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Two Classic Albums from The Limeliters: The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters and Sing Out!


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  • Audio CD (April 21, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00000395T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Western Wind
2. Medley: Hard Traveler/Mount Zion
3. Lass From The Low Country
4. Gunslinger
5. Curina
6. Vicki Dougan
7. Aravan, Aravan
8. Whistling Gypsy
9. The Time Of Man
10. Harry Pollitt
11. Hard Ain't It Hard
12. Mama Don't 'Low
13. Jehosephat
14. Everywhere I Look This Mornin'
15. Pretty Far Out
16. The Lion And The Lamb
17. Golden Bell
18. A Wayfaring Stranger
19. Charmin' Betsy
20. Gilgarry Mountain (Darlin' Sportin' Jenny)
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Editorial Reviews

The Limeliters' third and fourth albums are combined on this welcome two-fer reissue. The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters, originally released in August 1961, was the trio's follow-up to their breakthrough second LP, Tonight: In Person, the live album that established them as a major force in the commercial folk trend of the early '60s. Their task with The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters, it is clear, was to give their new mass audience more of the same, and this they did, once again recording live. Frontman Lou Gottlieb, making fun of himself and everything around him with the erudition of a slightly mad college professor, really stood out with an audience to laugh along. But that only served to warm up the fans for the group's traditional folk material, presented in exact harmonies that supported Glenn Yarbrough's stirring tenor lead. It was no wonder that the album gave the group a second Top Ten chart placing. Sing Out!, released in January 1962, found them back in the recording studio for the first time since their self-titled debut album, and although it was a good collection of folk songs and novelties, the loss of the live element was noticeable, as it is here especially, after the listener has just listened to The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters. Still, these two albums present the group at its popular peak, and they demonstrate what appealed to their fans in their first blush of success and for a long time afterward. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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John Boland
Yarbrough's tenor was fabulous, and the way Lou and Alex's voices blended with his...and the superb range of their instrumental expertise...made for something magical.
William R. Hancock
So, I got on the internet to see if their albums were made into CD.
Dennis H. Osgood

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bill Fairchild on March 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the 50s and 60s I was really into folk music. I had all albums from everybody. 40 years later I am buying CDs and reliving my sweet youthful memories. I really believe the Limeliters were the best group of all. All 3 singers played instruments, their harmonies were superb, the accompanying musicians were excellent, their inter-song humor and patter was great, and they could sing songs in a dozen different languages. Seriously excellent entertainers. I saw them live 3 times. The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters, recorded live at the hungry i in San Fran, is the best album the Limeliters ever did, and they were the best group of all the folk singers. Get this CD. You'll be glad you did.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jack Maybrick on March 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If only the original LP album covers could have been transposed to the CD introduction with the same facility that the music itself was transposed from LP to CD. The print on the reproduction of the original album cover of "The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters" is just too small to enable one to comfortably read the apocryphal story of the hermit in the mountains who had never heard of the Limeliters.
Probably the most obvious reminder that these two albums, transposed onto CD, are "period pieces" occurs in the song "Jehosephat", where a little old lady, rationalizing why she prefers to watch the trio on TV, explains, "You're better in black and white".
But there are also a number of references in songs and promos connected with the Limeliters that demonstrate that the folk music era in which these albums were originally recorded really was substantially purer than our own.
The Limeliters actually once did produce an album called "Our Men in San Francisco". The LP that this particular CD was taken from has a folk song called "Hard Ain't It Hard". Today, it would be unimaginable that such titles could be produced without allusion to a few double, triple, or even quadruple entendres, but the meanings really were entirely innocent and free of multiple entendre intent at the time.
But it isn't as though the Limeliters' unique blend of fine humor and finer folk music doesn't have SOME naughtiness to it. It just doesn't go beyond the snickering peek-into-the-girlie-magazine adolescent humor inherent in "Vicki Dugan", the group's tribute to a contemporary half-dressed actress. That this passes for bawdy humor is a reminder that it's delivered in an era where sex was still allowed a certain amount of mystery.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hancock on November 26, 2003
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Far too many years ago than I like to think about, I was a great fan of folk music, an attraction and appreciation gained by a young pup from watching the weekly Saturday night ABC television show "Hootenanny" (is it ever going to be possible to get THIS fabulous show on DVD?????). This broadcast showcased the likes of Trini Lopez, the Kingston Trio, the New Christy Minstrels, Woody Allen (yes, THAT Woody Allen...who told stand up jokes about neuroses and group therapy between song sets), and numerous others. And the Limelighters. Oh yes, the Limelighters. And God how I loved that group. Yarbrough's tenor was fabulous, and the way Lou and Alex's voices blended with his...and the superb range of their instrumental expertise...made for something magical. There's an old saying,that thus and so was "a sight to behold". Well, at the risk of mangling the Queen's English, the Limelighters were a Sound to "Be-hear". Just awesome.
And one day towards Christmas (of whatever year this was in the 60s), I chanced upon the record "The Slightly Fabulous Limelighters"in a department store rack and saw that it had "The Whistling Gypsy" on it...a song I loved from the "Hootenanny" performances. So I asked for it for Christmas....and GOT IT.
Was an amusing situation, though. My Bible-Belt parents were a bit taken aback by the use of the word "God" in expletive context here and there, but what really jerked their eyeballs open (but delighted me) was the song "Vikki Dougan", about a Hollywood starlet wearing a back-LESS dress out clubbing. Mom and Dad were appalled, but hormonal me was over the moon (especially so when I shortly thereafter discovered the song to be absolutely TRUE and turned up a PHOTO of said Ms.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill Smythe on June 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Recording companies who re-release older material would do well to take note of what has been done here. This CD is not merely snitches and snatches from several LPs strung together. Rather, it is two complete albums, exactly as they were, combined into one CD. One of the best tracks is Whistling Gypsy, featuring Glenn Yarbrough. Lou Gottlieb and Alex Hassilev join Yarbrough on most of the other tracks, including Jehosephat, and my personal favorite, Pretty Far Out. Methinks the Limeliters modernized (by 1960s standards) the lyrics a bit on that last one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Goldstein on November 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
These are my two favorite Limeliters albums. I was thrilled when I was able to get them together on one CD. The "Slightly Fabulous" album is their best live album by far. It sparkles with their wit and with their harmonies. If I didn't already own it, I would buy it immediately!
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