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Album Review

The recording career of the Weavers falls into two categories: pre-blacklist and post-blacklist. In their pre-blacklist days, they recorded for Decca (now MCA), and their adaptations of folk songs were backed by orchestras and choruses. Frequently, these songs (notably "Goodnight Irene"), were giant pop hits. This two-album set captures 24 examples of this quasi-folk pop style, and though the group's singing is excellent, the arrangements, intended to modernize the material, now sound quaintly dated.


Formed: 1948 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '80s

The Weavers had the most extraordinary musical pedigree and pre-history of any performing group in the history of folk or popular music. More than 50 years after their heyday, however, their origins, the level of their success, the forces that cut the group's future off in its prime, and the allure that keeps their music selling are all difficult to explain — as, indeed, none of this...
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