CD American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5 [Box] (CD 4546080),
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American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5 [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. John Henry [I'm Gonna Die with a Hammer in My Hand] [John Henry Blues] [Steel Driving Man] [Death of John Henry]
    2. Shenandoah [the Rolling River] [the Wide Missouri]
    3. Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn)
    4. Black Girl [in the Pines] [Where Did You Sleep Last Night?]
    5. Skip to My Lou
    6. Big Rock Candy Mountain, The
    7. Clementine [Darling Clementine] [My Darling Clementine] [Oh, My Darling Clementine]
    8. Yankee Doodle
    9. Home on the Range
    10. John Brown's Body
    11. Goodnight, Irene [Irene, Goodnight]
    12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    13. Oh, Susanna
    14. Wayfaring Stranger [the Wayfaring Pilgrim] [I'm a Poor Wayfaring Stranger] [Over Jordan] [Poor Wayfaring Stranger]
    15. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep [Mary, Don't You Weep]
    16. Down in the Valley [Birmingham Jail] [Little Willie] [Bird in a Cage]
    17. Wabash Cannon Ball, The
    18. On Top of Old Smoky
    19. Frankie and Johnny [Frankie] [Frankie and Albert] [Frankie Baker] [Little Frankie] [Frankie's Gamblin' Man]
    20. I Ride an Old Paint
    21. Wreck of the Old 97, The
    22. Wagoner's Lad [My Horses Ain't Hungry] [Drunken Hiccups] [Lovin' Nancy] [Fare You Well, Polly]
    23. Old Dan Tucker
    24. I've Been Working on the Railroad [Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah] [Dinah] [Levee Song] [Workin' on the Line] [the
    25. Cielito Lindo
    26. So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (Dusty Old Dust)
    27. America the Beautiful
    28. This Land Is Your Land - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Barbara Allen [Barb'ry Ellen] [Barbara Ellen]
    2. Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn [A Lazy Farmer Boy] [Lazy Man] [the Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn]
    3. Midnight Special
    4. House of the Rising Sun [Rising Sun Blues] [Rounder's Luck]
    5. Careless Love [Careless Blues] [Loveless Love] [Reckless Love]
    6. Oh, What a Beautiful City
    7. Poor Boy [Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot (Or Feet)?] [Green Valley Waltz] [Storms Are on the Ocean]
    8. Sally Ann [Sandy Land]
    9. Riddle Song [I Gave My Love a Cherry] [Captain Walker's Courtship], The
    10. Go Tell Aunt Rhody [the Old Gray Goose] [the Old Grey Goose Is Dead] [Go Tell Aunt Tabby] [Go Tell Aunt Nancy]
    11. Water Is Wide [Waly, Waly] [the Brisk Young Lover] [Down in the Meadow], The
    12. Fox [the Fox and His Wife] [the Fox and the Grey Goose] [Old Miss Flipper Flopper], The
    13. Keeper and the Doe [the Keeper] [Hey Down, Hoe Down], The
    14. Pretty Polly [the Gosport Tragedy] [the Cruel Ship's Carpenter] [the Ship Carpenter] [the Ghost Ship]
    15. Jesse James [the Death of Jesse James] [the Life and Death of Jesse James]
    16. Stagolee [Stackolee] [Stagger Lee] [Stack Lee]
    17. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair [Black, Black, Black]
    18. Camptown Races [Gwine to Run All Night]
    19. Blow the Man Down
    20. Froggie Went a Courtin' [the Frog and Mouse] [the Frog He Would a Wooing Go] [the Frog's Courtship] [King Kong Kitchie K
    21. I Had a Rooster (Barnyard Song) [the Barnyard Song] [My Little Rooster] [I Love My Rooster] [Green Berry Tree]
    22. Putting on the Style
    23. Farmer's Curst Wife [the Farmer's Old Wife] [the Devil and the Farmer's Wife] [the Old Lady and the Devil], The
    24. Hard Travelin'
    25. Alabama Bound [Don't You Leave Me Here]
    26. Wimoweh [the Lion Sleeps Tonight]
    27. Dink's Song [Dink's Blues] [Nora's Dove] [Fare Thee Well]
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Gypsy Davy [Raggle-Taggle Gypsies] [the Gypsy Laddie] [Whistling Gypsy] [Black Jack Davy (Davie)]
