Sunday, April 19, 2015

Music Review: The Kingston Trio Greatest Hits (1989)

This is a compilation album put together by The Special Music Company.  Most of these songs where from years before.
The Kingston Trio has their own unique sound with banjo and guitar and sometimes adding bass.  The sing in the fold tradition, and where pioneers in this movement.  "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" is one of my favorite.  They are not the first to record this song written by Pete Seeger.  This is a progressive circular song, and others performed it as an antiwar  song.  They have a version on this album of "When the Saints Go Marching In" which I really didn't care for.  Also is an early version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."  This version just focuses on the "Awimbawe" the Zulu word for Lion.  They have some of the melody we like in background with no lyrics, more a hum.  In the folk tunes the Trio tells many a fine story.  This collection does not include Tom Dooley, the trio's first hit which tells the story of a condemned killer.

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