Легендарная фолк-группа, немало пострадавшая за свои убеждения в послевоенных США (из-за гонений они даже были вынуждены распасться с 1953 по 1955 гг). Четыре отличных голоса, бешеная энергия Пита Сигера и отличное чувство юмора для тех, кто знает английский язык.
Издание представляет собой компиляцию из ранних концертных записей. Качество, к сожалению, не не соответствует современным требованиям - но, к счастью, это компенсируется драйвом.
This two-disc live set is drawn from vintage concerts by the original Weavers from the early to mid-'50s. It captures them at the height of their fame and during the chilly era of McCarthyism. It's a good example of how the political leanings (perceived or real) of the performances color essentially neutral material. The performances themselves sound immediate and not at all dated. It's great to hear the vocal blend and commitment to a world of songwriting rarely equaled since the Weavers broke up. Ford Hellerman, who compiled this album from a variety of previously unreleased sources including concerts at Town Hall, has left in many of the song's introductions and comments among the group. We really get to feel their enthusiam and "History in the Making." The hits are here in new versions that stand up well to the "standard" versions. There are 11 songs never released in any form on Weavers records. As an added bonus and not mentioned on the package anywhere is the inclusion of a third CD of previously unreleased material by Leadbelly recorded in 1947. He performs a dozen driving blues songs including "Howard Hughs," "Hangman's Blues" and "Black Betty," and it sounds great.
The Weavers were a truly legendary folk group, formed in 1947 by Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman and Pete Seeger. As you can tell from the list of songs, they discovered and preserved many songs that would be basic to the singers of the sixties. Unfortunately, they ran afoul of the anti-commie hysteria in the United States during the fifties.
In February 2006 The Weavers received the Lifetime Achievement Award given out annually at the Grammy awards show. Represented by members Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman, they struck a chord with the crowd as their struggles with political witch hunts during the 1950s were recounted. "If you can exist, and stay the course -- not a course of blind obstinacy and faulty conception -- but one of decency and good sense, you can outlast your enemies with your honor and integrity intact," said Hellerman.
See more at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weavers
KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE: THE WEAVERS LIVE
1. Quilting Bee
2. Burgundian Carol
5. Bay Of Mexico
6. Wreck Of The 'John B'
7. Die Gedanken Sind Frei
8. Si Me Quieres Escribir
9. My True Love
11. Around The World
12. A Few Words About Travel
13. Rock Island line
14. Things About Coming My Way
15. I Don't Want To Get Adjusted
16. On Top Of Old Smokey
17. Go Down, You Little Red Rising Sun
18. Old Riley
19. Almost Done (On A Monday)
21. Goodnight Irene
1. When The Saints Go Marching In
2. Foolish Frog
3. I Love Little Pussy
4. Go Where I Send Thee
5. Two Shape Note Hymns
6. Two Brothers
7. Mrs. McGrath
8. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
9. Just A Gigolo
10. Boll Weevil
11. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
12. This Land Is Your Land
13. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
14. Star Carol
15. The Seven Blessings Of Mary
16. Shalom Chaverim
17. A U.N. Prayer (On 'Jesu' Melody)
18. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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