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Four Decades of Folk Rock

Four Decades of Folk Rock

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Four Decades of Folk Rock is an expansive box set, allowing one disc and over an hour of music for each decade. For those who would argue that folk-rock was primarily a 1960s phenomenon in the United States and a '60s and '70s phenomenon in Britain, the box counters that the musical strains of folk-rock have informed everyone from R.E.M.


Four Decades of Folk Rock is an expansive box set, allowing one disc and over an hour of music for each decade. For those who would argue that folk-rock was primarily a 1960s phenomenon in the United States and a '60s and '70s phenomenon in Britain, the box counters that the musical strains of folk-rock have informed everyone from R.E.M. to the Bangles to David Gray. It's unlikely, though, that anyone but record shop nerds and music historians will be very interested in the debate. For everyone else, the set will be measured by the quality of the music itself, and on that account, Four Decades delivers a remarkable set list. Overall, the first two discs covering the '60s and '70s are likely to be the most familiar to listeners, perhaps because much of the music was issued at a time when rock seemed less divided by subgroups than today. Yes, the Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!" may have been "folk-rock," but the rock family was broad enough to encompass the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane, Donovan and the Band. Still, one of the strong points of these early discs is the mixing of less familiar tracks with material that still circulates on Oldies stations. Most listeners, for instance, will be familiar with Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and the Stone Poneys' (with Linda Rondstadt singing lead) "Different Drum," but are less likely to be on a sure footing with Tim Buckley's "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain" and Tim Rose's version of "Morning Dew." The collection also makes a smart move by including a number of British performers including Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, and Steeleye Span. The latter two discs representing the '80s and '90s (and beyond) may lack the cohesiveness of the earlier discs, but the music is nonetheless solid. Part of the problem stems from the shattering of once seemingly stable categories like rock/folk-rock into alternative rock, singer/songwriter, and Celtic. Unless one is a fan of every subgenre, she is unlikely to sing along with a number of these songs. Also, the mixture of such disparate categories is bound to create odd pairings. It's odd, for instance, to stick Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen" between Richard and Linda Thompson's "Wall of Death" and R.E.M.'s "Talk About the Passion." And it's selections like "Come on Eileen" and 10,000 Maniacs' "Don't Talk" that will lead record shop nerds and music historians to cry foul: in what way does either song relate to folk-rock? But other cuts, like the above mentioned "Talk About the Passion," along with David Gray's "Babylon" and Natalie Merchant's "Where I Go," fit just fine, whether one is pointing to something called folk-rock or just good music. These discs are also strong on including female voices like Sarah McLachlan's "Drawn to the Rhythm," Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," and Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home." Like all collections, Four Decades of Folk Rock is a selective view of music history that some may choose to contend. More than history, though, the collection succeeds by putting together a solid and likable set list that balances the familiar with the lesser known, the American with the British, and, thankfully, both male and female performers.

