A Retrospective 1962-1970

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064000679
  • Catalog Number: 400067
  • Sales rank: 40,799

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Land is Your Land - Karol Dugan (2:16)
  2. 2 Denver - Peggy Connelly (2:58)
  3. 3 (Th Story Of) The Preacher and the Bear - Peggy Connelly (3:03)
  4. 4 Susianna - Clarence Treat (2:03)
  5. 5 Julianne - Clarence Treat (3:06)
  6. 6 Jimmy Grove and Barbara Ellen - Clarence Treat (4:51)
  7. 7 Walk the Road - Clarence Treat (2:34)
  8. 8 Green, Green - Clarence Treat (2:09)
  9. 9 Last Farewell - Clarence Treat (2:43)
  10. 10 Beautiful City - Doug Brookins (2:41)
  11. 11 Saturday Night - Clarence Treat (2:21)
  12. 12 Blacksmith of Brandywine - Clarence Treat (2:16)
  13. 13 Today - Mike Crowley (2:46)
  14. 14 Company of Cowards - Mike Crowley (2:09)
  15. 15 (Th Story Of) Waltzing Matilda - Paul Potash (9:47)
  16. 16 Listen, I'll Sing You the Blues - Paul Potash (3:04)
  17. 17 God Bless the Child - Paul Potash (5:06)
  18. 18 Oh, Miss Mary - Paul Potash (2:18)
  19. 19 Chim Chim Cher-Ee - Clarence Treat (2:47)
  20. 20 The Girl From Ipanema - Clarence Treat (3:54)
  21. 21 High Flyin’ Bird - Dennis Cosh (3:05)
  22. 22 Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings - Mark Holly (2:31)
  23. 23 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Bill Heard (2:17)
  24. 24 Door Into Tomorrow - Bill Reynolds (3:59)
  25. 25 You Need Someone To Love (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 Jr. Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Jackie Miller Composer
Nick Woods Composer
Randy Sparks Composer, Adaptation
Doug Wygal Producer
Victoria Garvey Composer
Tom Pickles Producer, Liner Notes
Jeff James Producer
Richard Sherman Composer
Pat Garvey Composer
Terry Tillman Composer
Robert Sherman Composer
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