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The Weavers At Carnegie Hall [Live]

The WeaversAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EFX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darling Corey
2. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
3. Pay Me My Money Now
4. Greensleeves
5. Rock Island Line
6. Around The World
7. Wimoweh
8. Venga Jaleo
9. Suliram (I'll Be There)
10. Shalom Chaverim
11. Lonesome Traveller
12. I Know Where I'm Going
13. Woody's Rag And 900 Miles
14. Sixteen Tons
15. Follow The Drinking Gourd
16. When The Saints Go Marching In
17. I've Got A Home In That Rock
18. Hush Little Baby
19. Go Where I Send Thee
20. Goodnight Irene

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Product Description

The legendary Carnegie Hall concert on Christmas Eve, 1955, when the Weavers re-united in the face of McCarthy-era persecution for this sold-out show. 20 songs, including Rock Island Line; Wimoweh; Darling Corey; Greensleeves , and more.

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Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, and the Kingston Trio were youngsters next to the Weavers, but without these acoustic elders, the aforementioned artists may have never found their folk voices. The Weavers were the main catalyst behind the folk explosion of the '50s and early '60s. This album captures the spark that led to that detonation. Certainly the foursome was responsible for the leftist political bent associated with folk music to this day. The Weavers were one of the few musical entities blacklisted during the McCarthy hearings in 1952 after a witness named them as Communists, probably a result of members Lee Hays and Pete Seeger's labor-union activities. In 1955 the quartet reunited for this historic show--and you can still hear the triumphant spirit in the air that night as the group (and audience) delight in the Weavers' brand of eclecticism, moving from Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie covers to old English ballads, African music, New Orleans spirituals, and songs that would soon influence rock & roll. --Bill Holdship

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weavers Forever! August 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was given this album in the late 1950s when a young teenager. Since then I of course became a Bob Dylan disciple, then became heavily addicted to the best British rock and pop music, through The Who, The Beatles, Kinks, Animals and all the other members of that extraordinary 1960s caravanserai.
And amidst all that was the explosion into my consciousness of great classical music, experienced through the likes of Oistrakh and Richter, Giulini and Klemperer, Schwarzkopf and Popp.
I still love ALL types of great music. And I still regularly return to The Weavers and still marvel at their art and their commitment. And of all their recordings I have heard since they first impinged on my young consciousness, this 1955 concert at Carnegie Hall is still the freshest, thumpingest, foot-stomping best. Buy it now. No matter what your age, it will enrich your musical life forever.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential piece of Folk Music! February 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best Folk albums ever and definately the place to start your collection of Weavers material. When you hear their version of "Sixteen Tons" you'll quickly forget the one by Ernie Ford. "When The Saints Go Marching In" is also great. And, of course, "Wimmoweh" and "Goodnight Irene" are excellent. Add "Rock Island Line" and "Follow The Drinking Gourd" and you have a classic album. But, there are 20 cuts total, so this just barely scratches the surface. The songs, Seeger's instrumentation, and the harmonies of the four is simply outstanding. Definately get this one and enjoy some of the finest Folk Music ever recorded.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I DARE YOU NOT TO SING ALONG April 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I never saw/heard The Weavers live, but I have many of their albums and have played this particular one, literally, hundreds of times. No, I am not a big folk music fan. In fact, I cannot think of one other so-called folk album in my collection of CD's.
The first thing one notices about this live concert, recorded in February of 1955, is that the sound is so terrific-- as if recorded in that great concert hall yesterday. At the same time, the sense of pure joy coming from the stage and then back from the audience is palpable.
The four voices that make up the group are individually so fine & so idiosyncratic: the big, booming bass of Lee Hayes, the sweet baritone of Fred Hellerman, the totally unique sound of Pete Seeger and, best of all for me, the warm alto of Ronnie Gilbert whose every note is just about perfect and whose enunciation is superb. You understand every single word she sings on every single song.
From Ireland, Africa, Indonesia, the American South, Israel, etc. every song is chosen perfectly and matchlessly performed....and I promise you that you'll never listen to "Greensleeves" ever again, without slyly smiling. It is easy to hear that the audience is having the time of their lives. The Weavers are a national treasure. I dare you not to sing along. Highly Recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant return to fame after the blacklist! July 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a wonderful record of the triumphant concert by The Weavers given at Carnegie Hall on December 24, 1955. After a three year hiatus because they had been blacklisted by McCarthy, The Weavers began to play again in 1955 and played Carnegie Hall to a packed audience! This CD records both the concert and the electric atmosphere in the concert hall that night.