Product Details

Release Date:
Time Life Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Clarence White   Electric Guitar
Tim Hart   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Hillman   Bass,Vocals
Jim Lauderdale   Background Vocals
Joan Baez   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,ARP
Sandy Denny   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Drake   Guitar,Vocals
Marvin Etzioni   Bass
Arlo Guthrie   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Tim Hardin   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Bert Jansch   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Fred Neil   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Maddy Prior   Vocals
P.F. Sloan   Guitar,Harmonica
Giles Reaves   Banjo,Bells,Djembe
Mickey Hart   Percussion
Dave Alvin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Marty Balin   Vocals
Billy Bragg   Vocals
Jackson Browne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Buckley   Vocals,12-string Guitar,Kalimba,Bottleneck Guitar
Jim Capaldi   Percussion,Vocals
Peter Case   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Exene Cervenka   Vocals
Gene Clark   Tambourine,Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Crosby & Nash   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Doe   Bass,Vocals
Donovan   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Steve Earle   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Clive Gregson   Background Vocals
Don Henley   Drums,Background Vocals
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals
Susanna Hoffs   Guitar,Vocals
Jorma Kaukonen   Guitar
Carole King   Piano
Kooper   Organ
David Lindley   Electric Bouzouki
Maria McKee   Vocals
Don McLean   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Meisner   Background Vocals
Graham Nash   Vocals
Stevie Nicks   Vocals
Harry Nilsson   Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Robbie Robertson   Acoustic Guitar
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
John Sebastian   Vocals,Electric Autoharp
Grace Slick   Vocals
Rod Stewart   Vocals
Steve Stills   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Richard Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Suzanne Vega   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Vocals
Steve Winwood   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Neil Young   Guitar
Gary Burton   Vibes
Larry Carlton   Acoustic Guitar
Don Randi   Harpsichord
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
Lisa Germano   Fiddle
Sarah McLachlan   Vocals
Steven Roback   Bass,Vocals
Pete Sears   Piano
Chris Stamey   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steve Wynn   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jesse Colin Young   Bass,Vocals
Jay Berliner   Guitar
James Burton   Dobro
Rick Danko   Bass,Vocals
Chris Darrow   Fiddle
Denny Doherty   Vocals
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
Ashley Hutchings   Bass
Bob Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Kantner   Guitar
Phil Lynott   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dewey Martin   Drums
Barry McGuire   Vocals
Ian McLagan   Organ
Christine McVie   Keyboards,Vocals
Simon Nicol   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Electric Autoharp
Bruce Palmer   Bass
Dave Pegg   Bass
Michelle Phillips   Vocals
Red Rhodes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tim Rose   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Piucci   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Richie Furay   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Bauer   Drums
Richard Rodney Bennett   Electric Guitar
Jerry Corbitt   Guitar
John Renbourn   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steven Soles   Background Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jerry Angel   Drums
Dale Baker   Drums
Hal Blaine   Drums
Steve Bartek   Guitar
Bucky Baxter   Pedal Steel Guitar
Eric Bell   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Electric Piano
Jay Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Slide Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jorge Bermudez   Tambourine
Gene Bianco   Harp
Mickey Billingham   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Michael Blair   Drums
Steve Boone   Bass
Michael Bowden   Bass
John Boylan   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Brennan   Fiddle
Sam Brown   Background Vocals
Peter Buck   Guitar
Robert Buck   Electric Guitar
Chris Cacavas   Background Vocals
Jack Casady   Bass
Philip Chevron   Guitar,Vocals
John Ciambotti   Bass
Michael Clarke   Drums
Carter C.C. Collins   Percussion,Conga
Ken Coomer   Percussion,Drums
William Cooper   Bass
Terry Cox   Drums,finger cymbals
Paul B. Cutler   Guitar
Bill Dillon   Acoustic Guitar,Billatron
Craig Doerge   Piano
Brian Downey   Drums
Dennis Drew   Keyboards
Spencer Dryden   Drums
Dennis Duck   Drums
Cass Elliot   Vocals
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Daryl Exnicious   Bass
Davey Faragher   Bass,Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Percussion,Drums
Jay Farrar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass
Jem Finer   Banjo
Jim Fischoff   Percussion
John T. Forsha   Guitar
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Glenn Frey   Acoustic Guitar
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Keyboards
Peter Fullerton   Bass,Vocals
Gil T.   Bass
Tony Gilkyson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Will Glenn   Keyboards
Emory Gordy   Bass
David Gray   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Patty Griffin   Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Paul Griffin   Piano
Steve Gustafson   Bass
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Cello
Ryan Hedgecock   Acoustic Guitar
