Springsteen meets American folk music in this miraculous compliation. The Boss had an idea, he got together with some friends, and they recorded in the living room of Bruce's farm house, unrehearsed. The result is blowsy and loose and fun. Really great for singing along in the car! As a bonus, 'side B' is a DVD with commentary and extra tracks. That side doesn't always work on my DVD player, but you can give it a try.
I enjoyed these different arrangements of traditional folk songs. The DVD was an extra bonus. You could feel the great fun the musicians had recording this. My only gripe is the intelligibility of Springsteen's vocals on most of the tracks but he displayed a lot of passion for the songs.
This recording of folk songs in a big-band arrangement continues to be among my favorite and most-listened to CDs in my collection. The songs are fantastic and practically require that one sing along in a spirited fashion. the accompanying DVD of the making of the album is also great. It is fun to see the process that went into the recording, as you can see Springsteen and the band creating the arrangements as they play them. During the few days of recording, everyone is huddled into Springsteen's country home (the horns are way off in the foyer for the sake of sound levels) by day, and then the group vocals are added in the evening. The fiddle playing on the recording strikes me as particularly exceptional. "Buffalo Gals" and "Old Dan Tucker" are some of my favorites.
I was fortunate to see one of this band's first live performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006. It was the first jazz fest after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and this set of music had an extremely powerful cathartic effect on the thousands in attendance. Enjoy these folks songs done in a high-energy, dance-along and sing-along style!
One of Springsteen's most inspired and joyous efforts. While, of course, the band is consumately great there is a looser feel to this album, almost like it was recorded live and everyone sounds like they're just enjoying jamming together. The power of Seeger's work is fully recognized in this work as well. An astoundingly great album and one of Springsteen's all time best!
This is one of the very best cd's I have listened to this year and that of from Bruce Springsteen. A very talented gifted singer. I recommend this cd.
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