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The Essential Pete Seeger

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ESSENTIAL PETE SEEGER

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Last Train to Nuremberg
  2. The Power And The Glory
  3. John Henry
  4. The Sinking of the Reuben James
  5. East Virginia
  6. Hobo's Lullaby
  7. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
  8. Draft Dodger Rag
  9. Pretty Boy Floyd
  10. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  11. The Bells of Rhymney
  12. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  13. Guantanamera
  14. If I Had a Hammer
  15. Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
  16. We Shall Overcome
  17. Those Three Are On My Mind
  18. Living In The Country

Disc: 2

  1. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  2. Both Sides Now
  3. The Pill
  4. Coal Creek March
  5. Jesse James
  6. Talking Union
  7. Which Side Are You On
  8. Harry Simms
  9. Little Boxes
  10. My Oklahoma Home Blowed Away
  11. Darling Corey
  12. Barbara Allen
  13. Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies
  14. Abiyoyo
  15. Wimoweh (Mbube)
  16. Michael, Row The Boat Ashore
  17. This Land Is Your Land
  18. My Dirty Stream (The Hudson River Song)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • ASIN: B00BQH9UXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Thomas E. Davis on January 28, 2014
The late, great Pete Seeger was a wonderful man who lived a long and meaningful life. "My job," he said in 2009, "is to show folks there's a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet." May his iconic music and his courageous, compassionate messages of social, political, and environmental activism never die.

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.
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This is not to be confused with the earlier version, which was only one CD. With the scope of Pete's career, that just wasn't enough.The bulk of this compilation is from the sixtie's and seventie's, clearly Seeger's prime.
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!
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Back in 2005, Sony/Legacy came up with an inadequate and unexceptional The Essential Pete Seeger - a single disc on which a number of tracks were licensed from other labels. That version has lately been recycled as Playlist. As far as The Essential is concerned, better sense has thankfully prevailed eight years down the line. There are 36 tracks across two discs on the new version, all of them selected from the series of excellent Seeger albums released on Columbia in the decade to 1971. Inevitably, there is some overlap with Greatest Hits, but there's greater depth to this product, which kicks off with "Last Train to Nuremberg" and concludes with "My Dirty Stream". All the usual favourites are included, but you'll also find less commonly available songs such as "Harry Simms", "Those Three Are On My Mind" and Pete's cover of "Both Sides Now" (with an additional verse by Pete supplementing Joni Mitchell's lyrics). The affectionate liner notes are by Eric Andersen (although he repeats the inaccurate tale that Pete "pulled the plug on Bob Dylan at Newport"). Anyhow, this is an excellent compilation - and, hopefully, Sony/Legacy will at last consider reissuing all of Seeger's Columbia albums, preferably as a box set, if not then at least digitally.
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Dating back to the days of the Weavers, the subsequent folk music revival and myriad concerts and hootnannys Pete Seeger has been a sound of my time. To have this 2 CD collection aptly titled Essential Pete Seeger fulfills the headline of this review - Pete Seeger forever!
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I played this music after I heard of Pete's passing. An outstanding rendition of some of his outstanding songs. They include: "If I Had A Hammer", "Where Have all the Flowers Gone", "Turn, Turn, Turn", "Guantanamera" and my personal favorite " "We Shall Overcome". WOW, is all I can say. Don't forget "John Henry". Just plain outstanding and so many memories for me to listen to this recording again.

RIP Pete. You have provided us with so many wonderful memories. Thanks for your talent and your expertise...

Most highly recommended.
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Far superior to the earlier Essential Pete Seeger release, this 2 CD set offers a more complete review of a great humanitarian and songster. Buy several copies and distribute among the young. New generations need to hear this music and sing along for these songs are still relevant and need promulgation. Get out the hammers, the bells, and raise your voices. This world still requires more love, more care, more people willing to bless, to give, to nurture the good, the true and the beautiful. Listen to Pete Seeger again or for the first time and catch the spirit!
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