The Best of the Decca Years
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||On Top of Old Smoky||The Weavers, Terry Gilkyson & Chorus & Orchestra & Vic Schoen and His Orchestra||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hard, Ain't It Hard||The Weavers||3:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Goodnight Irene||Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Around the Corner (Beneath the Berry Tree)||The Weavers||2:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Old Paint (Ride Around, Little Dogies)||The Weavers||3:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||(The Wreak of The) John B.||The Weavers||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Roving Kind||The Weavers||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tzena, Tzena, Tzena||The Weavers||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wimoweh (Mbube)||The Weavers||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Kisses Sweeter Than Wine||The Weavers||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh)||The Weavers||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Midnight Special||The Weavers||2:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rock Island Line||The Weavers||2:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sylvie (Bring Me Li'l' Water, Silvy)||The Weavers||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lonesome Traveler||The Weavers||2:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When the Saints Go Marching In||The Weavers||2:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Best of the Decca Years is a thorough overview of the Weavers' peak hit-making years, containing all of their biggest '50s hit, including the chart-topping single "Goodnight Irene." Many of these recordings boast light orchestra and choral arrangements, which mean they may sound fairly dated to contemporary listeners, yet these were historically important singles, bringing folk music to a larger audience. Though Best of the Decca Years isn't quite as thorough as 1987's The Best of the Weavers, it nevertheless remains an excellent retrospective of the most popular and controversial folk group of the '50s, as well as an excellent introduction to their work.
The folks who *made* what would later be the folk revolution of the '60s. They did it in the '50s, and got banned for it. The performers are daring, the material is simply the best. I mean, John B.? Wimoweh? Tzena? Goodnight Irene? Wow.
I have to second the comment about the iTunes spelling -- "YO!! It's not Gildnight Irene!" Must be a McCarthyite plot... I'm sure people are looking for them, but with the misspelling you'll lose some sales.
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The iTunes staff was clearly tanked when they wrote these song titles. As my fellow reviewers have mentioned, "John B." is about a boat and "Irene" is about bedtime
While the Weavers' Carnegie Hall album is out of this world, the same can be said of their studio recordings
Its a nice collection overall, worth its weight and most songs sound reasonably clear and without the fuzzy quality some albums from the decade can produce... One problem, the third track "Gildnight Irene," perhaps the listing employee could abide by the editing standards they expect me to live by when writing this review. The track is "Goodnight Irene," seriously. Not that hard.
Formed: 1948 in New York, NY
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '80s