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Pete Seeger had a long and productive career as a folk song leader and social activist.

In 1938, he settled in New York City and eventually met Alan Lomax, Woody Guthrie, Aunt Molly Jackson, Lead Belly and others. Many of this group of musicians eventually formed the Almanac Singers in late 1940. The group performed for gatherings, picket lines, and any place they could lend their voices ... Read more in Amazon's Pete Seeger Store

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  • Audio CD (24 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B001SGKQI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By vesahjr on 8 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
People often write about Pete Seeger's CDs: "enjoy the music even if you disagree with the politics". On this collection there are no politics to agree or to disagree with. This CD includes old familiar American folk songs and I don't think anybody has ever done so fine versions of these than Pete Seeger.

Songs include John Brown's Body, Home On The Range, Clementine any many other classics. Pete sings and plays 6-string banjo or 12-string guitar. There are no other musicians or instruments nor background singers. There's no need for them. These recordings are a proof that simplicity oftens makes the finest art. "Any damn fool can make something complicated, but it takes a genius to make something simple." I think it was Pete's old friend Woody Guthrie who once said that.

Originally American Favorite Ballads was a series of five LPs published in the fifties and the early sixties. These albums were rather short and when Smithsonian Folkways started to issue them on CDs, they added lots of extra songs. So, even though the price of this CD relatively high, you get your money's worth. 28 songs and everyone of them is a masterpiece.

If you want to get familiar with Seeger's music (or folk music in general), I suggest that you buy this one instead of the Greatest Hits or Essential collections. Altogether there will be five American Favorite Ballads CDs and I now have the first three. Everyone of them of is excellent but I think this one is the best.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Pure joy from beginning to end 2 Jun. 2009
By Robert Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great collection of folk songs by master folk song interpreter Pete Seeger. Each song rings with honesty and earthy joy, resounding in authenticity and energy. Seeger approaches the songs naturally without forcing text or music to fit into a prescribed scheme. The songs seem to flow out of his heart and each performance demonstrates a depth of understanding of the history of each song.

This collection is unparalled for its comprehensive look at the wonderfully complex world of the American folk song. As I listened, it brought back memories of childhood songs that somehow have stayed with me for many years in spite of their dormancy. Seeger is a master at interpretation and we are indebted to him for this collection.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
AT LAST 19 Nov. 2009
By Matti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a compilation all Seeger fans have been waiting, late fifties and early sixties in one box with fine liner notes. There is also an exellent 3-disc compilation " Rainbow Race / "Now" / "Young vs. Old" from 1969-71 available to complete your perfect Pete Seeger marathon.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
PETE FINDS HIS ROOTS AND OURS 26 Jun. 2006
By Alfred Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since my youth I have had an ear for roots music, whether I was conscious of that fact or not. The original of that interest first centered on the blues, then early rock and roll and later, with the folk revival of the early 1960's, folk music. I have often wondered about the source of this interest. I am, and have always been a city boy, and an Eastern city boy at that. Nevertheless, over time I have come to appreciate many more forms of roots music than in my youth. The subject of the following review is an example.

I have done reviews of Pete Seeger's more political albums and need not address those issues here. These volumes of American classics with Pete and banjo are the songs you learned mysteriously in your youth, apparently by osmosis. As each song goes along you find yourself singing along to at least part of the song. These songs go deep into the popular culture and the roots of what makes those of us who were born here conscious of the musical influences that formed our lives. You may not like every song but the total effect will grab you.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Superb 6 May 2009
By Kevin J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I find it to be very ironic that the works of two of the biggest rebels in American cultural history, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, are published, marketed and sold by the American government.

Of course this is a consequence of the Smithsonian acquiring the Folkways archives. But it doesn't take away from the irony. The Smithsonian isn't marketing the works of Joe McCarthy!!

Grab this set while you can. The original records are next to impossible to find. The booklets that come with each CD are very well written
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Favorite Ballads part 1 18 May 2007
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this cd in order to see if I wanted to buy the entire set. After listening to it, I do. Seeger brings these favorites to life bringing in some unfamiliar lyrics that I am sure were closer to the original spirit of the songs than the ones that we all learned in grade school. The simple accompaniment adds to the attraction of the songs.
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