Of course, The Weavers sing their hits "Goodnight Irene" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" as well as songs from around the world such as "Suliram (I'll Be There)" from Indonesia and "Shalom Chaverim" from Israel. The group believed that folk music included more than just American songs. This belief is shown again when they sing "Around The World."

Although one reviewer says the sound is "so terrific," in my opinion the sound quality varies throughout the CD. Although sometimes it does seem as if they're in my living room, this concert seems to have been recorded in mono originally for LP and also if you listen very closely there seems to be several times when the singers are cut off just as they end the last note of the song. The recording of the concert is strictly speaking not complete since the applause is very obviously edited.

Overall, this CD is a great addition to any collection. The Weavers sing a broad variety of songs set in the folk style, such as "Greensleeves" and "Sixteen Tons." This CD is no longer so easy to find. Get it now-it is harder to find for a GOOD reason! GRIN
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential piece of Folk Music! February 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best Folk albums ever and definately the place to start your collection of Weavers material. When you hear their version of "Sixteen Tons" you'll quickly forget the one by Ernie Ford. "When The Saints Go Marching In" is also great. And, of course, "Wimmoweh" and "Goodnight Irene" are excellent. Add "Rock Island Line" and "Follow The Drinking Gourd" and you have a classic album. But, there are 20 cuts total, so this just barely scratches the surface. The songs, Seeger's instrumentation, and the harmonies of the four is simply outstanding. Definately get this one and enjoy some of the finest Folk Music ever recorded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificient piece that has not aged January 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Two incredible recordings were made from the 1955 shows at Carnegie Hall. This one and "The Weavers On Tour". Unfortunately the latter has not yet been released on CD. Both recordings have an energy that holds up 50 years later. Listen!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great folk album!
Here's a terrific collection of songs from the early days of folk. You'll recognize nearly all of them! Great "sing-along music. Share it with your kids and grandkids!!
Published 7 months ago by Mary K. Swarts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This is some of the music that I grew up with. It brought me back to my child hood. Real folk music. great voices! Any one who likes folk music with love this CD
Published 7 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of History
This is a landmark album.If you have Volume 2,then you have it all as far as this group goes,though their reunion concerts were fantastic as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!!
Recommend this for folkies old and new. It's a great album to introduce children to a world of music they'll love for a lifetime.
Published 8 months ago by Ellen Salzberg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest of American folk groups
Every song manifests joy. Each singer gets a chance to show his/her voice and instrumentation. Pete Seeger, of course, stands out but all the singers glow.
Published 10 months ago by John G. Parks
4.0 out of 5 stars More nostalgia
I bought the Kingston Trio collection because I was feeling very nostalgic for the folk era. It seemed natural to buy the Weavers. Both albums make me feel good.
Published 13 months ago by Prince Steamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant
My parents bought this record as soon as it was originally published and we listened to it constantly. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul S. Schatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Weavers rule!
Although the album is 50 years old (give or take) nobody has ever done it better than the Weavers!

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Published 16 months ago by Christophe J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully restored vintage archive recording from the Vanguard...
A diverse celebration of music from the Weavers emcompassing their "hits", labor songs, traditional folk, African- American spirituals, and for good measure, Yiddish... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lorin Weigard
5.0 out of 5 stars I have the LP and this CD is a perfect copy.
I grew up with The Weavers in high school. The Weavers' singing evokes many wonderful memories. CD is well worth having.
Published 19 months ago by A. J. Maclaren
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Americans can accomplish anything with the strength of folk songs.
This was my intro to folk music when I was a teen. It blew me away then, and does today, 56 years later. The sound and infectious joy was and is unique; ironically, I doubt that such a group could exist in the 21st century as they did in 1955. Too old fashioned, I suspect. Still, I'd love to... Read More
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