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The Kingston Trio - Greatest Hits [Cema]
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The Kingston Trio - Greatest Hits [Cema]
Genres: Folk, Pop
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By 1958 "Tom Dooley" was already in circulation in the growing folk movement, but it was the Kingston Trio's hit that ignited the boom. These three clean-cut Hawaii residents may not have looked like accomplished musicians...  more »


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All Artists: Kingston Trio
Title: The Kingston Trio - Greatest Hits [Cema]
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Special Products
Release Date: 6/16/1995
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Folk, Pop
Style: Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Kingston Trio Greatest Hits
UPCs: 724381824924, 724381824948

By 1958 "Tom Dooley" was already in circulation in the growing folk movement, but it was the Kingston Trio's hit that ignited the boom. These three clean-cut Hawaii residents may not have looked like accomplished musicians, but they were. David Guard first learned the open-G Hawaiian guitar and took up the banjo after a Weaver's concert; lead singer Bob Shane was much influenced by Harry Belefonte, and he sang with studied clarity; and Nick Reynolds contributed steady, old-timey guitar and signature harmony. Most of what the neophyte needs is here: "Tom Dooley," "Greenback Dollar," and the Carter Family tune, "Worried Man." --Roy Francis Kasten

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Great Collection Of All Their Best!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 07/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of the most stellar groups rising out of the pop woof and warp of the late 1950s was the counter-intuitive group, the Kingston Trio, who, singing traditional folk songs, popularized it to the point of creating a cottage industry with imitators by the score. Yet it was with their singular hit of "The Legend Of Tom Dooley', recounting the sad last moments of a condemned man that they caught the public imagination and lit a fire under contemporary folk music. They were sophisticated, mainly urban, and yet quite down to earth and folksy in their approach, and showed that they had a sense of humor with another hit, "M.T.A.", recounting the dilemma of a Boston commuter caught on board the "T" without sufficient money to get off. Yet they recorded and released quite serious songs too, such as the traditional "Where Have All The Flowers Gone", an early anti-war song, "Rueben James", and "Reverend Mr. Black". Also included here are hits such as "Greenback Dollar" and a rather interesting diversion in the way of "Tijuana Jail". They also had a minor hit with "Scotch And Soda", which was mainly aimed at the late fifties-early sixties college crowd. So was one of their final hits, "Worried Man". They blazed the way for a number of other, more mainstream vocal groups like the Limelighters, the Brothers Four, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The original Kingston Trio toured for years, and in the decades since have had a number of revivals since with different group members than the originals. This is a great album including most of their best-known songs. Enjoy!"
A great start for those who don't know the K3!
scotsladdie | 10/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Kingston Trio opened the door for Dylan, Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, and all the other folkies that became popular in the 60's -- and they did so because they were serious about the music & the quality of their performance -- they avoided preaching politics & got slammed for that, but they excelled at musical expression & continued the "folk process" admirably! Great harmonies & instrumentation are a hallmark of every K3 album, this one included."
scotsladdie | 04/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The VERY first record album I knew as a child in Monterey, California was the Kingston Trio's "Sold Out" (1960) I was a year old! "El Matador" is beautifully sang by Bob Shane and this group is wonderful any which way you look at them! My personal faves of this truly magnificent trio are"Adelita" "Billy Goat Hill" "Tijuana Jail" "Take Her out of Pity" "Tom Dooley" among MANY others. These guys were college friends who simply got together and sang at such places as the Hungry I in San Francisco. Their versatility and heartfelt vocals are warmly remembered by millions!"