Freitag, 17. April 2020

Pete Seeger - Pete Seeger´s Family Concert

Two weeks shy of his 73rd birthday, Pete Seeger released this, his first solo album since 1980 and his first musical album for children since 1974. He is in surprisingly good voice for his age, still able to reach high notes, although, as usual, his chief attribute as a singer is his engagement with his listeners, to whom he is particularly attuned here. They sound, at least on some tracks, like a small and young crowd (there is some aural evidence that performances from different sources have been blended together), and they are happy to sing along. 

The selection is not exclusively child-oriented; in fact, it is in some respects a fairly typical Seeger concert program, just with a little more children's material than usual. The singer's Hudson Valley locale comes in for several references in his remarks and in songs like "The River That Flows Both Ways" (that would be the Hudson), and he is not averse to slipping in his political viewpoint here and there, for instance singing a new verse to "This Land Is Your Land" that contains a Native American complaint about mistreatment. Seeger seems to be singing for an audience that gets older over the course of the show, at least as far as the progression of the songs goes. Early on, he is leading singalongs on tunes like "Skip to My Lou" and "Coming Round the Mountain" (the latter complete with kid-friendly sound effects). But after singing and reciting his popular story-song, here printed as "Abi Yo Yo" rather than "Abiyoyo," the final section of the concert is less child-oriented. What are youngsters to make of "Guantanamera" or the claim in Woody Guthrie's "Lonesome Valley" that "we [will] win that one big union by and by"? Maybe that doesn't matter as long as there are catchy choruses that parents and children can join in on. Or maybe, by calling this a "family concert," Seeger signals that he is singing as much for the grown-ups as the kids.


1 Skip To My Lou 2:05
2 Sailin’ Up, Sailin’ Down 3:33
3 Canoe Song 0:43
4 Coming Round The Mountain 2:58
5 This Land Is Your Land 3:45
6 Abi Yo Yo 5:00
7 Somas El Barco (We Are The Boat) 4:04
8 Guantanamera (Guarijira Guantanamera) 3:43
9 The River That Flows Both Ways 3:29
10 Lonesome Valley 4:00
11 Living In The Country/Freight Train 5:21
12 My Rainbow Race 2:54

(320 kbps, cover art included)

5 Kommentare:

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

Beautiful album!
Thanks a lot!

Anonym hat gesagt…

I love your great site.I've lost an album by Pete Seeger where he sings 'I come and stand at every door' a song about Hiroshima.Is there a chance to share it here?

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

As far as i know this song is based on a poem by Nazim Hikmet. John Savage wrote about a Byrds recording of this tune:
Do you know the name of the Pete Seeger album you are looking for?

Anonym hat gesagt…

Thanks Zero Hat. I forgot completely, it was an Lp.

zero hat gesagt…

I will do a research...

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