Pete Seeger American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5 (5-CD Box Set)

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  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.74
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Seeger] invests each tune with his cheeky spirit....Seeger steps aside and lets the songs shine."
Dirty Linen - p.52
"[T]he repertoire is far-ranging, including cowboy ballads, British folk songs, country standards, blues tunes, patriotic ditties, railroad songs, spirituals -- virtually anything that could easily be sung in a group setting..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.John Henry [I'm Gonna Die with a Hammer in My Hand] [John Henry Blues] [Steel Driving Man] [Death of John Henry]
  • Buy for $0.992.Shenandoah [the Rolling River] [the Wide Missouri]
  • Buy for $0.993.Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn)
  • Buy for $0.994.Black Girl [in the Pines] [Where Did You Sleep Last Night?]
  • Buy for $0.995.Skip to My Lou
  • Buy for $0.996.The Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • Buy for $0.997.Clementine [Darling Clementine] [My Darling Clementine] [Oh, My Darling Clementine]
  • Buy for $0.998.Yankee Doodle
  • Buy for $0.999.Home on the Range
  • Buy for $0.9910.John Brown's Body
  • Buy for $0.9911.Goodnight, Irene [Irene, Goodnight]
  • Buy for $0.9912.Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Buy for $0.9913.Oh, Susanna
  • Buy for $0.9914.Wayfaring Stranger [the Wayfaring Pilgrim] [I'm a Poor Wayfaring Stranger] [Over Jordan] [Poor Wayfaring Stranger]
  • Buy for $0.9915.Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep [Mary, Don't You Weep]
  • Buy for $0.9916.Down in the Valley [Birmingham Jail] [Little Willie] [Bird in a Cage]
  • Buy for $0.9917.The Wabash Cannon Ball
  • Buy for $0.9918.On Top of Old Smoky
  • Buy for $0.9919.Frankie and Johnny [Frankie] [Frankie and Albert] [Frankie Baker] [Little Frankie] [Frankie's Gamblin' Man]
  • Buy for $0.9920.I Ride an Old Paint
  • Buy for $0.9921.The Wreck of the Old 97
  • Buy for $0.9922.Wagoner's Lad [My Horses Ain't Hungry] [Drunken Hiccups] [Lovin' Nancy] [Fare You Well, Polly]
  • Buy for $0.9923.Old Dan Tucker
  • Buy for $0.9924.I've Been Working on the Railroad [Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah] [Dinah] [Levee Song] [Workin' on the Line] [the
  • Buy for $0.9925.Cielito Lindo
  • Buy for $0.9926.So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (Dusty Old Dust)
  • Buy for $0.9927.America the Beautiful
  • Buy for $0.9928.This Land Is Your Land - (previously unreleased)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.Barbara Allen [Barb'ry Ellen] [Barbara Ellen]
  • Buy for $0.992.Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn [A Lazy Farmer Boy] [Lazy Man] [the Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn]
  • Buy for $0.993.Midnight Special
  • Buy for $0.994.House of the Rising Sun [Rising Sun Blues] [Rounder's Luck]
  • Buy for $0.995.Careless Love [Careless Blues] [Loveless Love] [Reckless Love]
  • Buy for $0.996.Oh, What a Beautiful City
  • Buy for $0.997.Poor Boy [Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot (Or Feet)?] [Green Valley Waltz] [Storms Are on the Ocean]
  • Buy for $0.998.Sally Ann [Sandy Land]
