Pete Seeger America's Favorite Ballads, Volume 3

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Gypsy Davy
  • Buy for $0.992.Deep Blue Sea
  • Buy for $0.993.New River Train
  • Buy for $0.994.St. James Hospital
  • Buy for $0.995.E-RI-E Canal
  • Buy for $0.996.St. Louis Blues
  • Buy for $0.997.Boll Weevil
  • Buy for $0.998.The Girl I Left Behind
  • Buy for $0.999.When I First Came to This Land
  • Buy for $0.9910.The Titanic
  • Buy for $0.9911.El-A-Noy
  • Buy for $0.9912.Lady of Carlysle
  • Buy for $0.9913.My Good Man
  • Buy for $0.9914.Golden Vanity
  • Buy for $0.9915.Ain't It a Shame
  • Buy for $0.9916.Swanee River
  • Buy for $0.9917.Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  • Buy for $0.9918.The Boys From County Mayo
  • Buy for $0.9919.No Irish Need Apply
  • Buy for $0.9920.Paddy Works On the Railroad
  • Buy for $0.9921.Arkansas Traveler
  • Buy for $0.9922.When I Was Single
  • Buy for $0.9923.Wond'rous Love
  • Buy for $0.9924.Ground Hog
  • Buy for $0.9925.Old Blue
  • Buy for $0.9926.She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Buy for $0.9927.Erie Canal

Product Description:

Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string guitar, banjo); Pete Seeger (guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Jeff Place; Guy Logsdon.
Recording information: 1954-1962.
Translator: Oscar Brand.
Once upon a time, the term "ballad" didn't mean slow and weepy, it just meant the song told a story. Pete Seeger doesn't strictly adhere to that definition on this set of great, well-known songs. Then again, it has never been Seeger's nature to adhere to any particular musical definition. He's been blurring the lines between folk music, pop music, and, yes, classic and current ballads, as early as his work in the Almanac Singers during the late 40s with Woody Guthrie. Not strictly folk, "St. Louis Blues" and "Swanee River" are composed tunes with known authors. Not strictly balladic, "New River Train" doesn't really tell a story, nor does the instrumental "The Girl I Left Behind." Songs like "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," "Arkansas Traveler," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Boll Weevil" flow as an undercurrent through American popular culture, informing the musical gestalt. Here Seeger plays and performs solo, with a great deal of brio and stripped-down simplicity in both his banjo and voice. The collection sounds like something recorded by a song-catcher, sketches of tunes recorded on the run. However, not a note is sour, not a lyric is missed, making the album not so much documentary as document.

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  • Sales Rank: 122,805
  • UPC: 093074015223
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