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KINGSTON TRIO At Large

Capitol T/ST-1199

Australian pressing: 
Summit SRA 003 

CD Reissue: Released by Capitol Records in 1992, The Kingston Trio At Large / Here We Go Again was the second 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 FROM THE HUNGRY I, by the middle-late 90s all of these very desirable CDs had been withdrawn by Capitol, and disappeared from music store shelves.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 The Kingston Trio At Large / Here We Go Again again 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 16, 17 and 18, 1959
Original Release: June 1, 1959.
Confirmed Format(s): LP record ((S)T-1199), Open-Reel Tape, 8-Track Tape Cartridge, CD (Capitol CDP 7 96748 2 and Collector's Choice CD.) This album has also probably been released in 4-Track Tape Cartridge and Tape Cassette formats.

Last revised:March 30, 2006

 

LINER NOTES:


The Kingston Trio presents a variety of ballads from many times and places . . . exciting tales of high adventure, humorous tunes, and tender love songs. Each is delivered with the imagination and spirit that have brought the group tremendous acclaim.

(notes by Nat Hentoff)

"We Want To Make Each Song Live," says Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio, and that they certainly do. For Dave, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds succeed remarkably in bringing to vividly entertaining life a wide range of material from many countries -- as can be heard in their previous albums, "The Kingston Trio" (T 966) and "From the Hungry i" (T 1107). There is also, of course, their tale of Tom Dooley which has sold over one million records, an indication of how large an audience exists for living folk songs if they're presented with conviction, wit and a skillful sense of drama.

In previous recordings, Dave, Bob and Nick performed songs they'd known for a long time. In the present set, the material (with the exception of Scarlet Ribbons) was relatively new to them; and this is an illuminating opportunity to hear how the Kingston Trio approaches fresh material and how imaginatively they adapt it to their own style.

side one:
M.T.A. (J. Steiner / B. Hawes) was written by Bess Hawes (of the Lomax family) and Jacqueline Steiner. It's about the man who was riding the Boston M.T.A. when the fare was changed. He didn't have the price of a transfer, and may be riding there still.

ALL MY SORROWS (Guard / Shane / Reynolds) was first heard by Bob Shane in a Los Angeles coffee house. The Trio then became acquainted with Glenn Yarborough's version of the tune as a love song, and in their own adaptation, have kept it as a love story. "It was originally a lullaby," notes Dave Guard, "and possibly a spiritual before that."

BLOW YE WINDS (Dave Guard) was first learned by Dave Guard as a British song, The Eclipse. This interpretation is a composite from several American sources. The last three choruses are based, however, on the British version used by Ewan MacColl and Ed McCurdy.

COREY, COREY (Guard / Shane / Reynolds) Comes from the Southern Appalachians and is a favorite of banjo pickers as well as singers. Some of the lyrics have been rewritten by the Trio. Final lyric revisions, incidentally, are usually done by Dave Guard.

THE SEINE (Irving Burgess) is a misty, romantic ballad by Lord Burgess. It creates a mood somewhat far afield from the calypsos by which he's best known.

I BAWLED (Bob Shane) The Trio first heard this number from Stan Wilson, a San Francisco folk singer and song writer. It tells of the misadventures a suitor has with his girl's mother.

side two:
GOOD NEWS (Louis Gottlieb) is the first spiritual the Kingston Trio has recorded -- not counting When the Saints Go Marching In. The arrangement is by Dr. Louis Gottlieb, a San Francisco musicologist and comic.

GETAWAY JOHN (Dave Guard) John Hardy, it appears, was an actual man, a rough one, who was sentenced to be hanged for murder in 1894. The Trio has made some harmonic changes from the original.

THE LONG BLACK RIFLE (L. Coleman / N. Gimbel) was suggested to the Kingston Trio by their vocal coach, in California, Judy Davis.

EARLY MORNIN' (R. Starr / D. Wolf) is the familiar What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor? It may date back, Dave feels, to the time of Sir Francis Drake.

SCARLET RIBBONS (FOR HER HAIR) (E. Danzig / J. O. Segal) id thought of as a traditional folk tune by many, but actually was composed several years ago by Evelyn Danzig / Jack Segal. It's an impressive tribute to the composers' ability to catch the spirit of folk music.

REMEMBER THE ALAMO (Jane Bowers) was written by Jane Bowers, a proud Texan who knows much of Texas lore, and has constructed several songs from her knowledge. The Trio met her when they were performing in Austin.

(Nat Hentoff is well known for his contributions to Esquire, The New Yorker, The Reporter, and Down Beat magazines. He is also co-editor of Jazz Review)

Produced by VOYLE GILMORE

THIS CAPITOL RECORDING IS PLAYING ON MONOPHONIC OR STEREO PHONOGRAPHS

This monophonic microgroove recording cannot become obsolete. It has been carefully engineered to provide the finest monophonic performance from any phonograph -- old or new, monophonic or stereophonic. Like all high-fidelity albums from Capitol, it is a top-quality product of the recording art, and will continue to be a source of outstanding reproduction, now and on the future.

FACTORIES: SCRANTON, PA -- LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

 

Papa K's input:

This typo appears on my vinyl copy of At Large and was reproduced on to the LINER NOTES for the Capitol SPECIAL DOUBLE PLAY re-issue.

Hint:

Should read "The Kingston Trio" (T 996)
CAPITOL T-966 - MUSIC MAN: DANCE TO THE MUSIC MAN - VARIOUS ARTISTS (GLEN GRAY, PEE WEE HUNT, GUY LOMBARDO & MORE)

Jerry

 

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