Folk Hits of the '60s

Folk Hits of the '60s


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The folk scene of the '60s is often portrayed as self-indulgent and lacking in the humor department. Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tim Buckley certainly didn't come across as ideal candidates for a Laugh-In walk on! These guys were serious artists with serious things to say -- and things to protest against, too. But there actually was a much lighter side to the folk scene of the '60s, although the artists involved are largely forgotten. When actor/writer/director Christopher Guest and friends poked fun at the scene in the 2003 film A Mighty Wind, it made it easier to appreciate the music again. Possibly inspired by the critical success of the film, this compilation shows the lighter side of folk, with nice melodies, wonderful harmonies, and little dab of bubblegum thrown in for good measure. There are a few influential tracks that were recorded before the '60s (Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," to name a few), but the rest of the tracks are cut from the commercially viable cloth, and they fit like a glove! Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now," the Rooftop Singers' "Walk Right In," Bobby Darin's "If I Were a Carpenter," and Gale Garnett's "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" are bona fide folk classics that can brighten up a dark day in hell. This may be folk, but it's also about feeling, and these songs feel good! Not convinced? Then just dig the Sandpipers' "Guantanamera," the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and Trini Lopez's "If I Had a Hammer" for proof! Protest songs? We don't need no stinkin' protest songs!

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663021622
catalogNumber: 30216
Rank: 59571


  1. This Land Is Your Land
  2. Both Sides Now
  3. We'll Sing in the Sunshine
  4. Don't Let the Rain Come Down
  5. Baby the Rain Must Fall
  6. Day-O
  7. Guantanamera
  8. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)
  9. Tom Dooley
  10. If I Were a Carpenter
  11. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  12. If I Had a Hammer
  13. You Were on My Mind
  14. Green, Green
  15. There But for Fortune
  16. Greenfields
  17. Lemon Tree
  18. Walk Right In
  19. Washington Square
  20. Goodnight Irene

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Baez   Soprano (Vocal)
Judy Collins   Soprano (Vocal)
Woody Guthrie   Vocals
Harry Belafonte   Vocals
Trini Lopez   Vocals
Bobby Darin   Vocals
We Five   Vocal Harmony
Glenn Yarbrough   Vocals
Gale Garnett   Vocals
Serendipity Singers   Ensemble
Village Stompers   Band

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Brothers Four   Vocal Group
Erik Darling   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Rooftop Singers   Vocal Group
Pete Seeger   Composer,Music Adaptations
Weavers   Vocal Group
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Barry McGuire   Composer
Will Holt   Composer
Tokens   Vocal Group
Gus Cannon   Composer
Gale Garnett   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Alan Lomax   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Sylvia Fricker   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
John A. Lomax   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Hugo Peretti   Composer
E. Miller   Composer
David Shire   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hosea Woods   Composer
Ernie Sheldon   Composer
Randy Sparks   Composer
Ersel Hickey   Composer
Irving Burgie   Composer
David Gorman   Art Direction
José Martí   Poetry
Willard Hooker Svanoe   Composer
Héctor Angulo   Lyric Editing
William Attaway   Composer
Richard Dehr   Composer
Frank Warner   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Frank Miller   Composer
Bob Goldstein   Composer

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