The New Christy Minstrels Exciting New Folk Chorus / In Person
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- Released: May 19, 2017
- Originally Released: 2017
- Label: Jasmine Records UK
- 1.This Land Is Your Land
- 2.Deep Blue Sea
- 3.Don't Cry Suzanne
- 4.The Cotton Pickers' Song
- 5.That Big Rock Candy Mountain
- 6.Oh! Shenando
- 8.Railroad Bill
- 10.I Know Where I'm Goin'
- 11.Springfield Fair
- 12.In The Pines
- 13.Wellinbrook Well
- 14.Nine Hundred Miles
- 16.(The Story of) The Preacher and The Bear
- 17.Liza Lee
- 18.The Dying Convict
- 19.The Invalids
- 21.Louisiana Lou
- 22.You Know My Name
- 23.Golden Bells
- 24.Bits and Pieces
- 25.Historical Chatter On Capitol Punishment Personal Account of Something Unique In Animal Husbandry
- 26.Temperance and The Gutter Set
- 27.Country and Western Music Has A Message
- 28.Tip Toe Thru The Tulips With Me
- 29.Saints' Train
2 LPs on 1 CD: PRESENTING THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS (1962)/THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS IN PERSON (1962).
Originally released on Columbia.
The New Christy Minstrels took ensemble folk music to its logical conclusion. Many vocal groups utilized three or four participants, allowing for multiple lead singers and smooth harmony. The New Christy Minstrels consisted of 14 players, creating something akin to a choral group capable of handling complex arrangements of overlapping male/female harmonies. Presenting captures the group's youthful, happy sound in all its glory, with upbeat versions of "This Land Is Your Land" and "Oh! Shenando." While jaunty folk fare like "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" prove a comfortable fit for the group's cheerful harmonies, pieces like "The Cotton Picker's Song" seem ill-chosen. Anyone vaguely familiar with songs associated with Leadbelly will wonder what a group of vibrant middle-class white kids know about picking cotton or sleeping in the pines all night. In Person presents the band in a live setting, and amazingly, they handle the multiple vocal parts with the same aplomb as their studio work. In "The Dying Convict," three singers open the song and are then joined by a soulful, swelling chorus. Even then, the Minstrels continue to develop the song with new harmonies and spoken monologues against a spare instrumental background. The group also shows off a lighter side on fun folk fare like "(The Story Of) The Preacher and the Bear" and "Susan Jane." Presenting/In Person represent the epitome of popular folk music during the early '60s, and represent the New Christy Minstrels at their most sprightly. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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