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Complete Vanguard Recordings [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Mimi & Richard FarinaAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B00005QK16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dandelion River Run
2. Pack up Your Sorrows
3. Tommy Makem Fantasy
4. Michael, Andrew and James
5. Dog Blue
6. V.
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Reflections in a Crystal Wind
2. Bold Marauder
3. Dopico
4. A Swallow Song
5. Chrysanthemum
6. Sell-Out Agitation Waltz
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood
2. Joy 'Round My Brain
3. Lemonade Lady
4. Downtown [Instrumental]
5. Almond Joy
6. Blood Red Roses
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Editorial Reviews

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Richard Farina was better known as a novelist (he wrote Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me), while his wife Mimi was best known as the younger sister of Joan Baez. On the two albums they cut together (plus the outtakes released after Richard's death in a 1966 motorcycle accident), their musical progression captured the tenor of the times--a progression from folk traditionalism to topical social comment to playful surrealism. This three-disc set presents the entirety of the duo's studio output, plus a nine-song performance from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival (issued here in its entirety for the first time). Richard's mountain dulcimer spurred a revival of interest in the instrument, and his "Pack Up Your Sorrows" established itself as a folk standard of the era, but guitarist Mimi (who died of cancer in 2001) was plainly a better singer and more proficient musician than the husband to whom she deferred. --Don McLeese

Product Description

Not just all three of this famed folk duo's studio albums for Vanguard- Celebrations for a Grey Day, Reflections in a Crystal Wind and Memories , to be specific-on 2 CDs, but also a bonus CD containing their complete performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, which is almost entirely unreleased!

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Though Richard Farina is perhaps best known as a poet and author, and wife Mimi is perhaps most often remembered as the founder of the Bread & Roses charity (or for being Joan Baez's sister), the music they made in the mid-60s has shown surprising longevity. Their lasting impact of their joint work is all the more impressive, given the brevity of their recording career: the Farinas released only two albums, and performed professionally for a few months shy of two years, before Richard was killed in a 1966 motorcycle accident (as a passenger, no less!).

Vanguard's "Complete" three-CD set collects both of the Farinas' original studio albums, together with a posthumous 1968 release, "Memories," and adds seven previously unreleased recordings from the Farinas' 1965 Newport Folk Festival appearances. With all three LPs previously issued on CD, the extended Newport offerings (taken from the same festival at which Dylan so famously went electric) are the set's trump card, considerably enhancing the scant pair of live tracks previously issued on "Memories."

The Farinas' music is a compelling mix of mountain sounds (courtesy of Richard's dulcimer playing), mid-60s politics and folk-rock. In contrast to the Byrds, and other folkies-gone-electric, the Farinas leaned heavily on Appalachian, Irish and other roots music, offering numerous acoustic instrumentals in contrast to the occasional electric folk-rocker.

