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Capitol T-996

CD Reissue: Initially released by Capitol Records in 1992, KINGSTON TRIO / . . . FROM THE HUNGRY I was the first of four "Special Double Play" CD reissues of the eight Kingston Trio premiere LP releases of Guard era material (NOTE: The Trio's Christmas album, The Last Month of the Year," had been released as a solo-CD reissue in 1989.) With the exception of , KINGSTON TRIO / . . . FROM THE HUNGRY I, by the middle-late 90s all of these very desirable CDs had been withdrawn by Capitol, and disappeared from music store shelves.
In 1997, all of the tracks from THE KINGSTON TRIO were included in "
The Guard Years" 10-CD box set from Bear Family Records.
In June, 2001 Collector's Choice Records reissued
KINGSTON TRIO / . . . FROM THE HUNGRY I as a two-album CD.
LP Reissue: THE KINGSTON TRIO remained in general release in various forms around the world for many years. It was also reissued in LP form under the title of
Tom Dooley with two tracks edited out ("BANUA" and "SANTY ANNO".)

Recording Sessions: February 5, 6 and 7, 1958
Original Release: June 2, 1958.
Confirmed Format(s): LP record (T-996), Open-Reel Tape, 8-Track Tape Cartridge, CD (Capitol CDP 7 96748 2.) This album has also probably been released in 4-Track Tape Cartridge and Tape Cassette formats.

Last revised:March 30, 2006

The Kingston Trio

Notes by Paul Speegle, Featured Columnist,
San Francisco Call Bulletin

The Kingston Trio is, in a sense, unique. It sings on key and with passionate regard for the geographical and musical meaning of whatever song is being presented. This impressive integrity is unmistakably evident in the hat-dancing high spirits of the Mexican "Coplas," in the rollicking fun of "Three Jolly Coachmen," an English ditty that the trio sings with an extravagant Mayfair accent.

There is versatility, from the haunting, ghostly quality of "Fast Freight"; to the cocktail-type "Scotch and Soda" to the mournful cry of "Tom Dooley," a classic "do" of the Tennessee hill-folk.

There is also high humor and a feeling for the dramatic, along with sound knowledge of the gamut from sea chanteys to calypso rhythms to the inevitable western-type roundelay. And thee is the musicianship to put this knowledge into its most delightful expression.

As Dave Guard, who is considered the leader of the group, says, "We don't really consider ourselves folk-singers in the accepted sense of the word, but it was our interest in this type of singing that brought us together. We put only one restriction on the type of songs we do: they must have a basically intelligent thought and be founded in good taste."

Singing comes naturally to the boys, and all play guitar. Dave and Bob were brought up in Hawaii, where they learned to strum ukuleles about the same time they learned to swim -- at the age of seven. Both Dave and Bob play banjo in addition to guitar. Nick, who sings and plays the conga drums, was born in Coronado, California, but as the sun of a Navy career officer he traveled widely and picked up new songs each time the family moved. And each time Captain Reynolds returned from periodic sea duty, he taught his kids the songs of the lands he had visited. Says Nick of his father, "Dad plays a very swingin' guitar."

You don't have to be Deems Taylor to sense that these boys like to sing. Better yet, they sound as if they like to sing together. During their engagements at such bistros San Francisco's "The Purple Onion" and "the hungry I" and Chicago's "Mr. Kelly's," they have been heard, and roundly applauded by everyone from Bing Crosby to Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

This album Gives you the chance to do the same.

side one   side two
Three Jolly Coachmen   Saro Jane
Bay of Mexico   Sloop John B
Banua   Santy Anno
Tom Dooley   Scotch And Soda
Fast Freight   Coplas
Hard, Ain't It Hard   Little Maggie



Last revised:March 30, 2006.