Don Heffington   Drums
Michael Heidorn   Drums
Levon Helm   Drums,Vocals
Peter Holsapple   Organ,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ
Trevor Hutchinson   Bass
David Immerglück   Guitar
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Max Johnston   Dobro
Edd Kalehoff   Synthesizer
Howard Kaylan   Vocals
Sean Kelly   Guitar
Rick Kemp   Bass,Vocals
David Kemper   Drums
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Giorgio Kilkenny   Bass
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel   Bass,Keyboards
Mike Kowalski   Drums
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Doug Lancio   Mandolin
Tim Landers   Bass
Jim Lang   Organ
Bruce Langhorne   Tambourine
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Phil Lesh   Electric Piano,Vocals
John Leventhal   Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards
Lowell Levinger   Guitar
Donald Lindley   Drums
Robert Lloyd   Mandolin
Gary Louris   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Love   Electric Guitar
David Lucas   Background Vocals
Shane MacGowan   Vocals
Barrie Maguire   Bass
Richard Manuel   Piano,Vocals
Pierre Marchand   Keyboards
Kate Markowitz   Vocal Harmony
Roy Markowitz   Drums
Gurf Morlix   Electric Guitar
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ian Matthews   Background Vocals,finger cymbals
Val McCallum   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Martin McCarrick   Cello
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Roger McGuinn   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Peter McKinney   Drums
Jacqui McShee   Vocals
Mike Melvoin   Keyboards
Natalie Merchant   Vocals
Mike Mills   Bass
Billy Mundi   Drums
Johnette Napolitano   Vocal Harmony
Nichol   Guitar,Vocals
Helen O'Hara   Fiddle
Cait O'Riordan   Bass,Vocals
Mark Olson   Guitar,Vocals
David Paich   Electric Harpsichord
Felix Pappalardi   Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Big Jim Paterson   Trombone
Nigel Pegrum   Drums
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Marc Perlman   Bass
Debbi Peterson   Drums,Vocals
Vicki Peterson   Guitar,Vocals
John Phillips   Guitar,Vocals
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Martin Quittenton   12-string Guitar
Michael Ramos   Accordion
Andrew Ranken   Drums
David Raven   Drums
Amy Ray   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
David Roback   Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Suzzy Roche   Vocals
Bob Rothstein   Bass,Vocals
Kevin Rowland   Vocals
Emily Saliers   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Saltzman   Drums
Anton Sanko   Keyboards
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Mark Schulman   Electric Guitar
Lee Shapiro   Synclavier
Seb Shelton   Drums
Jack Sherman   Electric Guitar
Michael Shockley   Tambourine
Talvin Singh   Percussion
Sean Slade   Organ
Paul Speare   Flute,Saxophone,tin whistle
David Spinozza   Electric Guitar
Michael Steele   Bass
Harry Stinson   Drums,Vocals
Michael Stipe   Vocals
John Stirratt   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Dallas Taylor   Drums
Anthony Thistlethwaite   Mandolin
Linda Thompson   Vocals
Daniel Timms   Electric Piano
Dave Torbert   Bass
Jeff Tweedy   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Michael Urbano   Drums
Michael Visceglia   Bass
Mark Volman   Tambourine,Vocals
Dusty Wakeman   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Mickey Waller   Drums
Mark Walton   Bass
Steve Wickham   Fiddle
Eric Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Zal Yanovsky   Guitar,Vocals
Peter Yanowitz   Drums
Jason Yates   Keyboards
Pete Zorn   Background Vocals
Jimmy Bond   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Terre Roche   Guitar,Vocals
Ken Edwards   Keyboards
Jim W. Gordon   Drums
Peter Hyrka   Violin
Bob Jones   Guitar (12 String Electric)
Ilene Markell   Bass
Danny Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Chuck Portz   Bass
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Bobby Ray   Bass
Bill Berry   Drums
Dan Gaarder   Guitar
Brian Henneman   Electric Guitar
Pat Quinn   Background Vocals
Thad Spencer   Drums
Maggie Roche   Vocals
Beverly Bivens   Vocals
Don Bonebrake   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Alan Wilson   Harmonica
Dave Boquist   Electric Guitar
Sara Lee   Bass
Hope Sandoval   Vocals
Jim Boquist   Bass,Vocals
Adrian Lopez Guevarra   Conga
David Jacques   Acoustic Bass
Eddie Kalwa   Drums
J.J. Plasencio   Bass
Don Murray   Drums
Matt Slocum   Guitar,Cello
Joey Scott   Piano
Jennifer Turner   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Bradshaw   Keyboards
Joe Butler   Drums,Vocals
Caroline Corr   Drums,Vocals
Carl Byron   Hammond Organ
Andrea Corr   Vocals
Sharon Corr   Violin,Vocals
Leigh Nash   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Corr   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bob Egan   Slide Guitar
Casey   Guitar
Peter Childs   Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Brian Maurice   Saxophone
Ronald Jones   Drums
Anne McCue   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Dave Nelson & the King's Men   Electric Guitar
Mike Stewart Singers   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Fiddle,Violin
Brian Standefer   Cello
Kat Maslich   Vocals
Billy Adams   Banjo,Guitar
Quinn   Drums
Stephen Ferrera   Drums
Paul "Blind Man" Harris   Piano
Ed Carter   Bass
Peter Bradley Adams   Piano,Vocals
Dick Powell & Chorus   Violin
Jon Gordon   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Keith Mitchell   Drums
Peter Knight Singers   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
James D. Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
James Fern Ley   Accordion
Deanna Lucas   Background Vocals
Chris Wood   Flute

