The Essential Pete Seeger
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Seeger became a soundtrack to the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, when most of these songs were released on the Columbia label. This two-CD set is an excellent sampling of our most important and enduring folk tunes, including 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 melodies that Pete helped popularize: "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," "Wimoweh," "Little Boxes," "Guantanamera," "This Land Is Your Land," and many others.
With 36 tracks, "The Essential Pete Seeger" is a far more comprehensive collection than the 15-track, single-disc compilation of the same name that came out in 2005. The delightful songs, rendered in a warm baritone, range from the amusing ("Draft Dodger Rag" and "The Pill") to the inspiring ("Keep Your Eyes On The Prize," "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream," and "We Shall Overcome"), from the rustic ("Hobo's Lullaby," "Darling Corey," and "My Oklahoma Home Blowed Away") to the historical ("Last Train to Nuremburg" and several by Pete's friend Woody Guthrie, such as "The Sinking of the Reuben James," "Pretty Boy Floyd," and "Jesse James").
There are political numbers like "Talking Union" and "Which Side Are You On," a fine cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," and a previously unreleased song, the lovely "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies.Read more ›
This compilation also contains a nice booklet. The booklet starts with a 7-page biography, written by Eric Anderson, and gives information about all the songs - who wrote them, what album they originally appeared on, etc.
For anyone unfamiliar with Pete's music, one listen to this compilation will give you some idea why he's so well liked. (In spite of his music not being played on the radio in a very long time!) The sound quality is very good, and the material is all classics.I highly recommend it!
RIP Pete. You have provided us with so many wonderful memories. Thanks for your talent and your expertise...
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I have been a great fan of the Pete Seeger's the '50's. I have many of his vinyl records, going back many many years, but I now play CD's, so it was time to update. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CANTHESPAM
good introduction.better than former single disc essential series.Published 11 months ago by charlie b
It's kind of dull. I like some songs, but others could put me to sleep!Published 11 months ago by Chris Gordon
I'm returning to playing folk guitar after a 30 year hiatus and have returned to one of the roots of folk music. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J Wong