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listen  1. On Top Of Old SmokyThe Weavers 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Goodnight Irene [feat. The Weavers]Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Around The Corner (Beneath The Berry Tree) [feat. Gordon Jenkins]The Weavers 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Old Paint (Ride Around, Little Dogies) [feat. LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra]The Weavers 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (The Wreck Of The) John B. [feat. LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra]The Weavers 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Roving Kind [feat. LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra]The Weavers 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tzena, Tzena, Tzena [feat. Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra]The Weavers 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wimoweh (Mbube) [feat. Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra]The Weavers 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine [feat. Leo Diamond & His Orchestra]The Weavers 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. So Long (It's Been Good To Know Yuh) [feat. Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra]The Weavers 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Midnight Special [feat. LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra]The Weavers 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rock Island LineThe Weavers 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sylvie (Bring Me Li'l Water, Silvy)The Weavers 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Lonesome Traveler [feat. LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra]The Weavers 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. When The Saints Go Marching In [feat. Leo Diamond & His Orchestra]The Weavers 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Weavers--comprised of Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Ronnie Gilbert--were the most important group of the folk revival. They helped invent hootenany culture, and charged it with a political urgency. They sang everything: Maoist anthems, civil rights hymns, even children's songs like "If I Had a Hammer." The Decca recordings are historic but not always indicative of the Weavers art. "Tzena, Tzena" and "Goodnight Irene" are given more production than suited the quartet's ethos, even if those songs would help change America forever. --Roy Francis Kasten

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Brody on December 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For the Weavers lover, this is a must have. For someone wanting to discover the Weavers, the concert recordings are much better. On this album 1950s production met a small folk group and the result is very much a 50s sound. Big orchestra backing, instrumental choices that reflected the taste of the day rather than a folk approach. I prefer the Weavers as they stood on stage with their voices, their instruments, and their hearts out there for everyone to enjoy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most of The Weavers' albums, recorded from 1955 forward, faithfully preserve the foursome's folk-music instrumentation and repertoire. This intelligent compilation, however, revives the group's pop hits recorded by Decca from 1950 to 1953. It's easy to see why The Weavers became "America's favorite folk singers;" the performances are tops, the tunes retain their folk origins, and Gordon Jenkins's arrangements for orchestra and chorus are admirable. The monster hit "Goodnight Irene" is here, and this writer thinks the B-side, "Tzena Tzena Tzena," is even better. Other great tunes include "Wimoweh," "The Midnight Special," and "So Long," and "Hard, Ain't It Hard" has a rousing vocal by Ronnie Gilbert. If you've heard The Weavers' albums on the Vanguard label, these big-band Decca sessions will impress you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hartsfeld on December 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Prior to purchasing this CD, I had heard one or two Weavers sides and hadn't formed any impression of the group. Now I can hear that they were remarkably ahead of their time when these sides were made (1950-1953), at least insomuch as 1960s groups like The Seekers were presenting almost exactly the same sound years later, with or without an orchestra and chorus. And the songs themselves are not out of keeping with other tunes of the early 1950s--for example, Terry Gilkyson's "Christopher Columbus," recorded by Guy Mitchell, or the novelty songs of Bob Merrill. It's true that The Weavers were rather rough-cut compared to the smooth pop sound listeners were used to hearing right after World War II. However, they were Vegas-smooth compared to quartets like The Chuck Wagon Gang, even if Pete Seeger, vocally, makes Wayne Newton sound like Placido Domingo. In a mass-mediated world, authenticity is one of the most relative of concepts.
At any rate, these are tremendously enjoyable sides made no less enjoyable by the Lawrence Welk feel provided on several sides by arranger Gordon Jenkins, whose Basie-style introduction to "Wimoweh" is both anachronistic and quite effective. (Listen for Pete Seeger's favorite chord throughout, the dominant 11th.) The Jenkins orchestra and chorus also greatly enhance the CD's best track, "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena," one of the shortest songs ever created, and here featuring a delightful mid-arrangement round. "(The Wreck of the) John B." predates The Beach Boys' "Sloop John B." by many years and is typical of pre-"Pet Sounds" renderings of the tune. All of the tracks are exceptional, and the sound is astonishing. The Weavers may not have started pop-folk (think Burl Ives, for example), but they appear to have established its conventions for a number of years to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This CD represents one of the most important collections of contemporary (post WWII) folk music. The Weavers created a style - combining high artistic standards with personal social justice commitments - which set the stage for nearly every other folk and acoustic musician who followed them. Whatever one's politics, if you play or listen or enjoy folk music, this is a must record for your collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Parker on November 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
For anyone of my age (70, writing in Nov. 2013), the Weavers are a cherished and joyous remembrance of childhood and youth. Growing up in L.A. County in the 1940s through mid-1960s, the Weavers often, as I recall, made television appearances on variety shows and the like during my early years, when we had T.V. several years before it finally reached Québec or Canada, where I by now have lived most of my life. The Weavers' recordings were heard frequently on radio and sold well, too, on 78, 45, and eventually 33.3 r.p.m. discs, of which I have many in my personal collection.

Along the way, the group acquired a reputation, and at times censure from right-wing politicians, for their political and social stands. By the time that I saw the Weavers live at a Newport Folk Festival concert in the early 1960s, singing with Joan Baez, the group had become iconic among broad-minded and progressive North Americans.

The fame of the Weavers was thoroughly due them. The singers had a direct, unaffected, manner, which was even agreeably rough at times, but not bare and at times tiresome as the likes of folk and (sometimes) country soloist Burl Ives; the Weavers certainly avoided the slickness or superficiality of performers (such as the Kingston Trio) who eventually followed in their wake.

Although one thinks of the Weavers as a folk group, they sang many "old time" (and even current) pop songs as well, and their style embraced American folk, commercial pop, swing music, and even "trad jazz", evidences of all of which are on these recordings from the years which this reissue embraces; despite their versatility, the Weavers always were consistently themselves, with lively arrangements that, however styled, never sink into mere glitziness.
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