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All seven studio albums Ian & Sylvia recorded for Vanguard- Ian & Sylvia, Four Strong Winds, Northern Journey, Early Morning Rain, Play One More, So Much for Dreaming and Nashville -all on one 4-CD set. It was here that such now-standards as For Loving Me; Early Morning Rain; The Circle Game; Some Day Soon; Four Strong Winds , and You Were on My Mind were first heard; essential!
Of all the young lovers smitten by folk music in the '60s, Ian Tyson and Sylvia Fricker cut the most striking couple, and--as a couple--many of the most striking sides. Over seven Vanguard albums, recorded between 1963 and 1968, Ian & Sylvia lent their vibrato-heavy voices to traditional folk and country songs with strenuous and studied results. However, on indisputably classic Tyson tunes such as "Summer Wages" and "Four Strong Winds," and well-chosen (and, at the time, obscure) ballads by peers such as Bob Dylan ("Tomorrow Is a Long Time") and Steve Gillette ("Darcy Farrow"), their ethereal harmonies and uncluttered acoustic arrangements go a long way towards explaining the duo's popularity and influence. Hard-core fans may frown over the sole previously unreleased track (a toss off called "Je T'aime Marielle"), but they will also cherish Vanguard's sparkling remastering and packaging (a delightfully written appraisal by Colin Escott is included) of this much-needed collection. No better overview of Ian & Sylvia's art can be located. Although you won't find their best album (1970's country-rock gem Great Speckled Bird) here, you will find a cache brimming with the strengths and weaknesses of the folk revival. --Roy Kasten
The more I listen to these CDs the more I like them. Historically, this was a very great duo. This is an excellent collection of their musicPublished 18 months ago by T. Edwards
Great recordings. As expected. Sound quality could have been a little better, but these go way back. Their harmony and clarity is unbelievable.Published 20 months ago by Michael Drumm
Before the mp3 collection I had the cd's. Before the cd's I had vinyl. I wore out the records and the cd with Four Rode By got
lost. Read more
I like the set except that one of the disks cannot be played due to some fault that makes it skip in any player I have tried.Published on April 9, 2013 by William A. Smith Jr.
I had a number of Ian & Sylvia's albums spread out on vinyl, so was wary about what the digital quality might be like here. Not to worry. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Jon Mcauliffe
Back in the 1960s and 1970s I was a big fan of Ian and Sylvia. But I did not discriminate--I loved the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, and Bud and... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by California Freethinker
I confess to being one of those entranced by the edgy harmonies of this Canadian folk duo. Back in the day, their albums were regular purchases, until the "rock" started... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Michael X. Watman
All my Ian & Sylvia favorites plus several new tunes that I had not heard previously. Recommended for all 60s and 70s folk music fans.Published on November 19, 2012 by Tootie