We Shall Overcome: The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert
shows that Pete Seeger
was at his apex as a performer and as an influential figure in the surging folk movement when John Hammond
turned on the Columbia Records tape machine to capture this performance. Out flowed stories, traditional songs, covers of songs by new songwriters like Bob Dylan
, and lots more. Seeger
was perfectly in tune with his audience as well, and in the acoustic wonder of the hall, the harmonies were well captured. Columbia cut the tape down to a single disc in 1963, but this reissue, running over two hours on compact discs, presents the full concert for the first time. Anyone wondering what it is that has put Seeger
at the forefront of folk music for the better part of his life need only hear this to understand.