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Four Decades of Folk Rock [Box set]

Bob Dylan , Stills and Nash Crosby , Richard and Linda Thompson , Steve Wynn , Barry McGuire , Fairport Convention , Dexys Midnight Runners , Sarah McLachlan , The Turtles Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
3. IT AIN’T ME BABE – The Turtles
5. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC – The Lovin’ Spoonful
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. WOODEN SHIPS – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. FOTHERINGAY – Fairport Convention
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. WALL OF DEATH – Richard & Linda Thompson
2. COME ON EILEEN – Dexys Midnight Runners
5. PASS IT ON – Lone
See all 18 tracks on this disc
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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Editorial Reviews

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.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An expansive take on "folk rock" 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. The `60s could easily have consumed all four discs (and virtually do so on the
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Decades = Four Discs! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Rock 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic August 22, 2011
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Fantastic selection for a well rounded representation of each decade !
Great artists, bold choices of songs. I was totally blown away.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
This set doesn't know what it wants to be. Some tracks are clearly definitive of their respective periods, while the others are marginal (or, certainly, non-definitive) tracks by... Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by P T Barnum lives on
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth a fiddler's dram
I had recently heard Among the Oak & Ash, so was in no doubt that Folk Rock is still alive and flourishing. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Peter Reeve
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ole music
Most of the songs are oldies and good ones, some of them I don't remember ever hearing.
Published on May 14, 2009 by Babara C. Renshaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Many songs completely unknown

I only liked the first CD, the rest maybe are good to the die hard fans of Folk Music. Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by James T Kirk
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea But Flawed
I wrote a review before but amazon saw fit to delete it. OK - Folk Rock Began (and make NO mistake here) with Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrds, the answer to the British Invasion. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by Chris C. Stevenson
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 decades of 'some' memorable rock
Although the product itself is nice, it seems some of the music escapes me. Maybe its the years I was in the service during Vietnam. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by Rory S. Obrien
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Decades of Folk Rock
4 Decades of Folk Rock contains 4 CDs packed with music. You'll find 71 tracks in all with songs from some of the greatest folk singers of the last 40 years. Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Oxford42
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Ipod Fodder
Folk-Rock's middle America's expressive musical medium. It's where poetry and music meet. It tips the hat to problems reaching across all of the nation's society. Read more
Published on December 23, 2007 by Arthur Shuey
5.0 out of 5 stars Liner Notes Great Too
This is just a correction to the above review. The main liner notes are by Bruce Pollock, who is also the co-producer of the package. Thank you.
Published on October 3, 2007 by Bruce Pollock
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