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The Golden Age of American Popular Music - The Folk Hits From the Hot 100: 1958-1966 Import

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This collection was compiled out of just about every folk hit to reach Billboards Top 100 during a time in which folk music was regarded as a form of light entertainment and not the means of political and personal expression that it has become. This 28 track compilation features folk hits such as "Walk Right In" by the Rooftop Singers, "If I Had a Hammer" by Peter Paul and Mary, "Greenback Dollar" by the Kingston Trio, "Lizzie Borden" by the Chad Mitchell Trio and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Lizzie Borden - THE CHAD MITCHELL TRIO
  22. Ode To A Little Brown Shack - BILLY EDD WHEELER
  23. Cottonfields - THE HIGHWAYMEN
  24. There's A Meetin' Here Tonite - JOE & EDDIE
  25. Tom Cat - THE ROOFTOP SINGERS
  26. Summer's Come And Gone - THE BRANDYWINE SINGERS
  27. Little Boxes - PETE SEEGER
  28. The Unicorn - THE IRISH ROVERS


Product Details

  • 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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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