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The Weavers - Decca Recording vs. Live/Vanguard

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GUEST,banjopicker 01 Dec 11 - 06:48 PM
Joe Offer 01 Dec 11 - 07:55 PM
Don Firth 01 Dec 11 - 09:28 PM
GUEST,Banjopicker 01 Dec 11 - 09:35 PM
Thomas Stern 02 Dec 11 - 06:20 PM
GUEST,banjopicker 02 Dec 11 - 07:22 PM
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Subject: Folklore: The Weavers Decca Recording VS Live /van
From: GUEST,banjopicker
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 06:48 PM

The Weavers Decca recordings VS their live/vanguard recordings



I don't know if there has been an old thread already like this but I thought it would make a interesting discussion.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: The Weavers Decca Recording VS Live /van
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 07:55 PM

The Decca recordings sound like big band records. They're OK, but I much prefer the accompaniments of the post-Decca recordings.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: The Weavers - Decca Recording vs. Live/Vanguard
From: Don Firth
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 09:28 PM

On the one hand, it's hard to knock Decca and the Gordon Jenkins arrangements because they got the Weavers out there on radio and juke boxes. The Weavers' performances on those records managed to cut through the slick and commercial format and the "real" was audibly there. But to my mind, the live Vanguard records were far better.

When Lee Hays saw the photos on the Decca album covers, (CLICKY), he commented, "We look like three stuffed dummies and a Barbie doll!"

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: The Weavers - Decca Recording vs. Live/Vanguard
From: GUEST,Banjopicker
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 09:35 PM

Haha. I remember him saying that in the movie.

When I was young and was going through my grandparents Weavers records I always thought that Ronnie looked more like a movie actress than a folk singer Im not saying that woman folksingers cant be attractive . But Ronnie was just gorgeous


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Subject: RE: The Weavers - Decca Recording vs. Live/Vanguard
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 06:20 PM

IIRC the comment about the 3 dummies and Barbie doll is on the
"Wasn't That a Time" documentary... The images under which the
comment was made were from the Snader Telescriptions. These were
all released as a dvd in the BEAR FAMILY Weavers box.
Are there other places (such as books, articles, interviews) where
that comment is documented ???
For those who don't know, the Snader films were short films sold to
Television stations as 'filler' programming. I believe now owned by PATHE, but parts are public domain, and at least 2 other companies are selling the films.
CAMAY, one of the "99 cent" LP labels, drew much material from that source.

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: The Weavers - Decca Recording vs. Live/Vanguard
From: GUEST,banjopicker
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 07:22 PM

You may be able to find it on google books section I found a lot of great material on the weavers including interviews.

I came across a little something from a book where They were talking about how they were going to preform Tzena Tzena Tzena I don't know if it was Snader or not but they wanted Ronnie to wear a apron and pull bagels out of it while singing the song. Well of course she DID not wear it. that's the kind of thing they had to put up with ignorance like that.


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