Pete Seeger American Favorite Ballads, Volume 2 [2003]

American Favorite Ballads, Volume 2 [2003]
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  • Released: June 23, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways


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Personnel includes: Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string guitar, banjo).
Producer: Moses Asch.
Compilation producers: Jeff Place, Guy Logsdon.
Recorded between 1954 and 1961. Includes liner notes by Jeff Place,
Guy Logsdon.
This is part of Smithsonian Folkways "American Favorite Ballads" series.
Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, banjo).
Liner Note Authors: Guy Logsdon; Jeff Place; Pete Seeger ; Ralph Rinzler.
Editors: Peter Seitel; Carla Borden.
Arrangers: Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; Huddie Ledbetter; Bess Lomax; John A. Lomax; John Jacob Niles; Marion Hicks.
In 1957, Folkways Records released Pete Seeger's American Favorite Ballads, his renditions of some of the better-known songs in the traditional folk repertoire. Of course, the selection was far from exhaustive, so in 1958 Folkways followed with this second volume. Seeger draws from many different sources, beginning with Stephen Foster's "Oh, Susanna!," which is old enough to be considered a folk song. Tunes like "Sally Ann," "Shenandoah," and "Careless Love" have country & western origins. Naturally, Seeger looks to his two major mentors, Woody Guthrie for "Hard Traveling," and particularly Lead Belly. Taking up the 12-string guitar, Lead Belly's instrument, Seeger presents his own versions of "Midnight Special," "Black Girl," and "Alabama Bound," played as Lead Belly would. ("Midnight Special" even gets an extra verse referring to him.) While some of the performances are loud and boisterous, Seeger gives "Shenandoah" a nearly a cappella treatment, only occasionally using a banjo chord, and he sings "Black Is the Color" unaccompanied. Thus, the album has considerable variety in terms of the type of material and the approach Seeger takes. Of course, there's still plenty more where these came from. ~ William Ruhlmann

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