We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

The Seeger Sessions

Music CD - 2006
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Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia, c2006
Branch Call Number: MCD FOLK
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Contents: CD: Old Dan Tucker
Jessie James
Mrs. McGrath
O Mary don't you weep
John Henry
Erie Canal
Jacob's ladder
My Oklahoma home
Eyes on the prize
Pay me my money down
We shall overcome
Froggie went a courtin'
Additional Contributors: Seeger, Pete 1919-
Alternative Title: Seeger sessions


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Aug 08, 2018

I enjoyed these different arrangements of traditional folk songs. The DVD was an extra bonus. You could feel the great fun the musicians had recording this. My only gripe is the intelligibility of Springsteen's vocals on most of the tracks but he displayed a lot of passion for the songs.

PimaLib_BrianC Mar 13, 2018

This recording of folk songs in a big-band arrangement continues to be among my favorite and most-listened to CDs in my collection. The songs are fantastic and practically require that one sing along in a spirited fashion. the accompanying DVD of the making of the album is also great. It is fun to see the process that went into the recording, as you can see Springsteen and the band creating the arrangements as they play them. During the few days of recording, everyone is huddled into Springsteen's country home (the horns are way off in the foyer for the sake of sound levels) by day, and then the group vocals are added in the evening. The fiddle playing on the recording strikes me as particularly exceptional. "Buffalo Gals" and "Old Dan Tucker" are some of my favorites.

I was fortunate to see one of this band's first live performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006. It was the first jazz fest after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and this set of music had an extremely powerful cathartic effect on the thousands in attendance. Enjoy these folks songs done in a high-energy, dance-along and sing-along style!

fillups Apr 21, 2012

One of Springsteen's most inspired and joyous efforts. While, of course, the band is consumately great there is a looser feel to this album, almost like it was recorded live and everyone sounds like they're just enjoying jamming together. The power of Seeger's work is fully recognized in this work as well. An astoundingly great album and one of Springsteen's all time best!

Andrew Garfield
Dec 11, 2011

This is one of the very best cd's I have listened to this year and that of from Bruce Springsteen. A very talented gifted singer. I recommend this cd.


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