  • Buy for $0.999.The Riddle Song [I Gave My Love a Cherry] [Captain Walker's Courtship]
  • Buy for $0.9910.Go Tell Aunt Rhody [the Old Gray Goose] [the Old Grey Goose Is Dead] [Go Tell Aunt Tabby] [Go Tell Aunt Nancy]
  • Buy for $0.9911.The Water Is Wide [Waly, Waly] [the Brisk Young Lover] [Down in the Meadow]
  • Buy for $0.9912.The Fox [the Fox and His Wife] [the Fox and the Grey Goose] [Old Miss Flipper Flopper]
  • Buy for $0.9913.The Keeper and the Doe [the Keeper] [Hey Down, Hoe Down]
  • Buy for $0.9914.Pretty Polly [the Gosport Tragedy] [the Cruel Ship's Carpenter] [the Ship Carpenter] [the Ghost Ship]
  • Buy for $0.9915.Jesse James [the Death of Jesse James] [the Life and Death of Jesse James]
  • Buy for $0.9916.Stagolee [Stackolee] [Stagger Lee] [Stack Lee]
  • Buy for $0.9917.Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair [Black, Black, Black]
  • Buy for $0.9918.Camptown Races [Gwine to Run All Night]
  • Buy for $0.9919.Blow the Man Down
  • Buy for $0.9920.Froggie Went a Courtin' [the Frog and Mouse] [the Frog He Would a Wooing Go] [the Frog's Courtship] [King Kong Kitchie K
  • Buy for $0.9921.I Had a Rooster (Barnyard Song) [the Barnyard Song] [My Little Rooster] [I Love My Rooster] [Green Berry Tree]
  • Buy for $0.9922.Putting on the Style
  • Buy for $0.9923.The Farmer's Curst Wife [the Farmer's Old Wife] [the Devil and the Farmer's Wife] [the Old Lady and the Devil]
  • Buy for $0.9924.Hard Travelin'
  • Buy for $0.9925.Alabama Bound [Don't You Leave Me Here]
  • Buy for $0.9926.Wimoweh [the Lion Sleeps Tonight]
  • Buy for $0.9927.Dink's Song [Dink's Blues] [Nora's Dove] [Fare Thee Well]

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Gypsy Davy [Raggle-Taggle Gypsies] [the Gypsy Laddie] [Whistling Gypsy] [Black Jack Davy (Davie)]
  • Buy for $0.992.Deep Blue Sea
  • Buy for $0.993.New River Train [Darlin'] [I'll Be on That New Road Someday] [Green River Train] [Riding on That New River Train]
  • Buy for $0.994.St. James Hospital [the Unfortunate Rake] [Gambler's Blues] [Streets of Laredo]
  • Buy for $0.995.E-Ri-E Canal [Erie Canal] [the E-Ri-E Was Rising] [the Canal Boat Song]
  • Buy for $0.996.St. Louis Blues
  • Buy for $0.997.Boll Weevil [Boll Weevil Song] [Boll Weevil Blues] [Mississippi Boweavil Blues] [Boll Weevil and Farmer] [Looking for a
  • Buy for $0.998.The Girl I Left Behind [Brighton Camp] [Regimental Song of the 7th Infantry] [the Gal I Left Behind Me] [That Pretty Little
  • Buy for $0.999.When I First Came to This Land
  • Buy for $0.9910.The Titanic [When That Great Ship Went Down] [the Sinking of the Titanic] [the Great Titanic]
  • Buy for $0.9911.El-A-Noy [Illinois] [the Plains of Illinois] [the State of Illinois] [State of El-A-Noy]
  • Buy for $0.9912.Lady of Carlysle [in Carlysle There Lived a Lady] [the Bold Lieutenant] [Down in Carlisle]
  • Buy for $0.9913.My Good Man [My Good Old Man] [Three Nights Drunk] [Four Nights Drunk] [Seven Nights Drunk] [Drunkard's Sp
  • Buy for $0.9914.Golden Vanity [the Lowlands Low] [the Lonesome Sea Ballad] [the Sweet Trinity]
  • Buy for $0.9915.Ain't It a Shame [Ain't Dat a Shame] [Bill Bailey, Ain't That a Shame]
  • Buy for $0.9916.Swanee River [Way Down Upon the Swanee River]
  • Buy for $0.9917.Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child [Motherless Child]
  • Buy for $0.9918.The Boys from County Mayo [Shamrock]
