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 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 ...
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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
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: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227426422
  • Catalog Number: 74264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Travelin' - Woody Guthrie (2:29)
  2. 2 Old Man Atom (Talking Atomic Blues) - Sam Hinton (3:11)
  3. 3 Black, Brown and White - Big Bill Broonzy (3:04)
  4. 4 Nottamun Town - Jean Ritchie (2:31)
  5. 5 Darlin' Cory - Ed McCurdy (2:48)
  6. 6 One Meatball - Josh White (3:42)
  7. 7 Little Boxes - Malvina Reynolds (1:37)
  8. 8 I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago - Oscar Brand (2:40)
  9. 9 Midnight Special - Cisco Houston (2:24)
  10. 10 Wasn't That a Time - The Weavers (2:14)
  11. 11 Spanish Is a Loving Tongue - Glenn Yarbrough (3:14)
  12. 12 Swannanoa Tunnel - Erik Darling (2:51)
  13. 13 Sportin' Life - Sonny Terry (3:21)
  14. 14 South Coast - Randy Sparks (2:58)
  15. 15 Molly Dee - The Kingston Trio (1:45)
  16. 16 I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain/Water Boy - Odetta (6:57)
  17. 17 Raspberries, Strawberries - Bud & Travis (3:07)
  18. 18 The Hammer Song - Pete Seeger (2:16)
  19. 19 Chase the Rising Sun - Journeymen (2:15)
  20. 20 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down @@New City Lost Ramblers (2:40)
  21. 21 Betty and Dupree - Bob Camp (4:20)
  22. 22 Coplas de Amor - Cynthia Gooding (2:59)
  23. 23 San Francisco Bay Blues - Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1:58)
  24. 24 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Peggy Seeger (2:35)
  25. 25 Greenback Dollar - Hoyt Axton (3:17)
  26. 26 Swing and Turn Jubilee - Carolyn Hester (2:19)
  27. 27 Another Man @@Barry & Barry (1:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walk Right In - Rooftop Singers (2:35)
  2. 2 He Was a Friend of Mine - Dave Van Ronk (3:33)
  3. 3 Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream - Chad Mitchell Trio (2:27)
  4. 4 Nora's Dove (Dink's Song) - The Big 3 (1:57)
  5. 5 500 Miles - Hedy West (2:55)
  6. 6 Four Strong Winds - Ian & Sylvia (3:26)
  7. 7 I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound - Tom Paxton (3:44)
  8. 8 Blowin' in the Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary (2:59)
  9. 9 Fog Horn - Bob Gibson (2:54)
  10. 10 High Flying Bird - Judy Henske (2:57)
  11. 11 Boots of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan (4:39)
  12. 12 You'se a Viper @@VanRonk, Dave & the Ragtime Jug Stompers (2:36)
  13. 13 Four in the Morning - Jesse Colin Young (3:26)
  14. 14 Euphoria - The Holy Modal Rounders (1:32)
  15. 15 There But for Fortune - Joan Baez (3:14)
  16. 16 Take Your Fingers Off It - The Even Dozen Jug Band (2:25)
  17. 17 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Judy Roderick (3:38)
  18. 18 Tear Down the Walls @@Martin & Neil (2:37)
  19. 19 Morning Dew - Bonnie Dobson (4:27)
  20. 20 Jordan's River - Modern Folk Quartet (2:29)
  21. 21 What's the Matter with the Mill - Koerner, Ray & Glover (2:08)
  22. 22 Cod'ine - Buffy Sainte-Marie (5:05)
  23. 23 Joshua Gone Barbados (3:44)
  24. 24 Take a Whiff on Me - The Greenbriar Boys (2:15)
  25. 25 Get Together - Hamilton Camp (3:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Wabash Cannonball - The Limeliters (3:52)
  2. 2 I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs (2:36)
  3. 3 Pack up Your Sorrows - Mimi Fariña (3:00)
  4. 4 Drop Down Mama - John Hammond Jr. (2:44)
  5. 5 Rag Mama @@Kewskin, Jim & the Jug Band (2:12)
  6. 6 Bells of Rhymney - John Denver (4:52)
  7. 7 Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot (3:06)
  8. 8 Thirsty Boots - Eric Andersen (5:14)
  9. 9 Reason to Believe - Tim Hardin (2:00)
  10. 10 Just Like a Woman - Richie Havens (4:47)
  11. 11 Suzanne - Judy Collins (4:25)
  12. 12 The Dolphins - Fred Neil (4:03)
  13. 13 Wondrous Love - Kathy & Carol (2:30)
  14. 14 Once I Was - Tim Buckley (3:24)
  15. 15 The Circle Game - Tom Rush (5:14)
  16. 16 These 23 Days in September - David Blue (5:29)
  17. 17 Candy Man - Taj Mahal (2:57)
  18. 18 Then Came the Children - Paul Siebel (4:10)
  19. 19 School Days - Loudon Wainwright III (3:07)
  20. 20 The Motorcycle Song - Arlo Guthrie (7:56)
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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
The Holy Modal Rounders Track Performer
Cisco Houston Guitar, Vocals
Ian & Sylvia Track Performer
The Kingston Trio Track Performer
Jim Kweskin Guitar, Vocals
Gordon Lightfoot Vocals, 12-string Guitar
The 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 III 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
The 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
The 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
Dr. 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 III 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flashback!!

    Everything's here, just like I (wished) I remembered it. If your kids ever ask what was so great about the 60s, just give them this.

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