This is a live double album recorded during a series of concerts in 1975. In the words of Harold Leventhal (Sometime manager of Pete, Arlo and Woody), “It took only two phone calls to get Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie to agree to perform together in concert. I rang Pete. “Listen, how about you and Arlo doing some concerts together?” Pete didnt hesitate, “Sure,” he quickly replied. I then dialed Arlo. “Say, Arlo, how about you and Pete doing some concerts together?” His reply was as prompt as Petes. So concerts were lined up for New York, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, Denver and Tanglewood.
“Now the big problem was to get Pete and Arlo to meet, to decide on a program and to rehearse. Arlo hates to travel beyond the border of Berkshire County in Massachusetts and Pete is traveling all over the country doing benefits. Luckily, just one week before the first concert in Carnegie Hall, Arlo escaped from his farm and found his way to Petes place in Beacon, New York. They spent a couple of hours together, decided on a program, ran through a couple of songs
and they were ready.
“Pete Seeger had been singing with a Guthrie for some 35 years. Back in 1940, Woody Guthrie and Pete traveled cross country singing their way from state to state, and until the early 1950s Woody and Pete often shared singing in a union hall or at a political rally. In the mid-1960s, as Arlo became a “professional” singer, he was also beginning to share the same platform or concert hall with Pete, as they both participated at peace demonstrations or sang for the Farm Workers Union. The Seeger-Guthrie Union keeps going.
“There is no gap in the two generations of singers heard on this record. Rather, the music and songs express a continuity of understanding and a reflection of the world as it is and has been. The audience at these concerts- those who were lucky enough to get tickets- spanned several generations: grandfathers and grandmothers with their grandchildren, workers and students, young and old. A New York reviewer perhaps best summed up when he wrote,”It is another time, but the need for the Seegers and Guthries of whatever generation remains.”
Pete and Arlo’s Together In Concert is the first of their three concert albums. (More Together Again and Precious Friend are the other two). It differs from those albums. The audience sings more with Arlo than with Pete and Pete tells more stories than Arlo. “Hard to believe, but its true.”
Pete tells the story of Victor Jara’s death and reads his last poem, smuggled out of the detention camp. A story that is suspiciously similar to Joe Hill’s Last Will and Testament. (Another demonstration that folk singers know the difference between truth and factual accuracy.)
Arlo encourages the audience to join in Walking Down The Line, hilariously, as only Arlo can.
The audience’s voice isn’t prominent in Lonesome Valley, but from there are three voices from the stage (I wonder who sung the bass line). A different sound than any of my other versions.
Well May The World Go is so typical of optimistic 60’s folk, one wonders if it’s a parody, sung with a straight face.
The album contains Arlo/Pete favorites like Guantanamera, City Of New Orleans, Deportee and Joe Hill.
It has obscure songs, like the Red Army’s Three Rule Of Discipline and The Eight Rules of Attention as well as two songs written by pre-school children.
Arlo’s covers Don’t Think Twice, It’s Allright and Stealin’. Pete quotes his father on the folk process, “plagiarism is basic to all culture”.
If Precious Friend and More Together Again are “must have” albums. Together In Concert is a “really, really should have” album. (by Mike E.)
This album is an old friend. Like others, I bought (and still have!) the vinyl version of this. It’s an old friend too in the relationship between Pete, Arlo, and the audience, which will include you. I had the honor of talking with Arlo once. He told we that they still get together now and then to jam. The Carnegie Hall sessions are merely an extension of those family get-togehers.
Pete Seeger is Americana. He gave to an America that took unjustly from him. Pete was black-listed during the McCarthy Era and struggled to feed his family. Yet he worked to bring dignity to migrants and the family man on the assembly line. Pete marched with Martin Luther King Jr., stood with him at the Lincoln Memorial, and introduced him to “We Shall Over Come.” Pete cleaned up the Hudson River and taught thousands to play banjo with his cult classic “How To Play The 5 String Banjo”, more than just a book on banjo, its about us. Pete belongs in the Smithsonian, and he is! Via Folkway Records.
Arlo…. Arlo talks a lot! And people like to listen. Woody Guthries son who played at Woodstock. Arlos version of Steve Goodmans “City of New Orleans” was played on the moon. Arlo brings soul to his fathers poem (turned into the song) “Deportee”, the rage of Nixon’s betrayal in “Presidential Rag”, and a sad longing to Dylans “Don’t Think Twice”.
These are songs of a great America by great Americans. (by James Kopf)
Arlo Guthrie (guitar, vocals)
Pete Seeger (banjo, vocals)
01. Way Out There (Nolan) 3.47
02. Yodeling (Traditional) 1.21
03. Roving Gambler (Houston) 2.22
04. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Dylan) 3.13
05. Declaration Of Independence (Gibbs/Dougherty) 2.32
06. Get Up And Go (Seeger) 2.43
07. City Of New Orleans (Goodman) 4.37
08. Estadio Chile (Jara) 3.19
09. Guantanamera (Angulo/Marti/Seeger) 4.24
10. On A Monday (Ledbetter) 3.00
11. Presidential Rag (A.Guthrie) 4.59
12. Walkin’ Down The Line (Dylan) 4.38
13. Well May The World Go (Seeger) 2.19
14. Henry My Son (Traditional) 2.14
15. Mother, The Queen Of My Heart (Bryant/Rogers) 3.21
16. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) (W.Guthrie/Hoffman) 4.01
17. Joe Hill (Robinson/Hayes) 3.19
18. May There Always Be Sunshine (Oshanin/Ostrovsky/Batting) 1.58
19. Three Rules Of Discipline And The Eight Rules Of Attention (unknown) 2.29
20. Stealin’ (Cannon) 2.35
21. Golden Vanity (Traditional) 4.12
22. Lonesome Valley (Traditional) 4.35
23. Quite Early Morning (Seeger) 4.34
24. Sweet Rosyanne (Bright Light Quartette/Lomax) 6.00
25. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Dylan) / Freight Train (Traditional) 6.39