Pete Seeger – Traditional Christmas Carols (1967)

FrontCover1In 1967, Pete Seeger expanded upon the material he had recorded for the earlier seasonal collection The Nativity (Folkways FTS35001) to create Traditional Christmas Carols. Accompanying himself on either banjo or guitar, he sang several familiar songs, including “What Child Is This?,” “The First Noël,” and “Twelve Gates To The City,” as well as more obscure ones. This would have been an ideal album for the singer to record before a live audience that might have sung along and livened up the proceedings; in the studio, with his correct but austere performances, it suggests a relatively bleak Christmas season. (by William Ruhlmann)

Long a seasonal favorite, this collection of 13 charming Christmas carols from French, English, Italian, and African American traditions captures the Christmas spirit with wonderful universality. These international holiday favorites include Twelve Gates to the City, Mary Had a Baby, and The First Noel. “A real alternative to the wall of strings or the overly sweet sound of many Christmas collections.” (by Dirty Line)

TakenFromTheBookletTaken from the booklet

Pete Seeger (vocals, banjo, guitar)

01. ’twas On A Night Like This 3.30
02. Mary Had A Baby 2.46
03. Glory To That Newborn King 2.37
04. What Child Is This? 1.49
05. Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow 1.40
06. Carol Of The Beasts 2.06
07. Carol Of The Beasts – Instrumental 1.48
08. The First Noel 5.44
09. Behold That Star 2.18
10. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming 2.00
11. Masters In This Hall 1.37
12. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming – Instrumental 0.57
13. Twelve Gates To The City 3.26

All songs: Tradtional


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