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Let´s try one more album by Hannes Wader, with congratulations to his 70th birthday!

The german political folk singer Hannes Wader was born in Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia in 1942. Wader repertoire consists of traditional German folk songs (“Volksmusik”), provocative social commentaries – Wader was a member of the German Communist Party from 1997-1991 – , blue-collar ballads and songs based around the works of poets and classical composers. He still tours regularly in Germany.

“Singt eigene Lieder” was the first album released by Hannes Wader. It was produced by Knut Kiesewetter, who discovered the artist Hannes Wader,  at “Studio Windrose” in Hamburg.

Tracklist:

A1 Alle Meine Freunde 3:52
A2 Das Bier In Dieser Kneipe 2:46
A3 Strenge Gesellen 4:08
A4 Die Gute Tat 2:37
A5 Frau Klotzke 3:52
A6 Ich Hatte Schon Lange Gespart 1:50

B1 Nach 12 2:15
B2 Das Lied Vom Kleinen Mädchen 2:15
B3 Das Loch Unterm Dach 1:52
B4 Viel Zu Schade Für Mich 3:42
B5 Blumen Des Armen 2:56
B6 Begegnung

Hannes Wader – Singt eigene Lieder (1969)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

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Let´s try one more album by Hannes Wader, with congratulations to his 70th birthday!

The german political folk singer Hannes Wader was born in Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia in 1942. Wader repertoire consists of traditional German folk songs (“Volksmusik”), provocative social commentaries – Wader was a member of the German Communist Party from 1997-1991 – , blue-collar ballads and songs based around the works of poets and classical composers. He still tours regularly in Germany.

“Singt eigene Lieder” was the first album released by Hannes Wader. It was produced by Knut Kiesewetter, who discovered the artist Hannes Wader,  at “Studio Windrose” in Hamburg.

Tracklist:

A1 Alle Meine Freunde 3:52
A2 Das Bier In Dieser Kneipe 2:46
A3 Strenge Gesellen 4:08
A4 Die Gute Tat 2:37
A5 Frau Klotzke 3:52
A6 Ich Hatte Schon Lange Gespart 1:50

B1 Nach 12 2:15
B2 Das Lied Vom Kleinen Mädchen 2:15
B3 Das Loch Unterm Dach 1:52
B4 Viel Zu Schade Für Mich 3:42
B5 Blumen Des Armen 2:56
B6 Begegnung

Hannes Wader – Singt eigene Lieder (1969)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Happy Birthday, Hannes Wader, let´s celebrate your 70. birthday!

Hannes Wader is a German songwriter (Liedermacher), singer and guitarist. He was an important figure in German leftist circles from the 1970s on, with his songs covering such themes as socialist and communist resistance to oppression in Europe and other places like Latin America. He both wrote new songs and played versions of older historical works.

Wader was born in Bielefeld, Westphalia, Germany, on 23 June 1942. His works are mostly based on German folk songs. Aside from his own lyrics, he also performs works of famous poets like Eichendorff. He now rarely sings the workers’ songs and socialist hymns that used to be a large part of his repertoire. He recently published an album exclusively with songs by Franz Schubert. He also performed translated works from Carl Michael Bellman on the album “Liebe, Schnaps & Tod”.

Remarkably, many of the social issues Wader sang about are still relevant today. Besides Franz Josef Degenhardt (r.i.p.!), Wader is one of the most relevant political singer-songwriter in Germany.

In the 1970s, Hannes Wader became one of the stars of the political left through his provocative songs. He was a member of the German Communist Party from 1977 to 1991. The publication of the song “Der Tankerkönig” stirred up controversy, as it covered the kidnapping of the son of the tycoon Rudolf August Oetker. Wader even came under suspicions of terrorism.

In 1973 he moved to Struckum, in Nordfriesland, where he published some of his later albums. In 1998, he and his family moved to Kreis Steinburg, Schleswig-Holstein.

