Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom

Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom

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In Delaware when I was younger, I would live a life obscene. In the Spring I had great hunger, I was Brando, I was Dean
Loudon Wainwright III’s haunting "School Days" (1970) serves as summary statement for the end of the folk era. The ballad, the penultimate track on this indispensable box, set sums up the idealism, hedonism, and innocence of aSee more details below

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In Delaware when I was younger, I would live a life obscene. In the Spring I had great hunger, I was Brando, I was Dean
Loudon Wainwright III’s haunting "School Days" (1970) serves as summary statement for the end of the folk era. The ballad, the penultimate track on this indispensable box, set sums up the idealism, hedonism, and innocence of a generation about to move on to other things, other occupations, other dreams; it is one last look back, a last reflection from the kaleidoscope that made up the social fabric of the ‘60s.Indeed, the entire collection gathered together as Washington Square Memoirs: the Great Urban Folk Boom (1950-1970) serves the same wonderful purpose. It is filled with the range, urgency, humor, and politics that characterized the burst of interest in the urban music scene that followed in the wake of the postwar Beat Generation. It’s all here, touched with an innocence hard to understand but glorious to remember, the musical testament of a time when we all thought we were Brando, Dean, Keats, Blake, Buddha, and Christ (in Wainwright ‘s words). Listen to Odetta, Houston, Reynolds, Terry, McGhee, and, of course, Guthrie. The whole first generation is well represented, solidly intercut with the younger voices that shaped the conscience of a generation: Baez, Ochs, Paxton, Anderson, Cohen, and that giant among peers, Bob Dylan. There's also plenty of fascinating collaborations: Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry on "Hard Travellin'" and Dylan playing harmonica behind Carolyn Hester on "Swing and Turn Jubilee," among them. If you were there, this collection offers a welcome reflection, a mix of the best. If you were not, this triple CD is as good a place to start as you are likely to find. Urban legends, from Woody to Arlo, musically define a moment difficult to define and impossible to forget. --Elena Simon

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This impressive three-CD, 72-song set is the best compilation of music from the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s. It concentrates most heavily on the movement's apogee in the first half of the 1960s, but also touches upon its roots in mid-20th century performers like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, the Weavers, Big Bill Broonzy, and Josh White. Although its evolution into folk-rock is documented lightly, the box encompasses that as well, with cuts by the likes of Judy Collins, Tim Buckley, Tom Rush, Fred Neil, Eric Andersen, Tim Hardin, and Richard & Mimi Fariña. In between are the giants of the early-'60s folk boom, such as Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, and Ian & Sylvia. And, unlike many a folk compilation, this is open-minded enough to include material by some of the more commercially oriented folk acts that helped popularize the style on a mass level, like the Kingston Trio, the Rooftop Singers (with their number one single "Walk Right In"), the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, and Randy Sparks. Indeed, virtually every major North American performer of the style is represented, even the hard-to-license Bob Dylan (though Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, and James Taylor are not included due to licensing restrictions). Although the cuts by major figures are well selected, there are also numerous offerings by minor but notable contributors to the form, like the Journeymen (with future Mamas & the Papas leader John Phillips), Carolyn Hester, David Blue, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Some of the rare or little-remembered cuts are highlights of the collection, like Sam Hinton's witty 1950 single "Old Man Atom (Talking Atomic Blues)"; Jean Ritchie's 1954 recording of "Nottamun Town"; Peggy Seeger's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (later a huge hit for Roberta Flack); Barry & Barry's "Another Man" (one of the Barrys being a pre-rock Barry McGuire); Judy Henske's seminal "High Flying Bird"; Judy Roderick's little-known 1964 electric folk-rock-blues treatment of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"; Jesse Colin Young's pre-Youngbloods solo work "Four in the Morning"; Bonnie Dobson's original version of the folk and folk-rock standard "Morning Dew"; and even a young John Denver's 1966 cover of Pete Seeger's "Bells of Rhymney." The package is enhanced by lengthy liner notes, including extensive comments by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227426422
catalogNumber:
74264

