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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Give BOTH a listen....you won't be sorry!
PJ
This is a very accessible collection, play it at any party and watch the smiles!
Walter Five
An EXCELLENT CD and a must for any fan of this type of music.
J. Boettcher

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on February 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Maria Muldaur first showed her potential with the splendid version of Richland Woman which appears on this collection. But it is a bit unfair to single her out. Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band worked because of a delightful sense of humor, the interplay between various voices, and solid jug band musicianship. Never Swat a Fly is a humorous piece that has remained in Maria Muldaur's repetoire - see her album with her daughter. Both That's When I'll Come Back to You and Chevrolet, duets with Geoff and Maria Muldaur appear in the Folk Duets anthology - a solid recommendation of the quality.
The album is a mix of jug band classics and humorous pieces done with very solid musicianship and a comfort in the recording studio often missing in "authentic folk" jugband music album. This results in an album that is an excellent introduction to the jugband sound.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zenweb on June 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
...between boogie-woogie, jazz, blues, klezmer music, and folk rock. I've been humming these diddies in my head ever since I originally heard Kweskin's Jug Band back in the 1960's. This digitally remastering produces brilliant sound. One of the 10 albums I'd take with me if I were banished to a tropical island. A must have!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By pamela adams on December 17, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I've stood in many a long cold line in front of Club 47 in Cambridge Mass in the winter of 1964 & 1965 just to watch these guys. They layed the foundation of my musical journey. I've owned all their albums which are now in really rough shape.I was thrilled to see this tape, for now they'll come back into my life after such a long time.......although I still occasionally wake up Geoff Muldour's Newport News or Whoa Mule drifting through my head.....thank you thank you thank you.....these guys are the VERY BEST
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five VINE VOICE on May 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This an outstanding collection and overview of Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band; through the ears of 60's folk-music, it recalls the best of the 20's and 30's good-time whoopie music, refreshingly, and with a bit of modernism (Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee" for example,) thrown in for good measure. This CD compiles selections from all three of Kweskin & the Jug Band's 60's Vanguard records,lamentably, NONE of them are "Coney Island Washboard"). Just as you'll find a lot of influences from the great 1920's Jugbands like "Cannon's Jug Stompers" or "The Memphis Jug Band", you'll find a LOT of Jim Kweskin & The Jugband influence on a number of bands and acts to follow them--off the top of my head--Tiny Tim, The Captain Matchbox Whoopie Band, Leon Redbone, the Fugs, Country Joe & The Fish, Mike Gross, Loke E. Coyote, all show (IMHO) some heavy signs of Kweskin & Jug Band exposure! The Grateful Dead's proto-band, "Mother McCrea's Uptown Jug Champions", for example, [available directly from GDM Inc.] had a repitiore that was largely derived straight from Kweskin's 1st LP.
This is a very accessible collection, play it at any party and watch the smiles! Kweskin's Jug Band doesn't touch some of the more "difficult" (for modern minds) traditional Jugband subject material (often a problem in these politically correct times) that some might find overly risque, or racist, but it doesn't miss a thing when it comes to the double-entendre, and you'll hear this in tunes like "Borneo" and "Beedle Um Bum."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In the 1960's folk revival many musicans delved back into time to find some aspect of roots music in order to gain a reputation. The members of this band came up with jug music, especailly highlighting old-time Memphis Jug Band tunes and original compositions. However, they bring their own style and musicanship to the effort.

Not all folk music has to have a deep message. This band proves you can have fun, be witty and pay tribute to a great musical tradition at the same time. For those who have never heard jug music you will be surprised what a washtub, stringed broom, etc. can produced musically. Of course it never hurts to have original talent like Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and the great voice of Maria to back it up. Enough said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
To call this a "Greatest Hits" compilation is stretching the definition of "hit" just a bit, especially given that The Jim Kweskin Jug Band never had what could even be remotely called a "hit single" in North America. So too is declaring them to be "better than The Beatles" as one reviewer so boldly states.

But they were very good at what they did. Which was to take a kazoo and a tambourine (Maria D'Amato, who also did vocals), a clarinet, washboard and guitar (Geoff Muldaur - also a vocalist), a "white lightnin' jug" and washtub bass (Fritz Richmond), a banjo and steel guitar (Bill Keith), and a guitar (Jim Kweskin - also a vocalist) and turn it into a virtual jug band revival in 1963.

The band would stay in business for close to six years, taking on fiddler Richard Greene and harmonica player Mel Lyman along the way, and wherever they appeared they were well received. In the midst of their career The Lovin' Spoonful would add some of the tunes the band had introduced to their repertoire as well.

When Lyman left to form "The Family" - a no-nonsense religious sect - Kweskin went with him, whereas the husband and wife team of Maria and Geoff Muldaur went on to perform as a duo before splitting up. Maria, of course, would have several hits in the Seventies, the most notable of which were Midnight At The Oasis (# 6 in 1974) and I'm A Woman (# 12 in 1975).

Ignore the "greatest hits" notation and just enjoy some of the greatest light sides of the sometimes morose Folk Music genre.
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