Greenwich Village In The ’60s

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Following successful compilations like Boogie!, Silver Roads, Down Under Nuggets and Cosmic Country, Australian label Festival Records presents a new 2CD set Greenwich Village in the ‘60s.

Sub-titled “Beginnings and Branches of the New York Folk Revival”, Greenwich Village In The ‘60s takes a comprehensive look at the epi-centre of the folk scene that impacted the world in the ‘60s and beyond.  It features approximately forty artists who either preceded or followed Bob Dylan (whose track “Talkin’ New York” opens the collection).

It covers similar ground and is a great complement to the Coen Brothers’ recent film Inside Llewyn Davis and its T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack.  Indeed the new CD features earlier versions of some of the material from the film.

Going right back to the earliest folk revivalists who followed in Woody Guthrie’s wake – including Woody’s friend Pete Seeger and acolytes Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Cisco Houston – the collection features many of the artists who called the Village home in the early ‘60s, including Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk (whose biography inspired Inside Llewyn Davis), Odetta, Simon & Garfunkel, Karen Dalton, Richard & Mimi Farina, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Carolyn Hester, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Paul Clayton and Dylan’s favourite Irish balladeers the Clancy Brothers.

It ranges from the iconic song collector and performer John Jacob Niles and authentically rural artists who found a new home on the New York scene, like Jean Ritchie and Mississippi John Hurt; to new generation urban singer-songwriters who followed in Dylan’s wake including Phil Ochs, Tom Rush and the young Tim Buckley.

The CD comes with a sixteen-page booklet with detailed and engaging liner notes by American music journalist Richie Unterberger (Mojo magazine and author of a two-volume history of ‘60s folk-rock), Greenwich Village In The ‘60s really captures the spirit of the era.   It  is a fascinating time-piece as it contains as many of the great artists and great songs of the New York Folk scene never before collected in the one place.

Aside from the Dylan track, some of the more known songs are:  “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me’ (Van Ronk), “The Last Thing On My Mind” (Paxton), “Banks Of The Ohio” (Baez), “He Was A Friend” (Dian & The Greenbriar Boys), “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” (Odetta) and “Universal Soldier” (Buffy St. Marie).  There are some unknown (to me at at least) gems here as well.  Greenwich Village In The ‘60s deserves a spot in your record collection.



Disc 1
1. Bob Dylan – Talkin’ New York
2. Dave Van Ronk – Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
3. Tom Paxton – The Last Thing On My Mind
4. Eric Andersen – Close The Door Lightly When You Go
5. Paul Clayton – Green Rocky Road
6. Fred Neil – Little Bit Of Rain
7. Judy Henske – I Know You Rider
8. Tim Hardin – I Can’t Slow Down
9. Tom Rush – Urge For Going (Single Version)
10. Tim Buckley – Aren’t You The Girl
11. John Jacob Niles – Go ‘Way From My Window
12. Jean Ritchie – The Cuckoo
13. Irene and Ellen Kossoy (with Erik Darling) – Bowling Green
14. Joan Baez (w/ The Greenbriar Boys) – Banks Of The Ohio
15. Dian & The Greenbriar Boys – He Was A Friend
16. Richard Fariña – House Un-American Blues Activity Dream
17. Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore
18. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier
19. Liam Clancy – Patriot Game
20. The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem – Shoals of Herring
21. Mike Seeger – Fair And Tender Ladies
22. Pete Seeger – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

Disc 2
1. Bob Gibson – Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
2. Hedy West – 500 Miles
3. Vince Martin & Fred Neil – Morning Dew
4. Karen Dalton – Blues On The Ceiling
5. Patrick Sky – Many A Mile
6. David Blue – The Street
7. Simon & Garfunkel – He Was My Brother
8. Ian & Sylvia – You Were On My Mind
9. Richard & Mimi Fariña – Bold Marauder
10. Joan Baez – The Death Of Queen Jane (Child No. 170)
11. Carolyn Hester – The House Of The Rising Sun
12. Odetta – Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
13. Mississippi John Hurt – Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
14. Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band – My Gal
15. Even Dozen Jug Band – Evolution Mama
16. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Roving Gambler
17. Cisco Houston – Deportees
18. Harry Belafonte – Midnight Special
19. Judy Collins – Farewell


 On Festival Records


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