We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [Bonus Tracks]

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [Bonus Tracks]

by Bruce Springsteen

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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It wasn't hard to predict that Bruce Springsteen would follow up the comparatively downbeat Devils & Dust with an album that ratcheted up the energy a few notches -- but not even the most careful Boss watcher could have predicted the contents of We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which has been expanded extensively for this updated edition. Since Springsteen has always been one to let the music do the talking, it's fitting that he jimmies several more topical tunes into this version of The Seeger Sessions -- including Pete's still-resonant Vietnam War screed "Bring 'Em Home" and "American Land," a workingman's lament that Bruce adapted from one of Seeger's archival pieces. Even on the songs that didn't originate with Seeger, the spirit of the folk legend shines through -- in Springsteen originals like the wounded-soldier lament "Mrs. McGrath" and in the staunch, placard-carrying attitude that imbues so many others. Instead of doctrinaire folk simplicity, however, Bruce envelops the songs in rollicking melodies, some launched skyward by upwards of a dozen musicians at once. The disc isn't entirely given over to soapbox screeds, however. In fact, Springsteen gets downright goofy on a passel of tracks -- like a hootin'-and-hollerin' version of the campfire classic "Froggy Went a Courtin' " -- that walk the sunnier side of the folk street. It's endearing to hear the king of the Jersey streets find his way through the thickets of accordion, tuba, and such -- the aural equivalent of traversing an unmarked road. He handles the terrain remarkably well. Knowing when to crack wise -- he name-checks Bill Gates in the sharecropper standard "Pay Me My Money Down" -- and when to play it straight, as on "Shenandoah," one of the disc's few outright ballads. The DVD portion of the set -- considerably more thought out than most such additions in its initial incarnation -- is expanded significantly here, with the original documentary now flanked by a pair of music videos and some freshly recorded concert footage. The latter element, highlighted by a fierce version of "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live," underscores the vitality and continued evolution of the project. There's so much going on -- in terms of instruments, arrangements, and ideas -- that it's hard to grasp it all on first listen. Then again, the warmth and passion exuded throughout make it easy to go back for seconds.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828768823125
catalogNumber: 88231
Rank: 7005


Disc 1

  1. Old Dan Tucker
  2. Jesse James
  3. Mrs. McGrath
  4. O Mary Don't You Weep
  5. John Henry
  6. Erie Canal
  7. Jacob's Ladder
  8. My Oklahoma Home
  9. Eyes on the Prize
  10. Shenandoah
  11. Pay Me My Money Down
  12. We Shall Overcome
  13. Froggie Went a Courtin'
  14. Buffalo Gals
  15. Held Up Without a Gun
  16. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
  17. Bring 'Em Home
  18. American Land

Disc 2

  1. John Henry
  2. Pay Me My Money Down
  3. Buffalo Gals
  4. Erie Canal
  5. None But the Brave
  6. Jacob's Ladder
  7. Froggie Went a Courtin'
  8. Shenandoah
  9. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
  10. Bring 'Em Home
  11. American Land
  12. Pay Me My Money Down
  13. Bonus Material

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Vocals
Marc Anthony Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Patti Scialfa   Guitar,Vocals
Art Baron   Mandolin,Tuba,Penny Whistle
Mark Clifford   Banjo,Vocals
Larry Eagle   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Charlie Giordano   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Pump Organ
Curtis Rance King   Vocals
Lisa Lowell   Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Vocals
Mark Pender   Trumpet,Vocals
Marty Rifkin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Richie Rosenberg   Trombone,Vocals
Soozie Tyrell   Violin,Vocals
Curt Ramm   Trumpet
Frank Bruno   Guitar,Vocals
Sam Bardfeld   Violin,Vocals
Greg Liszt   Banjo
Ed Manion   Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Guy Carawan   Composer,Adaptation,Lyric Adaptations
Blind Alfred Reed   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer,Adaptation,Lyric Adaptations
Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Frank Hamilton   Composer,Adaptation,Lyric Adaptations
Agnes "Sis" Cunningham   Composer
Zilphia Horton   Composer,Adaptation,Lyric Adaptations
Toby Scott   Engineer
Alice Wine   Composer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Jim Musselman   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Doris Plenn   Adaptation
John Cooper   Engineer

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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [Bonus Tracks] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The CD/DVD is great. Q. This product for $15.72 has two discs, w/ some songs on both. Is the 2nd disc w/ 13 songs a DVD? Else, why are there two discs w/ the same songs?