He has published numerous albums and still tours throughout Germany. He appears in open-air concerts and also in clubs.

 
By the way, if you have the chance to watch the wonderful documentary film “Wader Wecker Vater Land” about Konstantin Wecker and Hannes Wader, please don´t miss it!
 
Thanks a lot for all the wonderful songs!
 
Tracklist:
01 Charly
02 Eine die du nicht kennst
03 Steh doch auf du armer Hund
04 Hör auf Mädchen
05 Aufgewachsen auf dem Lande
06 Monika
07 Arschkriecherballade
08 Ich hatte mir
 
(192 kbps, no cover included)
Happy Birthday, Hannes Wader, let´s celebrate your 70. birthday!

Hannes Wader is a German songwriter (Liedermacher), singer and guitarist. He was an important figure in German leftist circles from the 1970s on, with his songs covering such themes as socialist and communist resistance to oppression in Europe and other places like Latin America. He both wrote new songs and played versions of older historical works.

Wader was born in Bielefeld, Westphalia, Germany, on 23 June 1942. His works are mostly based on German folk songs. Aside from his own lyrics, he also performs works of famous poets like Eichendorff. He now rarely sings the workers’ songs and socialist hymns that used to be a large part of his repertoire. He recently published an album exclusively with songs by Franz Schubert. He also performed translated works from Carl Michael Bellman on the album “Liebe, Schnaps & Tod”.

Remarkably, many of the social issues Wader sang about are still relevant today. Besides Franz Josef Degenhardt (r.i.p.!), Wader is one of the most relevant political singer-songwriter in Germany.

In the 1970s, Hannes Wader became one of the stars of the political left through his provocative songs. He was a member of the German Communist Party from 1977 to 1991. The publication of the song “Der Tankerkönig” stirred up controversy, as it covered the kidnapping of the son of the tycoon Rudolf August Oetker. Wader even came under suspicions of terrorism.

In 1973 he moved to Struckum, in Nordfriesland, where he published some of his later albums. In 1998, he and his family moved to Kreis Steinburg, Schleswig-Holstein.

He has published numerous albums and still tours throughout Germany. He appears in open-air concerts and also in clubs.

 
By the way, if you have the chance to watch the wonderful documentary film “Wader Wecker Vater Land” about Konstantin Wecker and Hannes Wader, please don´t miss it!
 
Thanks a lot for all the wonderful songs!
 
Tracklist:
01 Charly
02 Eine die du nicht kennst
03 Steh doch auf du armer Hund
04 Hör auf Mädchen
05 Aufgewachsen auf dem Lande
06 Monika
07 Arschkriecherballade
08 Ich hatte mir
 
(192 kbps, no cover included)

One of the strongest voices in the folk revival and the civil rights movement, Odetta was born on New Year’s Eve 1930 in Birmingham, AL.

Odetta’s most productive decade as a recording artist came in the 1960s, when she released 16 albums, including “Odetta at Carnegie Hall”, “Christmas Spirituals”, “Odetta and the Blues”, “It’s a Mighty World”, and “Odetta Sings Dylan”.
In December 2008, she died of heart disease in New York.       

“Odetta Sings Folk Songs” is an Odetta album first released in 1963, produced by Mickey Crofford. It was her second release on her new label, RCA Victor and is out of print. It peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

Tracklist:

  1. “900 Miles” – 3:10
  2. “Blowin’ in the Wind” (Bob Dylan) – 4:09
  3. “Maybe She Go” – 1:54
  4. “I Never Will Marry” – 1:55
  5. “Yes I See” – 2:53
  6. “Why’n Oh Why” – 2:05
  7. “Shenandoah” – 3:46
  8. “The Golden Vanity” – 4:02
  9. “Roberta” – 3:07
  10. “Anthem of the Rainbow” – 4:07
  11. “All My Trials” – 3:32
  12. “This Little Light of Mine” (Harry Loes) – 3:03

Odetta – Sings Folk Songs (1963)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

One of the strongest voices in the folk revival and the civil rights movement, Odetta was born on New Year’s Eve 1930 in Birmingham, AL.

