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Given their reputation for being, well, godless Communists, the concept of a gospel album by the Weavers is curious on its face. In fact, however, much of the group's repertoire derived from folk and spiritual sources, sometimes with specifically religious subject matter, sometimes just with church-based origins. In these tracks, compiled from their 1955-1963 recordings, the Weavers address such familiar inspirational material as "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Sinner Man," and "True Religion," as well as gospel-influenced folk songs like "Follow the Drinking Gourd," which concerns the Underground Railroad that helped slaves to freedom, and their own politically charged "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," which bridged religious fervor and social activism. Combining the Pete Seeger and Erik Darling eras of the group, this is an excellent thematic arrangement of Weavers music, the only serious criticism of it being that, at under 38 minutes, it could have been longer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/1997
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707950329
catalogNumber: 79503
Rank: 203896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weavers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Erik Darling   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Pete Seeger   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Frank Hamilton   Composer
Ronnie Gilbert   Composer
Lee Hays   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Fred Hellerman   Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya   Producer,Engineer
Wood   Arranger,Adaptation
Gilbert   Arranger,Adaptation
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Joe Alper   Cover Photo
Barry C. Ridge   Graphic Design
Ronny Schiff   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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