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Genres: Folk, Pop, Children's Music
In addition to being an activist icon, Pete Seeger is also a singularly ingratiating entertainer whose effortless charm and gentle humor give him a natural rapport with children and adults alike. This expanded edition of t... more »
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In addition to being an activist icon, Pete Seeger is also a singularly ingratiating entertainer whose effortless charm and gentle humor give him a natural rapport with children and adults alike. This expanded edition of the much-loved Children's Concert at Town Hall adds nine songs not on the original 1962 LP, and includes such favorites as "Skip to My Lou," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," "Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." Seeger's easygoing charisma is in force throughout, making this refreshingly non-condescending fun for all. --Scott Schinder
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Stands the test of time beautifully
sunny swimmer | 12/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Growing up in NYC in the 70's I was fortunate enough to sit at Pete Seeger's feet more than once as he sang to all of us children on board The Clearwater. Naturally I have nostalgic feelings for his music because those were such wonderful memories. It's with great delight that I now listen to his music with my toddler son and realize that it really is as good as I remember it to be. This is a fun, happy CD and wonderful for children (and adults!) of all ages."
Pete was indeed, great in live performance...
William E. Adams | Midland, Texas USA | 02/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Pete three times in the 1960's, all after this album was recorded, and all were primarily "adult audience" shows at the height of the fervor over civil rights. However, no Seeger concert went on without a kids' song or three, and when I picked this CD up in a bargain bin the other day, it brought back fond memories of watching him sing "Here's to Chesire, Here's to Cheese" and "Abiyoyo" live. His joy in performing was infectious, and he never let the audience off the hook if the song could be enhanced by their participation. Still, the songs mainly belong to a fading era, as Pete himself tells this NYC audience of children, in which "Families had to make their own music, and make up their own stories to entertain themselves." I have four grandchildren, ages two to eight, and I doubt they would be interested in even half of the concert bill on this CD. Kids' folk songs, whether traditional or written by Woody Guthrie in the 1940's, seem pretty lame when compared to "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical" which are aimed at teens yet captivate even a much younger audience. If Pete were capable of putting on another concert like this one, from 1962, I'd sure take my grandkids to see him, but the recorded version of that experience just isn't as powerful as seeing it live. I agree with the reviewers who noted that the audience noise destroys some of the songs. I imagine they were added to lengthen the CD from the LP version. As a keepsake of the Pete Seeger experience from the '60's, this is worth owning. Today's kids, however, are so saturated in media, don't expect them to be as impressed as you might wish them to be.
Reminds me of my childhood
BabyMomma | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just love this CD. I still remember the lyrics from when I listened to this as a child. I'm really enjoying sharing it with my child."