CD American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3 [2004] (CD 599543),
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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3 [2004]

  • 1. Gypsy Davy
    2. Deep Blue Sea
    3. New River Train
    4. St. James Hospital
    5. E-RI-E Canal
    6. St. Louis Blues
    7. Boll Weevil
    8. Girl I Left Behind, The
    9. When I First Came to This Land
    10. Titanic, The
    11. El-A-Noy
    12. Lady of Carlysle
    13. My Good Man
    14. Golden Vanity
    15. Ain't It a Shame
    16. Swanee River
    17. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
    18. Boys From County Mayo, The
    19. No Irish Need Apply
    20. Paddy Works On the Railroad
    21. Arkansas Traveler
    22. When I Was Single
    23. Wond'rous Love
    24. Ground Hog
    25. Old Blue
    26. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
    27. Erie Canal
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40152

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Place (Compilation); Guy Logsdon (Compilation)

    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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