Odetta’s most productive decade as a recording artist came in the 1960s, when she released 16 albums, including “Odetta at Carnegie Hall”, “Christmas Spirituals”, “Odetta and the Blues”, “It’s a Mighty World”, and “Odetta Sings Dylan”.
In December 2008, she died of heart disease in New York.       

“Odetta Sings Folk Songs” is an Odetta album first released in 1963, produced by Mickey Crofford. It was her second release on her new label, RCA Victor and is out of print. It peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

Tracklist:

  1. “900 Miles” – 3:10
  2. “Blowin’ in the Wind” (Bob Dylan) – 4:09
  3. “Maybe She Go” – 1:54
  4. “I Never Will Marry” – 1:55
  5. “Yes I See” – 2:53
  6. “Why’n Oh Why” – 2:05
  7. “Shenandoah” – 3:46
  8. “The Golden Vanity” – 4:02
  9. “Roberta” – 3:07
  10. “Anthem of the Rainbow” – 4:07
  11. “All My Trials” – 3:32
  12. “This Little Light of Mine” (Harry Loes) – 3:03

Odetta – Sings Folk Songs (1963)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

The American blues musician Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield in Mississippi in 1913. His first recording was made for the Library of Congress who had sent famed folk music archivist Alan Lomax to the Southern States to record examples of blues songs. On hearing the record Waters realised that being a musician was an achievable dream and set his sights on a career in music. Waters moved to Chicago in 1943 to pursue his dream.

Waters began to establish himself with a series of recordings including “I Can’t be Satisfied” and “I Feel Like Going Home”, building his reputation by playing in local clubs. Waters hit an early high point with the tune, “Rollin’ Stone”, which went on to provide The Rolling Stones with their name.

Waters domination of the Chicago blues scene saw him be credited with the development of the Chicago sound and launching the careers of many of his contemporaries. By 1952, Waters band included blues men Little Walter Jacobs and Otis Span performing tracks such as “Hoochie Coochie Man”, written by Willie Dixon. As their success grew, his band, keen to develop their own careers, began to leave and Waters found it difficult to replicate his sound with replacement performers. On a trip to the UK in 1972 to record with UK stars Steve Winwood, Rory Gallagher, Mitch Mitchell and Rick Grech, he is reported as saying “these boys are top musicians …but it ain’t the Muddy Waters sound.”

By 1977, Waters had gathered around him other top names from the blues field for his album Hard Again, which featured the Grammy award winning track, “Mannish Boy”. The success of the album, and its follow-ups, including I’m Ready and Muddy Mississippi Water Live put Waters back in the limelight and saw his best record sales.

In April 1983 Waters died in his sleep as a result of cancer, leaving behind him a legacy of influence on a long list of performers including Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. A new generation of fans were introduced to his music when Waters performance of “Mannish Boy” was used in a Levi Jeans ad and appeared on the soundtrack for the film Risky Business.

Waters’ career was recognised in 1992 with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004 he was ranked No.17 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Tracklist:

1. Steamline Woman
2. Mean Red Spider
3. Rollin’ And Tumblin’
4. Country Blues
5. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
6. I Be Bound To Write To You
7. I Feel Like Going Home
8. I Can’t Be Satisfied
9. Little Anna Mea
10. Little Geneva
11. Walkin’ Blues
12. Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You
13. 32-20 Blues
14. I Be’s Troubled
15. Train Fare Home Blues
16. Gypsy Woman

Muddy Waters – You´re Gonna Miss Me When I´m Gone
(192 kbps, small front cover included)

Here´s the third and final set of recordings, done at the Newport Folk Festival, July 11/12, 1959. It features artists like Earl Scruggs Jean Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Frank Hamilton, Oscar Brand, Cynthia Gooding and Ed McCurdy.

