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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0012EBU7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk Right In - THE ROOFTOP SINGERS
2. If I Had A Hammer - PETER, PAUL & MARY
3. Where Have All The Flowers Gone - THE KINGSTON TRIO
4. Green Green - THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS
5. It Ain't Me Babe - JOHNNY CASH
6. Michael - THE HIGHWAYMEN
7. We Shall Overcome - JOAN BAEZ
8. Greenback Dollar - THE KINGSTON TRIO
9. A Stranger In Your Town - THE SHACKLEFORDS
10. Winkin', Blinkin' And Nod - SIMON SISTERS
11. Ballad Of The Alamo - BUD & TRAVIS
12. Tom Dooley - THE KINGSTON TRIO
13. A Dollar Down - THE LIMELITERS
14. Greenfields - THE BROTHERS FOUR
15. Silver Threads And Golden Needles - THE SPRINGFIELDS
16. We'll Sing In The Sunshine - GALE GARNETT
17. Hootenanny - THE GLENCOVES
18. Don't Let The Rain Come Down - THE SERENDIPITY SINGERS
19. Reverend Mr. Black - THE KINGSTON TRIO
20. Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine - THE GREENWOODS
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Editorial Reviews

2008 installment in Ace's popular Golden Age of American Popular Music series, The Folk Hits is a compendium of just about every Folk hit to reach Billboard's Hot 100 (and a couple that 'bubbled under') during the so-called Golden Age when Folk music was regarded as a form of light entertainment rather than a means of political or personal expression. It kicked off when the Kingston Trio topped the international charts with 'Tom Dooley' in 1958 and reached its commercial peak in the summer of 1963 before fading in the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination in November that year. Some argue that 'Tom Dooley' was as important a record as 'Heartbreak Hotel' in that it sparked an explosion of interest in Folk music which would profoundly influence the music of the '60s. 28 tracks from the likes of Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, The Irish Rovers, Peter Paul & Mary, The Rooftop Singers and many others. Ace

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Brings back lots of memories......
Donald Peak
The song selection is exceptional (for the most part), and with Ace's usual quality in regards to sound, I highly recommend this one.
Johnboy1
Among the most important groups of the folk era was Peter Paul and Mary.
Paul Tognetti

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Music fan in the Midwest on March 17, 2008
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Detailed liner notes and excellent sound further enhance this comprehensive anthology that, frankly, has saved me a boatload of money. I was around when these songs were popular on Top 40 radio and I liked (and still like) many of them, but not enough to purchase entire "greatest hits" anthologies of all the various artists and groups. This CD brings together so many of the essential songs from the period -- pretty much all the ones I would ever want that I don't already have.

I am surprised the Seekers' "I'll Never Find Another You" is absent, considering its global chart success in 1965 (#4 here in the States and I think #1 in the UK, Australia and elsewhere). But I have everything the Seekers ever released, so it's not a big deal. Chad and Jeremy's "A Summer Song" (a #7 hit in 1964) is another pop-folk tune that could have qualified for inclusion. Maybe even the Silkie's cover of the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" (a Top 10 hit in 1965) might qualify. And Trini Lopez was another artist whose songs entered the Billboard Hot 100 several times in the 1960s; "Lemon Tree" (#20 in 1965) would fit right in with these other chart entries.

Baby boomers are already familiar with many -- actually, most -- of the 28 tracks here, but for younger music fans who are curious about the "folk boom" of the late 1950s and early 1960s (and a style of popular music that continued sporadically throughout the 1960s), this is your one-stop collection. I have several other CD collections from the Ace label, and that is one company I trust to do a solid job. They have come through yet again with "The Folk Hits." This is an excellent compilation of songs that rarely if ever get any airplay on the oldies stations. Recommended.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 29, 2008
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It was a time like no other in the history of American popular music. For a period that spanned roughly half a decade (1958-1964) folk music emerged from the coffee houses and college campuses of this nation and became an integral part of the mainstream music scene. Some of this music was quite intense but most of the songs that made it to the airwaves were light and upbeat. Now, some 50 years after it all began Ace records presents its sensational new 28 track collection "The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Folk Hits From the Hot 100". With the notable exception of Bob Dylan, this disc features memorable recordings by virtually all of the important folk artists of this era.

Among the most important groups of the folk era was Peter Paul and Mary. You will find one of their most enduring hits "If I Had A Hammer" from the summer of '62 featured in this collection. Most will recall the great New Christy Minstrels recording of "Green Green" as well as the Kingston Trio's mega-hit "Tom Dooley". Both are included here. And the inimitable Johnny Cash checks in with his popular version of the Bob Dylan tune "It Ain't Me Babe" from 1964. And who can ever forget the Rooftop Singers classic "Walk Right In" that shot right to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963?

What really attracted me to "The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Folk Hits From The Hot 100" is the fact the folks at Ace records have managed to include a significant number of tunes that have been virtually impossible to find. I have now been able to replace my scratched and worn copy of The Glencoves "Hootenanny" that I picked up at a yard sale several years ago.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 28, 2008
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Folk is certainly enduring with its songs protesting war, economic hardships, civil rights, and labor strife and, since the days of Huddy Leadbetter (Leadbelly) and Woody Guthrie, there was never much middle ground where the listening audience was concerned - you either loved it .... or you couldn't stand it. And that pretty much stayed the same throughout each period of resurrection of the genre led by the likes of The Weavers, Kingston Trio, New Christy Minstrels, Serendipity Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Harry Belafonte, The Limeliters, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, and so on.

As earnest and as honest as they were with their lyrics and, for the most part, simple melodies, working on the conscience of the richer elements of the masses, they were also decried as "pinko, commie sympathizers" by the more idiotic fringes of society. Cartoonist Al Capp, after converting from liberalism to conservatism, even went so far as to label Joan Baez "Joanie Phoanie" in a series of vicious lampoons. But although the vast majority of the single releases by these sometimes counterculture icons (not all were in that vein by any stretch) never did well enough to break into the mainstream charts in the early years of the R&R era, every now and then one would do well enough to rank and, in a few cases, do very well.

Indeed, the first selection here, Walk Right In by The Rooftop Singers, is probably THE most commercially successful record of its era, Not only did this tune, first recorded in 1929 by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, reach # 1 on the Billboard Pop Hot 100 in early 1963 for the Vanguard label, it also made it to # 1 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) charts (introduced in late 1961), Your Hit Parade (THP) and Cash Box (CB).
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