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Complete Vanguard Recordings
     

The Complete Vanguard Recordings

by Richard & Mimi Fariña
 
This is a straightforward three-CD set of the Fariñas' Vanguard recordings, each disc containing one of their three albums: Celebrations for a Grey Day, Reflections in a Crystal Wind, and the posthumous outtakes collection Memories. For Richard & Mimi Fariña fans who already have all of those albums, the chief interest lies in the seven previously

Overview

This is a straightforward three-CD set of the Fariñas' Vanguard recordings, each disc containing one of their three albums: Celebrations for a Grey Day, Reflections in a Crystal Wind, and the posthumous outtakes collection Memories. For Richard & Mimi Fariña fans who already have all of those albums, the chief interest lies in the seven previously unreleased bonus tracks that have been added to the Memories disc, all of them taken from their appearance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Those songs, in which the duo played in an acoustic setup with some help from onstage guests (including Bruce Langhorne and Fritz Richmond), are enjoyable but not essential, particularly as the sound quality isn't that great. The new additions, however, make live versions of some their best songs available, among them "The Bold Marauder" (the best of the live cuts), "Sell-Out Agitation Waltz," "Pack Up Your Sorrows" (with Peter Yarrow), and "Celebration for a Grey Day"; Jean Ritchie accompanies them on "Shady Grove" (which is sometimes nearly drowned out by airplane swoops). Overall this is seminal, underrated mid-'60s folk-rock, quite consistent in quality for the most part. It's not an over-investment for the cost-conscious, and if you like any one of their albums, you'll probably like all of them. Note, however, that it's not quite the complete Vanguard recordings since it doesn't have the unreleased version of "Tuileries" that appeared on the compilation Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best of the Vanguard Years. It's also a bit disappointing that no further studio outtakes were found, such as the demos referred to in David Hajdu's book Positively 4th Street.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707000222
catalogNumber:
200/02

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard & Mimi Fariña   Primary Artist,Track Performer
John Hammond   Harmonica
Joan Baez   Track Performer
Mimi Fariña   Guitar,Autoharp
Jean Ritchie   Track Performer
Peter Yarrow   Track Performer
Grady Martin   Track Performer
Richard Fariña   Dulcimer
Kyle Grahan   Harmonica
Bruce Langhorne   Dulcimer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Felix Pappalardi   Electric Bass
Fritz Richmond   Washtub Bass
Russ Savakus   Bass,String Bass
Charlie Smalls   Piano,Celeste,Electric Piano
Peter Schickele   Conductor
Pauline Marden   Track Performer
Alvin Rogers   Drums

Technical Credits

Mimi Fariña   Arranger,Producer
Richard Fariña   Arranger,Composer
Todd Everett   Liner Notes
Peter Schickele   Arranger
Pauline Marden   Composer

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