Earl Scruggs was a banjo-player with Bill Monroe´s Bluegrass Boys who left the ranks in 1948. Kentucky-born Jean Ritchie was the youngest of 14 children, and distinguished herself from her brothers and sisters by learning to play the Appalachian dulcimer. Oscar Brand, like Pete Seeger a director of the festival, makes a cameo appearance with her, while Minnesota-born Cynthia Gooding was an early exponent of world music. She recorded a number of LPs for the Elektra label including collections of Turkish, Spanish and Mexican folk songs.

Frank Hamilton and John Jacob Niles also impress, but the honour of closing the show falls to another Elektra artist, Ed McCurdy. Best known for the anti-war classic “Last Night I had The Strangest Dream”, the majority of his contributions here are traditional.

Tracklist:

Earl Scruggs– Flinthill Special
Jean Ritchie
– What’re We Going To Do With The Baby-Oh
– Pretty Saro
– Shady Grove
Jean Ritchie & Oscar Brand (accompanied by Billy Faier & Oscar Brand, g; Jean Ritchie, dulcimer)
– Paper Of Pins
John Jacob Niles
– The Hangman, or The Maid Freed From The Gallows
Frank Hamilton
– Lady Gay
Frank Warner
– Old Racoon

Earl Scruggs
– Earl’s Breakdown
Oscar Brand (assisted by Billy Faier, voc, g)
– Which Side Are You On?
Cynthia Gooding
– Un Domingo
– Jalisco
Ed McCurdy
– The Old Fisherman
– When Cockle Shells Turn Silver Bells
– Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

– Frankie And Johnny
Earl Scruggs
– Cumberland Gap

New link:
Folk Festival At Newport, 1959, Volume 3
(192 kbps, cover included)

Jennifer Lara, born in Kingston, Jamaica, died 11 June 2005, Kingston, Jamaica.

In 1974, Jennifer Lara recorded her debut album with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in Brentford Road. The results of the sessions appeared on “Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara”, which was an instant success.
She also enjoyed a massive hit with the single “Where Have All The Good Men Gone”, which has since become an anthem. Other Downbeat-produced hits followed, including “Consider Me” and “Do That To Me One More Time”.

While working in Brentford Road she was also employed as a backing singer and is recognized for her notable contribution on Freddie McGregor’s early 80s recording “I Am Ready”. She toured in Europe and her appearances in the UK were greeted with enthusiasm by both media and audiences.

Tracklist:
A1 A Woman
A2 A Change Is Gonna Come
A3 Hurt So Good
A4 Close To You
A5 Impossible
B1 Loving You
B2 Our Love
B3 Love And Harmony
B4 Ain’t No Love
B5 Rocking Tonight

Jennifer Lara – Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara
(ca. 192 kbps, front cover included)

Jennifer Lara, born in Kingston, Jamaica, died 11 June 2005, Kingston, Jamaica.

In 1974, Jennifer Lara recorded her debut album with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in Brentford Road. The results of the sessions appeared on “Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara”, which was an instant success.
She also enjoyed a massive hit with the single “Where Have All The Good Men Gone”, which has since become an anthem. Other Downbeat-produced hits followed, including “Consider Me” and “Do That To Me One More Time”.

While working in Brentford Road she was also employed as a backing singer and is recognized for her notable contribution on Freddie McGregor’s early 80s recording “I Am Ready”. She toured in Europe and her appearances in the UK were greeted with enthusiasm by both media and audiences.

Tracklist:
A1 A Woman
A2 A Change Is Gonna Come
A3 Hurt So Good
A4 Close To You
A5 Impossible
B1 Loving You
B2 Our Love
B3 Love And Harmony
B4 Ain’t No Love
B5 Rocking Tonight

Jennifer Lara – Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara
(ca. 192 kbps, front cover included)