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(Vanguard) Longbox includes 87 songs and a 48 page booklet with The Weavers' own reminiscenses...more

The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time (4-CD Longbox)

(Vanguard) Longbox includes 87 songs and a 48 page booklet with The Weavers' own reminiscenses and many rare photos.

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  • Interpret: The Weavers

  • Album titlle: Wasn't That A Time (4-CD Longbox)

  • Label VANGUARD

  • Genre Folk

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0015707475020

  • weight in Kg 0.74
Weavers, The - Wasn't That A Time (4-CD Longbox) CD 1
01Goodnight IreneThe Weavers
02Tzena TzenaThe Weavers
03Kisses Sweeter Than WineThe Weavers
04Wimowhe (Mbube)The Weavers
05On Top Of Old SmokyThe Weavers
06So Long, It's Been Good To Know YuhThe Weavers
07Wreck Of The 'John B.'The Weavers
08The Midnight SpecialThe Weavers
09Darling CoreyThe Weavers
10Pay Me My Money DownThe Weavers
11Follow The Drinkin' GourdThe Weavers
12Rock Island LineThe Weavers
13Around The WorldThe Weavers
14Venga JaleoThe Weavers
15I've Got A Home In That RockThe Weavers
16Shalom Chaverim (Glad Tidings)The Weavers
17Lonesome TravellerThe Weavers
18I Know Where I'm GoingThe Weavers
19Go Where I Send TheeThe Weavers
20Sixteen TonsThe Weavers
21Twelve Gates To The CityThe Weavers
Weavers, The - Wasn't That A Time (4-CD Longbox) CD 2
01I Never Will MarryThe Weavers
02Sinner ManThe Weavers
03House Of The Rising SunThe Weavers
04The KeeperThe Weavers
05You Made Me A Pallet On The FloorThe Weavers
06KumbabyaThe Weavers
07Si Me QuieresThe Weavers
08State Of ArkansasThe Weavers
09Eddystone LightThe Weavers
10This Land Is Your LandThe Weavers
11Aunt RhodieThe Weavers
12Aweigh Santy AnnoThe Weavers
13Wild Goose GrassesThe Weavers
14Erie CanalThe Weavers
15Greenland Whale FisheriesThe Weavers
16TinaThe Weavers
17Old RileyThe Weavers
18Almost DoneThe Weavers
19You Old FoolThe Weavers
20Po' HowardThe Weavers
21When The Stars Begin To FallThe Weavers
Weavers, The - Wasn't That A Time (4-CD Longbox) CD 3
01We're All Dodgin'The Weavers
02Brother Can You Spare A DimeThe Weavers
03Jackhammer JohnThe Weavers
04A-Walkin' And A-Talkin'The Weavers
05Rally Round The FlagThe Weavers
06Que Bonita BanderaThe Weavers
07Fight OnThe Weavers
08Wasn't That A TimeThe Weavers
09Get Along Little DogiesThe Weavers
10True ReligionThe Weavers
11Which Side Are You OnThe Weavers
12Bye Baby ByeThe Weavers
13On My JourneyThe Weavers
14Born In East VirginiaThe Weavers
15Run, Come, See JerusalemThe Weavers
16Last Night I Had The Strangest DreamThe Weavers
17Marching To PretoriaThe Weavers
18StewballThe Weavers
19Recordando Que Manana (Remembering Tomorrow)The Weavers
20Below The Gallows TreeThe Weavers
21Good Old Bowling GreenThe Weavers
22Buttermilk HillThe Weavers
23New JerusalemThe Weavers
Weavers, The - Wasn't That A Time (4-CD Longbox) CD 4
01When The Saints Go Marching InThe Weavers
02The Banks Of MarbleThe Weavers
03Woke Up This MorningThe Weavers
04Ramblin' BoyThe Weavers
05Poor LizaThe Weavers
06Train TimeThe Weavers
07Wimoweh (Mbube)The Weavers
08San Francisco Bay BluesThe Weavers
09GuantanameraThe Weavers
10If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)The Weavers
11Come Away, MelindaThe Weavers
12Study War No MoreThe Weavers
13Sinner ManThe Weavers
14I'm Standing On The Outside Of Your ShelterThe Weavers
15YerakinaThe Weavers
16Get Up Get OutThe Weavers
17A La VoletteThe Weavers
18Miner's LifeThe Weavers
19Roll On ColumbiaThe Weavers
20Rock Island LineThe Weavers
21Around The WorldThe Weavers
22Goodnight IreneThe Weavers
The Weavers Carnegie Hall, New York City Carnegie Hall, New York's premier concert... more
"The 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.

from book BCD15930 - The Weavers Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)
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