Samstag, 18. Juni 2022

Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome (Carnegie Hall 1963)

Recorded at Carnegie Hall on June 8, 1963, this album is one of Pete Seeger's most famous. 1963 was a tumultuous year pivotal in the civil rights movement, and Seeger uses the bully pulpit of his high-profile concert to the fullest, filling the set list with pointed topical songs like "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus" and Tom Paxton's withering "What Did You Learn in School Today?" as well as the spirituals "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" and, of course, "We Shall Overcome." Unfortunately, Seeger goes, as one says nowadays, off point in the middle of the set, with a three-song stretch of "Little Boxes," "Who Killed Norma Jean?," and one of Bob Dylan's absolute worst songs, "Who Killed Davey Moore?," tunes that sound like petulant little trifles in comparison. (Gee, suburbia is conformist, Hollywood is soul-deadening, and boxing is corrupt and violent? Who knew?) In the surroundings of the highly charged and deeply emotional tunes surrounding them, these songs simply sound trite. Seeger does right things with an impassioned performance of Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall," however, and the second half of the concert, climaxing in the definitive version of "Guantanamera," is protest folk at its finest. "Pete Seeger at Carnegie Hall" is a valuable snapshot of its era.  -                        

The concert was described by Ed Vulliamy of The Observer as "a launch event for the entwining of the music and politics of the 1960s".  It was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2006, calling it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome (Carnegie Hall, 1963)
(192 kpbs, cover art included)

7 Kommentare:

Bob Mac hat gesagt…

This must surely be the most dated music in existence. Beats me why anyone would want to listen to this stuff in 2014.

Anyway, thank you for your excellent blog, You offer some truly rare and exciting music that's unavailable elsewhere.

Anonym hat gesagt…

Fantastic! This is an important aural document, and a little slice of history. Many thanks for posting!
P.S. I recently bought a rare 7" EP which had edited versions of 'Little Boxes', 'What Did You Learn...' and 'We Shall Overcome' - so it was a nice coincidence to find this LP on your blog.

zero hat gesagt…

You are right, it´s a slice of history. And it has a lot to do with our time. So, for me, there are enough reasons to listen to Pete Seeger and his music today. Greetings!

Greg hat gesagt…

Again, PLEASE repost it and let me know when it's ready.

Greg hat gesagt…

:-) :-) :-)
What to say???
MANY THANKS for everything including excellent descriptions

zero hat gesagt…

You are always welcome!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Dear Sir, restore?

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