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Folk Songs [Box set]

Harry Belafonte , Pete Seeger , Roy Orbison , Bob Dylan , Glen Campbell , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Documents
  • ASIN: B000PTYRZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Document Records presents "Folk Songs" with over 180 tracks spread across 10CD's. Includes tracks from: Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Glen Campbell, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Weavers, The Almanac Singers, Harry Belafonte, Paul Robeson, Burl Ives & The Kingston Trio.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Package, too good to be true 6 Oct 2010
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Ok, now the old saying that something that is too good to be true most of the time is just that. This is nicely packaged, and it does have 10 CD's and so I thought it was a bargain, but wait! The Peter, Paul and Mary CD has a duplicated track, and the Glen Campbell CD has several instrumental tracks on it. As far as Bargains are concerned, this is a "No Brainer" and should be classed as a Free Gift and not sold for it's ridiculously high price. In short, Go waste your money on something else, Please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Songs 6 Mar 2014
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This is a very varied selection of folk songs by mostly well known singers and groups and so was most acceptable
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Songs Box Set 9 May 2013
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A10cd set that takes the listener on a diverse journey through early americana and protest songs.Well worth the money spent
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Selection of Folk Nostalgia 10 Jan 2013
By C. Shepko - Published on Amazon.com
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There are 10 CDs in this set, including discs by Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Peter, Paul & Mary, etc. The songs are terrific, and these are some of my favorite folk singers. I have listened to two of the discs so far: the sound on the Pete Seeger disc is poor--sounds like it was just slapped on from a monaural recording; the Burl Ives disc has nearly perfect sound, and I do so love his voice! I expect that the rest of the discs will be uneven in quality, just as these two are. But it is nice to have such a good collection in a boxed, compact form and at such a good price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 13 Aug 2013
By Robert T. Moorefield - Published on Amazon.com
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These recordings are old; they don't have the polish of today's. That being said, I did enjoy them.
The only complaint I had were on the Pete Seeger disc and the Almanac Singers disc. Pete Seeger was the lead on both discs, and there were some repeats of the exact same songs.
For an historic collection though, I would probably buy it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some awesomeness and some weirdness, for an unbeatable price. 23 May 2014
By R. Berman - Published on Amazon.com
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Disc 1 (Pete Seeger) contains several of Seeger's "talking blues" songs, often dealing with World War 2, e.g. "Round and Round Hitler's Grave" from his brief time with the Almanac Singers. The recording quality is not great, probably reflecting the vintage of the recordings. Some of the Almanac Singers material here is found also on Disc 4, but some of the Almanac songs found here are not on Disc 4. 20 songs in 50 minutes.

Disc 2 (Peter Paul and Mary) is actually their odds-and-ends album "No Easy Walk to Freedom," released in 1988, in the original song order. It contains none of their big hits, but apart from a couple of dated keyboards, it sounds great, and the song selection and performances are crisp and memorable. (The 1986 "25th Anniversary Concert" DVD contains live versions of most of these songs, plus their actual hits.) However, compared to the other discs, this disc is a skimpy offering, with only ten songs, totaling barely over thirty minutes in length. Also, track four, "State of the Heart" has been replaced accidentally by a second copy of "Weave Me the Sunshine." It's a great song, but not that great. Watch the CD mastering, guys!

Disc 3 (Burl Ives) is a nice collection, mostly accompanied simply by acoustic guitar, well recorded, with his high voice in fine form. Sounds like 1950s recordings for the most part, but some may be ten years older than that. If it's a specific album by Ives, I can't figure out which one. British folk song "Tam Pierce" has been mislabeled as "Tarn Pierce." Kerning error followed by reading error, one assumes. His 1949 hit "Lavender Blue" is here, but not his early 1960s hits "A Little Bitty Tear" and "Funny Way of Laughing." 21 brisk songs in 50 minutes.

Disc 4 (The Almanac Singers) is easy to date, since the group, which included Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, lasted only from 1941 to 1942. Twenty of their three dozen recordings are here, including four recordings (Union Maid; C for Conscription; Talking Union; Round and Round Hitler's Grave) also found on Disc 1. Mandatory folk listening, though the sort of person who wants this at all probably wants their whole collection instead, available elsewhere.

Disc 5 (Harry Belafonte) does contain a guitar-only version of his 1954 hit "Jamaica Farewell" but not the hit version (which is not hugely different), and not his biggest hit "Banana Boat Song," the novelty track "Mama Look at Bubu," or the Christmas song "Mary's Boy Child." His 1954 album "Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites" is all here, but not in the album order. The other tracks were non-album singles from the 1950s. 18 songs, 50 minutes. Lovely example of a hybrid of crooner/folk style.

Disc 6 (Paul Robeson) does include his signature song, "Ol' Man River" from the Kern/Hammerstein musical "Show Boat." The rest of the tracks, showcasing his incredibly rich bass voice backed by mellow orchestral instrumentation at times and solo piano or guitar at times, sound 1940s vintage, including Gershwin's "Summertime," Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home," and Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair" and "Lazy Bones." Great stuff; I could listen to this guy all day. Much of it is not exactly folk, though. 23 songs in 60 minutes.

Disc 7 (Woody Guthrie) contains most of his 1940 debut album "Dust Bowl Ballads," out of order. "Do Re Mi," later covered by Nanci Griffith, is here. "This Land is Your Land" is here, but this rendition repeats two verses while omitting the original, politically charged fourth and sixth verses about private property and poverty. Most of the other songs are from his 1944-5 Asche recordings. Indispensible early folk. There are more comprehensive Guthrie collections, but not for this price. 20 songs, 57 minutes.

Disc 8 (The Weavers) Early 1950s recordings of Pete Seeger's post-WW2 band gets good representation here. I had heard of them but never heard them, and I was entirely unprepared for how peppy, polished, lush, and downright un-folky most of their repertoire was. Did Seeger's fan base cry "sell-out"? Their big band version of crowd-pleaser Wimoweh (a top ten hit) is here. So is the sprightly hit "Tzena Tzena Tzena," sea shanty "Wreck of the John B," and romantic "Goodnight Irene." 20 songs, 53 minutes

Disc 9 (Glen Campbell) is the real puzzler. The first ten tracks (including his big hits like Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman) come from his 1981 country album "Glen Campbell Live," in an altered order. The other ten songs are the 1966 instrumental album "The 12 String Guitar of Glen Campbell," on which, despite the album title, the main instrument is generally Leon Russell's harpsichord. The album contains curiosities like a James Bond-sounding version of "If I Had a Hammer." Interesting stuff, but definitely not "folk music" by any normal definition. At least they filled the CD; 20 songs, 55 minutes.

Disc 10 (The Kingston Trio) has muddy sounding live recordings, probably from the early 1960s, but at least they have more verve than their studio counterparts often did. The songs are a smattering of classics by the likes of Donovan, Bob Dylan, and Gordon Lightfoot, plus songs associated with the band such as Tijuana Jail, Charlie on the MTA, and Tom Dooley. 14 songs, 38 minutes.

So, a weird collection with some must-have vintage folk, some head-scratching non-folk choices, some song and printing goofs, and a missed opportunity to really showcase Peter, Paul, and Mary. When I got this, it cost me $20 new. Having heard it, I can say it's certainly worth at least that much, warts and all.
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