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Pete

4 Oct. 2007 | Format: MP3

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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2015
Format: Audio CD
This is an original album by Pete Seeger recorded in the mid 1990s. It is a recording made towards the end of Seeger's life. The album was the first new recording for 17 years and at the time was no doubt very welcome. Indeed the album does have much to offer the big fan of Pete Seeger.
The album features Pete but it also features a variety of other singers that make it sound like a live concert. Now the album does actually work but I must say that this sounds more like Pete starts the songs off and the chorus of singers sings along and on a lot of tracks take over the singing. There is good harmony from the chorus of other singers and it all feels gentle and sweet. As an album in its own right it works ok and has its own identity but I would have liked to have heard more of Pete. Pete still has the ability to engage with both other singers and the listener. His voice is more mature but the magic is still there.
This is not an essential record to have in the folk or Pete Seeger collection but it is worthy for the big Seeger fan.
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Rather recently, Pete Seeger entered his ninth decade. The voice may not be what it once was. But it still goes on, not nearly ready yet to surrender “To My Old Brown Earth.” Some years back, when this album was made, it was more than good enough for the retrospective and summation that the album represents. And the message is evergreen, as it always has been.
This album is a labor of love on the part of everyone concerned. But, aside from Pete hisself, credit must go next to Paul Winter, who, over a span of more than 30 years, was an acquaintance first, then a fast friend, and, with the release of this album, collaborator, creative director and executive producer.
It is Pete’s album, and yet it belongs to all of us, and is surely a gift to all of us as well. I’m one who “came of age” in the turbulent sixties, and can remember well the songs of protest back then. Somehow, those protest songs tended to overwhelm the folk songs that spoke to other issues, or even to no particular issue at all. Pete’s got them all covered here.
Several tracks on this album are special because they successfully blend the raw qualities of Pete’s voice with those of choruses trained and directed by Paul Halley, a long-time collaborater – as keyboardist, composer and arranger – of Winter’s. “The Water is Wide” and “To My Old Brown Earth” fall comfortably in this category, as does “Of Time and Rivers Flowing”. Choral arranging (a specialty of Halley’s) and singing of this level of excellence has a way of giving one the shakes. And it reaches a level of simply ineffable beauty in “To My Own Brown Earth.
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After having not recorded anything for 17 years, Pete Seeger was coaxed into making a new album by Paul Winter, who co-produced this 18-track collection recorded at his studio. Seeger sings his usual repertoire of folk songs, accompanied on most of the tracks by one of three choruses: the 30-member Gaudeamus, the Union Baptist Church Singers, or the Cathedral Signers. What we end up with is basically a Pete Seeger concert where the audience sings along with much better harmony. However, the formality of the proceedings does tend to negate the authenticity of Seeger's performance. Pete Seeger is a national treasure, the obvious heir to Woody Guthrie as the nation's premier folk singer, and if you are going to listen to his music live performances are the way to go. But for me there is just something missing from listening to these performances. They are good, and no fan of Pete Seeger is going to pass up an opportunity to have this recording, but this is not Seeger at his best, nor was it intneded to be. Three of the songs on "Pete" are previously unrecorded, including a tribute to Lead Belly, and hearing Seeger play his own banjo arrangement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is a treat. Plus you have Seeger's take on Bill Steele's "Garbage," which is the best track on the album. But most of the songs are familiar standards like "The Water Is Wide" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," so this album mostly covers old, familiar ground. Liner notes in CD booklet are taken from a couple of Seeger's books and a biography by David Dunaway. At one point Seeger writes, "Singing an old song is an act of reaffirmation," a point he proves on each and every song.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92dbfae0) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dd37b0) out of 5 stars "Garbage" and Ineffable Beauty Share 5 Stars 15 April 2000
By Bob Zeidler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rather recently, Pete Seeger entered his ninth decade. The voice may not be what it once was. But it still goes on, not nearly ready yet to surrender "To My Old Brown Earth." A few years back, when this album was made, it was more than good enough for the retrospective and summation that the album represents. And the message is evergreen, as it always has been.