Technical Credits

Tim Hart   Arranger
Joan Baez   Composer,Producer
Sandy Denny   Composer
Nick Drake   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Bert Jansch   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Maddy Prior   Arranger
Pete Seeger   Composer
P.F. Sloan   Composer
Steve Taylor   Producer
Dave Alvin   Composer
Billy Bragg   Composer,Producer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Tim Buckley   Composer
Peter Case   Composer,Producer
Shawn Colvin   Composer
Elvis Costello   Producer
Crosby, Stills & Nash   Producer
Don Dixon   Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
Fleetwood Mac   Producer
Grateful Dead   Producer
John Hiatt   Composer
Don McLean   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Composer
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Producer
Paul Simon   Composer
Rod Stewart   Producer
Steve Stills   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Suzanne Vega   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer,Producer
Steve Winwood   Arranger,Producer
Neil Young   Composer
John Wood   Producer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Chris Stamey   Composer,Producer
Steve Wynn   Composer
David Foster   Producer
Mike Batt   Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Bob Johnson   Arranger
Paul Kantner   Composer
Clive Langer   Producer
Terry Melcher   Producer
John Simon   Producer
John Renbourn   Composer
Steve Addabbo   Producer
Lou Adler   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Stephen Barncard   Producer
Steve Berlin   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Joe Boyd   Producer
John Boylan   Producer
Tony Brown   Producer
Artie Butler   String Arrangements
Ken Caillat   Producer
Joe Chiccarelli   Producer
Terry Cox   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Richard Dashut   Producer
Bill Drescher   Producer
Mitch Easter   Producer
Jay Farrar   Composer
Ed Freeman   Producer
Mitchell Froom   Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer
David Gray   Composer,Producer
Charles Greene   Producer
Patty Griffin   Composer,Producer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Michael Heidorn   Composer
Larry Hirsch   Producer
Peter Holsapple   Composer,Producer
Jac Holzman   Producer
Bones Howe   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Edd Kalehoff   Producer
Lenny Kaye   Producer
Rick Kemp   Arranger
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer
Doug Lancio   Producer
Jim Lang   String Arrangements
Phil Lesh   Composer
John Leventhal   Producer
Howie Lindeman   Producer
Mark Linett   Producer
Shane MacGowan   Composer
Pierre Marchand   Producer
Gurf Morlix   Producer
Jacqui McShee   Composer
Natalie Merchant   Composer,Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Ted Myers   Liner Notes
Mark Olson   Composer
Richard Sanford Orshoff   Producer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
Brian Paulson   Producer
David Roback   Producer
Jim Rondinelli   Producer
Kevin Rowland   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Rubinson   Producer
Mike Scott   Composer
Grant Showbiz   Producer
Sean Slade   Producer
Don Smith   Producer
Brian Stone   Producer
Nick Tauber   Producer
George Tipton   String Arrangements
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Dusty Wakeman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Jerry Yester   Producer
J. Steven Soles   Producer
Alvin Clark   Producer
Danny Thompson   Composer
Frank Werber   Producer
Corrs   Composer
Bas Hartong   Executive Producer
Bruce Pollock   Liner Notes
Bryan Adams   Composer
Iestyn Polson   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Anne McCue   Composer,Producer
Mike Scott   Producer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Olivia Kim   Editorial Research
David Dean White   Producer
Peter Bradley Adams   Producer
Peter Knight Singers   Arranger
Craig McClune   Producer

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Four Decades of Folk Rock 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Photodiver7 More than 1 year ago
For those of us that remember the sixties and early seventies. The music on these discs will take you back, especially if you were part of the counter culture of the time.
HaraldCM More than 1 year ago
Lots of songs, good stuff. The liner notes are through, and the box set is nicely presented.
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