Their debut, "Celebrations for a Grey Day," was a template for all the music that would follow. The album mixes dulcimer-led instrumentals, guitar-based folksongs, and folk-rock that bubbles with Bruce Langhorn's amplified acoustic guitar, Charlie Smalls' vamping piano and Russ Savakus' bass.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections on a Sad, Grey Day February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Today, the name of Richard Fariña probably is best known for his insider's novel, "Been Down So Long Looks Like Up to Me," which has maintained sufficient sales to stay in print uninterrupted since its first release in 1965. The name of his wife Mimi may ring the most bells with her maiden name attached: Mimi Baez, the younger sister of Joan Baez. When the folk revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s began sharing common ground with the serious segment of rock music, the Fariñas were second only to Bob Dylan in the vanguard of that movement, but their day in the sun was doomed to be brief. Richard Fariña, his deep-running lyrics and wildly free music all died in a motorcycle accident in 1966. His recorded legacy was far too brief. It consisted of two Vanguard LPs: "Celebrations for a Grey Day" and "Reflections in a Crystal Wind," both released in 1965. There also were outtakes from these recording sessions, released by Vanguard on vinyl in 1968 on an album called "Memories" along with two tracks recorded at the famous "rain concert" during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. The CD release followed in 1994. In 1968 Vanguard also released a 2-LP set called "The Best of Mimi and Richard Fariña," which simply was a re-release of "Celebrations for a Grey Day" and "Reflections in a Crystal Wind" in a new package. It was released again under the same name on CD with six songs subtracted in 1988. This new triple CD release claims untruthfully to be "the complete Vanguard recordings." Vanguard's vaults include not only the Newport material released in this package but also the "rain concert. Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Collection Of Richard & Mimi's Recordings! September 24, 2002
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No one packed more memorable lyrics nor better accompaniment than did the magical sixties folk duo of Richard and Mimi Farina. Though their tenure at the top was all too short based both on Richard's other ambitions in terms of serious writing (He had just published what would soon become the runaway best-selling "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me" when he was thrown off the back of a motorcycle at the publication party for the hard cover edition of the book and killed) and time itself, given his untimely demise. Yet they seemed to be a very promising entity, with strong vocals and guitar work from Mimi and the superb song writing by Farina himself.
Yet for all their ambitions this was a duo that had only a brief moment basking in the sun; their recordings spanned only a few years, and some of what is presented here is culled from the outtakes and live recordings that were previously unreleased. Surprisingly, though, given the brevity of their singing careers, there is much here that deserves a close hearing, for Farina was an eclectic and sometimes quite gifted poet and songwriter, a stylist fully as surprising and as colorful as Bob Dylan, although with a very different artistic style. There are few poems that compare with the romantic appeal of "Reflections In A Crystal Wind", for example, nor anything quite as wry and comical as his cynical "Hard Loving Loser".
Indeed, his original version of "Pack Up Your Sorrows' became a sixties folk standard, and the evocative and mysterious lyrics to "Children Of Darkness' catch the sense of alienation and disenfranchisement of the sixties counterculture better than anything else I have ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rebellion
Richard Farina was a satirist on par with David Frost, in the 1960s. Together with his wife, Mimi, sister of American legend Joan Baez, Richard was a left wing thorn, in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Colin Eley
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard and Mimi Farina Complete Vanguard Recordings
I am very happy with the quality of the recordings and condition I received them. I especially wanted them for the way Richard plays the dulcimer.
Published 7 months ago by sadiedog
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem from the 60s
Who knows? If not for a fatal motorcycle accident, Richard Farina and Mimi Farina could have had a Dylan-like reputation today, and these tracks hint at the influence that they... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roy Pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Mimi and Richard
Can't listen to it. Makes me too sad. I had to give it away. Knowing that Richard died in a stupid motorcycle accident on Mimi's 21st birthday not long after this was recorded... Read more
Published 15 months ago by James Lundsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Vanguard Recordings
Excellent compilation! These are wonderful recordings and it's great to hear all their songs chronologically in one CD package. Highly recommended.
Published 15 months ago by John Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of history echoing into our own day
For anyone interested in the history & development of modern song, this is an essential document. There's a certain purity to this music, a sincerity that's considerably enlivened... Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by William Timothy Lukeman
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lame Amazon review.
I give the AMAZON REVIEW 2.5 stars (R Farina is certainly more well-known for his musical work with Mimi than for his novel, and whether or not Mimi was a better singer than... Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars In Memory of Mimi and Richard
For anyone with an interest in the music of the mid-60's, Mimi and Richard Farina are a must buy. Poised at the end of folk music's massive popularity, it is a beautiful... Read more
Published on March 3, 2007 by David R. Teves
4.0 out of 5 stars American adagio
From the duo that proclaimed their music was often made up from country eggs, Kraft cheese, macrobiotic encounters, Maine lobsters and the Ying-Yang seesaw (Yes, all of that! Read more
Published on February 7, 2007 by LaughingCat
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL WORK
This is a very special collection (although the 3rd CD is

pretty rough & about half of it is not as good). Read more
Published on February 6, 2007 by Michael Swofford
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