American Favorite Ballads Vol. 1 - 5 Box set
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Moses Asch founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document folk music and other sounds from around the world. Considering these to be educational as well as entertaining, yet aware of their limited commercial appeal, he directed his sales towards libraries and schools. Pete Seeger's five-volume series American Favorite Ballads (recorded 1957-1962), comprised of classic songs from the American experience that adults and children could sing together, formed a cornerstone for Asch's primary audience. Pete Seeger recorded 38 albums for Folkways between 1950 and 1964.
The Smithsonian Institution acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987; Asch's emphasis on the educational nature of Folkways recordings comported perfectly with the Institution's mandate, the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of Folkways and the 20th anniversary of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. We are pleased to honor Pete Seeger's life and legacy through this reissue, and continue our commitment to preserve and expand Asch's "encyclopedia of sound," thus keeping it available for current and future generations of listeners.
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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.
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great American ballads, folk songs, and children's songs, sung by the great Pete Seeger.Published 2 months ago by Renee Thorpe
Loved to have the old folk and some children songs performed by the true folk artist.Published 12 months ago by Eliza Doolittle
Very enjoyable music from years gone by. I don't suppose young folk would appreciated this music but with his history as a political activist and a very long career I would... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dennis Menard
Recorded by the god of folk music, Recordings of an immense amount of traditional folk songs circa many decades ago. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Fred Turek
I love this collection of Ballads performed by one of the greats!Published 19 months ago by Doug A. Moller