With folk music currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity this is a good triple CD album to have, reminding us of what has already gone in the past when folk was popular before. There is just over 3 ½ hours of listening pleasure in total here, and although you may know some of the songs on these albums it is unlikely that you will know them all. I think my introduction to folk music was when my little sister and I had to hear my dad strumming his guitar and warbling ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’, which is probably considered as child abuse today. Thankfully that never put me off for life.
The good thing about folk is that it takes in so much, you have traditional and contemporary and this can take in songs that are political and activist motivated, from music that could fall into blues and country, gospel and spiritual genres as well. It is probably this broad range that means that it is so popular once again. So you have music here that is slow as well as faster tracks and spiritual as well as more pop type music.
With seventy five tracks here with songs by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul and Mary, and so many others, you can’t really go wrong with this triple album. I don’t know how popular it ever was but I must admit that this does have a particular favourite of mine on here, and that is ‘Willie The Weeper’, by Dave Van Ronk. Ideal to play anytime this triple CD album is well worth getting, although it does mainly centre on a few stars in the main, and then some others.