That's the Way It's Gonna Be/Violets of Dawn

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
In 1964, the Chad Mitchell Trio became the Mitchell Trio. It was 1965, however, before Chad Mitchell actually left the group, soon to be replaced by a young unknown named John Denver. Much of the material on Denver's first two efforts with the group -- compiled on the That's the Way It's Gonna Be/Violets of Dawn two-fer -- is similar to the group's last albums with Mitchell, The Slightly Irreverent and Typical American Boys. There's plenty of satire with "I Was Not a Nazi Polka" and "The Sound of Protest Has Begun to Pay," songs by contemporary writers like Tom Paxton and Fred Neil, and the group's trademark close harmony. At the same time, Denver's vocals and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
In 1964, the Chad Mitchell Trio became the Mitchell Trio. It was 1965, however, before Chad Mitchell actually left the group, soon to be replaced by a young unknown named John Denver. Much of the material on Denver's first two efforts with the group -- compiled on the That's the Way It's Gonna Be/Violets of Dawn two-fer -- is similar to the group's last albums with Mitchell, The Slightly Irreverent and Typical American Boys. There's plenty of satire with "I Was Not a Nazi Polka" and "The Sound of Protest Has Begun to Pay," songs by contemporary writers like Tom Paxton and Fred Neil, and the group's trademark close harmony. At the same time, Denver's vocals and 12-string guitar added a new dimension to the band that's most obvious on solo features like Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Seeger/Davies' "Bells of Rhymney." Despite the infusion of a new singer, however, the Mitchell Trio's new material was beginning to seem closer to folk-pop in 1966. Its recording of Eric Andersen's "Violets of Dawn" sounds less like a deep singer/songwriter piece than a radio-friendly version of folk music. Clearly the American folk revival was running out of steam, and groups like the Mitchell Trio were scrambling for new footing. That's the Way It's Gonna Be/Violets of Dawn does offer a good portrait of that transition, though, plus an early look at a future '70s icon. [The 2003 reissue also has nicely done liner notes by Allan Shaw.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742037425
  • Catalog Number: 374

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chad Mitchell Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ian Tyson Composer
Eric Andersen Composer
Bob Gibson Composer
Fred Neil Composer
Phil Ochs Composer
Tom Paxton Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Eliran Composer
John Gzowski Composer
Fred Hellerman Composer
Milton Okun Producer
Chester Powers Composer
Henry Strzelecki Composer
Donald Lawrence Composer
Fred Ebb Composer
Norman Martin Composer
Idris Davies Composer
Gérald Minkoff Composer
Pete Gzowski Composer
Anderson Composer
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