Troubadours: Folk and the Roots of American Music, Pt. 2

Troubadours: Folk and the Roots of American Music, Pt. 2

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On the second volume of Bear Family's extensive four-part, 12-disc series, Bob Dylan arrives at the midpoint, his introduction as seismic as an atomic bomb. Prior to his introduction on the second disc -- or CD 5, as the packaging denotes -- a disc has been spent on "The Popular Folk Music Era," i.e. the sweet, freshly-scrubbed crossover folk performed by the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Rooftop Singers, and the New Christy Minstrels. This was the sound of college campuses between 1958 and 1962, spirited three- or four-part harmonies on traditional tunes and songs from newly emerging writers, sometimes coming from within the group itself. The focus remained on songs designed to be interpreted then delivered to a wide audience but with Dylan, the perspective became distinct, precise, and personal. His six songs are split between protest anthems ("Blowing in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'") and personal songs ("Masters of War" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" blend the two approaches), and while the former had an immediate impact the latter had a greater legacy, something that's evident on the rest of this set's second disc, which runs through Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Eric Andersen, and its third. That third disc rounds up singers and songwriters from Greenwich Village -- Dave Van Ronk, Judy Collins, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, David Blue -- peers of Dylan's who drew from similar influences, but each developed their own distinct style of writing or performing, something this disc makes plain. Further fallout from Dylan is documented on the subsequent sets but this volume of Troubadours of Folk shows how vibrant and exciting his Greenwich scene was and illustrates just how different the Bard and his peers were from the prevailing folk of the '50s.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2014
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102174025
catalogNumber: 2603221
Rank: 88417

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Technical Credits

Eric Andersen   Composer
Judy Collins   Composer
Erik Darling   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Cisco Houston   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Composer
Peter La Farge   Composer
Barry McGuire   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Gus Cannon   Composer
Travis Edmonson   Composer
Tom Glazer   Composer
Chad Mitchell   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Dave Van Ronk   Composer
S. David Cohen   Composer
Dick Weissman   Composer
Dave Guard   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
John Herald   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Ralph Rinzler   Composer
Patrick Sky   Composer
Dave Woods   Arranger
Randy Sparks   Composer
Lynne Taylor   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Dave Samuelson   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Jacqueline Steiner   Composer
Alex Comfort   Composer
James Friedman   Composer
Gil Turner   Composer
Frank Warner   Composer
Lydia Wood   Composer
Robert Yellin   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Ledbetter   Arranger
D. Fisher   Arranger
Gary Davis   Arranger
Bess Hawes   Composer
Willard Svanoe   Composer
Tomasso Geraci   Composer
Horsea Woods   Composer
Gene Rascin   Composer
Fran Mosely   Composer

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