  • Buy for $0.9919.No Irish Need Apply
  • Buy for $0.9920.Paddy Works on the Railroad [Fillimeeooreay] [Pat Works on the Railway] [Paddy Works on the Railway] [Paddy on the Railw
  • Buy for $0.9921.Arkansas Traveler [Arkansaw Traveler] [the Original Arkansas Traveler]
  • Buy for $0.9922.When I Was Single [When I Was Single, My Pockets Would Jingle] [I Wish I Was Single Again] [Single Girl] [the Drunkard's
  • Buy for $0.9923.Wond'rous Love
  • Buy for $0.9924.Ground Hog [Groun' Hog] [Old Ground Hog]
  • Buy for $0.9925.Old Blue [Go on Blue] [Old Dog Blue]
  • Buy for $0.9926.She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Buy for $0.9927.Erie Canal [My Gal Sal] [Low Bridge] [Everybody Down] [Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal] [Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Banks of the Ohio [the Banks of the O. B. D.] [Down Beside the Ohio] [Down on the Banks of the Ohio] [Miss Julie]
  • Buy for $0.992.You Are My Sunshine
  • Buy for $0.993.Hallelujah, I'm a Bum [Hallelujah, Bum Again] [Hallelujah on the Bum]
  • Buy for $0.994.The Foggy Dew [the Foggy, Foggy Dew] [the Bugaboo]
  • Buy for $0.995.Molly Malone [in Dublin's Fair City]
  • Buy for $0.996.Old Maid's Song [Take Me out of Pity] [Don't Let Me Die an Old Maid] [the Black Chimney Sweeper]
  • Buy for $0.997.Oh, How He Lied [the Deceiver] [He Told Her He Loved Her] [the Villain and the Maiden]
  • Buy for $0.998.Where the Old Allegheny and the Monongahela Flow
  • Buy for $0.999.Leatherwing Bat [the Bird Song] [the Birds' Courting Song] [the Birds' Conversation]
  • Buy for $0.9910.Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier [Shule Aroon] [Shule Agrah] [Buttermilk Hill]
  • Buy for $0.9911.Farther Along
  • Buy for $0.9912.Go Down, Moses
  • Buy for $0.9913.All My Trials
  • Buy for $0.9914.Monsieur Banjo [Michie Banjo] [Mister Banjo] [Mister Banjo - Look at the Dandy]
  • Buy for $0.9915.No More Auction Block [Many Thousand Go]
  • Buy for $0.9916.Hole in the Bucket [the Bucket Song] [Jug Hot en Loch, Der] [Leiwer Heindrich]
  • Buy for $0.9917.What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor [the Drunken Sailor] (Early in the Morning) [Hooray an' Up She Rises]
  • Buy for $0.9918.Army Life [Gee, But I Want to Go Home] [I Don't Want No More Army]
  • Buy for $0.9919.Blue Mountain Lake [the Bells of Long Lake] [Come All Ye Good Fellers]
  • Buy for $0.9920.Lady Margaret [Lady Margaret and Sweet William] [Fair Margaret and Sweet William] [Fair Margaret's Misfortune]
  • Buy for $0.9921.John Hardy [Johnny Hard] [John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man] [Johnny Harty]
  • Buy for $0.9922.Johnson [the Three Butchers] [the Two Butchers] [Young Butcher Boy]
  • Buy for $0.9923.John Riley [Pretty Fair Maid] [the Broken Token] [as I Walked out Some Summer's Morning]
  • Buy for $0.9924.Washer Lad [Four Pence a Day]
  • Buy for $0.9925.Talking Blues [the Original Talking Blues]
  • Buy for $0.9926.Lolly Too Dum [the Fit Comes on Me Now] [I Must and I Will Get Married Now]
  • Buy for $0.9927.T. B. Blues
  • Buy for $0.9928.Summertime [Summertime an' the Livin' Is Easy]

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • Buy for $0.991.Trail to Mexico [Following the Cow Trail]
  • Buy for $0.992.Red River Valley
  • Buy for $0.993.Old Joe Clark [Joe Clarke] [Ole Joe Clark]
