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Was about time!!!,
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This review is from: PETE SEEGER: LIVE IN AUSTRALIA 1963 (DVD)
It is hard to believe that this is the first (and hopefully not the last) video recording of a live Pete Seeger concert at the height of the 60's folk revival that he was so much responsible for! If for no other reason, this DVD is a MUST for anybody who is even remotely interested in Pete Seeger's live performances. If you have listened to his live records of that period (et Pete Seeger at the Village Gate, Sing Out Hootenanny, We Shall Overcome, etc) you can now finally match images to the sound, as he performs the classical repertoir of the golden years of the folk music boom. To be fair, while Seeger is as good as he ever was, the Australian audience appears to be somewhat wooden, less warm and involved that one would have imagined (or seen in his later live performances in the US). Although Seeger had a large following in Australia at the time, it is possible that the songs were not as familiar to the audience as they were in the States (it is amusing to notice the absolute lack of reaction to Seeger's mention of a "young songwriter called Bob Dylan", who had just released "Blowing in the Wind" and "Hard Rain"). Certainly, when Pete sings songs that were also commercial hits (the Hammer Song, Michael Row the Boat Ashore) people in the audience sing, bob their heads, clap the rhythm just as we are used to seeing during Seeger's live performances.
The bonus material alone is worth the price of the DVD: several Australian TV news interviews, each with one or two songs, a long excerpt from a live performance at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a half-hour live performance themed on Leadbelly. A short documentary on an Australian traditional folk singer, produced by Pete and Toshi Seeger is also included.
Altogether, with almost three hours of music, this DVD is certainly excellent value for the money! Get it!