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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4


Download links and information about American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4 by Pete Seeger. This album was released in 1961 and it belongs to World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Kids, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 28 tracks with total duration of 01:11:28 minutes.

Artist: Pete Seeger
Release date: 1961
Genre: World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Kids, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 28
Duration: 01:11:28
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No. Title Length
1. Banks of the Ohio 3:29
2. You Are My Sunshine 1:45
3. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum 1:39
4. The Foggy Dew 1:59
5. Molly Malone 2:21
6. Old Maid's Song 1:43
7. Oh, How He Lied 1:41
8. Where the Old Allegheny and the Monongahela Flow 2:44
9. Leatherwing Bat 3:10
10. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier 2:26
11. Farther Along 2:33
12. Go Down, Moses 2:56
13. All My Trials 3:07
14. Monsieur Banjo 2:10
15. No More Auction Block 1:56
16. Hole in the Bucket 2:17
17. What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor 2:16
18. Army Life 2:06
19. Blue Mountain Lake 2:48
20. Lady Margaret 2:54
21. John Hardy 3:32
22. Johnson 2:50
23. John Riley 2:28
24. Washer Lad 1:14
25. Talking Blues 2:05
26. Lolly Too Dum 3:35
27. T.B. Blues 4:04
28. Summertime 3:40



By the time it reached its third volume in 1959, Folkways Records' series of Pete Seeger albums called American Favorite Ballads seemed to be running out of gas, as Seeger re-recorded old Weavers hits like "Goodnight Irene" and "Wimoweh" (the latter, of course, not even American). But arriving after two years in 1961, American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4 seems much closer to the series' original intent to present a variety of generally well-known, traditional American folk songs in Seeger's inimitable style. Variety is the key here, as Seeger ranges from a murder ballad ("Banks of the Ohio") to a patriotic anthem ("America the Beautiful"), with comic novelties ("Hole in the Bucket") contrasting with plaintive anti-war statements ("Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"), a children's tune ("Froggie Went A-Courtin'"), and a spiritual ("Go Down Moses"), not to mention a raucous sea chantey ("What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?") and a hyperbolic and hilarious tale of army life ("Gee, But I Want to Go Home"). The ringer in the bunch is "You Are My Sunshine," which might sound like an old song, but really dates only from 1940, when its co-author, Jimmie Davis, introduced it. (It went on to help him become governor of Louisiana.) No matter. Seeger continues to contemporize a wide range of American folk music with performances that are unfailingly engaging. [A reissue added 16 songs taken from other Seeger Folkways recordings, including nine from the 1962 album American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5; a smattering of cuts from material he recorded for Folkways in the '50s; and even a previously unreleased performance (date not given) of "Old Maid's Song."]