    2. Deep Blue Sea
    3. New River Train [Darlin'] [I'll Be on That New Road Someday] [Green River Train] [Riding on That New River Train]
    4. St. James Hospital [the Unfortunate Rake] [Gambler's Blues] [Streets of Laredo]
    5. E-Ri-E Canal [Erie Canal] [the E-Ri-E Was Rising] [the Canal Boat Song]
    6. St. Louis Blues
    7. Boll Weevil [Boll Weevil Song] [Boll Weevil Blues] [Mississippi Boweavil Blues] [Boll Weevil and Farmer] [Looking for a
    8. Girl I Left Behind [Brighton Camp] [Regimental Song of the 7th Infantry] [the Gal I Left Behind Me] [That Pretty Little, The
    9. When I First Came to This Land
    10. Titanic [When That Great Ship Went Down] [the Sinking of the Titanic] [the Great Titanic], The
    11. El-A-Noy [Illinois] [the Plains of Illinois] [the State of Illinois] [State of El-A-Noy]
    12. Lady of Carlysle [in Carlysle There Lived a Lady] [the Bold Lieutenant] [Down in Carlisle]
    13. My Good Man [My Good Old Man] [Three Nights Drunk] [Four Nights Drunk] [Seven Nights Drunk] [Drunkard's Sp
    14. Golden Vanity [the Lowlands Low] [the Lonesome Sea Ballad] [the Sweet Trinity]
    15. Ain't It a Shame [Ain't Dat a Shame] [Bill Bailey, Ain't That a Shame]
    16. Swanee River [Way Down Upon the Swanee River]
    17. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child [Motherless Child]
    18. Boys from County Mayo [Shamrock], The
    19. No Irish Need Apply
    20. Paddy Works on the Railroad [Fillimeeooreay] [Pat Works on the Railway] [Paddy Works on the Railway] [Paddy on the Railw
    21. Arkansas Traveler [Arkansaw Traveler] [the Original Arkansas Traveler]
    22. When I Was Single [When I Was Single, My Pockets Would Jingle] [I Wish I Was Single Again] [Single Girl] [the Drunkard's
    23. Wond'rous Love
    24. Ground Hog [Groun' Hog] [Old Ground Hog]
    25. Old Blue [Go on Blue] [Old Dog Blue]
    26. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
    27. Erie Canal [My Gal Sal] [Low Bridge] [Everybody Down] [Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal] [Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Banks of the Ohio [the Banks of the O. B. D.] [Down Beside the Ohio] [Down on the Banks of the Ohio] [Miss Julie]
    2. You Are My Sunshine
    3. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum [Hallelujah, Bum Again] [Hallelujah on the Bum]
    4. Foggy Dew [the Foggy, Foggy Dew] [the Bugaboo], The
    5. Molly Malone [in Dublin's Fair City]
    6. Old Maid's Song [Take Me out of Pity] [Don't Let Me Die an Old Maid] [the Black Chimney Sweeper]
    7. Oh, How He Lied [the Deceiver] [He Told Her He Loved Her] [the Villain and the Maiden]
    8. Where the Old Allegheny and the Monongahela Flow
    9. Leatherwing Bat [the Bird Song] [the Birds' Courting Song] [the Birds' Conversation]
    10. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier [Shule Aroon] [Shule Agrah] [Buttermilk Hill]
    11. Farther Along
    12. Go Down, Moses
    13. All My Trials
    14. Monsieur Banjo [Michie Banjo] [Mister Banjo] [Mister Banjo - Look at the Dandy]
    15. No More Auction Block [Many Thousand Go]
    16. Hole in the Bucket [the Bucket Song] [Jug Hot en Loch, Der] [Leiwer Heindrich]
    17. What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor [the Drunken Sailor] (Early in the Morning) [Hooray an' Up She Rises]
    18. Army Life [Gee, But I Want to Go Home] [I Don't Want No More Army]
    19. Blue Mountain Lake [the Bells of Long Lake] [Come All Ye Good Fellers]
    20. Lady Margaret [Lady Margaret and Sweet William] [Fair Margaret and Sweet William] [Fair Margaret's Misfortune]
    21. John Hardy [Johnny Hard] [John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man] [Johnny Harty]
    22. Johnson [the Three Butchers] [the Two Butchers] [Young Butcher Boy]
    23. John Riley [Pretty Fair Maid] [the Broken Token] [as I Walked out Some Summer's Morning]
