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Various Artists: The Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need

Track List

>Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) - The Carter Family
>Rock Island Line - Huddie Ledbetter
>This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
>I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow - The Stanley Brothers
>Goodnight, Irene [Single Version] - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra - (featuring The Weavers)
>John Henry - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
>Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
>Silver Threads and Golden Needles - The Springfields
>He Was a Friend of Mine - Dave Van Ronk
>Blowin' in the Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary
>Four Strong Winds - Ian & Sylvia
>Last Thing on My Mind, The - Tom Paxton
>Times They Are a-Changin', The - Bob Dylan
>Roving Gambler - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
>Sitting on Top of the World - Doc Watson
>I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs
>Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
>If I Had a Hammer [Live] - Pete Seeger
>Little Bit of Rain - Fred Neil
>Catch the Wind - Donovan
>There But for Fortune - Joan Baez
>Early Mornin' Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
>I Shall Not Be Moved - Mississippi John Hurt
>Thirsty Boots - Eric Andersen
>If I Were a Carpenter - Tim Hardin
>No Regrets - Tom Rush
>Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) - Judy Collins
>Who Knows Where the Time Goes? - Fairport Convention
>Angel from Montgomery - John Prine
>Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down - Odetta

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Bill Bush.

While "folk music" originally defined the sort of indigenous music that was passed from one self-taught musician to another over years and even centuries, by the '60s the phrase came to refer to the work of singers and songwriters who used acoustic melodies as a vehicle for lyrics that often carried personal, social, or political messages. Featuring 30 songs, The Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need offers a bit of the former and a great deal of the latter; along with performances by legitimate folk legends the Carter Family, Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Mississippi John Hurt, and Woody Guthrie, this set also features classic tracks from most of the major folk stars of the '50s and '60s, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Gordon Lightfoot, Donovan, Judy Collins, and many more. Though it is far from the only folk collection one might need or want, this set does feature an impressive cross-section of important and essential artists, who are for the most part represented by their most celebrated works. As a sampler of the cream of the postwar folk boom, this collection does a fine job, and would be a good starter for a youngster eager to learn about the folk and singer/songwriter movements. ~ Mark Deming


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