March 9, 2018

American Ballads Sung by Pete Seeger

Folkways Records FA-2319

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1957
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Ballad
A1 Pretty Polly (3:41)
A2 The Three Butchers (2:54)
A3 John Henry (4:34)
A4 Jay Gould's Daughter (2:45)
A5 The Titanic Disaster (3:47)
A6 Fair Margaret & Sweet William (2:56)
A7 John Hardy (3:36)
B1 The Golden Vanity (3:56)
B2 Gypsy Davy (5:03)
B3 Farmer's Curst Wife (2:53)
B4 Down in Carlisle (In Castyle There Lived a Lady) (3:24)
B5 St.James Hospital (2:58)
B6 Jesse James (4:33)
B7 Barbara Allen (2:57)
Pete Seeger (banjo/vocals)
Recorder: Moses Asch, Designer: Ronald Clyne, Photographer: David Gahr
This collection reminds us that the ballad's purpose, first and foremost, is to tell a story. These songs narrate tales of ordinary people—hoboes and lovers and sailors—and their extraordinary deeds. From "John Henry" to "Lady Margaret" Pete Seeger's expressive style is ideally communicative.

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