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  • Audio CD (23 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Proper Box
  • ASIN: B001QU9RNO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Banks Are Made Of Marble - Pete Seeger
  2. Chain Gang Boun' - Josh White & His Carolinians
  3. Joe Hill - Earl Robinson
  4. This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
  5. Jim Crow - The Union Boys
  6. Farmer's Letter To The President - Bob Miller
  7. The Strange Death Of John Doe - Almanac Singers
  8. Southern Exposure - Josh White
  9. Talking Atom - Pete Seeger
  10. We've Got A Plan - Tom Glazer & Josh White
  11. Bank Failures - Bob Miller
  12. The House I Live In - Earl Robinson
  13. Round & Round Hitler's Grave - Almanac Singers
  14. Cryin' Who Cryin' You Pt. 1 - Josh White & His Carolinians
  15. Cryin' Who Cryin' You Pt. 2 - Josh White & His Carolinians
  16. Dear Mr. President - Almanac Singers
  17. Freight Train Blues - The Weavers
  18. The Bosses' Gang - Mara Alexander & Others
  19. Freedom Road - Tom Glazer & Josh White
  20. The Scottsboro Boys - Leadbelly

Disc: 2

  1. Conversation With A Mule - Pete Seeger
  2. Talking Sailor - Woody Guthrie
  3. The Roosevelt Song - Leadbelly
  4. The Boll Weevil - Carl Sandburg
  5. Talking Bilbo - Lee Hays
  6. Nine Foot Shovel - Josh White & His Carolinians
  7. High Price Blues - Brownie McGhee
  8. Hold On - The Union Boys
  9. We Shall Not Be Moved - The Weavers
  10. Pity The Downtrodden Landlord - Bob Hill (Fred Hellerman)
  11. Jim Crow Train - Josh White
  12. Patriotic Diggers - John Allison
  13. Farm Relief Blues - Bob Miller
  14. Farmer Labor Train - Woody Guthrie
  15. Trouble - Josh White & His Carolinians
  16. UAW-CIO - The Union Boys
  17. Mr. Hitler - Leadbelly
  18. No More Blues - Tom Glazer & Josh White
  19. Plow Under - Almanac Singers
  20. Told My Cap'n - Josh White & His Carolinians

Disc: 3

  1. Strange Fruit - Josh White
  2. The Bourgeois Blues - Leadbelly
  3. C For Conscription - Almanac Singers
  4. Citizen C.I.O. - Tom Glazer & Josh White
  5. Free And Equal Blues (Parts 1 & 2) - Earl Robinson & Dooley Wilson
  6. Jerry - Josh White & His Carolinians
  7. The Rich Man & The Poor Man - Bob Miller
  8. In Washington - Priority Ramblers
  9. The Century Of The Common Man - Sir Lancelot
  10. Moses Green - Lee Hays
  11. Black, Brown & White - Brownie McGhee
  12. Uncle Sam Says - Josh White
  13. Ragged Hungry Blues Pt. 1 - Aunt Molly Jackson
  14. Ragged Hungry Blues Pt. 2 - Aunt Molly Jackson
  15. We're Keeping Score In '44 - Earl Robinson
  16. Goin' Home Boys - Josh White & His Carolinians
  17. I've Got A Right - Laura Duncan
  18. The Hammer Song - The Weavers
  19. I'm On My Way - Ernie Lieberman
  20. We Shall Be Free - Woody Guthrie

Disc: 4

  1. DVD: Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
  2. DVD: Pete Seeger - Casey Jones
  3. DVD: Pete Seeger - I'm Gonna Marry A Smiling Gal
  4. DVD: Woody Guthrie - Greenback Dollar
  5. DVD: Woody Guthrie/Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee - John Henry
  6. DVD: Pete Seeger - Old Joe Clark

Product Description

`The Little Red Song Book' first appeared in the US in 1909. It contained songs that took traditional hymns and set pro-Union work songs to them to be sung at rallies and demonstrations across America for the Industrial Workers of the World party: the `Wobblies'. The most famous song writer in the movement was Joe Hill whose infamous death made him a legend to future protest singers such as Seeger & Guthrie who took the Wobblies ideals into the Forties and Fifties on the New York Folk scene.

Black artists moved from the South looking for fairer working and living conditions and they teamed up with Seeger and Guthrie and the rest to add their voice to what was fast becoming a major movement. The powers that be felt threatened by the movement and its momentum was lost as the `Red Scare' swept away any liberal minded artists and individuals.

Seeger, however, managed to emerge again in the late Fifties and early Sixties to help usher in a new wave of protest song with artists like Bob Dylan taking the message and spreading it across the world.

Although the songs on this collection are from a bygone era the messages they convey and the struggles they highlight are still scarily relevant in today's world and remind of us a time when people thought music really could make a difference to peoples lives and attitudes.

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Many of these songs can be found on various Smithsonian-Folkways and other releases, and quite a few turn up on the Bear Family's exhaustive but prohibitively expensive Songs for Political Action box set. It's great to have them available on a reasonably priced and knowledgeably compiled collection. The usual suspects - Woody, Pete, Leadbelly, Josh White - are all present and politically correct (or not, depending on your ideological viewpoint). The 60 tracks are mostly circa the Second World War - more than 60 years old, but all well worth preserving. The best songs here - Leadbelly's The Bourgeois Blues, Josh White's Jim Crow Train, Brownie McGhee's Black, Brown and White - are superb, but even the ones with less artistic value are historically significant. (A track or two by Paul Robeson wouldn't have gone astray, though.) And the excellent DVD is the icing on the cake. An ideal collection for anyone with the slightest interest in 20th century protest music.
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In the U K no one had heard of Protest songs until Bob Dylan and as far as I know it was an American thing-no one protested here at least in song
For me the greatest protest song was Barry McGuire's Eve of Destruction.
This Proper Box is all you need to learn about the songs with the usual informative booklet
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Excellent collection. Broad based and giving an indication of progression through time of the genre relating the music to contemporary issues
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Nice collection but poor mastering.
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Satisfied with this product. However, more detailed specifications and sample listening of random listings would have been further appreciated.
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