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The Best of Mimi & Richard Farina CD

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  • Audio CD (27 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B000025I02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Reflections In A Crystal Wind
  2. Bold Marauder
  3. Dopico
  4. A Swallow Song
  5. Sell-Out Agitation Waltz
  6. Hard-Loving Loser
  7. Pack Up Your Sorrows*
  8. Michael, Andrew And James
  9. One Way Ticket
  10. Mainline Prosperity Blues
  11. House Un-American Blues Activity Dream
  12. Raven Girl
  13. Miles
  14. Children Of Darkness
  15. Hamish
  16. Another Country
  17. Tuileries
  18. The Falcon*
  19. Reno Nevada
  20. Celebration For A Grey Day

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If you want to understand what made Richard Farina tick, try reading his magnum opus Been Down So Long It looks Like Up to Me (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics). Billed as an underground novel, it gives a sensational though romanticized view of student life (at Cornell) in the 1960s. Hard as it may be to believe, Farina at one point looked more likely to succeed than Bob Dylan or Donovan! You can read the whole amazing story in David Hajdu's excellent history Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina. Farina married Mimi Baez, younger sister of the more famous Joan, in 1963; the novelist Thomas Pynchon, a close friend of Farina's, was best man. Farina died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 29 (in 1966). Some critics believed that an important career was thus cut short: for example, Ed Ward said that "[i]f Richard had survived that motorcycle accident, he would have easily given Dylan a run for his money".

Born in Brooklyn of Cuban and Irish parents, Farina always knew he wanted to be famous. His novel gave him a big advantage over Dylan, who could at best claim to be a poet. Unfortunately, Farina's music went only so far - and this album reveals the limits of his muse. Idiosyncratically, he chose to play an Abyssinian dulcimer rather than the almost compulsory guitar (in "The Folk Song Army", Tom Lehrer had fun by pointing out that his piano was hardly a traditional folk-song instrument: "Imagine, if you will, that I am playing an 88-string guitar").
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