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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1

June 25, 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2002 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:13:06
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000S9ANGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,784 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I have listened to it as well and really enjoyed it.
Brian P.Ludden
What a great collection of folk songs by master folk song interpreter Pete Seeger.
Robert Tucker
The Smithsonian isn't marketing the works of Joe McCarthy!!
Kevin J. Roberts

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert Tucker VINE VOICE on June 1, 2009
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What a great collection of folk songs by master folk song interpreter Pete Seeger. Each song rings with honesty and earthy joy, resounding in authenticity and energy. Seeger approaches the songs naturally without forcing text or music to fit into a prescribed scheme. The songs seem to flow out of his heart and each performance demonstrates a depth of understanding of the history of each song.

This collection is unparalled for its comprehensive look at the wonderfully complex world of the American folk song. As I listened, it brought back memories of childhood songs that somehow have stayed with me for many years in spite of their dormancy. Seeger is a master at interpretation and we are indebted to him for this collection.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on June 26, 2006
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Since my youth I have had an ear for roots music, whether I was conscious of that fact or not. The original of that interest first centered on the blues, then early rock and roll and later, with the folk revival of the early 1960's, folk music. I have often wondered about the source of this interest. I am, and have always been a city boy, and an Eastern city boy at that. Nevertheless, over time I have come to appreciate many more forms of roots music than in my youth. The subject of the following review is an example.

I have done reviews of Pete Seeger's more political albums and need not address those issues here. These volumes of American classics with Pete and banjo are the songs you learned mysteriously in your youth, apparently by osmosis. As each song goes along you find yourself singing along to at least part of the song. These songs go deep into the popular culture and the roots of what makes those of us who were born here conscious of the musical influences that formed our lives. You may not like every song but the total effect will grab you.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matti on November 19, 2009
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This is a compilation all Seeger fans have been waiting, late fifties and early sixties in one box with fine liner notes. There is also an exellent 3-disc compilation " Rainbow Race / "Now" / "Young vs. Old" from 1969-71 available to complete your perfect Pete Seeger marathon.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Roberts on May 6, 2009
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I find it to be very ironic that the works of two of the biggest rebels in American cultural history, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, are published, marketed and sold by the American government.

Of course this is a consequence of the Smithsonian acquiring the Folkways archives. But it doesn't take away from the irony. The Smithsonian isn't marketing the works of Joe McCarthy!!

Grab this set while you can. The original records are next to impossible to find. The booklets that come with each CD are very well written
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on September 28, 2002
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Pete Seeger's five "American Favorite Ballads" LPs were the basic documents of American folk music for generations. No dusty museum pieces, though - they were lively, funny, inspirational, joyous. It is delightful to see them begin to appear now on CD, especially fleshed out, as this volume is, with appropriate additional tracks from his other out-of-print Folkways LPs (how about getting some of those out on CD?). Essential in every way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 17, 2007
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I originally bought this cd in order to see if I wanted to buy the entire set. After listening to it, I do. Seeger brings these favorites to life bringing in some unfamiliar lyrics that I am sure were closer to the original spirit of the songs than the ones that we all learned in grade school. The simple accompaniment adds to the attraction of the songs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe Brodnicki on August 12, 2010
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This recording rates a '5' for its historical value and the quality of the performance.

There are around 100 old folks songs (as in public domain old) and this legacy is well worth preserving. This set of recordings make them available as the folks idiom changes and many of these songs get lost in time.

Seeger brings appropriate instrumentation and, as one reviewer observed, the joy that bring these songs alive. Most recordings of old folks songs can get a bit sterile. Not so with these performances by Pete Seeger.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward Oleksak on December 10, 2009
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Pete Seeger is an American treasure. This collection is a perfect introduction, or a lasting reminder of his mark on the American landscape. A VERY GREAT COLLECTION FROM A VERY GREAT AMERICAN!
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