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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1
 
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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1

26 Jun. 2013 | Format: MP3

£23.97 (VAT included if applicable)
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2:49
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3:43
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2:29
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1:37
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2:32
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2:19
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3:03
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3:20
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1:23
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3:04
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1:48
Disc 2
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2:15
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3:22
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4:25
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2:13
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3:08
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1:49
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1:16
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2:24
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3:25
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1:28
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1:49
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3:03
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2:40
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2:15
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2:32
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2:09
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2:29
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3:13
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3:33
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2:02
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2:10
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2:58
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26
1:09
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2:27
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2:20
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29
2:40
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Disc 3
30
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2:38
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2:57
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2:58
30
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1:29
30
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2:36
30
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3:41
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4:28
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2:58
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3:05
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2:40
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3:27
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1:43
30
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3:50
30
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2:41
30
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1:39
30
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2:48
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2:23
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2:53
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1:36
30
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2:16
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2:34
30
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2:07
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1:54
30
24
2:13
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25
2:03
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3:24
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3:03
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Jun. 2013
  • Release Date: 26 Jun. 2013
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Universe Remasterings
  • Copyright: Universe Remasterings
  • Total Length: 3:44:34
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  • ASIN: B00DOWIRXI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,363 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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Pete Seeger had been a member of the Weavers during the early 1950s, In 1957 he left the group and went on to record as a solo artist. This absolutely fabulous folk album is one of the earliest of his solo recordings. American Favourite Ballads was recorded in 1957 and this is a stunning Folk,album.

Pete sings Traditional American folk songs and plays banjo on these recordings. There are some fantastic recordings and a wonderful selection of Traditional tunes here.
Tracks such as Yankee Doodle, The blue tailed fly, Buffalo Gals, On top of Old Smokey, Franke and Johnny skip to my lou and Old Dan Tucker are all traditional favorites and will be very familiar to the listener.

The great thing about this release is that it is the actual album as it was released in 1957. There have been CD releases using the same title American favorite ballads vol one but with only some of the original tracks and with a different selection. That version had extra tracks and has a mainly black, cover, Its a good value for money CD with a lot of tracks but not the original running order. I say this because Amazon have a habit of putting the same reviews on all CDs with the same title. This is the true album CD version. It should be the red and blue cover. That is the one that I am reviewing.

Pete Seeger has been a major force in the Folk revival and this CD of an original album offers some of the finest recordings of these songs.

Since Amazon put the same reviews on any product with the same title here is a review of the complete five volume five disc set as well. (black and white cover) Between 1957 and 1962 Pete Seeger recorded and released five volumes of American Favourite Ballads.
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