Pioneer of Folk

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There are only sparse annotations to identify the songs on this 20-track British budget compilation, but this is an album containing some of Pete Seeger's earliest recordings. Nine tracks are credited as being performed with the Almanac Singers, the politically oriented group of which Seeger was a member in 1941-1942; in fact, thirteen of the recordings are drawn from the Almanacs' rare 78 rpm albums, among them such standards of topical folk as "Talking Union," "The Union Maid," and "Which Side Are You On?." The Almanacs had to make a quick about-face from the anti-war sentiments of "Washington Breakdown," recorded during the isolationist days before Pearl Harbor, to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There are only sparse annotations to identify the songs on this 20-track British budget compilation, but this is an album containing some of Pete Seeger's earliest recordings. Nine tracks are credited as being performed with the Almanac Singers, the politically oriented group of which Seeger was a member in 1941-1942; in fact, thirteen of the recordings are drawn from the Almanacs' rare 78 rpm albums, among them such standards of topical folk as "Talking Union," "The Union Maid," and "Which Side Are You On?." The Almanacs had to make a quick about-face from the anti-war sentiments of "Washington Breakdown," recorded during the isolationist days before Pearl Harbor, to pro-war songs like "Round and Round Hitler's Grave" and "Reuben James," but they also found time for more traditional folk fare also included here. The remaining seven tracks on the album are drawn from Seeger's earliest solo recordings of 1943-1944, cut for Asch Records when he was still in the Army, songs that range from "Erie Canal" to the Jimmie Rodgers standard "T for Texas." Though inadvertently collected on a budget disc, this is valuable historical material from one of contemporary folk's progenitors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Prism Platinum
  • UPC: 501429350023
  • Catalog Number: 500

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Round and Round Hitler's Grave - Almanac Singers (2:51)
  2. 2 Deliver the Goods - Almanac Singers (2:25)
  3. 3 The Golden Vanity - Almanac Singers (3:04)
  4. 4 Talking Union (2:58)
  5. 5 Sinking of the Reuben James - Almanac Singers (3:07)
  6. 6 Union Maid - Almanac Singers (2:10)
  7. 7 Ground Hog - Almanac Singers (2:36)
  8. 8 All I Want - Almanac Singers (2:58)
  9. 9 Washington Breakdown (1:30)
  10. 10 Dear Mr. President (2:49)
  11. 11 C for Conscription (1:30)
  12. 12 Which Side Are You On? - Almanac Singers (2:07)
  13. 13 Blow Ye Winds, Heigh Ho - Almanac Singers (2:42)
  14. 14 Casey Jones (1:50)
  15. 15 Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (1:13)
  16. 16 Erie Canal (1:31)
  17. 17 Teeroo Teeroo (2:28)
  18. 18 Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase (2:39)
  19. 19 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (2:06)
  20. 20 Cindy (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Woody Guthrie Track Performer
Cisco Houston Track Performer
Almanac Singers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Uncle Dave Macon Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Almanac Singers Composer
Millard Lampell Composer
London Watts Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Florence Reece Composer
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