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Reunion at Carnegie Hall 1963 1
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Reunion at Carnegie Hall 1963 1
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
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The second in a host of return engagements at one of the most revered music venues in America, this reunion featured the original quartet of Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hayes and Fred Hillerman, augmented by Bernie...  more »

      
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All Artists: Weavers
Title: Reunion at Carnegie Hall 1963 1
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Live
Genres: Folk, Pop
Style: Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 015707215022

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The second in a host of return engagements at one of the most revered music venues in America, this reunion featured the original quartet of Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hayes and Fred Hillerman, augmented by Bernie Krause, Frank Hamilton and Erik Darling, who had become the next generation of (song) weavers. This original Vanguard live recording, praised for years for the perfect sound captured that night, is now available in it's definitive medium. Taken from the original 3-track analog masters, this 24/96 transfer puts you front row and center for the playback experience of a lifetime, capturing the true spirit of the reunion performance. The soundstage and depth are better than any reproduction, in any format, to date. Recorded on location at Carnegie Hall, May 2nd and 3rd 1963.

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Making More Joyful Music
Alfred Johnson | boston, ma | 01/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This review has been used for other work by The Weavers, including review of the PBS production, The 25th Anniversary Reunion of the group. That documentary gives greater detail to the points that I have made below and includes more on the genesis, early successes and the ultimate fates and health of the various members of the group.

Okay, let's have a show of hands. Who first heard learned the classic Lead Belly song "Goodnight, Irene" from his rendition of the song? Who from the group under review, The Weavers? Another try. How about "If I Had A Hammer"? Or the old Underground Railroad song "Follow The Drinking Gourd"? I suspect that I would get the same answer. And that is to the good. Sure, we have heard all the songs in this collection before by various artist like Pete Seeger as an individual on "Gunatanamera", Bob Dylan on "House Of The Rising Sun" , Tennessee Ernie Ford On "Sixteen Tons" or Woody Guthrie on "This Land Is Your Land" but we HEAR this music through the four distinctive voices of The Weavers. Thus the title of this entry- Making Joyful Music.

That said, this group morphed in the 1940's from a grouping, The Almanac Singers, led by Pete Seeger, with occasional assistance from Woody Guthrie that performed in New York City and other locales for the labor movement and other left-wing causes. The rise to eminence I believe, however, came with the addition of the lovely strong voice of Ronnie Gilbert that gives a very different feel to the music in contrast to the Almanac Singers. As a group The Weavers made their mark with a stirring, very popular rendition of the Lead Belly classic mentioned above, "Goodnight, Irene". Then the roof fell in. Between personal differences within the group and the pressure, extreme pressure, of the 1950's anti-communist witch hunt in America that looked for "reds under every bed" and that dragged Pete Seeger in its wake the group fell off the radar for a while (in Seeger's case a long while). Nevertheless this basic American folk music lives on in their voices and in this recording that sounds pretty good even today.

A few other songs from this collection also deserve note. The beautifully harmonic (and wild) "Wimoweh"; a nice version of "On Top Of Old Smokey"; a well done version of the currently very apt and appropriate Yip Harburg song "Brother Can You Spare A Dime"; and, as a finale "So Long It's Been Good To Know You". In the folk pantheon this group has a place of honor. Listen to this CD to find out why.
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Just Plain Fun
Billy D | Houston Texas | 07/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is just plain fun to listen to.

The high quality "gold" version from Analog Productions sounds great. Look for a good used copy since it's out of print."