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The Essential Pete Seeger Original recording remastered


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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 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B000CELOC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If I Had A Hammer
2. Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
3. Barbara Allen
4. Talking Union - The Almanax Singers
5. Wimoweh (Mbube)
6. John Henry
7. Little Boxes
8. Michael Row The Boat Ashore
9. This Land Is Your Land
10. Guantanamera
11. Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
12. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
13. The Bells Of Rhymney
14. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
15. We Shall Overcome

Editorial Reviews

The testimonials alone-by Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Donovan, Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Roger McGuinn and more-reveal this folk icon's massive influence. And the music still grips and won't let go: live recordings of Turn! Turn! Turn!; Little Boxes; We Shall Overcome; The Bells of Rhymney; This Land Is Your Land; Michael Row the Boat Ashore , and lots of legendary studio tracks, 15 Seeger essentials!

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By JOP on May 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"The Essential *LIVE* Pete Seeger" would be a more accurate title for this CD. Nine of the 15 tracks here are live recordings which, in the case of "Barbara Allen," or "Little Boxes" isn't particularly a problem but on far too many of the songs, "John Henry," "This Land is Your Land," "Guantanamera," "Michael Row The Boat Ashore," and some others, the live performances are "audience participation sing-a-longs" which means that the anonymous audience drowns out Seeger's vocals to the point that it hardly seems fair to deem them Seeger recordings. In at least one case, "Wimoweh," the sound quality of the recording is so poor, and the audience so dominant, it is a wonder why it ever was considered for inclusion onto this CD. Then there is the CD's length. Clocking in at less than 50 minutes seems pretty ludicrous given that a single CD can hold about 80 minutes of music and given the treasure trove of Seeger recordings that sit gathering dust in the vaults.

With the new attention being given Seeger by Bruce Springsteen's CD "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" it is a pity there is not a more comprehensive compilation to introduce Seeger to those unfamiliar with his work and legacy. Even more frustrating is the rather halfhearted toss off one Sony has given us here.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A fine sampling of some of folk music's most important and enduring songs, over half of them performed live, including Seeger originals like "If I Had A Hammer," "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "The Bells of Rhymney," and "Waist Deep In The Big Muddy," together with many of the songs Pete helped popularize: "Goodnight Irene," "Wimoweh," "Little Boxes," "This Land Is Your Land," "Guantanamera," "We Shall Overcome," and others. There are more comprehensive collections of Seeger's songbook, specifically a superior two-CD set with the same name as this one. If you're just looking for a budget-priced single-CD compilation, however, this will do.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Forbes on May 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I fell in love with that tune by Malvina Reynolds, "Little Boxes," which also happens to be on the themesong to "Weeds," a t.v. show on Showtime; however, it made me remember Pete Seeger. I grew up listening to his patriotic music, music of the common man, etc, as a child. I got this CD and was not disappointed... it bought me right back to my childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sweetwater Larry on February 5, 2010
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Ole Pete Seeger's been at it a while. This CD, "The Essential Pete Seeger," includes the just-for-fun "Goodnight Irene" and the traditional "Barbara Allen," along with social conscience songs such as ""If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," and "We Shall Overcome." The last-named was his before it became the marching song for MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.

I didn't know that I knew Pete, but I first "met" him when he was with The Weavers back in the early 1950s. Then, decades later, I realized that song-leader voice in "On Top of Old Smokey" and other Weavers numbers was none other than Mr. Seeger.

What a guy! Still at it in his nineties!
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Born of musical parents in 1919,and starting his musical career in the 30's ,and now approaching 92;Pete Seeger was part of the Folk Music revivalfrom the beginning,and after over 70 years of songwriting,and performing,he has been and still is the person who best defines American Folk Music.
This is an excellent collection of some of his most well known and popular songs.
There is nothing here that is what one could call new,as these songs have for many years become part of America's Musical culture.
There are several reviews that comment on the quality of the sound on this CD;but one has to keep in mind that most of the Folk Music revival took place in clubs,festivals,in parks,sing songs,campfire meetings,on the streets, and every imaginable live venue; as opposed to private ,elaborate,recording studios.After all,that is what Folk Music is all about,it's the music of the people.Often led by one or two singers ,one or two acoustic instruments,and the people joining in.
So that's what you are going to get with this CD.It gives you these songs with the sounds that were intended and all of them were recorded at live venues during the height of the Folk Music revival in the 50's and 60's.What you are also going to get is the voice of Pete Seeger when it was at its best ,in his 40's.
Even if you already have Pete singing these songs,you will also find this CD a fine additiion to your collection.The CD also comes with an 11-page booklet of Liner Notes,Testimonials and Rare Photos.
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There are now several compilations titled The Essential Pete Seeger, such as Essential Pete Seeger or simply Essential Essential, and indeed they are each very essential, but this one here I found in a cut out bin in a big box store and it truly is essential, with cuts from May 1941, amazingly with the Almanac Singers, through the early days (1950) with the immortal Weavers, through 1967 with the title tune from Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and Other Love Songs.

The Wimoweh at under two minutes in a live performance truly is a bit brief, but this truly is a representative and essential collection for all Seeger fans and for all fans of great folk/protest music. Tom Wilson of course did some of the production work here as well as John Hammond himself.

Several of the most well known tunes beautifully presented. A tear to the eye of all of us who remember, who struggled together standing by this great American music blacklisted by the usual right wingers . . .

I heard him live do these tunes about 1967, with my mother and sisters, and so to hear this now is wonderful.

Great collection with all the big songs. Get it.

and if by the time we get to We Shall OVercome, song number fifteen, you ain't crying and singing lustily
you ain't American . . .

I play that song hiding in the corner on a folk guitar still and first of all
whispering

always great to hear Pete calling it out, in tune, with NO FEAR!
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