We Shall Overcome

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Commercially released: April 24, 2006 / "American Land" edition: October 3, 2006
Produced by Bruce Springsteen and film by Thom Zimny
Recorded by Toby Scott at Thrill Hill East (November 1997, March 2005 and January 2006)
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
Mastered by Bob Ludwig

Overview

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is the fourteenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. Released in 2006, this is Springsteen's only album so far of entirely non-Springsteen material and contains his interpretation of thirteen folk songs made popular by activist folk musician Pete Seeger. Using songs written by others, Seeger focused on popularizing and promoting the ethic of local, historical musical influences and recognizing the cultural significance that folk music embodies. Springsteen's project began in 1997, when he recorded "We Shall Overcome" for the Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger tribute album, released the following year. Springsteen had not known much about Seeger given his rock and roll upbringing, and investigated Seeger's music. While playing them in his house, his 10-year-old daughter said, "Hey, that sounds like fun," which gave Springsteen more reason to continue. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. On October 3, 2006, the album was reissued as We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - American Land Edition with five additional tracks, new videos, an expanded documentary and liner notes. Rather than a DualDisc release, the American Land Edition was released with separate CD and DVDs. Added sales were minimal.

Source: Wikipedia

Released

# Song Title Running Time Release
1.1. OLD DAN TUCKER 2:31 WSO / WSO: AL
1.2. JESSE JAMES 3:46 WSO / WSO: AL
1.3. MRS. McGRATH 4:20 WSO / WSO: AL
1.4. O MARY DON'T YOU WEEP 6:05 WSO / WSO: AL
1.5. JOHN HENRY 5:04 WSO / WSO: AL
1.6. ERIE CANAL 4:03 WSO / WSO: AL
1.7. JACOB'S LADDER 4:25 WSO / WSO: AL
1.8. MY OKLAHOMA HOME 6:02 WSO / WSO: AL
1.9. EYES ON THE PRIZE 5:14 WSO / WSO: AL
1.10. SHENANDOAH 4:53 WSO / WSO: AL
1.11. PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN 4:30 WSO / WSO: AL
1.12. WE SHALL OVERCOME 4:51 WSO / WSO: AL / COMP: FLOWERSGONE
1.13. FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN' 4:33 WSO / WSO: AL
1.14. BUFFALO GALS 1 3:11 WSO / WSO: AL
1.15. HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? 1 2:20 WSO / WSO: AL
1.16. HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES AND LIVE? 2 3:23 WSO: AL / 2006 single
1.17. BRING 'EM HOME 2 3:36 WSO: AL / 2006 single
1.18. AMERICAN LAND 2 4:44 WSO: AL

Total Running Time: 1:00:34 / 1:18:04 (American Land Edition)

1: Available on the bonus DVD of the original edition of WSO or, alternatively, on the later "American Land" CD edition of WSO. Also available as a internet download single. Videos directed by Thom Zimny.
2: A live version (not studio) was issued as a bonus track on the "American Land" CD edition of WSO. Also available as an internet download single, except "American Land".
3: A live version (not studio) was issued as a bonus tour video on the DVD of the "American Land" edition of WSO.

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