reading and Writing  - Pete Seeger
  17. The Minstrel Song  - Pete Seeger
  18. On the Radio  - Tom Mooney
  19. Do Re Mi  -  Vanaver Caravan
  20. Woody Sez  - Pete Seeger
  21. Why Do You Stand There In the Rain?  - Pete Seeger
  22. The Flip-Flop  - Pete Seeger
  23. The Almanacs Go West  - Pete Seeger
  24. The Sinking of the Reuben James  -  Almanac Singers
  25. The Folk Process  - Pete Seeger
  26. Woody Trilogy: Hard Travelin’/This Train/There’s a Better World A-Comin  - Pete Seeger
  27. Fighting Fascism Starts Right Here  - Pete Seeger
  28. If I Had a Hammer  -  Work o' the Weavers

Disc 2

  1. Woody’S Ghost, Pt. 2  - David Bernz
  2. From Wwii To the Weavers  - Pete Seeger
  3. Just Make It a General Song  - Pete Seeger
  4. So Long It’S Been Good To Know Yuh!  -  Work o' the Weavers
  5. The Last Time I Heard Woody Sing  - Pete Seeger
  6. Pastures of Plenty  -  Vanaver Caravan
  7. The Freest Place On Earth  - Pete Seeger
  8. This Machine Kills Fascists  - Pete Seeger
  9. Little Arlo Writes Things Down  - Pete Seeger
  10. Woody In the Balcony  - Pete Seeger
  11. This Land is Your Land  -  Work o' the Weavers
  12. The Last Visit  - Pete Seeger
  13. My Peace  -  Work o' the Weavers
  14. Woody Lives On  - Pete Seeger
  15. I Ain’T Got No Home  - Fred Gillen
  16. Howdy Little Newlycome  - Marcy Marxer
  17. Peace Pin Boogie  -  Vanaver Caravan
  18. Woody’s "Rulin's"  - David Bernz
  19. I've Got To Know  - David Bernz
  20. Woody’S Ghost, Pt. 3  - David Bernz

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