This album is a labor of love on the part of everyone concerned. But, aside from Pete hisself, credit must go next to Paul Winter, who, over a span of more than 30 years, was an acquaintance first, then a fast friend, and, with the release of the album, collaborator, creative director and executive producer. (There is a fascinating story about the 30-year genesis of this collaboration, complete with an ongoing saga of a Paul Winter classic, "Minuit," which can be found at Winter's Living Music website.)

It is Pete's album, and yet it belongs to all of us, and is surely a gift to all of us as well. I'm one who "came of age" in the turbulent sixties, and can remember well the songs of protest back then. Somehow, those protest songs tended to overwhelm the folk songs that spoke to other issues, or even to no particular issue at all. Pete's got them all covered here.

I absolutely agree with Bill Campbell from Boulder, Colorado below. "The Water is Wide" (#4) and "To My Old Brown Earth" (#18) are very special, as is "Of Time and Rivers Flowing" (#13). What they share in common is the choral mastery of Paul Halley, Winter's long-time Consort keyboardist and composer. Choral arranging (a specialty of Halley's) and singing of this level of excellence has a way of giving one the shakes. And it reaches a level of simply ineffable beauty in "To My Own Brown Earth." There must have been those, naysayers all, who predicted that this approach would never work for Pete's music, with Pete's voice. Trust me; it does!

To counterbalance this choral sweetness and serve notice that we're dealing here with Pete Seeger and not the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, there are the rough-hewn classics made famous by Pete and others (Leadbelly included), with a lesson or two on how to reinterpret and juxtapose Stravinsky and Beethoven to rather amusing effect. And then there's "Garbage," an absolutely hilarious cautionary tale on the perils of pollution if ever there were one.

I'm guessing that the "Minuit" saga set out in Paul Winter's recounting of the genesis of "Pete" has a final chapter yet to play out. In my humble opinion, it should be a good one!

Elsewhere, this album is referred to as "the quintessential Pete Seeger." I cannot do other than agree; if you could only have one, this would be it. But, taking a page from other folkies of fame, my favorite moniker is "the quintessential P, P, P & M", for Pete, Paul, Paul and Joanie Madden, who blows a mean pennywhistle in "Of Time and Rivers Flowing" and elsewhere.

Bob Zeidler
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dd3804) out of 5 stars Late recordings of many early favorites... 8 Feb. 2002
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Pete in old age, coming up with new tricks, new licks, new musical friends, new sound combinations...and just about everything works! Recorded in 1996, but the old familiar Pete is represented with grace, power, humor and his trademark hospitality. "Well May the World Go", "Hudie Ledbetter" and "The Water is Wide" all sound great. "How Can I Keep From Singing?" and "Old Devil Time" and "To Everyone in All the World" are gems. If you grew up with Pete, followed him in the 60's as so many of us did, and are glad he is still alive and singing, buy this one before it goes out of print. There are too many Seeger CD's to say "If you can only afford one, choose this one"---but this is a nice choice for the folks who don't care so much about Civil Rights anthems or left-wing songs recorded when it was risky to do so.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92e5d690) out of 5 stars Good stuff 10 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pete Seeger's voice definitely sounds older, but oh how I enjoy this CD! These are new recordings of old favorites, worth owning even if you have older recordings of them. There's a nice balance between the structure that the choirs (which sing with him) provide, and his expressive interpretation of songs which he obviously loves and knows intimately. The liner notes are interesting reading, too!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ddf348) out of 5 stars "Garbage" and Ineffable Beauty Share 5 Stars 1 Jun. 2001
By Bob Zeidler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rather recently, Pete Seeger entered his ninth decade. The voice may not be what it once was. But it still goes on, not nearly ready yet to surrender "To My Old Brown Earth." A few years back, when this album was made, it was more than good enough for the retrospective and summation that the album represents. And the message is evergreen, as it always has been.

This album is a labor of love on the part of everyone concerned. But, aside from Pete hisself, credit must go next to Paul Winter, who, over a span of more than 30 years, was an acquaintance first, then a fast friend, and, with the release of this album, collaborator, creative director and executive producer.

