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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

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Editors’ Notes

We Shall Overcome is a loose and loopy jamboree of classic folk songs popularized by Pete Seeger recorded live without rehearsals over three days and nine years. The first batch was made in 1997 for a Seeger tribute album that Springsteen came across while researching tapes for a second planned career retrospective of unreleased recordings, a la 1998's Tracks box. He decided to flesh things out with a full-length album and invited 13 musicians to crowd into his home and capture the fire n' brimstone of a spontaneous hootenanny turned spiritual quest. Springsteen's singing throughout is vibrant and impassioned, whether he's delivering a music book standard such as "Old Dan Tucker" or a charging sing-alonglike "Pay Me My Money Down." Accordion, tuba, banjo, saxophone, trombone, violin, and upright bass create a crackin' ramshackle Salvation Army band unconcerned with stepping on each other's toes. While Springsteen has carefully chosen these songs, he never allows his reverence for the history to prevent him from shouting with pure menace.

Customer Reviews


Bruce has taken some of the best songs from yesterday and made them new again. We sang Erie Canal when i was in grade school and it brought back wonderful images and memories. All I can say is Bruce continues to fill my life with his music and insights that I'll never forget. Seeing him at the Greek preforming these songs was like watching a kid in a candy store, he had so much fun singing as we had listening. I can't wait for the upcoming E.St. Band album next year G-d willing. Bless you Bruce, because you will always be THE BOSS.

We Shall Overcome!

I'm not a big fan of Brucy here, but this album was pretty good. I'd recomend it for people who like a mellow country/rock. This is probably one of the best albums he's ever made. Key songs if you don't feel like buying the album: O Mary Don't You Weep, Pay Me My Money Down, and Froggie Went a Courtin'. Two thumbs up!

Possibly His Best Album



Born: September 23, 1949 in Freehold, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation, with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's...
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