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The Kingston Trio

Here We Go Again

 
CD Reissue: Capitol Records, KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE / HERE WE GO AGAIN (1992) 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 FROM THE HUNGRY I, by the middle-late 90s all of these very desirable CDs had been withdrawn by Capitol, and disappeared from music store shelves.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 HERE WE GO AGAIN were included in "
The Guard Years" 10-CD box set from Bear Family Records.
In June, 2001 Collector's Choice Records reissued KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE / HERE WE GO AGAIN as a two-album CD.
LP Reissue: HERE WO GO AGAIN remained in general release in various forms around the world for many years. 

Recording Sessions: May 26th & 27th, June 1st & 2nd, 1959
Original Release: October 19, 1959.
Confirmed Format(s): LP record (T-1258 & ST-1258), Open-Reel Tape (2-Track Stereo & 4-Track (ZT-1258,)) 8-Track Tape Cartridge, CD (Capitol CDP 7 96749 2.) This album has also probably been released in 4-Track Tape Cartridge and Tape Cassette formats.

Last revised:March 30, 2006.

Cover: Here We Go Again (ST-1258)
Capitol T/ST-1258

Cover: Here We Go Again (ZT-1258)
Capitol ZT-1258

 

side one  
MOLLY DEE
ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI
  HAUL AWAY
THE WANDERER
'ROUND ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN
  OLEANNA
side two  
THE UNFORTUNATE MISS BAILY
SAN MIGUEL  
E INU TATOU E
  A ROLLIN' STONE
GOOBER PEAS
  A WORRIED MAN
Stereo adds even more rousing excitement to this wonderful variety of ballads recorded here for the first time by
THE KINGSTON TRIO

DAVE GUARD, NICK REYNOLDS, and BOB SHANE are three good reasons why folk music is so popular with folks today. There's always been a lot of interest in these songs that grow out of almost every time, place and setting. But for years, they've been performed by mostly by the arts-and-craftsy set. Now, however, the Kingston Trio has made them fun for everybody.

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."

Among 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).

Jerry

 

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Last revised:March 30, 2006.