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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1


Download links and information about American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 by Pete Seeger. This album was released in 1957 and it belongs to Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Kids, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 28 tracks with total duration of 01:13:09 minutes.

Artist: Pete Seeger
Release date: 1957
Genre: Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Kids, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 28
Duration: 01:13:09
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No. Title Length
1. John Henry 4:31
2. Shenandoah 1:50
3. Blue Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn) 2:35
4. Black Girl 2:33
5. Skip to My Lou 3:11
6. The Big Rock Candy Mountain 3:08
7. Clementine 3:05
8. Yankee Doodle 1:40
9. Home On the Range 1:51
10. John Brown's Body 2:59
11. Goodnight, Irene 3:43
12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 2:37
13. Oh, Susanna 1:17
14. Wayfaring Stranger 1:15
15. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep 2:31
16. Down In the Valley 3:45
17. The Wabash Cannonball 3:05
18. On Top of Old Smoky 2:19
19. Frankie and Johnny 4:27
20. I Ride an Old Paint 3:24
21. The Wreck of the Old 97 1:53
22. Wagoner's Lad 1:25
23. Old Dan Tucker 2:14
24. I've Been Working On the Railroad 1:27
25. Cielito Lindo 2:34
26. So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (Dusty Old Dust) 3:22
27. America the Beautiful 1:38
28. This Land Is Your Land 2:50



Much of the banjo playing here sounds different than normal banjos because in addition to pioneering the preservation of American folk music Pete Seeger also single-handedly invented a modification of the instrument, elongating its neck by three frets, allowing for his preferred method of detuning the strings a minor third lower than the standard 5-string banjo. American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 (the first in a five-volume set) focuses largely on the songs Seeger recorded in the McCarthy era of the ‘50s, when his singing voice and political voice got him blacklisted. “John Henry” opens the collection with Seeger’s fast-picking and straight tenor singing the narrative of the folk hero who challenged the birth of industrial labor. Did you know that the proper title for “Jimmy Crack Corn” is actually “Blue Tailed Fly” and that it was a blackface minstrel song musing joyously on the death of a slave owner? That song is here too, as are much more whimsical numbers like “Skip to My Lou” and of course Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”