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Children's Concert At Town Hall

Pete SeegerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Pete Seeger (b. 1919) has had a long and productive career as a folk song leader and social activist.

In 1938, he settled in New York City and eventually met Alan Lomax, Woody Guthrie, Aunt Molly Jackson, Lead Belly and others. Many of this group of musicians eventually formed the Almanac Singers in late 1940. The group performed for gatherings, picket lines, and any place they could ... Read more in Amazon's Pete Seeger Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0012GMVYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Birdie
2. Henry My Son
3. Here's to Cheshire, Here's to Cheese (Froggy)
4. Oh, Shenandoah
5. Skip to My Lou [#]
6. Git Along, Little Dogies [#]
7. Didn' Ol' John Cross the Water on His Knees [#]
8. Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal
9. I've Been Working on the Railroad
10. Riding in My Car (Car Car Song)
11. Put Your Finger in the Air
12. The Foolish Frog [#]
13. Ilka's Bedouin Tune [#]
14. Frere Jacques [#]
15. Fisherman's Song [#]
16. It Could Be a Wonderful World
17. Abi Yoyo
18. Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me [#]
19. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
20. Ha, Ha Thisaway
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

20 classics passed down from generation to generation! Includes Oh Shenandoah; Skip to My Lou; Michael Row the Boat Ashore; The Foolish Frog; This Land is Your Land , and more.

Customer Reviews

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to believe this is four decades old! February 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the only Pete Seeger CD we have, so I can't compare it to other ones, but I can assure you that this one is GREAT! It's got a lot of songs, some familiar, some not, some short, some long, all delightful. Pete's banter with the audience is gently humorous, very engaging and frames the songs nicely. This isn't exactly a "lullaby" CD and yet my son (almost 3) loves, loves, loves to fall asleep to this at night. I think he finds Pete's talking and singing very comforting -- perhaps because this is a live CD, the experience of listening to it is more human and intimate than it would be with a studio recording. Another thing that makes this CD appealing to children is that Pete makes funny (and not irritating) animal noises, vehicle noises (depending on the song) and other kinds of noises as well -- he uses sound like a prop, making each song vivid for his listeners.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
introduced me to music, folk music, and Pete Seeger. I've loved Pete my entire life and am very excited to see his music is being exposed to an entire new audience that has never heard of him.

While others complain about the 'quality' of the recording (mostly because of noise from children) I find it to be one of this album's greatest charms. You get a real feel for Seeger as a storyteller. My sister and I spent hours listening to this recording and signing right along.

I've introduced this recording to an entire new generation in my own family...and guess what? We've got children sitting down next to the CD player signing right along with Pete!

I love this CD, and would recommend it to anyone.

Thank you, Pete Seeger, for a great recording that I've enjoyed since 1963.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger is Great July 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
A Pete Seeger concert is a special moment in time. This recording does awonderful job capturing such a moment at NYC's Town Hall 1962.Here we find Pete Seeger at his best, playing songs for children and theiradults friends. . The charm of Seeger is that he entertains and teaches atthe same time. Whether he's chopping wood on stage, singing about frogs
(Foolish Frog ) or monsters (Abiyoyo ) Pete is great .Like a child ,Seegeris honest, sincere and real. In a world that offers very little in the way of recorded music for children Pete at Town Hall is a must have recording for children of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pete was indeed, great in live performance... February 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I saw Pete three times in the 1960's, all after this album was recorded, and all were primarily "adult audience" shows at the height of the fervor over civil rights. However, no Seeger concert went on without a kids' song or three, and when I picked this CD up in a bargain bin the other day, it brought back fond memories of watching him sing "Here's to Chesire, Here's to Cheese" and "Abiyoyo" live. His joy in performing was infectious, and he never let the audience off the hook if the song could be enhanced by their participation. Still, the songs mainly belong to a fading era, as Pete himself tells this NYC audience of children, in which "Families had to make their own music, and make up their own stories to entertain themselves." I have four grandchildren, ages two to eight, and I doubt they would be interested in even half of the concert bill on this CD. Kids' folk songs, whether traditional or written by Woody Guthrie in the 1940's, seem pretty lame when compared to "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical" which are aimed at teens yet captivate even a much younger audience. If Pete were capable of putting on another concert like this one, from 1962, I'd sure take my grandkids to see him, but the recorded version of that experience just isn't as powerful as seeing it live. I agree with the reviewers who noted that the audience noise destroys some of the songs. I imagine they were added to lengthen the CD from the LP version. As a keepsake of the Pete Seeger experience from the '60's, this is worth owning. Today's kids, however, are so saturated in media, don't expect them to be as impressed as you might wish them to be.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, so-so recording April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I agree with all of the reviewers who have praised Seeger's musical abilities and the songs that are on this CD. In those terms, this is a wonderful disc. But potential buyers should be aware that this _is_ a recording of a children's concert, complete with all the noise that kids make... much more distracting than other "live" cds I've heard. There is a wonderful part where Seeger interacts with a crying child, saying, "I didn't mean to scare you." You need to decide for yourself if the added noise of the children at the concert would detract from your listening experience. For me, it was just a little too distracting.

One other warning: If you are concerned about violence in your children's media, you need to know that the rendition of "Frog Went a Courtin'" on this disc -- "Here's to Cheshire, Here's to Cheese," a very catchy song -- contains the most graphic version I've heard of the cat's attack on the wedding feast, complete with blood and a broken back.

The bottom line: The music is great, but I recommend you borrow the disc if you can before purchasing it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger June 4, 2007
By S. Lu
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this album as a kid and loved it. I thought it might be too low-tech for my kids (ages 6 and 3), who are used to more modern media, but they love to hear Pete Seeger tell his stories and sing his songs with just a banjo or harmonica. We listen to it in the car, and the whole family sits quietly listening to every word and note.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete has a way with kids.
I've been a fan of Pete Seeger's for over fifty years. I always enjoyed his performances, and this CD is really a must for anyone who is in charge of children in a day care center... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Arkansas Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger's Children's Concert 1962
One of my favorite concert albums. I raised my 3 boys on it and now they are raising their children on it.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Costello
2.0 out of 5 stars too young
He loves the kids in the background more than the songs. Wonderful album I think he will grow into it.
Published 3 months ago by kathleen borofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Timeless work, the kids love it and so do I. We sing these songs all day long.
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Published 4 months ago by Maureen Alai
5.0 out of 5 stars An heroic children's show caught on tape (by Julia's husband Probyn)
I shall mention but not dwell on the fact that this was my siblings' favorite children's record of all the 1960s. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PeeJay
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
Bought this for my son nearly 40 years ago. When Pete Seeger died, I bought it for his daughter for Valentine's Day.
Published 5 months ago by Frank Voice
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years
I can't say anything about the CD edition but I first heard this 50 years ago when my Mom checked it out of the Tucson library. Read more
Published 6 months ago by William Spalding
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fun!
I started my grandbaby early on Pete and he thrived with the music. He even went to the festival to see him a few years ago.
Tunes are fun.
Published 8 months ago by Maria Elayna Polhemus
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger is the best!
Love, love, love this CD. Pete Seeger is one of my favorites from years as a pseudo-hippy! My grandchildren love this too! We listen to Abiyoyo over and over! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
We bought it as a gift for entertaining a co-worker's triplets while in a car.
We enjoyed the children participation.
Published 8 months ago by Jerry Nicholson
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