Route 50: Driving New Roots for Fifty Years

Route 50: Driving New Roots for Fifty Years

     
 
In the five decades since brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon founded Vanguard Records, the label has recorded a diverse wealth of music in genres ranging from classical to reggae, releasing history-making recordings by folk icons the Weavers and Paul Robeson in the 1950s and documenting the work of various

Overview

In the five decades since brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon founded Vanguard Records, the label has recorded a diverse wealth of music in genres ranging from classical to reggae, releasing history-making recordings by folk icons the Weavers and Paul Robeson in the 1950s and documenting the work of various cutting-edge songsters at the turn of a new century. In between, they've documented the Sixties folk revival and the Chicago blues renaissance. The first half of this 39-track, two-disc set takes a historical approach, starting with bluesman's James Cotton's almost-jazzy "The Next Time You See Me" and continuing with blues tunes from Otis Spann, Buddy Guy, and Skip James. Jerry Jeff Walker and the late Nicolette Larson offer a blues-folk blend with a duet on "Louise," while Doc Watson brings things to the country with "Black Mountain Rag." Ian and Sylvia offer the folk rocker "Play One More," and the label's rich folk heritage is further represented by the likes of John Fahey, Eric Andersen, and Odetta. The second disc concentrates on what Vanguard's been up to lately, with "I'm the Lucky One" from recent signee Mark Selby, "Blue Distance" from literate lyricist Peter Case, and a spicy take on "Jambalaya" from Tab Benoit, with additional tracks by David Wilcox, Patty Larkin, and Bill Miller.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This 50th anniversary sampler ("sampler," not "best-of" or something like that, is the term used on the sleeve) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vanguard label. Vanguard has recorded some important music, particularly in the folk, blues, and folk-rock fields in the 1960s. This is not the best way to get acquainted with its catalog, due to its incomplete survey of its most significant holdings, the questionable choice of some of the tracks, and the uneven listening that's guaranteed by interspersing different styles with each other. Disc one is devoted to songs, largely from the 1960s or slightly afterward, compiled from the label's Session Series, and virtually every artist included is significant: James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Odetta, Doc Watson, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Junior Wells, Ian & Sylvia, Jerry Jeff Walker, Richard & Mimi Fariña, Jim Kweskin, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Spann, Larry Coryell, Sandy Bull, the Clancy Brothers, and Eric Andersen are all on board. Not all of them are shown to their best advantage, however, with one of their best or even better tracks, although you can hear unquestioned highlights like Skip James' "I'm So Glad" and Andersen's "Close the Door Lightly When You Go." What's more curious is that some of Vanguard's most significant artists are missing, including Joan Baez (who was, after all, their most popular star), the Weavers, and Country Joe & the Fish. The second disc is devoted to more contemporary artists, usually singer/songwriters with folk-rock roots as heard on 1990s albums. Although Peter Case and Ian Tyson are notable achievers, overall the performers pale in importance next to Vanguard's earlier rosters. No original release dates are given in the track listing. It's hard to envision what consumers this might satisfy; it's more apt to serve as a sampler to help someone, say a retailer or prospective Vanguard investor, get a grip on what's in the company's catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707957229
catalogNumber:
79572

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Next Time You See Me
  2. Shake It Baby
  3. I Don't Play, I'll Be Your Man Some Day
  4. Ask Me Nice
  5. Black Mountain Rag
  6. Louise
  7. Play One More
  8. Richland Woman
  9. House Un-American Blues Activity Dream
  10. Lion
  11. Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  12. I'm So Glad
  13. Mean and Evil
  14. Goodbye Baby
  15. Some Day
  16. You Got a Hole in Your Soul
  17. Charango
  18. Low-Lee-Tah
  19. Little Maggie
  20. Jug of Punch
  21. Close the Door Lightly When You Go

Disc 2

  1. Don't You Throw That Mojo on Me
  2. I'm the Lucky One
  3. When I Get Around You
  4. Blink
  5. Blue Distance
  6. Something Happens
  7. Crawfishin'
  8. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  9. This Tattoo
  10. Rule Number One
  11. Landslide
  12. One Quiet Day
  13. Beg to Differ
  14. Burnin' Down
  15. Ghost Dance
  16. Every Mountain I Climb
  17. La Primera
  18. Brahmas and Mustangs

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Cotton   Track Performer
Buddy Guy   Track Performer
Mississippi John Hurt   Track Performer
Skip James   Track Performer
Charlie Musselwhite   Track Performer
Odetta   Track Performer
Big Mama Thornton   Track Performer
Junior Wells   Track Performer
Clancy Brothers   Track Performer
Ian Tyson   Track Performer
Doc Watson   Track Performer
Eric Andersen   Track Performer
Sandy Bull   Track Performer
Mimi Fariña   Track Performer
Ian & Sylvia   Track Performer
Jim Kweskin   Track Performer
Patty Larkin   Track Performer
David Wilcox   Track Performer
Peter Case   Track Performer
Don McLean   Track Performer
Larry Coryell   Track Performer
Oregon   Track Performer
Maria Muldaur   Track Performer
Venice   Track Performer
Nicolette Larson   Track Performer
Richard Fariña   Track Performer
Tab Benoit   Track Performer
John Fahey   Track Performer
Bill Miller   Track Performer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Track Performer
Terry Radigan   Track Performer
Otis Spann   Track Performer
Mark Selby   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ian Tyson   Composer
Larry Coryell   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya   Engineer
Kevin Welk   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer

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