Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1

Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1

Various Artists FW05301 / FH 5301 / BR 301

First released in 1963, and later reissued by Smithsonian Folkways to commemorate the folk publication Broadside Magazine, Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1 features artists such as Blind Boy Grunt (Bob Dylan), Peter La Farge, Phil Ochs, and Pete Seeger. With topical songs that vary in subject from civil rights to Vietnam and the nuclear arms race, Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1 is at once a staunch and elucidating account of a generation at odds with the world around it. Recorded in Broadside’s cramped New York apartment, the album is spontaneous and intimate in approach and features vocals, guitar, banjo, and drums.

Contains the tracks "The Ballad of Old Monroe," "Faubus Foibles," "I Will Not Go Down Under the Ground (Let Me Die in My Footsteps)," "Only a Hobo," "Talking Devil," "Ain’t Gonna Let Segregation Turn Us Around," and "I Can See a New Day," which are not on The Best of Broadside 1962-1988.

Liner notes include lyrics, photos, newspaper articles, sheet music, and writing by Gordon Friesen.

Year Released 1963
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1963 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Drum; Guitar
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Commerce; Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival; Protest songs

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101 Blowing in the Wind The New World Singers 2:33
102 The Ballad of Old Monroe Pete Seeger 5:15
103 John Brown Blind Boy Grunt (Bob Dylan) 4:24 Not Available for Download
104 As Long as the Grass Shall Grow Peter La Farge 5:10
105 The Ballad of William Worthy Phil Ochs 2:11
106 Benny Kid Paret Gil Turner 3:45
201 Faubus Foibles Peter La Farge 1:49
202 I Will Not Go Down Under the Ground (Let Me Die in My Footsteps) Happy Traum with Bob Dylan 3:42 Not Available for Download
203 Only a Hobo Blind Boy Grunt (Bob Dylan) 2:01 Not Available for Download
204 Talking Devil Blind Boy Grunt (Bob Dylan) 0:53 Not Available for Download
205 Ain't Gonna Let Segregation Turn Us Around The Freedom Singers 2:36
206 Go Limp Matt McGinn 2:32
207 Bizzness Ain't Dead The New World Singers 2:32
208 The Civil Defense Sign Mark Spoelstra 3:53
209 I Can See a New Day The New World Singers 4:00
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