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American Industrial Ballads

Pete SeegerAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Had Pete Seeger made more records like this, the quality of his art would stand up to the reputation of his legend. With a stunning, single-minded focus, Seeger delivers hard-driven song after song, 24 in all, and creates a kind of summa of both American radical music and labor history. There are familiar tunes like "Peg and Awl," "Buffalo Skinners," "The Farmer Is the Man," "Hard Times at the Mill," as well as lesser known numbers like "Let Them Wear Their Watches Fine" and "My Children Are Seven in Number." In its own way, this 1957 record is as important as Guthrie's Dust Bowl Ballads, and just as moving. --Roy Francis Kasten

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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great album, always an important album June 19, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is a classic album, listened to by generations of people interested in learning something of value about folk music (lower case folk music). I have no doubt that most of the listeners to it have been informed and entertained, as I was when I stumbled on to it some 40 years ago. Seeger is both musician and scholar, and it's hardly a surprise that the Smithsonian has chosen to reissue this record. It was of interest when it first came out because it was one of the few records of the time that accurately presented this music withour flash or fluff. Today, it's equally of interest as one of the records that inspired the "folk revival". It may not knock your socks off, but if you pay attention to the words and the music, you will understand why this album and this music remain so important.
The review by "A music fan from Brookings, SD" who gave it 2 stars and said that there were no ballads in it is curious. While it is true that a better title might have been "American Industrial Ballads and Songs", there are certainly many ballads on it, including "Buffalo Skinners", generally regarded as the greatest purely American ballad. I don't know what "Brookings, SD" has in mind by saying "I am a big fan of Folk Ballads", but you will find some of the best American lower case "folk ballads" right here, the genuine ariticle. Even more puzzling is "This album consists of up-beat songs that really don't have any heart behind them...", surely the first time such has been said of this album - anyone who thinks "Buffalo Skinners" is up-beat must crawl through the Mojave on hands and knees for jollies. This album is full of heart - and ballads - as anyone who has ever listened to Seeger would expect.
It has earned and kept its reputation, and will amply reward anyone willing to listen to music requiring some thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 100 stars September 26, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the greatest folk albums ever made. It comes with very informative liner notes and the order of songs moves through historical time. The music is amazing with great banjo picking and vocals performed by Pete Seeger. The songs almost all focus on labor issues, which is very inspiring and gives you a sense of history. This is my favorite Pete Seeger album, and if you want the best Seeger music you'll find, buy this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pete singing for working men and women February 3, 2014
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I had the pleasure of seeing Pete in the Eighties, and next to leading a crowd in singing along I felt that he really threw himself into songs for and about working folk. As far as being ballads, no these are not what you expect from Child ballads for instance, but they certainly tell the story of American working class history, from the shoe factory to the mill, farm, mine and more. And if you love Pete's banjo and voice, this is pure heaven on earth, where Pete felt heaven should be. I have a lot of Pete's music and this is by far my favorite, and it tells the stories that we should never forget. Thanks Pete!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good March 24, 2007
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I have enjoyed these ballads. It is a refreshing change from everyday music.
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