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hard Travelin'  - Woody Guthrie
  2. Old Man Atom (Talking Atomic Blues)  - Sam Hinton
  3. Black, Brown and White  - Big Bill Broonzy
  4. Nottamun Town  - Jean Ritchie
  5. Darlin' Cory  - Ed McCurdy
  6. One Meatball  - Josh White
  7. Little Boxes  - Malvina Reynolds
  8. I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago  - Oscar Brand
  9. Midnight Special  - Cisco Houston
  10. Wasn't That a Time  -  Weavers
  11. Spanish Is a Loving Tongue  - Glenn Yarbrough
  12. Swannanoa Tunnel  - Erik Darling
  13. Sportin' Life  - Sonny Terry
  14. South Coast  - Randy Sparks
  15. Molly Dee  -  Kingston Trio
  16. I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain/Water Boy  -  Odetta
  17. Raspberries, Strawberries  -  Bud & Travis
  18. The Hammer Song  - Pete Seeger
  19. Chase the Rising Sun  -  Journeymen
  20. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down @@New City Lost Ramblers
  21. Betty and Dupree  - Bob Camp
  22. Coplas de Amor  - Cynthia Gooding
  23. San Francisco Bay Blues  - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  24. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  - Peggy Seeger
  25. Greenback Dollar  - Hoyt Axton
  26. Swing and Turn Jubilee  - Carolyn Hester
  27. Another Man @@Barry & Barry

Disc 2

  1. Walk Right In  -  Rooftop Singers
  2. He Was a Friend of Mine  - Dave Van Ronk
  3. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream  -  Chad Mitchell Trio
  4. Nora's Dove (Dink's Song)  -  Big 3
  5. 500 Miles  - Hedy West
  6. Four Strong Winds  -  Ian & Sylvia
  7. I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound  - Tom Paxton
  8. Blowin' in the Wind  -  Peter, Paul and Mary
  9. Fog Horn  - Bob Gibson
  10. High Flying Bird  - Judy Henske
  11. Boots of Spanish Leather  - Bob Dylan
  12. You'se a Viper @@VanRonk, Dave & the Ragtime Jug Stompers
  13. Four in the Morning  - Jesse Colin Young
  14. Euphoria  -  Holy Modal Rounders
  15. There But for Fortune  - Joan Baez
  16. Take Your Fingers Off It  -  Even Dozen Jug Band
  17. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?  - Judy Roderick
  18. Tear Down the Walls @@Martin & Neil
  19. Morning Dew  - Bonnie Dobson
  20. Jordan's River  -  Modern Folk Quartet
  21. What's the Matter with the Mill  -  Koerner, Ray & Glover
  22. Cod'ine  - Buffy Sainte-Marie
  23. Joshua Gone Barbados
  24. Take a Whiff on Me  -  Greenbriar Boys
  25. Get Together  - Hamilton Camp

