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MP3 Music, February 13, 2005
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As a music teacher in an Australian school, at the time of The Weavers' vogue, I made good use of many of their recordings. I recall that "Follow the Drinking Gourd" was voted highly. Otherwise, The Weavers vogue seemed to me to be over and gone fairly quickly here in Australia.
North American fans might find this Australian perspective of interest. I of course have continued to listen to them for all of forty years. They and their music have sunk deep into my soul by now - which is probably what they are all about. Powerful in all respects is the contributions of their one female singer, Ronnie Gilbert. If her singing in "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" is not powerful, then I don't know what is.
I like folk music that sounds great and has a message. The tracks on this CD demonstrate what The Weavers were all about. There are songs about Peace - "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream", Faith - "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" and "When the Saints go Marching In", Poverty - "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime", and Marriage - "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" which gives me the chills each time I hear it. The only song that doesn't seem to fit is "Wimoweh", but what would a Weavers greatest hits be without "Wimoweh"? And it's less than two minutes long.
This is one of my favorite CDs. I also have "The Weavers at Carnegie Hall," and I like this CD better because it has more songs and tighter harmonies, in my opinion. I highly recommend this CD.
Their success began a folk music resurgence that would eventually bring us the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, Buffie St. Marie, Phil Ochs, The Kingston Trio and countless others
All this from a group that was hounded by HUAC, blacklisters and boycotters and was eventually forced to concede any dream they might have had to make a living from their music. They didn't even release or perform their beautifully happy and hopeful song If I Had A Hammer because of the relentless pressure on them. Of course all was forgotten when Pete Paul and Mary made a hit of If I had a Hammer a decade later.
The weakest part of this release is the lack of liner notes to tell their story and put their accomplishments in perspective... The music is wonderful.
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