The Johnstons/Give a Damn/The Barley Corn

The Johnstons/Give a Damn/The Barley Corn

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BGO's 2013 double-disc set groups together the first three albums by Irish folk trio the Johnstons: 1968's The Johnstons, 1969's Give a Damn, and The Barleycorn, which also came out in 1969. The first of these records is very much a straight-ahead folk effort, sounding as if it could've come out during the folk revival in the early '60s (despite their British Isles heritage, this LP sounds as if it could've come out somewhere in America in the years prior to Dylan's big breakthrough). Give a Damn has a slight pop patina, thanks to the preponderance of insistent production, soft full band arrangements, and the occasional cover of a new tune, such as Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" and Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye." This isn't as pure, but the attempts at broadening the group's sound result in a more varied record and arguably, a more enjoyable one as well. Although there are a few arrangements that flirt with the expansiveness of Give a Damn, The Barleycorn is a purer folk record consisting almost entirely of traditional tunes, which is perhaps the best showcase for this heartfelt trio of folk traditionalists.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2013
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261210869
catalogNumber: 6121086
Rank: 62549

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnstons   Primary Artist
Mick Moloney   Banjo,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Group Member
Paul Brady   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Group Member
Adrienne Johnston   Vocals,Group Member
Brian Brocklehurst   Bass
Luci Johnston   Vocals,Group Member
Darryl Runswick   Bass

Technical Credits

Mick Moloney   Liner Notes
Glen Campbell   Composer
Paul Brady   Liner Notes
Jacques Brel   Composer
John Wood   Engineer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Johnstons   Liner Notes
Barry Booth   Arranger
Nathan Joseph   Producer,Liner Notes
Ron Pender   Engineer
Scharf   Composer
Brian Shuel   Cover Photo
John O'Regan   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Roy Esmonde   Cover Photo
Ledingham   Composer
Dorough   Composer
MacColl   Composer
Fran Healy   Composer
Adam Ritchie   Cover Photo
David G. Palmer   Arranger

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