Pete Seeger

Pete! Folk Songs and Ballads

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This LP contains some of the recordings of Pete Seeger made by Moses Asch (later of Folkways Records) in the 1940s that were acquired by Stinson Records when Asch Records went bankrupt later in that decade. Seeger's renown makes them sellable, and they reveal a young, enthusiastic performer, even if the sound quality is poor. Some of the tracks clearly were recorded live, notably the version of "Long John," which is a typical Seeger singalong. He yodels his way through "T for Texas" (aka Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 1") and gives spirited readings of "Casey Jones" and "Erie Canal." For fans interested in hearing what Seeger sounded like at the outset of his solo career and willing to put up with lots of surface noise and distortion, this may serve as a useful archival document, but it is not to be ranked with his mature work.

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