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Route 50: Driving New Roots for Fifty Years

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707957229
  • Catalog Number: 79572
  • Sales rank: 312,201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Next Time You See Me - James Cotton (3:04)
  2. 2 Shake It Baby (3:35)
  3. 3 I Don't Play, I'll Be Your Man Some Day (3:17)
  4. 4 Ask Me Nice - John Hammond Jr. (4:43)
  5. 5 Black Mountain Rag - Doc Watson (1:44)
  6. 6 Louise (4:51)
  7. 7 Play One More - Ian & Sylvia (3:00)
  8. 8 Richland Woman (4:20)
  9. 9 House Un-American Blues Activity Dream (3:10)
  10. 10 Lion (5:07)
  11. 11 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (3:31)
  12. 12 I'm So Glad (1:55)
  13. 13 Mean and Evil (2:22)
  14. 14 Goodbye Baby (3:29)
  15. 15 Some Day (4:35)
  16. 16 You Got a Hole in Your Soul (3:56)
  17. 17 Charango (3:59)
  18. 18 Low-Lee-Tah (4:17)
  19. 19 Little Maggie (4:09)
  20. 20 Jug of Punch - Don McLean (2:58)
  21. 21 Close the Door Lightly When You Go - Eric Andersen (3:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't You Throw That Mojo on Me (4:08)
  2. 2 I'm the Lucky One (4:37)
  3. 3 When I Get Around You (3:04)
  4. 4 Blink (3:15)
  5. 5 Blue Distance (4:51)
  6. 6 Something Happens (2:49)
  7. 7 Crawfishin' (4:22)
  8. 8 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (3:40)
  9. 9 This Tattoo (3:10)
  10. 10 Rule Number One (2:31)
  11. 11 Landslide (3:41)
  12. 12 One Quiet Day (5:02)
  13. 13 Beg to Differ (4:31)
  14. 14 Burnin' Down (3:33)
  15. 15 Ghost Dance (4:27)
  16. 16 Every Mountain I Climb (4:10)
  17. 17 La Primera (5:24)
  18. 18 Brahmas and Mustangs (3:34)
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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
The 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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