|Once again the record racks are
graced by a picture of us three dashing yahoos -- only
this time our Rasputin-like accompanist, Buck "David" Wheat, comes out of hiding to show
his class as a model. The group is pictured (contrary to
public opinion) it's almost typical activity: travel. In
four years of performing, our little band has covered
over a quarter of a million miles, played in nine
countries, and even made music in five of them. But more
of our time is spent in airports than anywhere else --
that's a fact. And there's nothing to do in airports but
read travel folders. Thus we find Buck the bassist
greedily guarding his starved eyes of yours truly: Bob
Shane, Dave guard , and Nick Reynolds.
This album was cut just before we left for Tokyo, and we wanted to turn out some especially good tunes just in case the tour bogged-down in Tahiti. Sort of a farewell album, you know, because you never can predict what might happen when such sensitive, intelligent artists set down in the "goofing-off capitol" of the world.
Well, as fate decreed, the bonds of flag, family and fireside prevailed, and we returned to our California homes browned by the sun and weakened. After some rest, touring was resumed, and it's more than likely we'll be coming near where you live soon -- because we're Goin' Places.
YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME A driving tempo drives this fine variation of the famous Frankie and Johnnie legend which has long been a favorite theme in American folk music.
COAST OF CALIFORNIA There's a strong Spanish flavor to this dark and moody ballad which tells a tale of adventure, piracy, and hidden gold. As students of early California history will agree, the story has a strong factual basis.
IT WAS VERY GOOD YEAR This very haunting melody tells one man's idea of a full life. Interestingly, the song is built on a series of chords characteristic of Flamenco, which one ordinarily thinks of as a fiery type of music.
GUARDO EL LOBO is a 15th century Spanish Villancico. This song is beautiful by modern standards, yet it was sung in Spain even before Columbus set sail for the new world. In its native toung the poetry of its lyrics is superb, and in any language of century it actually swings.
RAZORS IN THE AIR An entire valuable body of native American music has all but dird out as a result of the stress of 20th Century life: the minstrel song. This number deserves its rescue.
BILLY GOAT HILL is almost an exercise in Southern gospel harmony. Such groups as the Chuck Wagon Gang, The Nash Family, and many others are well known for this kind of buoyant, momentum-gathering sound. Billy Goat Hill is a secular song, but its roots are in church music.
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Guthrie's greatest work. Interestingly enough, some Canadians have also adapted the song, using the words "from Bona Vista to Vancouver Island." Who knows where it will be sung next . . . everyboby's welcome.
RUN MOLLY, RUN Echoes one of the first Bluegrass bands -- Bill Monroe and his group (including the great Earl Scruggs and Lester Flat). Bluegrass music, with its hard-driving tempos and raucous harmonies, is currently one of the most vital forces in America's folk culture.
SEŅORA A beautiful melody from 18th century Chile, coupled with a timeless sentiment expressed in the lyrics written by Jane Bowers, gives us another inkling of what life is really all about, after all.
YOU DON'T KNOCK The Trio pulled out all the stops in their version of this rousing spiritual, and the result is an enthusiastic performance that rocks from beginning to end.
Produced by VOYLE GILMORE
THIS STEREO RECORD SHOULD BE PLAYED ONLY WITH A STEREO CARTRIDGE AND NEEDLE TO AVOID DAMAGE
MADE IN U.S.A. AT FACTORIES: SCRANTO, PA - LOS ANGELES, CA
Posted by John "Triofab" Lee to the Kingston Crossroads on 11/19/2001, 2:33 am
Just thought I'd post this....
While on the cruise, I had the opportunity to discuss the banjo that was for sale on ebay awhile back. You all remember the controversy? Well, I am positively convinced that it was indeed the first Vega Seeger that Dave bought in '59. Bob Shane told me that he was with Dave when he bought it. When it came up for bid, he personally examined the banjo, after convincing the seller to remove it from the ebay listing. When he first saw the case, he knew before he even examined the banjo, that it belonged to Dave. It seems that the Trio had custom covers made for their instruments about the time Dave was getting ready to leave the band. He said they had a tailor make them, and they were one of kind. I asked if the case covers on the Going Places LP cover were the ones he was talking about, and he confirmed this. The case had this original cover still on it. When he looked at the banjo, he knew it was Dave's by the contents of the case, as well as several distinguishing marks on the instrument itself. FYI . . . Bob, along with a friend in Hawaii, bought the banjo, and it is living happily in the 50th state as I write this. Bob jokingly said to me.....keep watching ebay.....The ultimate Kingston Trio instrument collection may become available soon . . . Seems He has located one of his original D-28s and Nick has his original tenor. With Dave's banjo, the three instruments may be sold to a museum as a set, but it's also possible that they may put up for sale to the general public.