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

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

by Chad Mitchell
     
 
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

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742037425
catalogNumber:
374

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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

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