Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene: Vanguard Records & the 1960s Musical Revolution

Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene: Vanguard Records & the 1960s Musical Revolution


Begun in 1950 by brothers Maynard & Seymour Solomon, Vanguard Records was initially a classical label, although it issued some two-dozen jazz recordings between 1953 and 1958 under the direction of John Hammond. The brothers weren't as much interested in the commercial side of the record business…  See more details below


Begun in 1950 by brothers Maynard & Seymour Solomon, Vanguard Records was initially a classical label, although it issued some two-dozen jazz recordings between 1953 and 1958 under the direction of John Hammond. The brothers weren't as much interested in the commercial side of the record business as they were interested in presenting and archiving American musical history, and they had standards. When they signed blacklisted artists Paul Robeson and the Weavers in the mid-'50s, they garnered the respect of the emerging folk scene, putting the label in a wonderful position to document the urban folk and blues revivals that broke through to new commercial levels just as the '60s opened. Not only did Vanguard issue live albums of the Newport Folk Festivals, the label had also assembled an impressive catalog of young, cutting-edge folk singers, including Joan Baez, Patrick Sky, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian & Sylvia, Richard & Mimi Fariña, Hedy West, the Rooftop Singers, Eric Andersen, and many others, and had also issued important albums from blues rediscoveries Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, made forays into bluegrass, and released Doc Watson's first LPs, all of which made Vanguard the most successful of the folk and blues labels of the '60s. Later in the decade the label tried its hand at rock, signing and issuing fine albums by Country Joe & the Fish and the Frost, although it is as a folk label that Vanguard's reputation rests. This four-disc set provides an in-depth survey of the breadth of Vanguard's catalog, and also serves as a sort of musical journey through the cultural shifts and changes of the '60s. The '70s weren't as kind to Vanguard as the '60s were, and the label was sold to the Welk Music Group in 1985, undergoing a kind of resurgence with albums from John Fogerty, Greg Laswell, Merle Haggard, Chris Isaak, Linda Ronstadt, Robert Cray' and others, but Vanguard's '60s catalog continues to be the label's defining jewel. This set shows why.

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Ace Records Uk


Disc 1

  1. I'm So Glad  - Skip James
  2. Done Got Wise  - Big Bill Broonzy
  3. Stagolee  - Mississippi John Hurt
  4. Gospel Train  -  Golden Gate Quartet
  5. Oh Mary, Don't You Weep  -  Swan Silvertones
  6. The Prodigal Son  - Robert Wilkins
  7. Bosco Stomp  - Revon Reid
  8. Blues is a Botheration  - Otis Spann
  9. Too Much Alcohol  -  J.B. Hutto & The Hawks
  10. Blues After Hours  - Pee Wee Crayton
  11. I Can't Be Satisfied  - Duane Allman
  12. Whats the Matter With the Mill  -  Koerner, Ray & Glover
  13. Cocaine  - Dave Van Ronk
  14. Samson and Delilah  - Rev. Gary Davis
  15. Cotton Crop Blues  - James Cotton
  16. Clay's Tune  - Charlie Musselwhite
  17. I Can't Quit You Babe  - Otis Rush
  18. You Lied To Me  - Junior Wells
  19. Fever  - Buddy Guy
  20. Ball and Chain  - Big Mama Thornton

Disc 2

  1. Deep River Blues  - Doc Watson
  2. Hello Stranger  - Mike Seeger
  3. House Carpenter  - Almeda Riddle
  4. 500 Miles  - Hedy West
  5. Little Glass of Wine  -  Stanley Brothers
  6. Going Down This Road Feeling Bad  -  Watson Family
  7. Stewball  - John Herald
  8. This Land is Your Land  -  Weavers
  9. Pretty Boy Floyd  - Cisco Houston
  10. Walk Right In  -  Rooftop Singers
  11. The Rocky Road To Dublin  - Liam Clancy
  12. Jug of Punch  -  Clancy Brothers
  13. The Leaves That Are Green  -  Country Gentlemen
  14. Walls of Time  - Peter Rowan
  15. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?  - Pete Seeger
  16. Anger In the Land  - Hedy West
  17. There But For Fortune  - Phil Ochs
  18. Thirsty Boots  - Eric Andersen
  19. The Last Thing On My Mind  - Tom Paxton
  20. San Francisco Bay Blues  - Jesse Fuller
  21. Roll On Buddy  - Clarence White
  22. Hard, Ain't It Hard  -  Kingston Trio
  23. Many a Mile  - Patrick Sky

