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The Weavers Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)

Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)
 
 
 

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The Weavers: Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)

4-CD/1 DVD box (LP-size) with 48-page hardcover book, 106 tracks. Playing time approx. 290 mns.

With its 1950 recording of Goodnight Irene, the Weavers brought folk music to the 'American Hit Parade.' The public immediately responded to the song's catchy melody and Gordon Jenkins' lush arrangement. But the quartet's dynamic, passionate vocals was what really made the record stand apart from everything else in pop music. No one could escape the song or its popular flip side,
Tzena, Tzena, Tzena. Juke boxes and radio stations kept both songs in constant rotation, and record sales snowballed into the millions. During the next eighteen months the Weavers dominated the charts with such folk anthems as So Long (It's Been Good To Know Yuh), The Roving Kind, On Top Of Old Smokey and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. Suddenly, the creamy 1940s harmonies of the Pied Pipers, Six Hits and a Miss, the Merry Macs and the Modernaires seemed dated. Pop music would be different in the 1950s, and the Weavers were among the first artists to signal this new era.

No one was more surprised by this rush of success than the Weavers themselves: Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman and Pete Seeger. Emerging from the embers of the postwar People's Songs movement, the group polished its sound and repertoire at New York hootenannies, union halls and political rallies. An extended booking at the Village Vanguard in early 1950 led to a friendship with arranger Gordon Jenkins, who convinced skeptical Decca Records executives to sign the quartet. But the Weavers' fortunes ultimately fell as quickly as they rose. Under the guise of patriotism, rightwing zealots gleefully exposed its leftist political affiliations. Through fear and intimidation, organizations like the American Legion pressured promoters, bookers and media executives to boycott the group. Airplay disappeared and jobs dwindled, yet Seeger, Hays, Gilbert and Hellerman persevered until they disbanded in 1953. However, the public's affection for the group never waned. A barely advertised Christmas Eve 1955 reunion at Carnegie Hall was an immediate sellout, and those who attended viewed their participation as a statement against rightwing hysteria.

A half-century after the release of Goodnight Irene, the Weavers remain one of the most beloved acts in American popular music. The group's saga has spurred dissertations and documentaries from historians and filmmakers. But ironically, those early records that helped shape the contemporary folk music revival have remained largely uncataloged and virtually impossible to find.

This 5-Disc Bear Family collection surveys the first five years of the Weavers' recording career, starting with the Charter and Hootenanny sessions from 1949, along with 16 previously unreleased audition acetates and WNYC airchecks. The complete Decca recordings and Snader soundtracks are included; the Deccas digitally transferred from the original session reels. The rare 10inch 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' LP has been expanded with two previously unreleased carols. The last Disc contains the Weavers' uncredited appearances on two documentaries, a children's record and soundtrack recordings; Fred Hellerman's and Ronnie Gilbert's solo records; Gordon Jenkins' 1955 attempt to recreate the Weavers' sound with Hays, Hellerman and Sally Kaminsky; and a 1950 radio interview with Charles Buddy Rogers. Disc 5 is a DVD (NTSC format) containing the Weavers' Snader telescriptions, newly transferred from original 16mm prints.

But the Weavers' fortunes ultimately fell as quickly as they rose. Under the guise of patriotism, rightwing zealots gleefully exposed its leftist political affiliations. Through fear and intimidation, organizations like the American Legion pressured promoters, bookers and media executives to boycott the group. Airplay disappeared and jobs dwindled, yet Seeger, Hays, Gilbert and Hellerman persevered until they disbanded in 1953. However, the public's affection for the group never waned. A barely advertised Christmas Eve 1955 reunion at Carnegie Hall was an immediate sellout, and those who attended viewed their participation as a statement against rightwing hysteria.


