|To the probable annoyance of
future biographers, the Kingston Trio skipped the
traditional slow ans tedious struggle for recognition.
They zoomed to the top as though they'd been kicked by a
mule -- but not, obviously, in the heads. These are very
bright lads. In fact, just about the brightest thing on
the musical horizon today is this fine combination of
talent, style, originality, good spirits, and showmanship.
Not the least of the Trio's accomplishments is debunking the myth that succeeding in show business means identifying oneself with a definite age group, geographical entity, or musical sect. The Kingston combo makes as good listening in Jamaica, New York, as in Jamaica West Indies. They're living, singing proof to parents that teenagers aren't tone deaf, and to the younger set, that it's possible to teach old dogs new tricks -- and trios. They dish out plenty of melody, harmony, and rhythm of a sort that everyone likes to hear, at the same time displaying all the finesse and sophistication needed to go "far out" in any direction they choose. One thing, however, they never sound -- and that's bored. Their enthusiasm is as boundless as their repertoire, and their accent in any given song -- whether it's a sea chanty, a spiritual, or the politely bawdy saga of The Unfortunately Miss Bailey -- is persuasively authentic.
One quality, so subtle it's easily overlooked, is that this group delivers a song with the direct and personal warmth of an individual stylist. All the more remarkable when it's considered that each of the threesome has his own way with a song. Testimony to this are Nick Reynolds's blue solo in The Wanderer, Bob Shane's ebullient rendition of A Rolling Stone, and the sure and sensitive delivery of Dave Guard in the haunting San Miguel, a most romantic and dramatic ballad. These lads seem to always be at their best, whether singing a song of mood and romance, or banging out a lusty tune, full steam ahead, with guitars, banjos, and bongos going like crazy.
Dave, Nick, and Bob merely whetted the public appetite with their earlier Capitol albums, which contained such hit tunes as Tom Dooley and M.T.A. It's a pretty safe bet that one or more of the dozen diverse and diverting tunes they've recorded here will likewise blast into orbit. So . . . "Here We Go Again."
other Capitol stereo albums by the Kingston Trio:
THE KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ST 1199
THE KINGSTON TRIO STEREO CONCERT . . . . . . ST 1183
Produced by VOYLE GILMORE
|THIS STEREO RECORD SHOULD BE PLAYED ONLY WITH A STEREO CARTRIDGE AND NEEDLE TO AVOID DAMAGE|
The liner notes as they appear on HERE WE GO AGAIN also appear within the expanded notes for the 1992 Capitol Records CD reissue AT LARGE / HERE WE GO AGAIN.
For your connivance, here are the songs for HERE WE GO AGAIN with direct links to the composer(s).