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There have been a few Christy hits collections before, but none like this one. Here, at last, is a comprehensive (75 minutes-plus), single-CD chronicle of the evolution of the New Christy Minstrels beginning with their earliest recordings with founder Randy Sparks in 1962 through the turbulent 'Sixties and ending with a sampling of their first recordings in the next decade.

Sequenced in chronological order, the 25 tracks have been carefully chosen to include their biggest hits ("Green Green," "oday," and "Saturday Night"), standout album tracks ("This Land Is Your Land," "Preacher and the Bear," "Julianne" and "Blacksmith of Brandywine"), as well as recordings that represent their best efforts to adapt to changing times ("The Girl from Ipanema," "Highflyin' Bird," and "Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings"). Unlike any other Christy release, this collection features more spotlight solos by some of the biggest talents who passed through the ranks. Of course, you ll hear the voices of the key players who defined the early Christy sound -- Randy Sparks, Barry McGuire, Nick Woods, Art Podell and Karen Gunderson -- but you'll also hear rare tracks by Bob Buchanan (later a member of The International Submarine Band with Gram Parsons) and a young fellow from Texas by the name of Kenny Rogers. Also, this set includes four Christy tracks that are making their CD debut, including the rare studio recording of "Walk the Road" (their concert opener in '63 and '64) and a beautiful ballad penned by Minstrel Gary Fishbaugh called Door into Tomorrow."

The set is accentuated with rare photos and behind-the-scenes liner notes by Christy historian, Tom Pickles.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. This Land Is Your Land
  2. Denver
  3. (The Story Of) The Preacher and the Bear
  4. Susianna
  5. Julianne
  6. Jimmy Grove and Barbara Ellen
  7. Walk the Road
  8. Green, Green
  9. Last Farewell
  10. Beautiful City
  11. Saturday Night
  12. Blacksmith of Brandywine
  13. Today
  14. Company of Cowards
  15. (The Story Of) Waltzing Matilda
  16. God Bless the Child (Live)
  17. Listen, I'll Sing You the Blues
  18. Oh, Miss Mary
  19. Chim Chim Cher-ee
  20. The Girl from Ipanema
  21. Highflyin' Bird
  22. Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings
  23. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  24. Door Into Tomorrow
  25. You Need Someone to Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • ASIN: B0080R7QJS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The New Christy Minstrels were a relentlessly upbeat folk revival group. The Minstrels generally hewed to the lighter side of the folk revival, often appearing in coordinated ensembles, and more likely to be seen on a mainstream television variety program, such as the Andy Williams show, than at a social demonstration or political rally. Aside from their musical roots in traditional material, their entertainment style had more in common with 1950s vocal choruses than with 1960s protest singers. Their hits were celebratory rather than confrontational, starting with a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" that (to be fair, like several other covers of the time) didn't touch any of the socially-charged verses.

Over the group's core folk years of 1961-65, a number of folk, pop and rock luminaries passed through its ranks, including Barry McGuire (whose co-write with Sparks, "Green, Green," was a hit for the group), the Modern Folk Quartet's Jerry Yester, and future Byrd Gene Clark. Randy Sparks had formed the group in Los Angeles in 1961, and led them artistically and commercially into 1964. Upon his departure, the group's stage direction was turned over to Barry McGuire, and with McGuire's subsequent departure, they expanded into pop and comedy, truing the variety of their show to the 19th century group after which they were named. The comedy team of Skiles and Henderson added skits to the show, and Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes cycled through the group on their way to greater fame.

The Minstrels' folk-era albums included many traditional songs, but Real Gone's collection focuses more heavily on Sparks' original material.
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Have enjoyed a personal resurgence of folksy music recently and needed to update mt collection which had been exclusively worn-out 33 1/3 rpm albums. The sounds are great and the memories they bring back really remind me of the fun we had in the 60's. A great retrospective of all the Minstrels songs of the 60's.
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I wish I had better knowledge of the New Christy Minstrels discography before purchasing this. I was hoping and expecting all of their genuine folksy music of their early days and didn't realize they changed their musical genre over time. If you are a big NCM fan then this is for you, but if you want their folksier side, I suggest a different album that sticks with the early 60's. I was disappointed.
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The Minstrels were never my favorite "Folk Revival" act, but their recordings were always a pleasant mixture of folk, novelty, and pop treatments. Rather than a group of friends who started and ended their careers together, the Minstrels were a corporation designed to have revolving and evolving membership, always adding younger singers to replace departing veterans. Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes were members for awhile, and each went on to solo success. This CD shows how the gang changed with the passing years, in an attempt to stay relevant, find a chart hit, and keep the concert offers coming along. If you ever liked any of their singles back in the day, you should enjoy this whole album a lot.
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I just loved this group when they first came out and have all the records I could get of them at the time. I about wore out the records. Been looking for their music on CD's for years. Am so thrilled to finally get their music on CD's and they are fabulous!! I highly, highly recommend any of the recordings you can get of them. You can find so many things on Amazon that you can't find anywhere else.
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Good rendition and large sample of this groups folk singing. Contains some songs not found on the other cds by the Minstrels. It is a interesting stroll down memory lane and for new listeners provides a snapshot of folk music modeled after the original Christy Minstrels
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A superb trip down memory lane. Good sound quality; most enjoyable. Good variety that covers most of their hit songs.
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I always loved the New Christy Minstrel and at one time had most of these songs on LP so I was glad to find this CD to I could again enjoy the music that stayed vivid in my memory.
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