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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [DualDisc]

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
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Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen's twenty-first album,'We Shall Overcome The Seeger Sessions,' on April 25. The album features Bruce's personal interpretations of thirteen traditional songs, all of them associated with the legendary guiding light of American folk music, Pete Seeger, for whom the album is named. Speaking of the origins of the new music, Springsteen said, "So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition. Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds... they can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words."

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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From the perspective of the career of Pete Seeger, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" is not what you might expect because if you think this is going to be a collection of covers of the greatest songs written by the American folk icon, then you are gong to be surprised and possibly disappointed. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Turn, Turn, Turn" are not going to be found here. The most recognizable song would be the title track, the song Seeger based on a spiritual that became the anthem of the Civil Rights movement. But this baker's dozen collection of tracks more about traditional songs that Seeger performed that Bruce Springsteen is passing along to a new generation. The second most recognizable song would probably be the last one, "Froggie Went a Courtin'" (which has been around at least since 1549), although "Erie Canal" would have to be second on that list. If you have any passing familiarity with American folk music then "Shenandoah," "John Henry," and "Old Dan Tucker" should be recognizable as well.

Then again, this album is not what you would expect from a Bruce Springsteen album, given that the Boss has never done a cover album before. He has done a few notable covers, from Tom Wait's "Jersey Girl" and Patti Smith's "Because the Night" to "War" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," so it is interesting that Springsteen would suddenly decide to do it for an entire album. Seeger is certainly a legend, and if this album introduces a new generation of fans to his work so much the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Springsteen Rocks it Really Old School Oct. 29 2006
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Bruce Springsteen was one of those musicians that provided the soundtrack of my teenager years, with Born in the USA rubbing shoulders with REM’s Losing my Religion, Peter Gabriel’s Big and Madonna’s Like a Virgin. I guess it’s no accident that these songs come to mind, given that these musicians are among the few from the 1980s whose music doesn’t date.

While the latter three musicians have continued on, reinventing themselves for the nineties and the naughties with various degrees of success, Bruce Springsteen faded out for me. Other than Tunnel of Love, there was no other album I thought (however erroneously) worth having. While Madonna was making a fool of herself with a remake of American Pie and Peter Gabriel went industrial with Up, I never paused to wonder where had Bruce Springsteen gone.

Recently, Bruce sprang back to the media’s attention with the release of We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Programs on NPR gave Bruce a lot of exposure for this new album which was so different from Bruce’s rock persona. Upon listening to the album, however, I wonder why it took this long for Bruce to find a part of himself he never knew he’d had.

Work on the album that became The Seeger Sessions began in 1997 when Bruce Springsteen released a cover of the classic Pete Seeger song We Shall Overcome. Pete Seeger is a noted folk singer and political activist from the 1950s, possibly best known as the co-author of such songs as Where have all the flowers gone, and If I Had a Hammer.

Having previously known little of Pete Seeger’s work and intrigued by what he had heard, Bruce did a thorough investigation, heading down to his local record store and returning with a pile of Pete Seeger’s albums the length of his arm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen at his best again May 8 2006
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I have been a Springsteen fan since I first bought Born to Run in 1975 as a teenager. Bruce has released some amazing songs over the years. He is a storyteller of great tallent. I heard this cd was being released and I knew I just had to get it. When i did purchase it i played it over and over again. I just couldn't take it out of my stereo. This is the best cd I have heard in a long time. Some people think of Bruce as a rocker but even from his first official release to now he has told stories of struggle and despair as well as successes. Be it a rock song or folk song or whatever the style of music Bruce always has something interesting to say. This cd is a great example of him retelling stories in his own style. A masterpiece if you will. I firmly believe that this cd will be Grammy material next awards show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss? Great album May 14 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have always wondered why Bruce was called "The Boss". I never liked his music, other that the occasional song here or there.
For some reason when I saw this CD I had to buy it, and to my surprise it is the work of a master. He has a lot of help of course, 10 or so other musicians jam with him on this album and they all know what they are there for... to make great music. There are some moments were I almost feel like I am listening to Tom Waits, and other times its just good old folk music. Its fun. Its not the usual bruce music. So if you like folk, gosple, jamming, fun music, go for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! May 8 2006
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Format:Audio CD
While I've only bought a couple of Springsteen's albums, this is one I'm glad I bought. He puts a great beat and a new twist on some old folk style songs. Very cool. His approach of cutting the album in his farm house living room without rehersals in 3 days really pays off. It sounds like a jam session with a party breaking out part way through the songs. This is a lot of fun. There has to be about 5 or 6 songs on here I can't stop playing - I love this album.
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