RELEASE
April 21, 2009
LABEL
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
GENRES
Folk, Political Folk, Folk Revival, Children's Folk, Folksongs, Traditional Folk

Album Review

In his 60-some years as a public performer, Pete Seeger has left an indelible footprint on popular music. As a member of the Almanac Singers in the '40s and the Weavers a decade later, Seeger helped midwife the urban folk boom of the '60s. His comfortable voice and graceful banjo style give his many compositions and folk adaptations an easy and elegant dignity, and on the political front, well, he's been a kind of canary in the coal mine for decades, speaking (and singing) out on any number of vital issues. This wonderful five-disc set (each disc comes with its own booklet) shows Seeger at his calm, plainspoken best as he runs through the American folk songbook accompanied only by guitar or banjo. The discs were originally released by Moses Asch's Folkways Records as individual LPs between 1957 and 1962 (in all, Seeger recorded some 40 albums for Folkways between 1950 and 1964), and Smithsonian Folkways reshuffled and reissued them as stand-alone CDs in the digital era, but put together like this, they make a grand and sweeping survey of the songs America has been singing for a century or two, all filtered through Seeger's wise, politically aware perspective. It adds up to some six hours of music, history, and memories, a fine testament to Seeger, Asch, Folkways, and the grand music of the American people.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. John Henry [I'm Gonna Die with a Hammer in My Hand] [John Henry Blues] http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219875&id=309219834
  2. Shenandoah [the Rolling River] [the Wide Missouri]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219876&id=309219834
  3. Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn)http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  4. Black Girl [in the Pines] [Where Did You Sleep Last Night?]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219879&id=309219834
  5. Skip to My Louhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219880&id=309219834
  6. The Big Rock Candy Mountainhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219881&id=309219834
  7. Clementine [Darling Clementine] [My Darling Clementine] [Oh, My Darlinghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219882&id=309219834
  8. Yankee Doodlehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219884&id=309219834
  9. Home on the Rangehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219885&id=309219834
  10. John Brown's Bodyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219886&id=309219834
  11. Goodnight, Irene [Irene, Goodnight]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219887&id=309219834
  12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariothttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219894&id=309219834
  13. Oh, Susannahttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219895&id=309219834
  14. Wayfaring Stranger [the Wayfaring Pilgrim] [I'm a Poor Wayfaring Stranghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219897&id=309219834
  15. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep [Mary, Don't You Weep]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219898&id=309219834
  16. Down in the Valley [Birmingham Jail] [Little Willie] [Bird in a Cage]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219899&id=309219834
  17. The Wabash Cannon Ballhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  18. On Top of Old Smokyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219905&id=309219834
  19. Frankie and Johnny [Frankie] [Frankie and Albert] [Frankie Baker] [Litthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219907&id=309219834
  20. I Ride an Old Painthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219908&id=309219834
  21. The Wreck of the Old 97http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219909&id=309219834
  22. Wagoner's Lad [My Horses Ain't Hungry] [Drunken Hiccups] [Lovin' Nancy]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219910&id=309219834
  23. Old Dan Tuckerhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219912&id=309219834
  24. I've Been Working on the Railroad [Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219913&id=309219834
  25. Cielito Lindohttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219914&id=309219834
  26. So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (Dusty Old Dust)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219916&id=309219834
  27. America the Beautifulhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219917&id=309219834
  28. This Land Is Your Land [#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=309219918&id=309219834
  29. Barbara Allen [Barb'ry Ellen] [Barbara Ellen]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  30. Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn [A Lazy Farmer Boy] [Lazy Man] [the Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  31. Midnight Specialhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  32. House of the Rising Sun [Rising Sun Blues] [Rounder's Luck]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  33. Careless Love [Careless Blues] [Loveless Love] [Reckless Love]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  34. Oh, What a Beautiful City [Twelve Gates to the City]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  35. Poor Boy [Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot (Or Feet)?] [Green Vhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  36. Sally Ann [Sandy Land]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  37. The Riddle Song [I Gave My Love a Cherry] [Captain Walker's Courtship]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  38. Go Tell Aunt Rhody [the Old Gray Goose] [the Old Grey Goose Is Dead] [Ghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  39. The Water Is Wide [Waly, Waly] [the Brisk Young Lover] [Down in the Meadow]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  40. The Fox [the Fox and His Wife] [the Fox and the Grey Goose] [Old Miss Flipphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  41. The Keeper and the Doe [the Keeper] [Hey Down, Hoe Down]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  42. Pretty Polly [the Gosport Tragedy] [the Cruel Ship's Carpenter] [the Shhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  43. Jesse James [the Death of Jesse James] [the Life and Death of Jesse Jamhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  44. Stagolee [Stackolee] [Stagger Lee] [Stack Lee]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  45. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair [Black, Black, Black]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  46. Camptown Races [Gwine to Run All Night]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  47. Blow the Man Downhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  48. Froggie Went a Courtin' [the Frog and Mouse] [the Frog He Would a Wooinhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  49. I Had a Rooster (Barnyard Song) [the Barnyard Song] [My Little Rooster]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  50. Putting on the Stylehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  51. The Farmer's Curst Wife [the Farmer's Old Wife] [the Devil and the Farmer'shttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  52. Hard Travelin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  53. Alabama Bound [Don't You Leave Me Here]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  54. Wimoweh [the Lion Sleeps Tonight]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  55. Dink's Song [Dink's Blues] [Nora's Dove] [Fare Thee Well]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  56. Gypsy Davy [Raggle-Taggle Gypsies] [the Gypsy Laddie] [Whistling Gypsy]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  57. Deep Blue Seahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  58. New River Train [Darlin'] [I'll Be on That New Road Someday] [Green Rivhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  59. St. James Hospital [the Unfortunate Rake] [Gambler's Blues] [Streets ofhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  60. E-Ri-E Canal [Erie Canal] [the E-Ri-E Was Rising] [the Canal Boat Song]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  61. St. Louis Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  62. Boll Weevil [Boll Weevil Song] [Boll Weevil Blues] [Mississippi Boweavihttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  63. The Girl I Left Behind [Brighton Camp] [Regimental Song of the 7th Infantryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  64. When I First Came to This Landhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  65. The Titanic [When That Great Ship Went Down] [the Sinking of the Titanic] [http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  66. El-A-Noy [Illinois] [the Plains of Illinois] [the State of Illinois] [Shttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  67. Lady of Carlysle [in Carlysle There Lived a Lady] [the Bold Lieutenant]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  68. My Good Man [My Good Old Man] [Three Nights Drunk] [Four Nights Drunk] http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  69. Golden Vanity [the Lowlands Low] [the Lonesome Sea Ballad] [the Sweet Thttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  70. Ain't It a Shame [Ain't Dat a Shame] [Bill Bailey, Ain't That a Shame]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  71. Swanee River [Way Down Upon the Swanee River]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  72. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child [Motherless Child]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  73. The Boys from County Mayo [Shamrock]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  74. No Irish Need Applyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  75. Paddy Works on the Railroad [Fillimeeooreay] [Pat Works on the Railway]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  76. Arkansas Traveler [Arkansaw Traveler] [the Original Arkansas Traveler]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  77. When I Was Single [When I Was Single, My Pockets Would Jingle] [I Wish http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  78. Wond'rous Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  79. Ground Hog [Groun' Hog] [Old Ground Hog]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  80. Old Blue [Go on Blue] [Old Dog Blue]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  81. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  82. Erie Canal [My Gal Sal] [Low Bridge] [Everybody Down] [Fifteen Miles onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  83. Banks of the Ohio [the Banks of the O. B. D.] [Down Beside the Ohio] [Dhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  84. You Are My Sunshinehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  85. