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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Super stuff

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.

Not available in most stores

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

Nice Collection

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

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

The Weavers had the most extraordinary musical pedigree and prehistory of any performing group in the history of folk or popular music. 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 was all that easy to explain at the time. How could a song as pleasant and tuneful as "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" be subversive? The quartet went from being...
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