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Pete Seeger - Live in '65

Live In '65

Pete Seeger

Appleseed Recordings - APRCD 1118

Available from Appleseed Recordings.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

Calling Pete Seeger an icon has gotten kind of boring. To be absolutely truthful, it's also a sure sign of journalistic laziness to use such threadbare accolades to describe this great humanitarian, American hero, and populist spokesman.

Above all else, Pete Seeger is an educator with a banjo who fully and faithfully understands the oral history implicit in the global song. He wholly recognizes the need for the collective heart to sing these songs and see themselves and their neighbors, near and far, in the rhyme—an ancient history transmitted by melody and voice.

Previously unreleased and sonically updated for optimum sound, Live In '65 finds Pete in Pittsburg facing down the forces then (still?) tearing away at the American fabric: the Kennedy hangover and civil rights unrest. Vietnam, the Cold War, and the rise of rock 'n roll's dominance.

But like his battle with McCarthy and his prolonged blacklisting, Seeger stood his ground at the Carnegie Music Hall in February 1965 and delivered, what still today reflects, his lifelong mission: It's a great big world out there held together by an Indra's Net of song. Thus A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, The Bells of Rhymney, If I Had A Hammer, Guatanamera, This Land Is Your Land, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Abiyoyo all ring of this one truth. So too does Oh Susanna, and He Lies In An American Land.

It's even lame to ascribe that Pete Seeger has walked the walk from his first step. But some things never go out of fashion, and here's hoping Live In '65 is the beginning of a whole new trend.

Track List:

Disc 1Disc 2
  • Oh Susanna
  • He Lies in an American Land
  • Oleanna
  • Uh, Uh, Uh
  • Never Wed an Old Man
  • When I First Came to This Land
  • All Mixed Up
  • I Come and Stand at Every Door
  • Malaika
  • May There Always Be Sunshine
  • Manyuar Manya
  • The Freedom Come-All-Ye
  • Peat Bog Soldiers
  • Los Cuatro Generales
  • Turn! Turn! Turn!
  • Healing River
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Going Across the Mountain
  • Praties Grow Small
  • Step by Step
  • Greensleeves
  • I Once Loved a Lass
  • Queen Anne Front
  • A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  • The Bells of Rhynmney
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • Guantanamera
  • This Land is Your Land
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone
  • Abiyoyo
Original recording produced by George Honchar

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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