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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EBD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. when the saints go marching in
2. kisses sweeter than wine
3. tzena, tzena, tzena
4. last night i had the strangest dream
5. wimoweh
6. on top of old smokey
7. follow the drinking gourd
8. sixteen tons
9. guantanamera
10. wreck of the john b
11. rock island line
12. around the world
13. goodnight irene
14. erie canal
15. wild goose grasses in tarrytown
16. this land is your land
17. house of the rising sun
18. aunt rhodie
19. gotta travel on
20. michael row the boat ashore
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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This Vanguard double-LP "twofer" captures the seminal folk group, the Weavers--Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Pete Seeger--in 64 minutes of classic songs. Borrowing from both live and studio recordings--including the historic 1955 Carnegie Hall concert--Greatest Hits covers a wide range of favorites, among them "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena," "Wimoweh," "Goodnight Irene," an intimate "Guatanamera," "Wreck of the John B.," "This Land Is Your Land," and "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You." --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

This release is an essential purchase for those who enjoy folk music or are excavating the folk music tradition.
Mark Torres
They formed "The Weavers" in 1947 and in a very short time became the leaders in the explosion or revival of Folk Music in America.
J. Guild
They sound best - and most timeless -- in recordings with minimal studio production and no background musicians.
James Fieser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By John Austin VINE VOICE on December 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most fans would reckon this to be as good a memento of The Weavers as could be devised. A series of twelve items from their various Carnegie Hall concerts has been synthesised, firstly, to provide uninterrupted listening, then comes six items selected from their studio recordings, and then finally comes a further blending of six more Carnegie Hall performances. 64 minutes in all.
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.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "pspa" on February 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you don't mind that most of the recordings are live, this is as good a collection of Weavers' tunes as you can find. The sound quality and volume are a bit uneven, but the playing and singing are uniformly excellent and the song selection is like the greatest hits of a generation. The Weavers' harmonizing obviously heavily influenced Peter Paul and Mary, and is endlessly entertaining. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I thought the version of Goodnight Irene was quite good, even if the sound quality isn't perfect.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By James Fieser on October 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The Weaver's "Greatest Hits" CD lives up to its name, and presents the most memorable songs by one of America's most important and enjoyable folk bands. The CD is two albums in one, and part of Vanguard's "Twofer" series. The first 13 songs are live, and most of the remaining ones are studio (the order of the songs on the CD is completely different than that listed above). The Weavers' musical style varies greatly including American folk, blues, ethnic folk, and pop orchestration. They sound best - and most timeless -- in recordings with minimal studio production and no background musicians. It is this unique sound that inspired Peter, Paul and Mary, and this also comes out more strongly in their live recordings. The sound quality of this CD is nice and crisp, although the mixing on the live songs is sometimes uneven.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Seano on January 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While searching a bin of discounted CDs, I came across this collection. I wasn't enthused, but vaguely remembered a PBS profile of this folk group...and how they "threatened" national stability. Clearly, once you listen to the disc, you realize that the music is just plain great. Most friends won't admit they like folk music, or know who The Weavers are. That is something for them to work out with their God. What I can say is that this music is great with a favorite beverage and the company of good friends. Before you know it, you will be singing along. And just like Pete says, if you don't sing well, sing louder! This is an American Treasure.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Hallander on July 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD satisfies on all counts. This is great music that gets better when played loud. I usually end up singing along and trying to harmonize. I can't help myself. I love it.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Torres on February 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This release is an essential purchase for those who enjoy folk music or are excavating the folk music tradition. The Weavers were one of the first groups to attain commercial success when their version of Leadbelly's Goodnight Irene was a number 1 single in America for 7 weeks in 1950...!!!
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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