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The Folk Den Project

Roger McGuinnAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: November 27, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: April First Productions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1. Wanderin'
2. The Argonaut
3. Lilly of the West
4. Michael Row the Boat Ashore
5. Stewball
6. Let The Bullgine Run
7. The Gallows Pole
8. The John B's Sails
9. Willie Moore
10. St. James Infirmary
11. Kilgary Mountain
12. The Twelve Days of Christmas
13. Wild Mountain Thyme
14. New York Girls
15. Streets of Laredo
16. Mary Had A Baby
17. The House of the Rising Sun
18. Greenland Whale Fisheries
19. Shenandoah
20. The Bonny Ship the Diamond
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About the Artist

After nearly a decade in The Byrds, Roger McGuinn felt a solo career beckoning. In 1973, he began to record his five solo albums for Columbia records. In 1978 he joined his old BYRDS band mates, Chris Hillman and Gene Clark for three albums on Capitol Records. David Crosby and Chris Hillman joined him in 1991 on his "Back From Rio" album along with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Elvis Costello on a stellar album which became a worldwide chart topper. In November of 1995 McGuinn began recording a series of traditional folk songs and uploading them to, in a section called the Folk Den. Since then he has posted a new recording of a traditional folk song on the first of every month. The purpose of the Folk Den project is to use the medium of the world wide web to continue the tradition of the folk process, that is the telling of stories and singing of songs, passed on from one generation to another by word of mouth. McGuinn's 2001 album, 'Treasures from the Folk Den' on Appleseed Recordings, grew out of this project, and features newly recorded collaborations with many of McGuinn's musical heroes: Peter Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Odetta and others. The CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. In the summer of 2004, Roger released a new studio album "Limited Edition" and in keeping with his "digital pioneer" status he has released it only via the Internet and at his live performances. In November 2005, McGuinn celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Folk Den project. To commemorate, McGuinn released a four CD box set of 100 of his favorite folk songs that he has uploaded to the Folk Den over the last decade. THE FOLK DEN PROJECT includes many new recordings, re-mixes and a complete digital re-mastering of the original songs. The CD release concert was held at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, where McGuinn learned to play 12-string guitar, 5-string banjo and first fell in love with folk music.

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In November of 1995 Roger McGuinn began a project for the preservation of Folk Music. Each month he would record a song, print the lyrics and chords, add a personal note and put it on his web site, He wanted everyone to have the opportunity to learn the songs and to be able to sing them with their families and friends, so downloads were offered free of charge. The original recordings were 11 KHz 8-bit.monophonic WAV files, far below CD quality.He has re-recorded most of the songs in 24-bit 44.1 KHz Stereo with additional instruments and vocals. To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the FOLK DEN, this 4 CD compilation contains 100 of his favorite songs with many of the original notes in a colorful 40 page booklet.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for Byrds fans April 4, 2006
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I've been a Byrds fan for over 20 years, and having the Byrds' first five albums was the closest thing to folk music I had until I bought Roger's "Limited Edition" CD, and even more now with "The Folk Den Project: 1995-2005". In my opinion, this compilation brings Roger's career full circle. One of my favorites on Disc 1 is "The Colorado Trail", where Roger brings out his trademark Rickenbacker 12-string. On this tune, the solo is a near combination of "Mr. Tambourine Man" meets "The Bells Of Rhymney". It really rings out in true Byrds fashion. A couple of highlights on Disc 2: "Oh Freedom", which Roger recorded during an actual thunderstorm, and is heard in the background. Also, the closing track on Disc 2, "To Morrow", is a recording of Roger at the age of 16 singing this tune. Anyone who knows Roger's history knows that he was a graduate of The Old Towne School Of Folk Music in Chicago. "To Morrow" gives listeners a chance to hear a young McGuinn in the folk mode that he would be accustomed to throughout his life and career. Disc 3 includes Roger's versions of two traditional Christmas tunes: "The First Noel" and "Away In A Manger", to put some holiday flavor into this collection. He also sings "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" on Disc 1, and "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" on Disc 4. Speaking of Disc 4, the only Byrds tune featured in this collection is on this disc: "Wild Mountain Thyme", a song from the Byrds' "Fifth Dimension" album. The collection concludes with two folk classics: "Home On The Range" and "When The Saints Go Marching In". Chances are that if you sang folk songs in school, as did I, at least one of them is likely to be found among these CDs in true folk style that Roger has created, as he has said, "for the preservation of the music I love". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars McGuinn Is Heading for Mars February 7, 2006
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I didn't think old Rog could do anything to top last year's superb LIMITED EDITION. But he has. In this 4 - CD set he's re-arranged, and in some instances, written new lyrics to 100 folk songs. Some of them are simply sublime. May I mention "Wanderin," "Oh Freedom," and "America for Me" as just a few examples. Lots of these songs would have fit in comfortably on any Byrds album, and maybe been the highlight of the album. Cudos to you, Roger. You and Richard Thompson seem to be the 2 guys who are holding in there, just getting better and better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Byrd Has Landed April 30, 2006
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I've read all the other reviews on this collection and I thought I had nothing to add. That's most true. The previous reviewers did a terrifc job. I was about to give up writting anything when I thought it would be nice having somebody from Brazil writting and, most of all, paying tribute to this incredible artist who is Roger McGuinn, or Jim McGuinn, which is how I still refer to him. What I mean is, McGuinn is one of those artists that trancends all boundaries, whether they are territoral or musical boundaries. I've must had heard Mr. Tambourine Man, with the Byrds, when I was 11 or 12 years old. I'm 49 now, and to this day, it stills cause me a profound effect. Hearing these songs by a man who loves them all through his life and sang and play them like no other is always an emotional journey. I agree with one of my fellow reviwers who puts McGuinn and Richard Thompson on the same level. They are still spreading, each on their own way, "the good music"; the one kind that's timeless and stills worth listening. This may sound like a clich? but it must be said. McGuinn is just superb on these recordings and you can often actually feel what he felt himself recording them. It's trully a labor of love and a gift for the generations to come. God bless you Jim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 years at a song a month December 15, 2005
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The notes say:

