This huge collection of music was released by Longines Symphonette in 1963. It is a six album release of 114 songs.
The actual package makes no mention of Longines Symphonette though, the
labels on the LPs state that the records were pressed by Decca Records.
It is packaged with a hardbound book called "The Burl Ives Sing-Along
Song Book." This book includes, for every song, a little narrative, lyrics and
illustrations by Peter Bryt. The narratives are uncredited.
historical significance, MP3 audio is available to listen to these rare
but important recordings.
Follow the links below to each volume.
Here is the introduction from the book:
The American people are a free people living with a consciousness of
their heritage - freedom to speak, act and move around where ever they
like - the children of frontiersmen who created a country with the
courage of their hearts and the strength of their bodies.
Free people the world over know America is made up of pioneers: the
English refugees who came over in the Mayflower to pioneer and settle
in Massachusetts, the Irish and Scottish who came over to pioneer and
settle in the 1800's ... the Germans, Swedes, Italians, Jews, Russians,
Yugoslavs, Chinese ... I guess every nation, race, or creed you could
name has its quota of pioneers who picked up their roots and brought
them to America.
Pioneering is the taking up of one's roots and transplanting them to a
new soil. Nobody ever did it easily, it took hard work, humor and
perseverance. The record of these people has been kept in many ways -
and one of the most attractive way is in Song.
The many languages brought over by the pioneers were discarded in favor
of the earliest pioneer language - English, which is the mother tongue
of the United States. To be able to hear the songs of America from its
earliest days is to have an auditory experience parallel to having a
visual panorama unroll before one's eyes: tavern and theatre songs
brought here by the early English; folk songs, broadside ballads,
church and music hall songs that originated here; songs that originated
in every possible way, that reflected every possible mood and event
from tragedy to humor, lyric to narrative.