|A little the
sad, sweet blues . . . some rock and roll . . . a
jailhouse song . . . and a jingly, little kid thing, like
jump-rope music. That takes you back to . . . Somethin
The astonishing Kingston Trio never holds still long enough to be typed
And the sound! Back in the pioneer days when the fi was just beginning to ge high, when the electronics engineers were tearing tweeters and rattling woofers (and "tweeter" and "woffer" talk was the real "in" high-fi dialogue) . . . back in those days they would have worked in the phrase "New Sound" somewhere on the jacket of this one. "The New Sound of the Kingston Trio," or even "The AMAZING New Sound of the Kingston Trio." Something like that . . .
Now, with stereo a commonplace, and music room walls sprouting clusters of speakers that once would have done credit to the technical staff of Radio City Music Hall, hardly anybody talks very much about sheer sound in albums any more. Sounds from the superb to the bizarre are taken for granted.
Yet much of the Somethin' Else in this album is -- and let us not shun the old phrase -- a New Sound for the Kingstons. It is just short of the symphonic, which seems to be pretty elaborate backing for three finely blended voices that, after all, need little more than guitar and bass. But hear it! It's Somethin' Else! In places it has a beat born in that jailhouse and baptized in the waters of the Mersey.
Likely, though, you will keep going back to that crazy jump-rope song, the one with all the charm of childhood yet spiced with an adult sense of humor. "Go Tell Roger" it's called. It's SOMETHIN'ELSE . . .