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We Shall Overcome Seeger Sessions [Import]

Bruce SpringsteenAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
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1. Old Dan Tucker
2. Jesse James
3. Mrs. McGrath
4. O Mary Don't You Weep
5. John Henry
6. Erie Canal
7. Jacob's Ladder
8. My Oklahoma Home
9. Eyes on the Prize
10. Shenandoah
11. Pay Me My Money Down
12. We Shall Overcome
13. Froggie Went a Courtin'

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European CD/DVD (PAL/Region 0) pressing features the same content as the US Dual Disc version. Sony. 2006.

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239 of 263 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As a red-blooded American woman I have always loved Bruce Springsteen's music, but even older than my affection for Bruce is my affection for Pete Seeger. However, for years my husband has felt the need to leave the room whenver I've put Pete's music on, in an effort to escape Seeger's flawless and perfect earnestness. I think he just didn't think Pete was any FUN. Fortunately I think he will like Bruce's "let's have a party" spin on some of Pete's old favorites. If you never thought you'd get up and dance to Pete Seeger music, this album will change your mind.

On a more detailed level, the music ranges from really sublime to a bit disappointing. On the disappointing side I found "Shenandoah" almost incomprehnsible; Bruce is mumbling again, the pace is lugubrious, and the beautiful haunting melody is lost in the arrangement. Likewise "How Can I Keep from Singing" (a bonus track). On the other hand, Bruce's choice to use a host of Nawlins musicians on numerous tracks both energizes the music and makes it deeply meaningful on certain songs: "Jacob's Ladder" really swings, and "O Mary Don't You Weep" takes on a kind of redemptive quality. The song's lyrics (O Mary Don't you Weep....Pharoah's Army has drownded) seem to tell the listener that New Orleans will rise from the waters. The horn section really rocks throughout. "We Shall Overcome," in contrast, is quiet, contemplative, and moving - a contrast to the assertive fists-in-the-air version you may have in your head from countless peace marches.

By the way, this album comes on two discs - one is a DVD including the filming of several numbers. It didn't add much to my enjoyment of the music. However, if you are looking for the two bonus tracks, "How Can I Keep from Singing" and "Buffalo Gals," which do not appear on either the CD disc or on the liner notes, this is where you must look.
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169 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, honest, traditional music April 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album raises a couple important questions. First off, why is the best country music of the past ten years coming off of a Bruce Springsteen record? Secondly, why won't radio play songs this honest and true?

But I'm not gonna deal with those questions, because I don't have the time, and quite frankly, I just don't care. What DO I care about, you ask? What I care about is this: Springsteen's latest record, a collection of traditional folk songs attributed to the great Pete Seeger. These songs are true Americana; their simple lyrics paint a portrait of life as seldom seen these days. And Springsteen and company's performance is exquisite; you can tell the musicians are simply having a stellar time performing these little nuggets. By weaving fiddle and banjo into the mix, Springsteen has crafted one of the best folk albums in years...and also, incidently, one of the best country albums...and best rock albums...

These songs speak straight to the heart. Most of 'em you'll know--you've heard 'em in concert, on the radio, or maybe even learned them in grade school (there're a couple on here I hadn't even thought of in years; it was a delight to hear them again). "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" is a great traditional folk/rock/country record, by Bruce Springsteen, one of the most innovative artists out there. By consistently bending the rules, Sprinsgteen has crafted a legacy of honest, true-to-self material...and this album fits right in there, while at the same time paying homage to one of the great American songwriters. Buy this album, sing along, dance along if you wish, and experience the majesty of what a few simple chords and lyrics can do.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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From the perspective of the career of Pete Seeger, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" is not what you might expect because if you think this is going to be a collection of covers of the greatest songs written by the American folk icon, then you are gong to be surprised and possibly disappointed. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Turn, Turn, Turn" are not going to be found here. The most recognizable song would be the title track, the song Seeger based on a spiritual that became the anthem of the Civil Rights movement. But this baker's dozen collection of tracks more about traditional songs that Seeger performed that Bruce Springsteen is passing along to a new generation. The second most recognizable song would probably be the last one, "Froggie Went a Courtin'" (which has been around at least since 1549), although "Erie Canal" would have to be second on that list. If you have any passing familiarity with American folk music then "Shenandoah," "John Henry," and "Old Dan Tucker" should be recognizable as well.

Then again, this album is not what you would expect from a Bruce Springsteen album, given that the Boss has never done a cover album before. He has done a few notable covers, from Tom Wait's "Jersey Girl" and Patti Smith's "Because the Night" to "War" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," so it is interesting that Springsteen would suddenly decide to do it for an entire album. Seeger is certainly a legend, and if this album introduces a new generation of fans to his work so much the better.
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Published 10 days ago by Kristina Tormala
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the soul
This recording is my favorite of Springsteens. That surprises me to say in that Bruce is my favorite musical artist yet this is surprisingly so different from most of Springsteens... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Valerie mcdowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen has overcome.
absolutelly joyous! A treasure worth looking for.
Published 2 months ago by Oncology Nurse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great CD
Published 2 months ago by Gary Foertsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary
A legend... Springsteen assembled the best musicians in the business to pay homage to our national treasure.
Published 2 months ago by Pinouille
1.0 out of 5 stars Cool music....rotten dualdisc presentation!
I bought this album at our PBS media sale for $4.00, which is all it's worth since I haven't been able to get the DC to play on either of my stereos or my computer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by April L. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen and Friends do Pete Seeger type music!
Being a Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie fan for me these selections are just plain fun. Find the concert on YouTube and watch the whole thing for inspiration!
Published 7 months ago by Kay E Fuelling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Folk Music
Great renditions of folk music performed by exceptional musicians. The instrumentals are great. A few of the slower songs do not shine, but the rest are well done, especially Mary... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Janiene
5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen doing Seeger
Just joyful and charming - brilliant, muscular, and fun CD. It sounds like they're having wonderful fun@ I love every minute of this beautiful and beautifully produced cd!
Published 9 months ago by artwork
5.0 out of 5 stars Good deal.
Just what I was looking for and just can"t beat the price. For being used, it is in excellent condition.
Published 10 months ago by A. Sierra
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In defense of Bruce Springsteen
You had me for most everything but "I will also grant you that Springsteen should not be singing songs about illegal immigrants (i.e. The Ghost of Tom Joad record)." Why not? What qualifications does one need to be able to sing about illegal immigrants? So many of our artists today... Read More
Apr 17, 2006 by J. Wallace |  See all 8 posts
DuelDisc - the same format his last release, "Devils and Dust," was in, is a two-sided disc with the album (songs) on one side and DVD content (videos, interviews, behind the scenes and the like) on the other. It is becoming increasingly common. I'd bet that over the last year a... Read More
Apr 11, 2006 by Boss Fan |  See all 18 posts
wow, nice review...thanks!
I plan on picking it up ASAP on Tuesday
Apr 23, 2006 by OHJoel |  See all 3 posts
Sure Does. That's the way I've been listening to it since I got it.
Apr 23, 2006 by Boss Fan |  See all 6 posts
I don't think this has anything to do with age. I would think that it would be more about honoring those folk songs that have inspired him so much over the years.
Mar 24, 2006 by Mrs. P. |  See all 6 posts
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