It is Pete's album, and yet it belongs to all of us, and is surely a gift to all of us as well. I'm one who "came of age" in the turbulent sixties, and can remember well the songs of protest back then. Somehow, those protest songs tended to overwhelm the folk songs that spoke to other issues, or even to no particular issue at all. Pete's got them all covered here.

Several tracks on this album are special because they successfully blend the raw qualities of Pete's voice with those of choruses trained and directed by Paul Halley, a long-time collaborater - as keyboardist, composer and arranger - of Winter's. "The Water is Wide" and "To My Old Brown Earth" fall comfortably in this category, as does "Of Time and Rivers Flowing". Choral arranging (a specialty of Halley's) and singing of this level of excellence has a way of giving one the shakes. And it reaches a level of simply ineffable beauty in "To My Own Brown Earth." There must have been those, naysayers all, who predicted that this approach would never work for Pete's music, with Pete's voice. Trust me; it does!

To counterbalance this choral sweetness and serve notice that we're dealing here with Pete Seeger and not the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, there are the rough-hewn classics made famous by Pete and others (Leadbelly included), with a lesson or two on how to reinterpret and juxtapose Stravinsky and Beethoven to rather amusing effect. And then there's "Garbage," an absolutely hilarious cautionary tale on the perils of pollution if ever there were one.

This album might well be referred to as "the quintessential Pete Seeger." If you could only have one Seeger album, this would be it. But, taking a page from other folkies of fame, my favorite moniker is "the quintessential P, P, P & M", for Pete, Paul, Paul and Joanie Madden, who blows a mean pennywhistle in "Of Time and Rivers Flowing" and elsewhere.

Bob Zeidler
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dd3ccc) out of 5 stars "Pete . . . Pete . . . and Re- Pete" 13 July 2005
By Michael G. Batcho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Pete" is Pete Seeger . . . and Pete Seeger is America , , and American Music . . . and Pete Seeger is "the world" . . . and World Music!

Pete Seeger sings our spirit and our soul . . . he has authored some of the most penetrating songs and lyrics . . . lyrics which both compliment our beings and challenge us to live up to our most noble selves.

On this collection of songs, Pete sings with several chorus accompanyments . . and they all serve as an engulphing back-drop for "the voice", Pete Seeger . . the choruses act like an ocean wave carrying Pete along the currents of his own history . . and his own message to us all.

From the very fist note of the very first track, "Well May The World Go", you know that you are encircled by magic . . .and the magic remains mesmerizing track after track after track through this experience.

The second song on this cd is Pete's "My rainbow Race" . . . I first heard this song on an album by Melanie (Safka) and loved it . . . She herself recently re-recorded it . . . and Pete's performance of it on this collection is simply "spiritual".

"The Water Is Wide" (we can't cross o'er . . .) a most beautiful song of love combined overcoming the widest water . . the most impossible obstacle. (I have a recording of it by Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span which is emotionally breathtaking . . and likewise, Pete here uses the lyric and melody to touch our souls and hearts to know that the song is about "us" . . and that we can cross any water . . . overcome any distance . . or obstacle separating us as people . . .it just takes two to row.

I love "Russian Song/ Ode To Joy" . . .the Russian Song is the melody of an old Russian Folk song i first heard by the Don Cossack Choir, "Stenka Razin" . . a sort of Russian Robin Hood (with a new lyric of Pete's own) . . . and "Ode To Joy" . .the Beethoven melody . . i first heard Pete Seeger play this on his banjo (with Peter Yarrow of "Peter Paul & Mary") at the National Cathdral in Washington DC during the "Peace Moratoriums" back in the early 1970's. it is so inspiring to hear him reprsie it again here on this collection.

Pete Seeger has created and contributed a tremendous legacy of "folk music" to us . . and hopefully will inspire many future generations fot the future with his spiritual insights and understandings of "brotherhood and sisterhood" globally.

thank you Pete Seeger!
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