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Seekers Complete
     

The Seekers Complete

by The Seekers
 
Five CDs on the Seekers may seem like overkill, and the $70.00 list price may provoke an "in-your-dreams" response even from fans. But this set works: one listen fully justifies it on musical terms; the cost is only a little higher than comparable five-disc sets, and the unique range of material makes it a bargain. The set is broken up

Overview

Five CDs on the Seekers may seem like overkill, and the $70.00 list price may provoke an "in-your-dreams" response even from fans. But this set works: one listen fully justifies it on musical terms; the cost is only a little higher than comparable five-disc sets, and the unique range of material makes it a bargain. The set is broken up into five volumes, the first (1963-1964) covering the group's early history: their original 12-song demo, coupled with parts of their debut Australian album, Introducing the Seekers, and their first album for England's World Record Club. The music is a mix of traditional Australian, English, and American folk songs spiced with American gospel. They do themselves credit, whether they're touching on familiar folk standards ("If I Had a Hammer") or Australian repertory ("Waltzing Matilda," "With My Swag All on My Shoulder"), all displaying a beguiling purity and infectious joy in the singing. The second (1964-1965) and third (1966-1967) discs cover their album tracks from the group's classic era, from early 1964 up to the end of their last full year of success in 1967. The sources for those 40 songs are impeccable, although this is also the period already covered well by various hits anthologies. The fourth, "Hits, B-sides, and the '90's," pushes the group's hit singles, starting with "I'll Never Find Another You" and ending with "Days of My Life" onto a separate disc. The eight '90s tracks, cut in the studio and in concert on the Seekers' reunion tour, show the group still singing strongly, if not quite as agilely, covering "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Devoted to You" amid some good originals, and a nostalgic "Waltzing Matilda." Disc Five, "Studio and Concert Rarities," offers live tracks from their return to Australia as stars in 1965, including "You Can Tell The World" and "Blowin' in the Wind." These numbers are rounded out by outtakes ("Hello Mary Lou," etc.) from their Talk of the Town live album, some radio jingles, a handful of previously unissued studio cuts, and two versions of "Georgy Girl" from the movie. Each disc comes with separate notes, which are generally informative and helpful. Oddly, however, there is at least one annoying deletion from previous hits collections, the group's cover of Paul Simon's "I Wish You Could Be Here." The isolated tracks displaying any substandard sound appear on the first and last discs.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0724381463925
catalogNumber:
814639

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. With My Swag All on My Shoulder
  2. Children Go Where I Send You
  3. South Australia
  4. Waltzing Matilda (Queensland Version)
  5. Little Moses
  6. Wild Rover
  7. Dese Bones G'wine Rise Again
  8. When the Stars Begin to Fall
  9. This Train
  10. All My Trials
  11. The Light from the Lighthouse
  12. Chilly Winds
  13. Kumbaya
  14. Run Come See
  15. If I Had a Hammer
  16. Katy Kline
  17. Lonesome Traveller
  18. Myra
  19. Wreck of the Old '97
  20. Danny Boy
  21. Waltzing Matilda
  22. Cotton Fields
  23. Lemon Tree
  24. Gotta Travel On
  25. With My Swag All on My Shoulder
  26. Plaisir d'Amour

Disc 2

  1. Isa Lei
  2. Whiskey in a Jar
  3. 500 Miles
  4. Gypsy Power
  5. South Australia
  6. This Little Light of Mine
  7. Morningtown Ride
  8. The Water Is Wide
  9. Well, Well, Well
  10. Lady Mary
  11. We're Moving on
  12. Ox Driving Song
  13. Kumbaya
  14. Blowin' in the Wind
  15. An Eriskay Love Lilt
  16. Chilly Winds
  17. What Have They Done to the Rain?
  18. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  19. The Leaving of Liverpool
  20. This Land Is Your Land
  21. Two Summers
  22. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  23. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  24. Don't Tell Me My Mind
  25. Allentown Jail
  26. Four Strong Winds
  27. You Can Tell the World
  28. Whistlin' Rufus

Disc 3

  1. Yesterday
  2. The Last Thing on My Mind
  3. Red Rubber Ball
  4. Well, Well, Well
  5. Come the Day
  6. All over the World (Dans le Monde en Entier)
  7. Island of Dreams
  8. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  9. Lousiana Man
  10. California Dreamin'
  11. Love Is Kind, Love Is Wine
  12. The Sad Cloud
  13. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  14. If You Go Away
  15. All I Can Remember
  16. Chase a Rainbow (Follow Your Dream)
  17. Angeline Is Always Friday
  18. On the Other Side
  19. Cloudy
  20. Can't Make up My Mind
  21. Rattler
  22. Colours of My Life

Disc 4

  1. I'll Never Find Another You
  2. Open up Them Pearly Gates
  3. A World of Our Own
  4. Sinner Man
  5. The Carnival Is Over
  6. We Shall Not Be Moved
  7. Someday, One Day
  8. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  9. Walk With Me
  10. We're Movin' On
  11. Morningtown Ride
  12. When the Stars Begin to Fall
  13. Georgy Girl
  14. When Will the Good Apples Fall?
  15. Myra
  16. Emerald City
  17. Music of the World a Turnin'
  18. Days of My Life
  19. Study War No More (Down by the Riverside)
  20. Keep a Dream in Your Pocket
  21. One World Love
  22. You're My Spirit
  23. Devoted to You
  24. Time and Again
  25. I Am Australian
  26. Puff (The Magic Dragon)
  27. Waltzing Matilda

Disc 5

  1. You Can Tell the World
  2. Blowin' in the Wind
  3. Kumbaya
  4. This Little Light of Mine
  5. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  6. Stan Rofe-Gold Record Presentation
  7. Cotton Fields
  8. 3ak Jingle
  9. 3ak Jingle
  10. 3ak Jingle
  11. Blown the Man Down
  12. South Australia
  13. High Barbary
  14. Eddystone Light
  15. Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her
  16. A' Rovin'
  17. This Is My Song
  18. Hello Mary Lou
  19. Sweet Adeline
  20. Maple Leaf Rag
  21. The Olive Tree
  22. Georgy Girl
  23. Georgy Girl

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seekers   Primary Artist
Keith Potger   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Woodley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Vocals
Judith Durham   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Gibson   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Seekers   Producer
Scott Joplin   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Keith Grant   Producer
Lee Hays   Composer
Mickie Most   Producer
Keith Potger   Arranger
Tom Springfield   Composer,Producer
Bruce Woodley   Arranger
Judith Durham   Arranger,Producer
Harry Armstrong   Composer
Bob Camp   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bobby Richards   Arranger,Orchestra Leader
Richard Gerard   Composer
Jim Dale   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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