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The Golden Age Of American Popular Music: The Folk Hits: From The Hot 100: 1958-1966 CD

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0012EBU7U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,144 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers
  2. If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary
  3. Where Have All the Flowers Gone - The Kingston Trio
  4. Green Green - The New Christy Minstrels
  5. It Ain't Me Babe - Johnny Cash
  6. Michael - The Highwaymen
  7. We Shall Overcome - Joan Baez
  8. Greenback Dollar - The Kingston Trio
  9. A Stranger In Your Town - The Shacklefords
  10. Winkin', Blinkin' And Nod' - Simon Sisters
  11. Ballad of the Alamo - Bud
  12. Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
  13. A Dollar Down - Limeliters
  14. Greenfields - The Brothers Four
  15. Silver Threads and Golden Needles - The Springfields
  16. We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett
  17. Hootennany - The Glencoves
  18. Don't Let the Rain Come Down - The Serendipity Singers
  19. Reverend Mr. Black - The Kingston Trio
  20. Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine - The Greenwoods
  21. Lizzie Borden - The Chad Mitchell Trio
  22. Ode To A Little Brown Shack - Billy Edd Wheeler
  23. Cottonfields - The Highwaymen
  24. There's A Meetin' Here Tonite - Eddie
  25. Tom Cat - The Rooftop Singers
  26. Summer's Come And Gone - The Brandywine Singers
  27. Little Boxes - Pete Seeger
  28. The Unicorn - Irish Rovers

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The latest volume in Ace's popular Golden Age of American Popular Music series, THE FOLK HITS is a compendium of just about every folk hit to reach Billboard's Hot 100 (and a couple that `bubbled under') during the so-called Golden Age when folk music was regarded as a form of light entertainment rather than a means of political or personal expression.

It kicked off when the Kingston Trio topped the international charts with `Tom Dooley' in 1958 and reached its commercial peak in the summer of 1963 before fading in the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination in November that year. Some argue that `Tom Dooley' was as important a record as `Heartbreak Hotel' in that it sparked an explosion of interest in folk music which would profoundly influence the music of the 60s. Soon every major label (and some minor ones too) had a folk group on its books. The record companies attempted to break their folk acts through hit singles, hoping to stimulate sales in the lucrative album market. By the early 1960s, folk music had become big business and when TV took an interest, it became a national obsession. While some artists became more radicalised, many others remained apolitical and sought merely to entertain.

Here then are the hits of the folk era assembled on one CD from the best possible sources for the first time. Aside from all the major hits such as the rousing `Green Green', the classic `Walk Right In' and the wistful `Greenfields' are several tunes that have never, or only very rarely, appeared on CD before including `Ballad of The Alamo' by Bud & Travis (in stereo) and the Lee Hazlewood song/ production, `Stranger In Your Town' by the Shacklefords. Fans of Hazlewood's laconic style will immediately detect his influence. The Highwaymen's `Michael' and `Cottonfields' have not been available on CD for over a decade and are heard here in stereo. The Kingston Trio's four best known hits are presented here as the most representative samples of their work. Peter, Paul & Mary's `If I Had A Hammer' appears on a compilation for the first time too.

The humungous 28-page booklet contains a magnificent essay following the devel- opment of the post-war folk scene and details of each record featured, together with many rare ads and photos from an era so affectionately spoofed in the movie A Mighty Wind. THE FOLK HITS will have them a-hummin' and a-strummin'!


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