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum [Hallelujah, Bum Again] [Hallelujah on the Bum]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  86. The Foggy Dew [the Foggy, Foggy Dew] [the Bugaboo]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  87. Molly Malone [in Dublin's Fair City]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  88. Old Maid's Song [Take Me out of Pity] [Don't Let Me Die an Old Maid] [thttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  89. Oh, How He Lied [the Deceiver] [He Told Her He Loved Her] [the Villain http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  90. Where the Old Allegheny and the Monongahela Flowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  91. Leatherwing Bat [the Bird Song] [the Birds' Courting Song] [the Birds' http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  92. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier [Shule Aroon] [Shule Agrah] [Buttermilk Hhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  93. Farther Alonghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  94. Go Down, Moseshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  95. All My Trialshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  96. Monsieur Banjo [Michie Banjo] [Mister Banjo] [Mister Banjo - Look at thhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  97. No More Auction Block [Many Thousand Go]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  98. Hole in the Bucket [the Bucket Song] [Jug Hot en Loch, Der] [Leiwer Heihttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  99. What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor [the Drunken Sailor] (Early inhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  100. Army Life [Gee, But I Want to Go Home] [I Don't Want No More Army]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  101. Blue Mountain Lake [the Bells of Long Lake] [Come All Ye Good Fellers]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  102. Lady Margaret [Lady Margaret and Sweet William] [Fair Margaret and Sweehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  103. John Hardy [Johnny Hard] [John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man] [Johnnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  104. Johnson [the Three Butchers] [the Two Butchers] [Young Butcher Boy]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  105. John Riley [Pretty Fair Maid] [the Broken Token] [as I Walked out Some http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  106. Washer Lad [Four Pence a Day]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  107. Talking Blues [the Original Talking Blues]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  108. Lolly Too Dum [the Fit Comes on Me Now] [I Must and I Will Get Married http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  109. T. B. Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  110. Summertime [Summertime an' the Livin' Is Easy]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  111. Trail to Mexico [Following the Cow Trail]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  112. Red River Valleyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  113. Old Joe Clark [Joe Clarke] [Ole Joe Clark]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  114. St. James Infirmary [the Unfortunate Rake] [St. James Hospital] [Gamblehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  115. Green County Bachelor [Starving to Death on My Government Claim] [Lane http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  116. Ox Driver's Song [Ox Driving Song-Pop My Whip]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  117. Buffalo Galshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  118. Joe Bowers [the Disappointment of Joe Bowers] [When I Struck Muskoka]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  119. Texian Boyshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  120. My Sweetheart Is a Mule in the Mineshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  121. Johnny Gray [Peter Gray] [Ballad of Peter Gray] [Blow Ye Winds of Mornihttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  122. Cowboy Yodelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  123. Sioux Indianshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  124. Ida Redhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  125. Hollerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  126. Cumberland Gaphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  127. Wake Up, Jacob [Cowboy's Gettin'-Up Holler] [Morning Grub Holler]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  128. Sweet Betsy from Pike [Betsy from Pike]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  129. Buffalo Skinners [the Buffalo Range] [the Range of the Buffalo] [Boggy http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  130. Whiskey, Rye Whiskey [Jack O'Diamonds] [Clinch Mountain]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  131. Stewball [Skewball] [Molly and Tenbrooks] [Stuball]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  132. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along, Little Dogies [Git Along, Little Dogies]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  133. Strawberry Roan [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  134. Jay Gould's Daughter [Kassie Jones]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  135. Play-Partyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  136. I Never Will Marry [the Damsel's Lament] [Down by the Sea-Shore] [One Dhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  137. Riflemen of Bennington [the Bennington Riflemen]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  138. Kingdom Coming (Year of Jubilo) [the Year of Jubilo] [Jubilo] [Lincoln'http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
  139. Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase [Bear Hunt] [Bear Chase]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-favorite-ballads/id309219834?uo=5
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