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Retrospective 1962-1970
     

A Retrospective 1962-1970

by The New Christy Minstrels
 
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Randy Sparks had a vision for a "folk choir" in 1961, a group that would, in his words, combine elements of the Norman Luboff Choir with the Kingston Trio, and named after Edwin Pearce Christy's Christy Minstrels, a black-faced minstrel troupe active in the

Overview

Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Randy Sparks had a vision for a "folk choir" in 1961, a group that would, in his words, combine elements of the Norman Luboff Choir with the Kingston Trio, and named after Edwin Pearce Christy's Christy Minstrels, a black-faced minstrel troupe active in the mid-1800s, the New Christy Minstrels were born. Sparks didn't just add individual performers to his new undertaking, he added whole groups of them, and in their '60s peak, the New Christy Minstrels stood ten strong on-stage, with almost that many acoustic guitars going at once. Always designed as a commercial venture, the Minstrels were really more a revue than a group, with individual singers stepping forward and performing a song or two, and then stepping back into the ensemble as the next singer stepped forward. It was an innovative idea at the time, and the Minstrels had tremendous success and television visibility in the group's initial configuration, scoring big hits with a version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," "Green, Green," and other songs. Members kept entering and exiting the group, though, and the alumni list for the New Christy Minstrels is a long one, including such future stars as Barry McGuire, Gene Clark, and later, Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes, among others, and in many ways, Sparks' greatest accomplishment with his ensemble was as a launching pad for solo careers. This 25-song set includes the Minstrels' signature tracks and is a fine single-disc survey of the group's commercial run between 1962 and 1970.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2012
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064000679
catalogNumber:
400067
Rank:
10514

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Christy Minstrels   Primary Artist
Bob Buchanan   Soloist
Kenny Rogers   Soloist
Ann White   Soprano (Vocal)
Art Podell   Soloist
Ramona Toney   Soloist

Technical Credits

Mickey Newbury   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Barry McGuire   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Tom Bahler   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Gary Fishbaugh   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Jackie Miller   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Nick Woods   Composer
Randy Sparks   Composer,Adaptation
Doug Wygal   Producer
Victoria Garvey   Composer
Tom Pickles   Producer,Liner Notes
Jeff James   Producer
Pat Garvey   Composer
Terry Tillman   Composer

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