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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (American Land Edition) (CD/DVD) Special Edition, Extra tracks

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Deluxe CD/DVD edition including five additional songs, an expanded documentary, exclusive live footage, and previously unseen photos. 2006 album from The Boss, a collection of Pete Seeger covers performed as only Bruce Springsteen can. The CD, DVD, and 28-page expanded booklet are housed in a beautiful and striking package. New fan favorites "How Can A Poor man Stand Such Times And Live," "Bring 'Em Home" and "American Land" have been added and DVD features an extended, 40-minute cut of the behind-the-scenes film.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Old Dan Tucker
  2. Jesse James (Just Ask)
  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'
  14. Buffalo Gals
  15. How Can I Keep from Singing
  16. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
  17. Bring 'Em Home
  18. American Land

Disc: 2

  1. Behind the Scenes Footage (Extended)
  2. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
  3. Bring 'Em Home
  4. American Land
  5. Pay Me My Money Down


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • ASIN: B000GG4XJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is the first album Bruce Springsteen has released where he did not write a single song. The album consists of songs sung by the legendary folk artist Pete Seeger. The album differs from Mr. Springsteen's other forays into folk music as it is not an acoustic affair. Backed by a seventeen piece band, the album has a rollicking, spirit raising, old time vibe. Mr. Springsteen seems invigorated by working with a new band and he really lets loose. Vocally, he hasn't sounded this energetic on an album since Born In The USA. One would think that by covering songs by Mr. Seeger, that this would be an overtly political record. While there are political overtones that explore war, poverty & strife, the music is so joyous and uplifting that the heavy subjects don't bog the feeling down. "Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep" is straight out of New Orleans with a dixeland sound. "Pay Me My Money Down" is a shuffling old sea shanty. "Old Dan Tucker" is a roaring folk rocker. "Jesse James" is an outlaw ballad that rolls along while "Froggie' Went a Courtin'" is a six string slappin' rave up. "Mrs. McGrath" is most political of the songs about a mother whose son loses his legs in a war. Mr. Springsteen updates the lyrics to reflect current times, but the message is powerful either way. We Shall Overcome is a perfect blend of what Mr. Springsteen does best and harkens back to his glory days. It mixes up poignant lyrics and tales of the working man with an uplifting spirit and a wall of sound production. The new American Land edition adds five songs. Two, "Buffalo Gals" and "How Can I Keep From Singing" were included on the DVD side of the original release. The three new songs are all first rate and add a more overt political bent to the album. "Bring 'Em Home" rings true about the Iraq war, "American Land" sounds like something that could have been on Nebraska and "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live" is a tremendous song.
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I had no idea that this would turn out to be one of the most listened music cds in my collection. I have over 5000 33rpm, 1000 78rpm and hundreds of CDs. My wife and I think this recording is an incredible musical experience in folk, ethnic, bluegrass, and New Orleans Jazz. Bruce Springsteen has found one of the best bands I have ever heard in any music style mixing ethnic, New Orleans Jazz, folk country, bluegrass, as well as just plain great music. I can't say one song is disappointing and must say that it's hard to pick a favorite though Mrs McGrath seems to go through my head as well as Eyes on The Prize, and Froggie. Can't rate this CD any higher in my humble opinion.
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First off, have to admit that I am a solid Bruce fan. First saw him in the late 70's and have seen him in every decade since. Have every album from his first one to this one, and have enjoyed all of them. So having made that clear, let me say that I really enjoyed this set. The music is fun and it seems like Springsteen is having a good time with this. It is a departure for him as it is the first album he has done that consists of songs from other musicians. This version has extra songs on it and a wonderful DVD that has a nice documentary on the making on the album and four terrific live performances. A couple of highlights from the album include "Pay Me My Money Down" and "American Land." Take a listen to this album and, long time fan or not, this is one to enjoy for everyone. The DVD and the extra songs on the CD make this a terrific buy. There are classic American songs on this album sung by a classic American singer. Really a strong performance.
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The Seeger Sessions is clearly a work that has taken time, contemplation and connection to the past to produce. Springsteen has shown that he is an artist who will dip his cup into the well and find tresures to share with us all. His recent journey into the music of Pete Seeger is such an opportunity. This music seemingly connected with him when he was learning to play his first three chords to make a song; it connected again through his long and diverse career when he began as the E Street front man (think of The River, Wreck on the Highway, Factory); it leapt out and called loudly in Nebraska; and more recently in Ghost of Tom Joad and Devils and Dust. Springsteen looks to me like an artist that travels far and wide, near and dear, wherever he connects, to find the music that he wants to share with us all. I just love this recent part of his musical journey for many reasons that I can talk about and a whole bunch more that I can simply feel.

The tracks on this CD take us into a time when music was a political weapon; a time when Seeger's friend Woody Guthrie proclaimed his guitar killed fascists. It was a time when talking and singing about life and its tough breaks was as natural and easy as breathing in and out in 4 / 4 time. Springsteen has brought a lyrical interpretation to those tales of the past which brings them fair and square into today. His message is of things we need to know about today and about things that have been important and unresolved for many years; war, hard work with no let up, the search for grace, the joy of a great tale and the pleasure of a G chord in front of a great band.

As I sit writing this I wonder which musical well Springsteen is drinking at today; as he quietly plans and develops his next artistic expression of life in music.
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