4-CD/1 DVD box (LP-size) with 48-page hardcover book, 106 tracks. Playing time approx. 290 mns


 

Songs

The Weavers - Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD) Medium 1
1: Wasn't That A Time
2: Dig My Grave
3: Freight Train Blues
4: Love Song Blues
5: The Hammer Song
6: No Irish Need Apply
7: The Hammer Song
8: Banks Of Marble
9: When The Saints Go Marching In
10: Rock Island Line
11: Lonesome Traveler
12: I Don't Want To Get Adjusted
13: Wasn't That A Time
14: The Johnson Boys
15: Goodnight Irene
16: Lousy Dime
17: Every Night When The Sun Goes Down
18: Talking Blues
19: East Virginia Blues
20: Love Song Blues
21: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena
22: El Quinto Regimento
23: Wimoweh
24: Around The World
25: THE OSCAR BRAND SHOWS:
26: Poor Howard's Dead And Gone
27: Dig My Grave
28: Love Song Blues
29: Washington Square Blues
30: Freight Train Blues
31: The Johnson Boys
32: Lousy Dime
33: The Fireship  
The Weavers - Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD) Medium 2
1: Around The World  
2: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena (hebrew)  
3: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena  
4: Goodnight Irene  
5: Lonesome Traveler  
6: So Long (It's Been Good To Know Yuh)  
7: The Wreck Of The John B.  
8: Midnight Special  
9: The Roving Kind  
10: Follow The Drinking Gourd  
11: Trouble In Mind  
12: Along The Colorado Trail  
13: Suliram (Indonesian Lullaby)  
14: Hush Little Baby  
15: I Know Where I'm Going  
16: Across The Wide Missouri (& TERRY GILKYSON)  
17: On Top Of Old Smoky (& TERRY GILKYSON)  
18: The Frozen Logger  
19: Follow The Drinking Gourd  
20: Darling Corey  
21: Greensleeves (instrumental)  
22: Easy Rider Blues  
23: Along The Colorado Trail  
24: Greensleeves (instrumental)  
25: When The Saints Go Marching In  
26: Run Home To Ma-Ma  
27: Quilting Bee  
28: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine  
29: Jig Along Home  
30: Join Into The Game  
The Weavers - Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD) Medium 3
1: Old Paint (Ride Around Little Dogies)  
2: Wimoweh  
3: Midnight Special  
4: The Gandy Dancer's Ball  
5: Around The Corner  
6: Hard, Ain't It Hard  
7: Bay Of Mexico  
8: True Love  
9: Clementine  
10: Down In The Valley  
11: Rock Island Line  
12: Benoni  
13: Taking It Easy  
14: Sylvie  
15: We Wish You A Merry Christmas  
16: Burgundian Carol  
17: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  
18: Go Tell It On The Mountain  
19: Twelve Days Of Christmas  
20: Lulloo Lullay  
21: It's Almost Day  
22: One For The Little Bitty Baby  
23: Poor Little Jesus  
24: The Seven Blessings Of Mary  
25: Joy To The World  
26: Masters In This Hall  
27: Goodnight Irene  
28: The Roving Kind  
29: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena  
30: Around The World  
31: So Long (It's Been Good To Know Yuh)  
The Weavers - Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD) Medium 4
1: The Trenton Six (parts 1&2)  
2: The Peekskill Story (parts 1&2)  
3: A Train To The Zoo (parts 1&2)  
4: New York City  
5: We Shall Not Be Moved  
6: Old Man Atom (FRED HELLERMAN)  
7: Pity The Downtrodden Landlord (F. HELLERMAN)  
8: Bela Bimba (RONNIE GILBERT)  
9: Calla, Calla (RONNIE GILBERT)  
10: Flamenco (RONNIE GILBERT)  
11: Just One More Chance (RONNIE GILBERT)  
12: Goodnight, Sweet Dreams(LEE HAYS & HELLERMAN)  
13: BUDDY ROGERS SHOW:  
14: November 24, 1950 Interview  
The Weavers - Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD) Medium 5
1: Goodnight Irene  
2: The Roving Kind  
3: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena  
4: Around The World  
5: So Long (It's Been Good To Know Yuh)  

 

Artikeleigenschaften von The Weavers: Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)

  • Interpret: The Weavers

  • Albumtitel: Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)

