Talking Union (album)

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Talking Union
Almanac Singers Talking Union.jpg
Studio album by
Released1941
GenreFolk
LabelKeynote 1941 Release,
Folkways Records 1955
ProducerEric Bernay
Almanac Singers chronology
Songs for John Doe
(1941)
Talking Union
(1941)
Deep Sea Chanteys and Whaling Ballads
(1941)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Talking Union is a 1941 album by the Almanac Singers: Millard Lampell, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger. It is an enduring collection of working man’s anthems that have been passed down through generations of laborers. Liner notes include an introduction by Pete Seeger and song explanations.[2] In 2010 it was selected by the Library of Congress as an addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[3]

In 1955 the album was rereleased on Folkways Records as The Original Talking Union & Other Union Songs, expanded with seven songs recorded in 1955 by Pete Seeger and a chorus dubbed "the Song Swappers" that included Erik Darling, later of The Weavers, and Mary Travers, later of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."All I Want"3:00
2."Get Thee Behind Me, Satan"2:36
3."Talking Union"2:59
4."Union Maid"2:12
5."Union Train"2:20
6."Which Side Are You On"2:11
1955 reissue
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."We Shall Not Be Moved"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers2:19
2."Roll the Union On"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers2:05
3."Casey Jones (The Union Scab)"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers1:59
4."Miner's Lifeguard"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers3:54
5."Solidarity Forever"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers2:55
6."You've Got to Go Down and Join the Union"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers2:43
7."Hold the Fort"Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers2:26
8."Get Thee Behind Me, Satan"Almanac Singers2:36
9."Union Maid"Almanac Singers2:12
10."I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister (All I Want)"Almanac Singers3:00
11."Talking Union"Almanac Singers2:59
12."Union Train"Almanac Singers2:20
13."Which Side Are You On"Almanac Singers2:11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Almanac Singeres - Talking Union & Other Union Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ https://folkways.si.edu/pete-seeger-the-almanac-singers-and-the-song-swappers/talking-union-and-other-union-songs/american-folk-struggle-protest/music/album/smithsonian
  3. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2010". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 10, 2011.