Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Children's Music
Today, his politics may seem dated, but folk legend Pete Seeger has never sounded better than on this 21-track (three previously unreleased) set of "protest" tunes. Of course, the contentious Seeger found malfeasance every... more »
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Today, his politics may seem dated, but folk legend Pete Seeger has never sounded better than on this 21-track (three previously unreleased) set of "protest" tunes. Of course, the contentious Seeger found malfeasance everywhere, so this album is a loosely defined collection of love odes, lullabies, and folk ballads. It's an album of contrasts: the instrumental "Ode to Joy" blends into the spoken word of "Goliath, Goliath," while Phil Ochs's "The Draft Dodger Rag" is followed by a flute instrumental on "Mao Tse Tung." The banjo legend shines on upbeat numbers like "Harry Simms," the sweet "Queen Anne Front," and even on a cappella songs, like "One Grain of Sand." Sure, "Draft Dodger" may not have the same impact it did in '66, but when the minimalist Seeger belts out "Walking Down Death Row," the punch is timeless. --Jason Verlinde
Is there anyone out there who remembers the 60s
(5 out of 5 stars)
"JFK, Lyndon Johnson, The Establishment, The Vietnam War . . . Pete Seeger was a well-known artist/folksinger, his mother a composer of quality and renown. And when the era of hootenanny of the fifties and early sixties were gone, and Pete Seeger was no longer one of the Weavers, he challenged the American conscience with these "dangerous songs." And why dangerous? We must not forget that in an age of McCarthy and his witchhunts, people like Pete Seeger were in danger of being labeled communists and being persecuted whenever they gave a wake-up call to common sense, social responsibility and budding eco-awareness. One of the songs,DIE GEDANKEN SIND FREI (thoughts are free) an adaptation of a song long used among German-speaking cultures (German, Austrian, Swiss, South Tirolean, German-speaking and -singing Jews) has been around since the 16th or 17thcentury (country or time of origin not entirely clear), needed only to be whistled or hummed to indicate to others that the whistler was a freedom-seeker.What a fine choice of a song to bring to the "silent majority" opposing war in general, and the Vietnam War in particular."
Been 5 Stars since 1966
Mr. Michael Kane | Waynesville, NC USA | 11/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pete's politics are hardly outdated. Anyone who thinks so never listened to "Dangerous Songs". making thr connection may be difficult for some and they are in the greatest danger.
Musically, they are as tuneful, musical, and provocative as all of Pete's performances. Buy It."
The best thing about this album may be the liner notes
Mr. Michael Kane | 12/11/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pete Seeger, refuting the charge that political songs are somehow dangerous, notes that all songs are political; all songs have a message, and the degree to which we object to them depends on our own political position. He has a great line, something like, "To a four year old, a lullaby is propaganda.""