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Four Decades of Folk Rock Box set

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With 71 tracks that run the gamut of folk rock, singersongwriter,
country rock, roots rock and Americana spanning over 40 years, Four Decades of Folk Rock is so
comprehensive that it not only includes the most important
songs of these genres, but also spotlights folk
tracks performed by rock bands, rock songs recorded by folk acts and experiments by both along the way.
Showcasing artists as diverse and influential as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood
Mac, the collection takes in all the changes wrought by time and generations. With highlights from latter day champions like R.E.M., Natalie Merchant, the Indigo Girls,
John Hiatt, and Sarah McLachlan this set conclusively establishes
folk rock as a powerful, enduring form of music.

Disc: 1
1. LIKE A ROLLING STONE – Bob Dylan
2. EVE OF DESTRUCTION – Barry McGuire
3. IT AIN’T ME BABE – The Turtles
4. YOU WERE ON MY MIND – We Five
5. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC – The Lovin’ Spoonful
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Disc: 2
1. WOODEN SHIPS – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. FOTHERINGAY – Fairport Convention
3. COMING INTO LOS ANGELES – Arlo Guthrie
4. ANYWHERE LIKE HEAVEN – James Taylor
5. JOHN BARLEYCORN – Traffic
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Disc: 3
1. WALL OF DEATH – Richard & Linda Thompson
2. COME ON EILEEN – Dexys Midnight Runners
3. TALK ABOUT THE PASSION – R.E.M.
4. WHAT’S SHE DONE TO YOUR MIND – The Rain
5. PASS IT ON – Lone
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Disc: 4
1. CAROLYN – Steve Wynn
2. DRAWN TO THE RHYTHM – Sarah McLachlan
3. ANGELS – Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
4. STILL BE AROUND – Uncle Tupelo
5. GALILEO – Indigo Girls
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Time Life Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZNXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on February 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Time Life Records was founded in the early `60s as a division of Time Inc., but sold off in 2003 to operate independently as part of the international conglomerate Direct Holdings Worldwide. Though no longer a part of the Time media empire, the label continues to be a terrific voice in the music reissue market, selling its wares via the Internet, standard retail channels, and most famously through television informercials. The latter may give Time Life the taint of earlier reissue labels like Ronco and K-Tel, but the high quality of their sets puts them firmly in league with the cream of the reissue industry. The label scored a coup last year with the first official reissue of the Hank Williams "Mother's Finest" radio transcriptions, and their more recent anthology of music from the civil rights movement, Let Freedom Sing, was a tour de force.

This 2007 4-CD set explores the combination of folk and rock that sprang from the intersection of the late-50s/early-60s folk revival and the arrival of the Beatles on U.S. shores. Each of the four discs covers a decade (more or less), starting with the `60s on disc one and Dylan's explosive electrification of "Like a Rolling Stone." It might have made more sense to open with the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man," which hit the charts in June of 1965, but the compilation producers' focus on Dylan pegs Newport as the pivotal moment; the Byrds are represented by their end-of-65 hit of Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Notable in their absence are the Beatles, Beau Brummels and Simon & Garfunkel.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Chackler on September 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just for clarification, this is a 4 disc set! Not sure why it's listed here as only 1 disc...
This is a great compilation for many reasons. Firstly, it successfully documents the journey that the Folk Rock genre has taken over the last four decades. This is an ambitious goal, to say the least, but Time Life does a great job here!

The first two discs, the '60s and '70s, are chock full of true classics. The track listing reads like a "Who's Who" of the most important artists of the time (the Turtles, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Band, The Byrds, The Mamas and The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills & Nash, Arlo Guthrie, James Taylor, Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, and on and on...) These are a must have for any rock collector period!

In my opinion, the next two discs (the '80s and '90s) are what truly make this set unique. These discs feature the artists who have made Folk Rock what it is today (Steve Earle, The Pogues, Richard & Linda Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Lucinda Williams, Uncle Tupelo, Natalie Merchant, Son Volt, John Hiatt, Billy Bragg, the great Wilco, and many more...)

This is a great opportunity for the younger generations to learn the roots of Folk Rock. With over 60 pages of liner notes written by Ted Meyers, who compiled the set, this is a truly educational package.
Thanks Time Life, you've done it again!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Hermit on July 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a VERY good collection of eclectic folk-oriented music, beginning with Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" from 1965, when the electrifying of Folk music was catching on, up through the years to later releases which were influenced by this movement. I won't belabor the reader with extensive comments, because there are 71(!) individual tracks in this set. Some are very well-known hits, such as Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone," Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," and Tim Rose's much-covered "Morning Dew," as well as some more pop-oriented material, such as The Bangles' "Hazy Shade Of Winter" and the 1980's staple, Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen."

Despite it all being Folk-oriented, it is a staggering, sprawling collection of material with something good for most people's tastes. The sound quality is good, immediate, loud, and clear, so, why, you would ask, is this otherwise excellent collection rated as only four star? It's because of an error in the formatting of tracks themselves. At the end of every selection, the first second of the following selection is played before the track number changes. This flaw is unnoticed if you play the whole disc from beginning to end, but if you shuffle the order of the tracks to random or want to rip/burn to another disc, the first second of the music is missing, and the first second of the following track is appended to it. It consistently does this throughout all four discs, and that's a real shame, because, as I said earlier, this is an EXCELLENT collection of well-played, nicely recorded music from many diverse, talented musicians, forty years worth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renee P. Baum on November 23, 2012
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I am a teacher, and I incorporate music any way I can. I love this fold rock and us the music to study novels and history. This has been a must to have for me and my students.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve on October 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had recently heard Among the Oak & Ash, so was in no doubt that Folk Rock is still alive and flourishing. Listening to this box set, you might think it had long ago morphed into something quite different.

The evolutionary family tree of music is a complex, ever-changing proliferation of genres, sub-genres and sub-sub...etc genres. No two people will agree on how to categorize every song and indeed, the most interesting pieces are often those that do not neatly fit any classification. For what it's worth, this is how I remember it: The Folk revival (the foundations of which had been laid by Pete Seeger, Wood Guthrie and others) began with Lonnie Donegan, who had adopted Skiffle and had a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic with Rock Island Line. This was quickly followed up by The Kingston Trio, who really got the revival underway. Donegan was a major influence on the Beatles and other British groups, who eventually displaced the great man and mounted the British invasion. The Byrds, impressed by the Beatles, responded with what turned out to be the start of a new fusion genre, Folk Rock. Dylan wrote the Folk, the Byrds made it rock. From there, the genre has an unbroken lineage, and has been much more consistently recognizable than this collection would have you believe.

The first disc is pretty good. We could argue about the details - there are much better Donovan songs than Season of the Witch, for example, and the exclusion of Peter, Paul & Mary but the inclusion of Nilsson makes zero sense - but for the most part, it's a worthy selection of 60s Folk Rock.

The cracks begin to show in disc 2, the 70s. No Albion Band, either on this or subsequent disks? No Fiddler's Dram?
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