- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: September 3, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Sony
Entertainment Weekly - 10/11/96, p.93
"...Seeger may be a rigid purist and a less-than-virtuosic banjoist, but these recordings are one of the Left's most enduring legacies." - Rating: A-
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Interlude #1: Living In The Country
- 2.My Oklahoma Home Blowed Away
- 3.Get Up And Go
- 4.Oh, Had I A Golden Thread
- 5.Never Wed An Old Man
- 6.Queen Anne Front
- 7.Cryderville Jail
- 8.Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
- 9.Interlude #2: This Land Is Your Land
- 10.Draft Dodger Rag
- 11.The Pill
- 12.Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
- 13.My Name Is Liza Kalvelage
- 14.Turn? Turn? Turn? (To Everything There Is A Season)
- 16.Last Train To Nuremberg
- 17.Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
- 18.Oh, Freedom
- 19.We Shall Overcome
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Interlude #3: Coal Creek March
- 2.Pretty Boy Floyd
- 3.Hobo's Lullaby
- 4.Aimee Semple McPherson
- 5.The Cowboy's Lament
- 6.Jesse James
- 7.Belle Starr
- 8.Harry Sims
- 9.Mrs. McGrath
- 10.Jay Gould's Daughter
- 11.Interlude #4: Nameless Lick
- 12.What Did You Learn In School Today?
- 13.Henry My Son
- 14.Put Your Finger In The Air
- 15.Michael Row The Boat Ashore
- 16.This Old Car
- 17.Be Kind To Your Parents
- 18.Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase
- 19.This Land Is Your Land
A LINK IN THE CHAIN is part of Columbia/Legacy's Common Chord series.
Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, guitar, banjo); Fred Hellerman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott (vocals, guitar); Ed McCurdy (vocals, banjo); Sandy Bull (vocals).
Producers: Jonh Hammond, Tom Wilson, Goddard Lieberson, Mike Berniker.
Compilation producer: Lawrence Cohn.
Recorded between 1961 & 1971. Includes liner notes by Dave Marsh.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, banjo); Fred Hellerman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott (vocals, guitar); Ed McCurdy (vocals, banjo); Sandy Bull (guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Dave Marsh ; Fred Hellerman; Lawrence Cohn; Peter Yarrow; Anthony Seeger; Ronnie Gilbert; Joan Baez.
Recording information: Village Gate, New York, NY (04/30/1961-04/12/1971).
Photographers: David Gahr; Arlo Guthrie.
The two-disc, 38-track compilation A LINK IN THE CHAIN splits Pete Seeger's long and prolific career into two thematic sections. Disc one collects many of Seeger's best-known topical songs and social anthems, opening with the Dust Bowl ballad "My Oklahoma Home Blowed Away" and ending with the passionate civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." Even decades after these songs were recorded, they still wield remarkable power, particularly the allegorical "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" and the hymn-like "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Disc two features ballads and story songs based on figures both historical ("Aimee Semple McPherson," "Pretty Boy Floyd") and mythical ("Jesse James," "Belle Starr"), as well as a handful of traditional ballads such as "The Cowboy's Lament" and "Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase" and singalong standards like "This Land Is Your Land" and "Michael Row the Boat Ashore." It's the easier listen, perhaps, but it's no less impassioned.