    24. Washer Lad [Four Pence a Day]
    25. Talking Blues [the Original Talking Blues]
    26. Lolly Too Dum [the Fit Comes on Me Now] [I Must and I Will Get Married Now]
    27. T. B. Blues
    28. Summertime [Summertime an' the Livin' Is Easy]
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Trail to Mexico [Following the Cow Trail]
    2. Red River Valley
    3. Old Joe Clark [Joe Clarke] [Ole Joe Clark]
    4. St. James Infirmary [the Unfortunate Rake] [St. James Hospital] [Gambler's Blues] [Those Gambler's Blues]
    5. Green County Bachelor [Starving to Death on My Government Claim] [Lane County Bachelor]
    6. Ox Driver's Song [Ox Driving Song-Pop My Whip]
    7. Buffalo Gals
    8. Joe Bowers [the Disappointment of Joe Bowers] [When I Struck Muskoka]
    9. Texian Boys
    10. My Sweetheart Is a Mule in the Mines
    11. Johnny Gray [Peter Gray] [Ballad of Peter Gray] [Blow Ye Winds of Morning]
    12. Cowboy Yodel
    13. Sioux Indians
    14. Ida Red
    15. Holler
    16. Cumberland Gap
    17. Wake Up, Jacob [Cowboy's Gettin'-Up Holler] [Morning Grub Holler]
    18. Sweet Betsy from Pike [Betsy from Pike]
    19. Buffalo Skinners [the Buffalo Range] [the Range of the Buffalo] [Boggy Creek]
    20. Whiskey, Rye Whiskey [Jack O'Diamonds] [Clinch Mountain]
    21. Stewball [Skewball] [Molly and Tenbrooks] [Stuball]
    22. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along, Little Dogies [Git Along, Little Dogies]
    23. Strawberry Roan - (previously unreleased)
    24. Jay Gould's Daughter [Kassie Jones]
    25. Play-Party
    26. I Never Will Marry [the Damsel's Lament] [Down by the Sea-Shore] [One Day as I Rambled]
    27. Riflemen of Bennington [the Bennington Riflemen]
    28. Kingdom Coming (Year of Jubilo) [the Year of Jubilo] [Jubilo] [Lincoln's Gunboats]
    29. Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase [Bear Hunt] [Bear Chase]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 740155

  • Credits
    ProducerGuy Logsdon (Compilation); Jeff Place (Compilation)
    EngineerNorman van der Sluys

    Adapter: John A. Lomax.
    Personnel: Pete Seeger (vocals, 12-string guitar, banjo).
    Liner Note Authors: Guy Logsdon; Jeff Place; Pete Seeger.
    Recording information: New York, NY.
    Editors: Peter Seitel; Carla Borden; Jacob Love.
    Introduction bys: Guy Logsdon; Jeff Place.
    Photographer: David Gahr.
    Translator: Oscar Brand.
    Arrangers: Texas Gladden; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Huddie Ledbetter; John A. Lomax; John Jacob Niles; Marion Hicks.
    Originally released between 1957 and 1962, Pete Seeger's five-volume series, AMERICAN FAVORITE BALLADS, brought the nascent folk revival into the cultural mainstream and acted as a cultural history lesson for countless Americans seeking to explore the origins of American musical traditions. Seeger has a colossal legacy as a folk singer, storyteller, and social historian, and these recordings form the bedrock of his remarkably influential career. The traditional material that Seeger records here, including songs like the murder ballad "Frankie and Johnny," Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene," and the country gospel standard "Farther Along," would serve as inspiration to future frontrunners in the folk movement such as the Kingston Trio and Joan Baez. At a time when American folk traditions were underappreciated and sparsely documented, Seeger's recordings functioned as a much-needed jolt to America's collective memory.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Seeger] invests each tune with his cheeky spirit....Seeger steps aside and lets the songs shine."
    Dirty Linen (p.52) - "[T]he repertoire is far-ranging, including cowboy ballads, British folk songs, country standards, blues tunes, patriotic ditties, railroad songs, spirituals -- virtually anything that could easily be sung in a group setting..."
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