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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 (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Living Music
  • ASIN: B0000000V4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Well May The World Go
2. My Rainbow Race
3. Huddie Ledbetter
4. The Water Is Wide
5. All Mixed Up
6. Sailing Down My Golden River
7. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
8. Living In The Country
9. How Can I Keep From Singing
10. Garbage
11. Natural History (Spider's Web)
12. Old Devil Time
13. Of Time And Rivers Flowing
14. In The Evening
15. To Everyone In All The World
16. River Of My People
17. Russian Song/Ode To Joy
18. To My Old Brown Earth

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We are enjoying this CD very much - mostly for the nostalgia value.
Diane Ladner
I actually checked this out from the local library in order to introduce my toddler son to some folk music, and realized that this album is an amazing find.
Julie
Elsewhere, this album is referred to as "the quintessential Pete Seeger."
Bob Zeidler

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on April 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Rather recently, Pete Seeger entered his ninth decade. The voice may not be what it once was. But it still goes on, not nearly ready yet to surrender "To My Old Brown Earth." A few years back, when this album was made, it was more than good enough for the retrospective and summation that the album represents. And the message is evergreen, as it always has been.

This album is a labor of love on the part of everyone concerned. But, aside from Pete hisself, credit must go next to Paul Winter, who, over a span of more than 30 years, was an acquaintance first, then a fast friend, and, with the release of the album, collaborator, creative director and executive producer. (There is a fascinating story about the 30-year genesis of this collaboration, complete with an ongoing saga of a Paul Winter classic, "Minuit," which can be found at Winter's Living Music website.)

It is Pete's album, and yet it belongs to all of us, and is surely a gift to all of us as well. I'm one who "came of age" in the turbulent sixties, and can remember well the songs of protest back then. Somehow, those protest songs tended to overwhelm the folk songs that spoke to other issues, or even to no particular issue at all. Pete's got them all covered here.

I absolutely agree with Bill Campbell from Boulder, Colorado below. "The Water is Wide" (#4) and "To My Old Brown Earth" (#18) are very special, as is "Of Time and Rivers Flowing" (#13). What they share in common is the choral mastery of Paul Halley, Winter's long-time Consort keyboardist and composer. Choral arranging (a specialty of Halley's) and singing of this level of excellence has a way of giving one the shakes. And it reaches a level of simply ineffable beauty in "To My Own Brown Earth.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on February 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is Pete in old age, coming up with new tricks, new licks, new musical friends, new sound combinations...and just about everything works! Recorded in 1996, but the old familiar Pete is represented with grace, power, humor and his trademark hospitality. "Well May the World Go", "Hudie Ledbetter" and "The Water is Wide" all sound great. "How Can I Keep From Singing?" and "Old Devil Time" and "To Everyone in All the World" are gems. If you grew up with Pete, followed him in the 60's as so many of us did, and are glad he is still alive and singing, buy this one before it goes out of print. There are too many Seeger CD's to say "If you can only afford one, choose this one"---but this is a nice choice for the folks who don't care so much about Civil Rights anthems or left-wing songs recorded when it was risky to do so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Pete Seeger's voice definitely sounds older, but oh how I enjoy this CD! These are new recordings of old favorites, worth owning even if you have older recordings of them. There's a nice balance between the structure that the choirs (which sing with him) provide, and his expressive interpretation of songs which he obviously loves and knows intimately. The liner notes are interesting reading, too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on June 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rather recently, Pete Seeger entered his ninth decade. The voice may not be what it once was. But it still goes on, not nearly ready yet to surrender "To My Old Brown Earth." A few years back, when this album was made, it was more than good enough for the retrospective and summation that the album represents. And the message is evergreen, as it always has been.

This album is a labor of love on the part of everyone concerned. But, aside from Pete hisself, credit must go next to Paul Winter, who, over a span of more than 30 years, was an acquaintance first, then a fast friend, and, with the release of this album, collaborator, creative director and executive producer.

It is Pete's album, and yet it belongs to all of us, and is surely a gift to all of us as well. I'm one who "came of age" in the turbulent sixties, and can remember well the songs of protest back then. Somehow, those protest songs tended to overwhelm the folk songs that spoke to other issues, or even to no particular issue at all. Pete's got them all covered here.

Several tracks on this album are special because they successfully blend the raw qualities of Pete's voice with those of choruses trained and directed by Paul Halley, a long-time collaborater - as keyboardist, composer and arranger - of Winter's. "The Water is Wide" and "To My Old Brown Earth" fall comfortably in this category, as does "Of Time and Rivers Flowing". Choral arranging (a specialty of Halley's) and singing of this level of excellence has a way of giving one the shakes. And it reaches a level of simply ineffable beauty in "To My Own Brown Earth." There must have been those, naysayers all, who predicted that this approach would never work for Pete's music, with Pete's voice. Trust me; it does!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Batcho on July 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Pete" is Pete Seeger . . . and Pete Seeger is America , , and American Music . . . and Pete Seeger is "the world" . . . and World Music!

Pete Seeger sings our spirit and our soul . . . he has authored some of the most penetrating songs and lyrics . . . lyrics which both compliment our beings and challenge us to live up to our most noble selves.

On this collection of songs, Pete sings with several chorus accompanyments . . and they all serve as an engulphing back-drop for "the voice", Pete Seeger . . the choruses act like an ocean wave carrying Pete along the currents of his own history . . and his own message to us all.

From the very fist note of the very first track, "Well May The World Go", you know that you are encircled by magic . . .and the magic remains mesmerizing track after track after track through this experience.

The second song on this cd is Pete's "My rainbow Race" . . . I first heard this song on an album by Melanie (Safka) and loved it . . . She herself recently re-recorded it . . . and Pete's performance of it on this collection is simply "spiritual".

"The Water Is Wide" (we can't cross o'er . . .) a most beautiful song of love combined overcoming the widest water . . the most impossible obstacle. (I have a recording of it by Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span which is emotionally breathtaking . . and likewise, Pete here uses the lyric and melody to touch our souls and hearts to know that the song is about "us" . . and that we can cross any water . . . overcome any distance . . or obstacle separating us as people . . .it just takes two to row.

I love "Russian Song/ Ode To Joy" . . .the Russian Song is the melody of an old Russian Folk song i first heard by the Don Cossack Choir, "Stenka Razin" . .
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