Disc 3

  1. The Wabash Cannonball  -  Limeliters
  2. I Ain't Marching Anymore  - Phil Ochs
  3. Pack up Your Sorrows  - Mimi Fariña
  4. Drop Down Mama  - John Hammond
  5. Rag Mama @@Kewskin, Jim & the Jug Band
  6. Bells of Rhymney  - John Denver
  7. Early Morning Rain  - Gordon Lightfoot
  8. Thirsty Boots  - Eric Andersen
  9. Reason to Believe  - Tim Hardin
  10. Just Like a Woman  - Richie Havens
  11. Suzanne  - Judy Collins
  12. The Dolphins  - Fred Neil
  13. Wondrous Love  -  Kathy & Carol
  14. Once I Was  - Tim Buckley
  15. The Circle Game  - Tom Rush
  16. These 23 Days in September  - David Blue
  17. Candy Man  - Taj Mahal
  18. Then Came the Children  - Paul Siebel
  19. School Days  - Loudon Wainwright
  20. The Motorcycle Song  - Arlo Guthrie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals
Odetta   Guitar,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Banjo,Vocals
Hoyt Axton   Guitar,Vocals
Ian Tyson   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Andersen   Track Performer
Joan Baez   Guitar,Vocals
David Blue   Guitar,Vocals
Oscar Brand   Guitar,Vocals
Hamilton Camp   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Judy Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Erik Darling   Banjo,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Mimi Fariña   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Gibson   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Cynthia Gooding   Guitar,Vocals
Stefan Grossman   Guitar,Vocals
Arlo Guthrie   Guitar,Vocals
Woody Guthrie   Vocals
Tim Hardin   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Richie Havens   Guitar,Vocals
Judy Henske   Guitar,Vocals
Carolyn Hester   Guitar,Vocals
Holy Modal Rounders   Track Performer
Cisco Houston   Guitar,Vocals
Ian & Sylvia   Track Performer
Kingston Trio   Track Performer
Jim Kweskin   Guitar,Vocals
Gordon Lightfoot   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Limeliters   Track Performer
Carol McComb   Vocals
Ed McCurdy   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Neil   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Phil Ochs   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Paxton   Drums,Vocals
Peter, Paul and Mary   Track Performer
Malvina Reynolds   Guitar,Vocals
Jean Ritchie   Guitar,Vocals
Rooftop Singers   Track Performer
Tom Rush   Guitar,Vocals
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Fiddle
Peggy Seeger   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Vocals
Paul Siebel   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Peter Stampfel   Fiddle,Vocals
Loudon Wainwright   Guitar,Vocals
Josh White   Guitar
Tim Buckley   Harmonica,Vocals,12-string Guitar
John Denver   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
John Sebastian   Harmonica
Art Davis   Bass
Red Mitchell   Bass
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Bud Dashiell   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Jesse Colin Young   Guitar,Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Even Dozen Jug Band   Track Performer
Vince Martin   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Barry McGuire   Guitar,Vocals
Scott McKenzie   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Paley   Guitar
Tim Rose   Guitar,Vocals
Mary Travers   Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Bass,Guitar
Peter Yarrow   Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Yarbrough   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Reynolds   Conga,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Travis Edmonson   Guitar,Vocals
Sam Hinton   Guitar,Vocals
Chad Mitchell   Vocals
Modern Folk Quartet   Track Performer
Eric Von Schmidt   Guitar,Vocals
Greenbriar Boys   Track Performer
Tony Glover   Harmonica,Vocals
Koerner, Ray & Glover   Track Performer
Jim Hendricks   Guitar,Vocals
Bud & Travis   Track Performer
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals
Richard Fariña   Dulcimer,Vocals
Bonnie Dobson   Guitar,Vocals
Cyrus Faryar   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Judy Roderick   Guitar,Vocals
Dick Weissman   Banjo,Vocals
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Bushnell   Bass
Samuel Charters   Vocals,Washtub Bass
John Cohen   Banjo,Vocals
Henry Diltz   Banjo,Vocals
Chip Douglas   Bass,Vocals
Cass Elliot   Vocals
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jim Fielder   Bass
John Forsha   Guitar
Sylvia Fricker   Vocals
Sam Gary   Background Vocals
Ronnie Gilbert   Vocals
Dave Guard   Banjo
Bob Gurland   Vocals
Paul Harris   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Alex Hassilev   Banjo,Vocals
Lee Hays   Vocals
Fred Hellerman   Guitar,Vocals
John Herald   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Hord   Guitar,Sitar,Electric Sitar
Danny Kalb   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Katz   Washboard
"Spider" John Koerner   Vocals,Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Bruce Langhorne   Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Bill Lavorgna   Drums
Joe Mack   Bass
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Billy Mundi   Drums
Felix Pappalardi   Bass,Guitarron
Bob Rafkin   Guitar
Fritz Richmond   Washtub Bass
Ralph Rinzler   Mandolin,Vocals
Buddy Saltzman   Drums
Bobby Scott   Organ
Bob Shane   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Terry   Harmonica
Lee Underwood   Electric Guitar
Steve Weber   Guitar
Hedy West   Banjo,Vocals
David "Buck" Wheat   Bass
Gary White   Bass
Bruno Wolf   Kazoo,Vocals
Bob Yellin   Banjo,Vocals
Jerry Yester   Mandolin,Vocals
Walter Yost   Bass
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Art Podell   12-string Guitar
Lou Gottlieb   Bass,Vocals
Artie Rose   Mandolin
Charles Gonzalez   Bass
Barry Kane   Guitar,Vocals
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Randy Sparks   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Svanoe   Guitar
Lynne Taylor   Vocals
Bob Camp   Guitar,Vocals
Chad Mitchell Trio   Track Performer
Dave Ray   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Barry Kornfeld   Guitar
Gabriel Meckler   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Bowers   Bass
Kathy Larisch   Vocals
Jonathan Raskin   Bass
Peter Childs   Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Fred Weisz   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Ewan MacColl   Composer
Hoyt Axton   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Eric Andersen   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Ed McCurdy   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Malvina Reynolds   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
Loudon Wainwright   Composer
Tim Buckley   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Eric Von Schmidt   Composer
Richard Fariña   Composer
Bonnie Dobson   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Memorabilia
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Artie Butler   String Arrangements
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Bob Fisher   Remastering
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Fred Hellerman   Arranger
Jac Holzman   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ted Myers   Producer,Liner Notes
Robin Remaily   Composer
Sonny Terry   Composer
Hedy West   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Larry Beckett   Composer
Barry Alfonso   Liner Notes
Bob Camp   Composer
Maria Villar   Art Direction
George Pickow   Cover Photo
Cary Ginell   Liner Notes
Jay Gorney   Composer
Pauline Marden   Composer
George Remaily   Composer
Avery Robinson   Composer
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Traditional   Composer
C.J. Pierce   Composer
Kennard Ramsey   Composer

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