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Folkways Years, 1955-1992: Songs of Love and Politics

Folkways Years, 1955-1992: Songs of Love and Politics

21 May 1992

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  • Original Release Date: 21 May 1992
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 1992 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:12:29
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  • ASIN: B001GYTMC6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,385 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. E. Power on 28 Aug 2001
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This is a very generous anthology of songs in the folk idiom so listeners are bound to have particular favourites.
The first ten tracks (apart from track 2) are traditional songs played on a variety of instruments - banjo, tinwhistle, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, and dulcimer.
What mainly binds these songs together is the quality of performance. The songs illustrate a range of vocal effects and instrumental techniques.
"Broomfield Hill" (Child 43) tells the story of a rather flirtatious lady who outwits a young man, who would have taken advantage, had he been permitted to. "Jellon Graeme" (Child 90) is a gory ballad, which acts as a warning to men who kill their pregnant lovers rather than doing the honourable thing.
A common interest in ballads was one of the factors that brought Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl together. Two Child ballads are well performed to banjo accompaniment. Peggy's banjo playing was another factor that attracted Ewan's attention (apart from seeing Peggy Seeger's face!).
Needless to say, these songs are traditional, as is the humorous "The Squire and the Colic". The jubilant chorus line and the Squire's productivity, bring back memories of audiences at The Singer's Club (Britain's first Folk Club, of which MacColl, Seeger and the Critics Group were residents) enjoying folk music's equivalent to a rugby song.
Of the traditional songs, my favourites are: "Going To The West", "Freight Train", "When I Was Single" and "Pretty Saro" - which show the length of my listening span. I like to compare Peggy Seeger's version of "Pretty Saro" with that of "Judy Collins". The two versions illustrate the many variants of lyrics and musical accompaniment in folk music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank G on 27 Jun 2011
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I will always love Peggy and you could not be disappointed by the gems on this album. A wonderful woman.
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