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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen at his best again May 8 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd from the Boss May 9 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Springsteen since I first bought Born To Run as a teenager back in 1975. I have been amazed with his work. He is the voice of the common man. His stories in his songs always paint a vivid picture. His interpretation of these Seeger songs is just amazing. I predict a Grammy or many will be coming his way next awards show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun CD May 14 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a really fun CD. The music has a really great energy. I was told by a person who lives and breathes all sorts of music that the music on this CD was recorded on the first take on each song. If this is true it makes the music all that more amazing. This CD seems to appeal to all ages and lovers of different genres of music. I have given it as a gift a few times and it has always been greatly appreciated.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor: listen before you buy May 1 2008
Format:Audio CD
I love all of Spingsteen's familiar styles: the anthemic rock, the stirring slow ballad and the acoustic folk of the somber Nebraska. This album, however, simply does not appeal to me on any level. Perhaps it is because I was expecting some profundity, some soul stirring interpretations of the more serious songs associated with Pete Seeger. Unfortunately both the sounds and the songs disappoint, and the blend most of all. Many of the tracks are folk standards of the blandest type, like the introductory Old Dan Tucker. The exuberant treatment feels wasted on such repetitive, nonsensical lyrics.

Some songs have a gospel undertone, like the classic We Shall Overcome with its soulful backing vocals, Jacob's Ladder with the rousing vocals of its gospel choir and the melancholy Shenandoah which is one of the few highlights. Still I prefer Bob Dylan's version on his album Down In The Groove. Others have a country feel like the authentic-sounding lament My Oklahoma Home with its powerful male backing vocals. Country also surfaces in the uptempo Pay Me My Money Down which is redeemed by an impressive arrangement and instrumental virtuosity. Others are really rock music, like O Mary Don't You Weep with its biblical imagery and the raucous John Henry, a fast-paced song with frisky fiddles and Bruce shouting too loudly.

The slower numbers include the brooding Eyes On The Prize, Mrs McGrath and Erie Canal, a song with lovely banjo that incorporates jazzy improvisations in the instrumental sections. The tracks that I would listen to again are Jesse James, a lilting, energetic story song about the Robin Hood character, and of the aforementioned: Jacob's Ladder for its inspiring gospel voices, the melancholy My Oklahoma Home, Shenandoah with its spiritual undertone and maybe We Shall Overcome.
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