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Intriguing collection from the early days of Elektra, when it concentrated on the emerging folk scene - effectively this is a musical history of Greenwich Village pre-Baez, Dylan etc, and fascinating as such. It's a mix of beatniks, folk traditionalists and disciples of Woody Guthrie such as Jack Elliott , left wingers and blacklisters like Josh White - and early Judy Collins. Truth be told, some of the picks haven't aged well, though there is a certain toe-curling charm in some of the "alas fair maid"/fol de rol/barber shop renditions. But there's also the urgent rasping vocals of the incomparable Dave Van Ronk (freshly memorialised in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" film just recently), June Richie's unearthly Appalachian keening yowl reminiscent of our own Shirley Collins, and many more. No brainer at the bargain price.
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on 26 May 2015
A collection of recordings by folk artists from the mid 50s to early 60s on the Elektra label. Big names like Rambling Jack Elliott, Peggy Seeger, Judy Collins (just 21 at the time of recording her debut album), Josh White and Jean Ritchie feature alongside names less well-known to Brits, Ed McCurdy, Oscar Brand, Bob Gibson and Cynthia Gooding - all headliners in their own right. Brand's contributions come from non-traditional albums. Actor and singer Theodore Bikel sings in Yiddish. Most interesting is the inclusion of Paul Clayton, a young singer who performs two 'rude' songs by Robert Burns and two hilarious traditional songs. Sadly Clayton killed himself in his mid-thirties following depression, possibly stemming from his being gay. Jean Redpath, a Scots singer with a beautiful voice, who died recently is also included and whilst a couple of the performers - the Limeliters for instance - are more suited to the night club than the folk club this is an excellent addition to any folie interested in building a 'retro' library.
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I was recommended this double CD by Amazon so checked it out.
BUT there is no track listing which I'd've thought was essential for a compilation album.

So this is NOT a review just a track listing for people like me that want to know what's on the album and whether it's worth buying.

DISC 1

1. Maid Of Constant Sorrow - Judy Collins

2. Jesse James - Jack Elliott

3. Nine Inch Will Please A Lady - Paul Clayton

4. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot - Lee Charles

5. Midnight Special - Josh White

6. Greensleeves - Cynthia Gooding

7. Wreck Of The Old Ninety-Seven - Oscar Brand With The Roger Wilco Four

8. Rich Old Lady - Peggy Seeger

9. Mary What You Call That Pretty Little Baby - Dave Van Ronk

10. Take My True Love By The Hand - The Limeliters

11. Gilgarry Mountain(Darlin' Sportin' Jenny) - Bob Gibson

12. Hangman - Jean Ritchie

13. Where Does It Lead - Theodore Bikel & Cynthia Gooding

14. This Land Is Your Land - Glenn Yarbrough

15. Day We Went Tae Rothesay - Jean Redpath

16. Banks Of The Ohio - Ed McCurdy

17. Wild Mountain Thyme - Judy Collins

18. As I Roved Out - Theodore Bikel & Cynthia Gooding

19. The Butcher And the Tailor's Wife - Paul Clayton

20. Old Blue - Bob Gibson & Bob Camp

21. Banks Of The Virgie-o - Tom Kines

22. Whiskey-O, Johnny-O - Milt Okum & The Seafarer's Chorus

23. Yellow Rose Of Texas - George Pegram

24. Josie - Ed McCurdy

25. Gotta Travel On - The Travelers 3

DISC 2

1. Hammer Song - The Limeliters

2. All My Sorrows - Glenn Yarbrough

3. Stay Away From The Girls - Paul Clayton

4. Froggie Went A-Courting - Ellen Stekert

5. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Dave Van Ronk

6. St. James Infirmary - Josh White

7. John Riley - Judy Collins

8. Merchant And The Fiddler's Wife - Ed McCurdy

9. All My trials - Cynthia Gooding

10. Lomir Zich Iberbeten - Theodore Bikel

11. Pretty Boy Floyd - Ramblin' Jack Elliott

12. John Henry - Bob Gibson

13. Nicky Tams - Jean Redpath

14. Hangin' Johnny - Milt Okum & The Seafarer's Chorus

15. The Poor Co-Pilot - Oscar Brand With The Roger Wilco Four

16. Dulcimer Medley: Shady Grove / Old King Cole / Skip to My Lou - Jean Ritchie

17. The Jolly Miller - Ed McCurdy

18. I Know Where I'm Going - Judy Collins

19. There Was An Oul' Woman In Our Town - Tom Kines

20. Well, Well, Well - The Travelers 3

21. Love Henry - Peggy Seeger

22. John Anderson, My Jo - Paul Clayton

23. When I First Came To This Land - The Limeliters

24. Wayfaring Stranger - Bob Gibson & Bob Camp

25. Scandalize My Name - Josh White

26. GlennGary- Beveley Westwood.
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on 7 January 2015
again music from a different era ,and still sounds fresh.
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on 24 February 2016
as described - very happy
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on 28 October 2014
Very, very good! Go buy!
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on 11 April 2015
5* What else to say?
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on 17 September 2015
Interesting choices
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on 7 September 2014
great CD's great songs, well worth the finding.
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on 29 May 2015
Excellent selection from the Elektra catalogue of 1956 to 1962. 50 tracks in all. Great value.
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