  • Format Box set
  • Genre Country

  • Music Genre Folk
  • Music Style Folk
  • Music Sub-Genre 149 Folk
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Title Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 4-CD-Box&48B.1 DVD
  • Label BEAR FAMILY RECORDS

  • Price code EK
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 4000127159304

  • weight in Kg 1.900
 
 

Artist description "Weavers"

The Weavers

Carnegie Hall, New York City

Carnegie Hall, New York's premier concert venue, was filled to capacity on Christmas Eve, 1955. The occasion was the Weavers' first holiday concert in three years. Frankly, no one really expected to see them again. Starting in 1950, the folk group started a Gotham holiday tradition with its popular December concerts at Town Hall. But the Weavers quietly disbanded after its 1952 concert, partially because of internal pressures but primarily as victims of an unrelenting blacklist. "We took a sabbatical," bass singer Lee Hays later explained. "Then it turned into a Mondical and a Tuesdical."

But those years were creatively fallow, and some band members were virtually destitute. By 1955 banjo player and tenor lead Pete Seeger had built a small, loyal following through college appearances and steady-selling Folkways albums. But as Christmas bleakly approached, Seeger faced an uncertain future. In August he faced a hostile panel from the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Unlike other "unfriendly" witnesses who testified before HUAC, Seeger refused to invoke the Fifth Amendment when the committee prodded him about his political philosophies and connections to the American Communist Party. When he refused to answer questions that he felt were highly improper, the panel held the 36-year-old musician in contempt. Costly legal challenges and the likelihood of prison loomed ahead. College bookings Seeger counted on were cancelled after the press reported his testimony; the few jobs he was offered barely covered expenses.

Nor was Hays faring much better. Looking all of 60 years old but actually only 41, he scraped by as a free-lance writer, penning finely crafted stories for 'Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine,' pseudonymous pulp for men's magazines and commercial jingles for radio. Like Seeger, Hays also was subpoenaed before that HUAC panel that August. And like Seeger, he was an "unfriendly" witness, but dodged potentially incriminating questions by invoking Fifth Amendment privileges.

Twenty-eight-year-old baritone singer/guitarist Fred Hellerman still earned a living through music, but not as an on-stage performer. Besides teaching guitar, he produced and arranged recordings for folk labels that were emerging around New York City 

By comparison, 29-year-old Ronnie Gilbert was doing considerably better than her former partners, but from a continent away. Married to a dentist, she now lived in California, devoting much of her time to raising her young daughter. Still, Gilbert often thought about singing again to appreciative audiences.

Harold Leventhal, then serving as Seeger's manager and mentor, felt the time was ripe to get the Weavers together again – if anything, to redirect its members away from the creative lethargy that marked the past three years. He also knew how contentious each of them could be. Making a few calls, he learned Town Hall was unavailable, but Carnegie Hall had Christmas Eve open. Clearly, it was an expensive gamble, but Leventhal secured the space for the evening. Knowing it would be difficult for the Weavers to refuse him, he told each member that the other three agreed to this one-night-only reunion. "Harold didn't know whether anyone would remember the Weavers, or whether anybody would show up," Hellerman told Mary Katherine Aldin in 1993. "But he felt something had to be done."

When a small display ad promoting the concert appeared in a New York newspaper, tickets sold out almost immediately and hundreds of others were turned away. Attending the show was an act of defiance against the bigots and rightwing zealots who unrelentingly harassed the group earlier in the decade.

The audience's highly charged, emotional response to the Weavers' first appearance on stage took the group by surprise. After unhappily ending its career playing second-rate clubs like Duffy's Stardust Room on the outskirts of Cleveland, the Weavers triumphantly reemerged in America's leading concert hall. After the holiday, promoters from across the country called Leventhal, inquiring about the group's availability.

 Carnegie Hall concert launched a new, highly rewarding phase of the Weavers' career, augmented by a series of popular albums on Vanguard. From LPs to eight-track cartridges to cassettes to compact discs, these recordings basically remained in print for forty years. However, the earlier Decca singles that made the group's national reputation have only been sporadically available.

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