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Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits
Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits
Price: £6.69

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of great songs, 9 Jun 2006
Some people, including Seeger himself, claim that Seeger never had any hits. Where Have All The Flowers gone was a hit for Peter, Paul And Mary, Turn Turn Turn was a hit for The Byrds and Wimoweh was a hit for The Weavers.

Pete Seeger got a single in the top ten chart only one time. That song was Little Boxes which is the opening number for this collection.

Maybe these songs never were 'hits' but they are a fine collection of folk songs, old and new. This album was originally published in the late sixties and the CD version has a couple of extra tracks.

But I still recommend that you start your Pete Seeger collection somewhere else. American Favorite Ballads 1-4 are fine collections of old American folk music. Anyone of them is more interesting than this collection. As for Seeger's political songs I recommed Smithsonian Folkways' If I Had A Hammer - Songs of Hope Struggle.

American Favorite Ballads - Vol.1
American Favorite Ballads - Vol.1
Price: £14.87

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger at his best, 8 Jun 2006
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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