Things start out the way any Weavers fan might expect, with a spirited performance of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," and they end 40 minutes later with an equally lively reading of "Howard's Dead and Gone," and in between are more of the kinds of group efforts the Weavers are known for. But the underlying motivating factor of this album, one only barely acknowledged, is the departure of Pete Seeger and his replacement by Erik Darling, a transition that the LP embodies, since Darling (though credited only as a "guest artist") stands in for Seeger on five songs - "Meet the Johnson Boys," "Come Little Donkey," "Kum Bachura," "All Night Long," and "You Old Fool."
Given that a few other tracks are solo performances, Seeger is actually absent from about half of the disc. And there's more to it than that. Seeger has only one lead vocal, a remake of his and group member Lee Hays' "Empty Pockets Blues," which he previously sang on his 1955 solo album "The Goofing-Off Suite". Otherwise, even when he is singing and playing, he's largely in the background. So is Darling on his "guest" appearances. Thus, this is a Weavers album on which Ronnie Gilbert (who solos on the Spanish-language song "Eres Alta" and "Every Night") and Fred Hellerman (with showcases including "Come Little Donkey" and "Let the Midnight Special") really stand out, as does Hays, even in a group context on "All Night Long" and his duet with Gilbert on "You Old Fool."
With Seeger's gradual exit, the Weavers are becoming a different group with a more even balance among the members. But, as such stirring numbers as the African "Tina" (a "Wimoweh"-like song sung in the Xhosa language) and "Aunt Rhodie" show, they are losing something with the departure of their star.
|A1||This Land Is Your Land||2:41|
|A2||Aweigh, Santy Ano||2:32|
|A3||Wild Goose Grasses||2:53|
|A4||Meet The Johnson Boys||1:32|
|A8||Come Little Donkey||2:30|
|B1||All Night Long||2:20|
|B2||You Old Fool||2:34|
|B4||Let The Midnight Special||2:34|
|B7||Empty Pocket Blues||3:14|
|B8||Howard's Dead And Gone||3:07|
The Weavers - The Weavers At Home 1959
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