Pete Seeger In Prague 1964 (Live) (2-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: July 10, 2001
  • Label: Flyright Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.T For Texas
  • 2.Kai-Yo-WA-Ji-Neh
  • 3.Amazing Grace
  • 4.The Devil and the Famer
  • 5.Banjo Breakdown: Ida Red / Old Joe Clark
  • 6.Mr. Tom Hughes Town
  • 7.Irene, Goodnight
  • 8.Rock Island Line
  • 9.Bourgeois Blues
  • 10.Dark as a Dungeon
  • 11.So Long
  • 12.Talking Columbia
  • 13.Lord God, Pittsburgh!
  • 14.Why, Oh Why?
  • 15.Oleana
  • 16.Michael Row the Boat Ashore
  • 17.Bayeza
  • 18.Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase (Holka Modrou Oka)
  • 19.Tzena Tzena
  • 20.Down by the Riverside
  • 21.Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  • 22.Living in the Country
  • 23.Pete Seeger's Comments, February 2001

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Coal Creek March
  • 2.Darlin' Cory
  • 3.Oh I Had a Golden Thread
  • 4.I Can See a New Day
  • 5.What Did You Learn in School Today?
  • 6.Little Boxes
  • 7.Living in the Country
  • 8.We Shall Overcome
  • 9.Little Molly
  • 10.I Want to Go to Andorra!
  • 11.Ida Red / Old Joe Clark
  • 12.Pretty Saro
  • 13.Woody's Rag
  • 14.900 Miles
  • 15.Oleana
  • 16.Clementine
  • 17.Careless Love

Product Description:

Recorded in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1964. Includes liner notes by Gene Deitch.
Digitally remastered by Charlie Crump.
It probably seems odd today that HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) viewed Pete Seeger as a threat because of his socialist past. It is ironic, then, that Seeger, again because of his socialist past, would be warmly welcomed in communist Czechoslovakia in 1964 (even though he also believed in the "dangerous" idea of democracy). Although Seeger's music is seldom overtly political, it would be interesting to know what Czech audiences thought of "I Can See a New Day" or "We Shall Overcome." He offers a particularly moving version of the latter song, accompanying himself on guitar, and preceded by a monolog of the song's origins. Seeger, never one to believe in obstacles, even solicits his Czech comrades to sing along. There's over 35 songs on these two discs, including classics by Leadbelly -- "Bourgeois Blues" -- and Woody Guthrie -- "Talking Colombia." Seeger opens a lovely version of "Prety Saro" with a wooden flute before singing the song a cappello. Fine versions of "Dark as a Dungeon," "Tzena Tzena," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" are delivered along with a number of instrumental pieces. There's a funny story in the liner notes by Gene Deitch about Seeger singing an anti-Vietnam song at several appearances. The audience whistled, which in Czechoslovakia, was the equivalent of booing. Their disapproval, it seems, was based on the fact that the Czech government also opposed the Vietnam War, leading listeners to believe Seeger's song was mere propaganda. Pete Seeger in Prague 1964 captures the master in good voice, quietly and confidently delivering his one-man show to Eastern Europe. This album will make a fine addition to any Seeger fan's record collection while also serving as a good introduction to those unfamiliar with his folk art. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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