"In November of 1995 I began a project for the preservation of the music I love, Folk Music. Each month I would record a song, print the lyrics and chords, add a personal note and put it on my web site, [...]. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to learn the songs and to be able to sing them with their families and friends, so downloads were offered free of charge. The original recordings were 11 KHz 8-bit monophonic WAV files, far below CD quality. I have re-recorded those songs in 24-bit 44.1KHz Stereo. To commemorate the 10 year aniversary of the Folk Den, this compilation contains 100 of my favorite songs from the project with many of the original notes."

There are many surprises in this labor of love of music: A variety of instrumentation, 12 string acoustic, banjo, the famous McGuinn 12 string Rickenbacker, and the new 7-string Martin. Guest appearances on one song, "The John B's Sails," by Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and Greg Isles. A recording made in 1958 by a 16 year old McGuinn ("To Morrow"). A thunderstorm in the background in "Oh Freedom."

A great treasury of songs by a greatr guitarist and singer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Out of 5 Stars! February 21, 2006
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Roger McGuinn: The Folk Den Project 1995-2005 (5 stars out of 5)

This Byrd has grown: McGuinn's folk shines

Jim Abbott | Orlando Sentinel Pop Music Critic

REVIEW RANK: 5 Out of 5 Stars!

There's hardly a better example of a happy marriage between old and new than Roger McGuinn's Folk Den.

Over the past decade, this former Byrd, technology geek and Orlando resident has been archiving traditional folk songs on his Web site, At the interactive Folk Den, musicians and historians could find a captivating time capsule of storytelling and music, complete with free downloads, lyrics, chords and a note from McGuinn.

To mark the project's first 10 years, McGuinn has compiled 100 of his favorite songs into a four-disc package available for purchase at his Web site, and

It's a lovely extension of McGuinn's 2001 album Treasures from the Folk Den and a far better-sounding collection on a purely audio level than 2004's Limited Edition.

For folk purists, McGuinn's loving treatment of songs such as "Mighty Day'' and "Dink's Song,'' both on Disc 1, is a treasure indeed. The former is a topical song about the Galveston Flood of 1900 that rings truer than ever more than 100 years later in the wake of Katrina.

McGuinn's liner notes are plainspoken, just like the tale itself: "A strong hurricane can do as much damage as a nuclear bomb,'' he writes, "and should be respected.''

"Dink's Song,'' meanwhile, is a duet with Pete Seeger on a traditional song recently covered in rougher fashion by a young Bob Dylan on the No Direction Home documentary soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance from Mcguinn
Folk like the blues is music in the purist form when its done right. Mcguin gives us the best album here in decades
Published 1 month ago by james ahlgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Wonderful Roger McGuinn giving the Folk Music Catalogue another version. It has all been done before but this man is a consummate professional with a style all his own.
Published 14 months ago by patrick oakley
3.0 out of 5 stars Professor McGuinn: More like schoolwork than enjoyment
His concerts are still great because he does a lot of his old material acoustically. When he was a young man, he revolutionized sound. Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by Gregory Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Exceptional and Timely Collection by Roger McGuinn
This collection of traditional folk songs, originally recorded and posted on the Folk Den website, and now rerecorded for The Folk Den Project by Byrdmaster Roger McGuinn, is truly... Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Philip D. Rasico
4.0 out of 5 stars Very delightful folk music
This is a very enjoyable 4 disc set. Many tracks sound like Byrds music without the percussion. The arrangements were simple. Roger McGuinn is a genius whose music is timeless!
Published on August 28, 2006 by Sreenivas Gudimetla
5.0 out of 5 stars McGuinn keeps culture alive!
Kudos to the very talented and gracious with his knowledge Roger McGuinn!

Most of you know of McGuinn's fantastic guitarmanship in rock and folk, especially his... Read more
Published on May 16, 2006 by thisisgibbie
just finished listening to Roger's CDs. All I can say is......................INCREDIBLE! What an amazing collection of songs! Read more
Published on February 11, 2006 by Mike Copley
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