  • Buy for $0.994.St. James Infirmary [the Unfortunate Rake] [St. James Hospital] [Gambler's Blues] [Those Gambler's Blues]
  • Buy for $0.995.Green County Bachelor [Starving to Death on My Government Claim] [Lane County Bachelor]
  • Buy for $0.996.Ox Driver's Song [Ox Driving Song-Pop My Whip]
  • Buy for $0.997.Buffalo Gals
  • Buy for $0.998.Joe Bowers [the Disappointment of Joe Bowers] [When I Struck Muskoka]
  • Buy for $0.999.Texian Boys
  • Buy for $0.9910.My Sweetheart Is a Mule in the Mines
  • Buy for $0.9911.Johnny Gray [Peter Gray] [Ballad of Peter Gray] [Blow Ye Winds of Morning]
  • Buy for $0.9912.Cowboy Yodel
  • Buy for $0.9913.Sioux Indians
  • Buy for $0.9914.Ida Red
  • Buy for $0.9915.Holler
  • Buy for $0.9916.Cumberland Gap
  • Buy for $0.9917.Wake Up, Jacob [Cowboy's Gettin'-Up Holler] [Morning Grub Holler]
  • Buy for $0.9918.Sweet Betsy from Pike [Betsy from Pike]
  • Buy for $0.9919.Buffalo Skinners [the Buffalo Range] [the Range of the Buffalo] [Boggy Creek]
  • Buy for $0.9920.Whiskey, Rye Whiskey [Jack O'Diamonds] [Clinch Mountain]
  • Buy for $0.9921.Stewball [Skewball] [Molly and Tenbrooks] [Stuball]
  • Buy for $0.9922.Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along, Little Dogies [Git Along, Little Dogies]
  • Buy for $0.9923.Strawberry Roan - (previously unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9924.Jay Gould's Daughter [Kassie Jones]
  • Buy for $0.9925.Play-Party
  • Buy for $0.9926.I Never Will Marry [the Damsel's Lament] [Down by the Sea-Shore] [One Day as I Rambled]
  • Buy for $0.9927.Riflemen of Bennington [the Bennington Riflemen]
  • Buy for $0.9928.Kingdom Coming (Year of Jubilo) [the Year of Jubilo] [Jubilo] [Lincoln's Gunboats]
  • Buy for $0.9929.Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase [Bear Hunt] [Bear Chase]

Product Description:

Adapter: John A. Lomax.
Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string guitar, banjo).
Liner Note Authors: Guy Logsdon; Jeff Place; Pete Seeger .
Recording information: New York, NY.
Editors: Peter Seitel; Carla Borden; Jacob Love.
Introduction bys: Guy Logsdon; Jeff Place.
Photographer: David Gahr.
Translator: Oscar Brand.
Arrangers: Texas Gladden; Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; Huddie Ledbetter; John A. Lomax; John Jacob Niles; Marion Hicks.
Originally released between 1957 and 1962, Pete Seeger's five-volume series, AMERICAN FAVORITE BALLADS, brought the nascent folk revival into the cultural mainstream and acted as a cultural history lesson for countless Americans seeking to explore the origins of American musical traditions. Seeger has a colossal legacy as a folk singer, storyteller, and social historian, and these recordings form the bedrock of his remarkably influential career. The traditional material that Seeger records here, including songs like the murder ballad "Frankie and Johnny," Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene," and the country gospel standard "Farther Along," would serve as inspiration to future frontrunners in the folk movement such as the Kingston Trio and Joan Baez. At a time when American folk traditions were underappreciated and sparsely documented, Seeger's recordings functioned as a much-needed jolt to America's collective memory.
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