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In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (24 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, DualDisc
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B000EZMQQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Dan Tucker
2. Jessie James
3. Mrs. McGrath
4. O, Mary, Don't You Weep
5. John Henry
6. Erie Canal
7. Jacobs Ladder
8. My Oklahoma Home
9. Eyes On The Prize
10. Shenandoah
11. Pay Me My Money Down
12. We Shall Overcome
13. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
14. Buffalo Gals (bonus track)
15. How Can I Keep From Singing (bonus track)

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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions features Bruce's personal interpretations of thirteen traditional songs, all of them associated with the legendary guiding light of American folk music, Pete Seeger, for whom the album is named.

Speaking of the origins of the new music, Springsteen said, "So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition. Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds... they can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words."

Springsteen recorded the album with a large ensemble. The musicians on the record are Springsteen (guitar, harmonica, B3 organ and percussion), Sam Bardfeld (violin), Art Baron (tuba) Frank Bruno (guitar), Jeremy Chatzy (upright bass), Mark Clifford (banjo), Larry Eagle (drums and percussion), Charles Giordano (B3 organ, piano and accordion), Ed Manion (saxophone), Mark Pender (trumpet), Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg (trombone) and Soozie Tyrell (violin). Lisa Lowell, Patti Scialfa, Springsteen, Pender, Tyrell, and Rosenberg contribute backing vocals.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campbell on 21 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You know something, I'm not even that big a Springsteen fan: I've heard Born to Run and Born in the USA and Tunnel of Love and I even own a few cassettes and vinyl LPs (including the 5 lp Live '75-'85) but the truth is I don't much listen to them. They're 'good' but I simply don't connect with them the way most other fans do.

... Not so We Shall Overcome.

Misleadingly, many people are referring to this album as being in the same vain as "Nebraska" (1982), "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995) and Devils & Dust" (2005).

It's not, not even close. Sure, it's a 'folk' album but 'folk', like most music genres (or book genres for that matter), covers a lot of ground. If you don't believe me go into Starbucks next time and simply ask for "A coffee, please" and see how far it gets you!

The above three mentioned albums are all very low key, subdued somber affairs. Like knocking back a stiff whiskey whilst brooding at home on your own.

WE SHALL OVERCOME, however, is an old-fashioned foot-stomping, thigh-slapping New Year's street party.

It's a raw and rumbustious, rough and ready sprint across the sprawling landscape of Americana.

And the best of it? All involved sing and play not only like they're selling their souls to the devil, but are having a damn fine time while doing it!

There's almost a revelatory feel to the whole recording, like you get the sense that Springsteen has finally arrived at where he's always been trying to get to; that this is what he's ALWAYS wanted to do, only he just didn't consciously know it: gone are the endless rehersals and rerecordings and fine-tunings of so many of his studio albums. This, instead, is music on the hop - music being MADE, right there, live! - and we're all of us the better for it.

Thanks, Bruce.

The Boss? Hell, on this recording he's a circus Ringmaster kicking up a ruckus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Kavanagh on 16 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ok so we all Know the classics. Born to run, Born in the USA etc. I own countless Boss albums. They are all differant and all need to be given time to wash over you before you make a decision. None more so than this one. I heard the album and thought ok Bruce its a bit differant. Some good tracks, some bad(In my opinion) However on the whole I thought it was truly fantastic. Now being only 19 years old I have regretably missed the Bosses hey day. So when the offer of a ticket for his latest Wembley concert came along I thought what the hell, Why not. Along I went and some thing for you to all bear in mind....... The album is good, very good but it is a million times better performed on stage. It was possibly the most memorable night of my life to date. Has anyone ever heard the saying, There are good concerts, Bad concerts and Bruce Springsteen concerts. The man is a genius that could perform nursery rhymes and still entertain a crowd. Buy this album, you will be buying the amazing work of a living legend.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is such a good album. You cannot help but tap your feet along with each song and come off finishing the album with a big grin on your face It is good, simple, fun music. I love that you can hear the songs actually being performed and developing rather than a sterile studio album and it seems pretty obvious that a lot of fun was had making this music. The DVD is great to watch to soak up the atmosphere the music was played in and to see the group interaction. Bruce seems to be getting better and better and this is no exception.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jannert on 18 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Does anybody know what Pete Seeger thinks of this CD?

Personally I love it to bits.

I'm an old folkie from way back, who grew up listening to recordings by Pete Seeger. I've also seen him perform in person, read his books and his articles in Sing Out magazine. I learned the words to all of the songs on this CD a long time ago. I am delighted to hear Bruce Springsteen give them such new life and a new musical dimension.

Pete tended to emphasize the meaning of folk songs he chose to sing, the stories behind them, and something of their origins and political relevance. Bruce Springsteen takes the same songs and bumps the musical presentation up a gear or two (or ten), while still retaining Pete's sense of relevance, respect and humour. Couldn't ask for more. really. This CD effectively introduces these songs to another generation, which I trust has made Pete Seeger a happy man indeed.

Me--I've been dancing around the house for days!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. FRYER on 19 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky to hear a preview copy of this album a few days before its release. If you're looking for songs in the Born in the USA or Born to Run mode then don't buy this. What I'm saying is that although those songs are magnificent, this is Springsteen at his most versatile best. He rocks on this record, but in a folky way. This album is superb! The songs are diverse. The musicianship is second to none. The whole album overflows with energy and fun. From the rocking horn section in songs such as 'Oh Mary, don't you weep' through to the simple beauty of 'Shenandoah', this album is an absolute classic. It reflects the richness of American folk music and I can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Dietz on 7 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album of old folk standards given a faithful rendition from Springsteen the devotee but with that distinctive Springsteen treatment as well, and it works a treat on every single track.

If you don't like folk music - it's all fiddles and banjos (a friend described it as "a bit lumberjack-y"!) - you won't enjoy it, but there is a zest and joy to these songs that is exhilarating.

It comes from the spirit of the old songs themselves, Springsteen's infectious enthusiasm and passion, and from the genuinely improvised vibe of the performances: you hear the man himself instruct the musicians on whose solo he'd like next, and you can watch him do so on the accompanying DVD. (For a non-musician music fan like myself, eeing how the songs were arranged on the DVD was instructive, and fascinating.)

But for me the real thrills come from the brass section that adds a fabulous extra layer and flavour. According to reviews I've read, Springsteen was astute and knowledgeable enough to notice that when Pete Seeger was living and playing his folk music in New York in the 1920s and 1930s that big-band jazz would have been playing in venues nearby, and so he added trumpet and trombones to the fiddles, banjos, mandolin and honky-tonk piano. The blend is magical. When they blow hard for the first time on, for example, "Jacob's Ladder" - heralded with big cymbal crashes - the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, every time. The result is a fabulous hybrid big band/folk knees-up.

There isn't a duff track on the CD, and the extra DVD of the recording sessions is great.

But, have a look first at the 'American Land' edition before buying, as you get 5 extra tracks and some live concert footage that isn't on the original release (why, I don't know - was Springsteen himself in on this rip-off? I hope not.)

Tremendous stuff. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Trust Springsteen to breathe new life into old songs.
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