Disc 3

  1. North Country Blues  - Bob Dylan
  2. Farewell, Angelina  - Joan Baez
  3. Early Morning Rain  -  Ian & Sylvia
  4. Reflections In a Crystal Wind  -  Richard & Mimi Fariña
  5. Driving On Bald Mountain  -  Odetta
  6. Four Strong Winds  -  Ian & Sylvia
  7. Mobile Line  - Jim Kweskin
  8. Dope Again  -  Serpent Power
  9. I-Feel-Like-Im-Fixin-To-Die Rag  -  Country Joe & the Fish
  10. Gotta Be Juicy (or It Ain't Love)  - Sandy Bull
  11. Down In the Basement  -  Notes from the Underground
  12. Negative Dreamer Girl  -  Circus Maximus
  13. Rock and Roll Music  -  Frost
  14. Cristo Redentor  - Harvey Mandel
  15. Nobody Blues  -  Serpent Power
  16. Born In Chicago  -  Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  17. Easy Does It  - Sandy Bull
  18. Janis  -  Country Joe & the Fish
  19. Sweet Lady Love  -  Frost
  20. Lonely Man  -  Circus Maximus

Disc 4

  1. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  - Joan Baez
  2. Hobo's Lullabye  -  Gary & Randy Scruggs
  3. Dueling Banjos  -  Dillards
  4. Shell Game  - Jerry Jeff Walker
  5. Get Your Biscuits In the Oven and Your Buns In the Bed  - Kinky Friedman
  6. I'm a Woman  -  Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band
  7. March! For Martin Luther King  - John Fahey
  8. The Death of Stephen Biko  - Tom Paxton
  9. Here I Go Again  -  Country Joe & the Fish
  10. You Should Be More Careful  -  Elizabeth
  11. Soldier Blue  - Buffy Sainte-Marie
  12. Sold American  - Kinky Friedman
  13. Sail  -  Oregon
  14. Rene's Theme  - John McLaughlin
  15. Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion At Magruder Park  - John Fahey
  16. Morning Song To Sally  - Jerry Jeff Walker
  17. She Used To Want To Be a Ballerina  - Buffy Sainte-Marie
  18. A Nickels Worth of Bennys Help  -  31st of February
  19. Wish I Was a Punk  -  Notes from the Underground
  20. Kiss My Ass  - Country Joe McDonald

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Jesse Fuller   Composer
Mississippi John Hurt   Arranger
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Peter Rowan   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Doc Watson   Arranger
Eric Andersen   Composer
Kinky Friedman   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Duke Pearson   Composer
Collin Walcott   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Melton   Composer
Gus Cannon   Composer
Liam Clancy   Arranger
Tommy Makem   Arranger
Goebel Reeves   Composer
Tom Clancy   Arranger
Robert Wilkins   Composer
John Fahey   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Memorabilia
Scott Boyer   Composer
Bob Bruno   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Samuel Charters   Introduction
Clay Cotton   Composer
Rev. Gary Davis   Arranger,Composer
John Herald   Arranger
J.B. Hutto   Arranger
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
David Meltzer   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Avery Parrish   Composer
Ralph Rinzler   Arranger
Patrick Sky   Composer
Otis Spann   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Dick Wagner   Composer
Hedy West   Arranger,Composer
Hosea Woods   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Mark Mandell   Composer
Orlandus Wilson   Arranger
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Nehemiah James   Composer
Willie Mae Thornton   Composer
Minnie McCoy   Composer
John Crosby   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Rene Thomas   Composer
Don West   Composer
Vicki Fox   Memorabilia
Robert Yellin   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Arthur Smith   Composer
Richard Faria   Composer
Colm O'Brien   Memorabilia
Joe McDonald   Composer
Pat Clancy   Arranger
Robert Patterson   Composer
Odetta Gordon   Arranger
Alexander Bull   Composer
Tim Fuller   Memorabilia
Ronald C. Crosby   Composer
Phillip Lloyd Smee   Memorabilia
Patrick Stewart   Memorabilia
Mike O'Connor   Composer

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