Audio CD Verified Purchase. The Seeger Sessions" is not what you might expect because if you think this is going to be a collection of covers of the greatest songs written by the American folk icon, then you are gong to be surprised and possibly disappointed. The most recognizable song would be the title track, the song Seeger based on a spiritual that became the anthem of the Civil Rights movement. But this baker's dozen collection of tracks more about traditional songs that Seeger performed that Bruce Springsteen is passing along to a new generation. The second most recognizable song would probably be the last one, "Froggie Went a Courtin'" which has been around at least since , although "Erie Canal" would have to be second on that list.
If you have any passing familiarity with American folk music then "Shenandoah," "John Henry," and "Old Dan Tucker" should be recognizable as well. Then again, this album is not what you would expect from a Bruce Springsteen album, given that the Boss has never done a cover album before. Seeger is certainly a legend, and if this album introduces a new generation of fans to his work so much the better. The irony is that those other acoustic efforts sound more like Seeger's work than this album, because most Seeger recordings are just him playing his banjo. But if you flip the CD over for the DVD side of the disc you can see the recording of some of these tracks and that what you think was going on in the studio from listening to these tracks is just what you see.
The Songs of Pete Seeger.
This inspired Springsteen to record an entire album of folk tunes that Pete Seeger had popularized, and some of the musicians he brought together for this album had played on those sessions back in The liner notes by Dave Marsh provide a brief introduction on the background of each song. For example, "Old Dan Tucker," is: I find these songs addictive, and while they are not everybody's cup of tea, they have my toe tappin' through constant replay.
I bought this CD on a whim, needing to get to 25 bucks for free shipping. Being a moderate fan of Springsteen, I was expecting to enjoy this release; what I didn't expect was to be blown away as soon as I heard the 1st chords of the 1st track. All of these songs are familiar to me; what is so unexpected is the joy in hearing renditions that FEEL fresh and spontaneous.
Yes, I say feel because these are songs meant to be felt, not just heard. That is the magic of folk for me and this remarkable entourage captured not just sound but feeling in this recording. This CD reminds me of time spent in a corner of rural Vermont 25 years ago where this tradition was still practiced. For bringing this memory back and capturing a sense of that pure joy, again I say "Thanks, Bruce".
Over the years I saw nearly every show Springsteen gave in Houston, and I learned something else: Springsteen and E-Street Band were the best cover band in the world. The list of songs they covered is way too long to list, but if you do even a little digging you will find a treasure trove. The Seeger Sessions although without the E Street Band is essentially a covering and reinterpretation of a selection of American music. It allows Bruce to inhale deeply from the roots of folk, jazz, country, that eventually led to Rock 'n' Roll. It is this freedom that allows Springsteen to immerse himself in the unadulterated joy this music can yield.
Don't pass this album up. Steven Peterson Top Contributor: If a singer took these songs and treated them in a patronizing way, this would be a disaster. If a singer treated these songs as trite oldies, the exercise would be a disaster. These are some of the songs I used to sing in music class in elementary school.
How easily could singing these turn into a distasteful exercise. But Pete Seeger took such folk tunes seriously and worked to make them available to the larger public, including singing with the various groups that he was a major part of. And Bruce Springsteen takes these songs seriously.
He does not parrot Seeger; rather, he sings the songs in his own way and treats them as songs that are worthy. This is an enchanting CD, one that could easily have been embarrassing and precious--but which is, in its own way, engaging and warm. See all reviews.
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The Ghost Of Tom Joad. English Choose a language for shopping. Get to Know Us. The Seeger Sessions although without the E Street Band is essentially a covering and reinterpretation of a selection of American music. Springsteen has made plenty of great records, but We Shall Overcome is unique in its sheer kinetic energy; he has never made a record that feels as alive as this. Bruce 's combo for the Seeger sessions has a careening, ramshackle feel that's equal parts early-'60s hootenanny and Bob Dylan and the Band 's Americana; at times, its ragged human qualities also recall latter-day Tom Waits , although the music here is nowhere near as self-consciously arty as that. Sponsored products related to this item What's this?
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Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In a less enthusiastic review, Neil Spencer of The Observer wrote that the songs chosen for the album lack intrigue and edge, and are "mostly too corny to have much drama restored to them". Seeger himself was pleased by the result, saying "It was a great honor.
All songs traditional or public domain with unknown songwriters, arranged by Bruce Springsteen, unless otherwise noted.
A handful of outtakes went unreleased from the final cut of the album. A studio version of "Bring 'Em Home" was also released by Sony as an internet download. During these sessions Springsteen also first recorded " Long Walk Home ". This version remains unreleased although it was performed during this tour and would eventually be re-recorded for his next album, 's Magic. Two live versions of "American Land" were released however the studio recording from these sessions has yet to surface. Springsteen would re-record the song for his album, Wrecking Ball.
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