Artist:VA Title Of Album:Time Life - The Folk Years Year Of Release: 2002 Label: Time Life Genre: Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk-Pop
Time-Life's The Folk Years is a massive survey of folk, pop-folk, and folk-rock from the 1950s and 1960s spread out over eight discs. At 15 songs per CD -- equaling 120 total -- this chronicle offers a healthy sampling of popular folk music covering dozens of known and forgotten singers and bands. The emphasis of the collection is on popular folk and popular music influenced by folk, meaning that most of the songs here charted. This emphasis also gives The Folk Years a broader appeal than the average folk revival compilation, making it as fun as it is educational. A number of obvious hits have been included. Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" helped build an interest for simple ethnic music in the mid-'50s, whereas the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" kicked off the "folk boom" in the summer of 1958. There are early Byrds' hits ("Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr. Tambourine Man") and several favorites by the Mamas & the Papas ("Monday, Monday," "California Dreamin'," and "Creeque Alley"). There's also quite a bit of pop-folk like Judy Collins' version of "Both Sides Now" and Sonny & Cher's "Baby Don't Go." The true fun of The Folk Years comes with the insertion of a slew of odds and ends from the era, some of which haven't usually been categorized as folk. Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" may sound hopelessly dated, but in a fun way that reminds the listener of how earnest folkies could be. The Chad Mitchell Trio offers an early take on "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," later to become a big hit for Roberta Flack. Roger Miller's "King of the Road" and Glen Campbell's version of "Gentle on My Mind" may or may not qualify as folk, but they both sound like folk in this context. The same is true for a number of story-songs like Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" and Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles." As with any collection, some listeners will wonder why only one Dylan performance was included, or why certain artists (Odetta, Tom Rush) were excluded. These, however, are quibbles. The Folk Years sets out to cover popular folk music from the '50s and '60s, and does a remarkable job doing just that. It's a lot like listening to an oldies station that refuses to play anything but folk and folk-influenced material, providing audiences who remember the music a healthy dose of nostalgia, and those too young to remember a thorough introduction.
1Where Have All the Flowers Gone?(3:03) 2You Were on My Mind(2:35) 3All My Trials - Peter, Paul and Mary(3:15) 4Don't Let the Rain Come Down(2:45) 5Greenfields - The Brothers Four(3:03) 6Both Sides Now(3:15) 7If I Were a Carpenter(2:22) 8Abraham, Martin and John - Dion(3:20) 9Lemon Tree(2:53) 10Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jimmie F. Rodgers(2:19) 11Jamaica Farewell(2:48) 12Green, Green(2:09) 13California Dreamin' - The Mamas & the Papas(2:40) 14Different Drum(2:38) 15A Summer Song(2:37)
1Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)(3:55) 2Blowin' in the Wind(2:46) 3Love Minus Zero/No Limit(2:43) 4Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Johnny Cash(2:57) 5Baby the Rain Must Fall(2:20) 6Guantanamera - Pete Seeger(4:39) 7Get Together - The Youngbloods(4:37) 8Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind - The Youngbloods(1:59) 9Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher(3:10) 10The Last Thing on My Mind(3:06) 11The Marvelous Toy(2:47) 12The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)(2:35) 13Silver Threads and Golden Needles - Dusty Springfield(2:14) 14We'll Sing in the Sunshine(2:58) 15(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay(2:43)
1If I Had a Hammer(2:58) 2This Land Is Your Land(3:12) 3All I Really Want to Do - Cher(2:56) 4There's a Meetin' Here Tonight(2:16) 5Walk Right In(2:36) 6Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy(2:31) 7I'll Never Find Another You(2:44) 8Mr. Tambourine Man(2:20) 9Gentle on My Mind - Glen Campbell(2:57) 10Daydream(2:20) 11For Lovin' Me(2:26) 12Sloop John B(2:57) 13The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)(3:04) 14Marianne(2:23) 15Tijuana Jail(2:49)
1Tom Dooley(3:02) 2I Shall Be Released - The Band(3:14) 3It Ain't Me Babe(2:09) 4There But for Fortune(3:14) 5A Little Bitty Tear(2:06) 6Lizzie Borden(3:21) 7500 Miles - Journeymen(3:14) 8The Unicorn(3:17) 9Monday, Monday - The Mamas & the Papas(3:18) 10Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson(2:45) 11Ode to Billie Joe(4:13) 12Elusive Butterfly(2:50) 13Someday Soon(3:45) 14Raspberries, Strawberries(2:13) 15My Old Man(3:19)
1A Worried Man(2:52) 2Georgy Girl(2:17) 3You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie(2:12) 4Turn Down Day(2:32) 5Do You Believe in Magic?(2:06) 6Saturday Night(2:21) 7Mama Don't Allow(2:41) 8Pretoria(5:43) 9The Motorcycle Song(2:47) 10King of the Road - Roger Miller(2:26) 11Abilene - George Hamilton IV(2:13) 12Funny Way of Laughing(2:41) 13Dominique - The Singing Nun(2:55) 14Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)(3:13) 15Eve of Destruction(3:34)
1My Back Pages(3:08) 2Reason to Believe(1:59) 3Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town(2:54) 4Like to Get to Know You - Spanky & Our Gang(3:10) 5Creeque Alley(3:47) 6Universal Soldier - Glen Campbell(2:08) 7Reverend Mr. Black(2:58) 8Whiskey on a Sunday (The Puppet Song)(2:41) 9Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod(2:11) 10Beans in My Ears(2:09) 11Come Saturday Morning - The Sandpipers(3:02) 12The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face(1:55) 13Time - The Pozo-Seco Singers(3:26) 14Walkin' My Cat Named Dog(2:17) 15In My Life(2:55)
1Boots of Spanish Leather(4:38) 2Long Black Veil - The Band(3:02) 3Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word(3:32) 4The Times They Are A-Changin'(2:19) 5Colours - Donovan(2:43) 6Simple Song of Freedom(3:52) 7Early Morning Rain(3:14) 8Greenback Dollar(2:51) 9La Bamba(4:40) 10Light My Fire - José Feliciano(3:29) 11Red Rubber Ball(2:19) 12The Midnight Special(4:00) 13Gotta Travel On(2:30) 14Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) - The Brothers Four(2:38) 15Leaving on a Jet Plane(2:30)
1Today(2:46) 2Tom Cat(2:07) 3Kumbaya - The Sandpipers(2:43) 4Blue Water Line - The Brothers Four(2:52) 5M.T.A.(3:13) 6The Whistling Gypsy - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem(3:44) 7Willow Weep for Me - Chad & Jeremy(2:33) 8A World of Our Own(2:45) 9I Can Make It With You - The Pozo-Seco Singers(2:17) 10Mr. Bojangles(3:47) 11Me and Bobby McGee(4:21) 12England Swings - Roger Miller(1:54) 13Brown Eyed Girl(3:05) 14Sit Down, I Think I Love You(2:20) 15San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
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