Vanguard: Roots of Folk

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Vanguard was one of the leading folk labels of the 1960s, due both to its own studio releases and its anthologies of performances from the Newport Folk Festivals. This is a three-CD set of Vanguard material from that era, encompassing live and studio tracks by many of the major icons of the time. The list is pretty amazing, in fact: the Weavers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Doc Watson, Elizabeth Cotten, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Kingston Trio, Mimi and Richard Fariña, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ian & Sylvia, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and John Lee Hooker make up only a portion ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Vanguard was one of the leading folk labels of the 1960s, due both to its own studio releases and its anthologies of performances from the Newport Folk Festivals. This is a three-CD set of Vanguard material from that era, encompassing live and studio tracks by many of the major icons of the time. The list is pretty amazing, in fact: the Weavers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Doc Watson, Elizabeth Cotten, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Kingston Trio, Mimi and Richard Fariña, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ian & Sylvia, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and John Lee Hooker make up only a portion of the lineup. It's divided into thematic discs that make sense and make the package more listenable, with "Roots of Folk" concentrating on the more traditional folk revivalists; "Singers & Songwriters" on the more contemporary folk-based performers, including a little folk-rock and even teetering on the edge of psychedelia with Country Joe & the Fish's "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag"; and "Folk Blues," focusing on acoustic blues for the most part, though there are also some electric tracks by the likes of the Chambers Brothers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and an odd collaboration between Pete Seeger, Willie Dixon, and Lafayette Leake on "Midnight Special". A few of the selections are quite well-known classics, like Judy Collins' version of "Turn, Turn, Turn" a live one, not the Elektra studio recording, Buffy Sainte-Marie's "The Universal Soldier," Mimi and Richard Fariña's "Pack up Your Sorrow," Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train," the Weavers' "If I Had a Hammer," Eric Andersen's "Violets of Dawn," the Rooftop Singers' number one single "Walk Right In," Donovan's "Catch the Wind" a live duet with Joan Baez, Tom Paxton's "Ramblin' Boy," Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man," and Skip James' "I'm So Glad." There's also room for some interesting lesser-known names and performances, like Sandy Bull's "Little Maggie" and the Chambers Brothers' live covers of "People Get Ready" and "See Rider," though Joan Baez and Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" demonstrates that their live duets were more cultural events than musical milestones. The big drawback to this set? Unbelievably, the annotation provides no original release or recording dates, which is especially vexing given that a bunch of these are live. That leaves even experts to guess as to when and even possibly where much of this was recorded, though it's safe to say that most or all of the live cuts are from the Newport Folk Festivals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707020329
  • Catalog Number: 203/05
  • Sales rank: 94,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joe Hill (2:56)
  2. 2 Irene (3:21)
  3. 3 Kumbaya - The Weavers (2:52)
  4. 4 This Land Is Your Land (2:42)
  5. 5 Roll on Buddy (2:02)
  6. 6 Another Man Done Gone - Odetta (2:33)
  7. 7 Turn, Turn, Turn (4:10)
  8. 8 If I Had a Hammer - The Weavers (2:18)
  9. 9 Donna Donna (3:15)
  10. 10 The Battle of New Orleans (2:59)
  11. 11 Amazing Grace - Clarence Ashley (3:52)
  12. 12 It Takes a Worried Man (3:10)
  13. 13 Little Maggie (4:10)
  14. 14 Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotten (4:02)
  15. 15 Tom Dooley - Doc Watson (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Universal Soldier (2:20)
  2. 2 Violets of Dawn - Eric Anderson (3:49)
  3. 3 M.T.A. (3:37)
  4. 4 Walk Right In (2:36)
  5. 5 Catch the Wind (2:16)
  6. 6 Pack up Your Sorrows - Richard & Mimi Fariña (3:00)
  7. 7 It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan (3:35)
  8. 8 People Get Ready (3:29)
  9. 9 I Ain't Marchin' Anymore (2:38)
  10. 10 Ramblin' Boy (3:29)
  11. 11 Mr. Bojangles (3:53)
  12. 12 Many a Mile (3:18)
  13. 13 Early Morning Rain (3:58)
  14. 14 Jug Band Music - Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band (3:00)
  15. 15 Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag (3:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Candy Man (2:56)
  2. 2 I'm So Glad (1:56)
  3. 3 Seventh Son - John Hammond Jr. (2:31)
  4. 4 Rambling Round Your City - Odetta (4:05)
  5. 5 Samson and Delilah - Rev. Gary Davis (3:40)
  6. 6 Cocaine - Dave Van Ronk (3:50)
  7. 7 Empire State Express (4:07)
  8. 8 San Francisco Bay Blues (2:53)
  9. 9 Baby Please Don't Go (2:45)
  10. 10 See See Rider (3:11)
  11. 11 Walkin' Blues - Muddy Waters (4:06)
  12. 12 Drink Muddy Water (2:57)
  13. 13 Great Fire of Natchez - John Lee Hooker (4:33)
  14. 14 Midnight Special - Lafayette Leake (2:56)
  15. 15 Blues With a Feeling (3:56)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Skip James Composer
Lead Belly Composer
Little Walter Composer
Sandy Bull Arranger, Adaptation
Erik Darling Composer
Donovan Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Richard Fariña Composer
Ronnie Gilbert Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Fred Hellerman Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
John Newton Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya Liner Notes
Bess Lomax Hawes Composer
Tom Vickers Liner Notes, Annotation
Vera Hall Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Gina R. Binkley Cover Design
Pauline Marden Composer
Sholom Secunda Composer
Jacqueline Steiner Composer
Ruby Pickens Tartt Composer
Amy L. VonHolzhausen Art Direction
A.D. Watson Arranger, Adaptation
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