American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 [2002]

American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 [2002]

by Pete Seeger


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In his time, Pete Seeger has sung and played practically all of America's best-loved folk ballads. Volume 1 brings together 28 of the most memorable of these performances from Seeger recordings ranging from 1954 to 1962. Accompanying himself on either banjo or guitar, or singing a cappella, Seeger exhibits all the authority and charm that have made him a living legend. These songs simply come alive under his spell, no matter how old they may actually be. Seeger takes songs that Americans accept almost as a birthright -- "John Henry," "Skip to My Lou," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Oh, Susanna," Yankee Doodle," "Home on the Range," and plenty more -- and gives them inspired, unpretentious readings that only prove their durability once again. (The fine liner notes give detailed background information explaining each song's origins.) This essential recording can be shared with the whole family with the pleasure of knowing that as-yet unborn progeny will be singing these songs in decades to come.

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