Something Special
(Capitol T/ST-1747)

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The following LINER NOTES are much as they appear on the back of the album jacket. The sleeve contains images of albums by the Kingston Trio and other Capitol atrists:
The words "Something Special" have applied to every Kingston Trio album that was ever made. But here is a very, very special album -- one that has a distantly different over-all sound from its predecessors.

Oh, the familiar Kingston Trio sound and style are here all right: the boys singing, either together or in solos, and playing their own accompaniments as before. This time, however, their voices and instruments are set against larger-scaled backgrounds arranged and conducted by Jimmie Haskell, and the result (did we say?) is something special.

For further variety of interest, the orchestrations are of two types -- brass, woodwinds and strings forming the background on some of the tunes; just strings with rhythm on others -- and a richly blended chorus is added on several selections.

A word about who does what: Nick Reynolds is the soloist in Little Boy and is also featured in One More Town. Bob Shane takes the solo in She Was Too Good To Me, and John Stewart the one in Portland Town. John is featured twice more, in O Willow Wally and Strange Day.

Side one
BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHT

ONE MORE TOWN

O WILLOW WALY

TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

LITTLE BOY

STRANGE DAY

Side two

AWAY RIO

PULLIN' AWAY

SHE WAS TOO GOOD TO ME

JANE, JANE, JANE

PORTLAND TOWN

OLD JOE CLARK

Produced by VOYLE GILMORE

Cover Photo / Jay Thompson


Among other Capitol albums by the Kingston Trio: (S) indicates also available in stereo

CLOSE-UP * Comong Fron the Mountains; The Whistling Gypsy; Reuben James; Don't Weep Mary; Oh Sail Away; six more (S)T-1642

COLLEGE CONCERT * Recorded on stage at U.C.L.A. Where Have All the Flowers Gone; Coplas Revisited; The Shape of Things; many more (S)T-1658

THE BEST OF THE KINGSTON TRIO * Twelve of their best hits, including M.T.A.; Tom Dooley; Scotch and Soda; A Worried Man; The Tijuana Jail (S)T-1705

THIS STEREO RECORD SHOULD BE PLAYED ONLY WITH A STEREO CARTRIDGE AND NEEDLE TO AVOID DAMAGE.
MADE IN USA - FACTORIES: SCRANTON, PA -- LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

 

 

Papa K's input:

I am of the opinion that Bob Shane's performance on the Rogers & Hart tune She Was Too Good To Me is one of the best vocal efforts of his recording career. Bob is truely on of the best vocalists of our time and this piece shows him at his best. As this track is only available on SOMETHING SPECIAL, and the album has been long out of print, I'm affraid that it may have escaped the attention of many Kingston Trio fans, new and old alike. It is truely a shame that Capitol has chosen not to reissue this album.

Re CD AVAILABILITY:

As refered to in Ben Blake's LINER NOTES for the Capitol Special Double Play reissues of 1st gereration albums, the label had, at one time (c. 1992), intended a similar release of Stewart era albums. This never came to pass. "Something Special," was finally released in the fall of 1999 on CD, by Collectors Choice Records, paired with "Back in Town" (CCM 130-2)

The devout fan can find a number of the tracs from this album included in Kingston Trio compilations on other lables:

ONE MORE TOWN The Capitol Collecter Series / Other Arrangement(s): The Capitol Years
AWAY RIO Other Arrangement(s): The Capitol Years
PULLIN' AWAY Other Arrangement(s): The Capitol Years
JANE, JANE, JANE Other Arrangement(s): The Capitol Collecter Series

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Thank you

Jerry

 

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Last revised:March 30, 2006.