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New Directions in Folk Music
Genres: Folk, Pop
The title of this final, 1963 album was accurate, and a prophetic one concerning these three gentlemen. Includes 'Ben and Me; Country Blues; Someone to Talk My Troubles To; All the Pretty Little Horses; Virgin Mary; Four S... more »
The title of this final, 1963 album was accurate, and a prophetic one concerning these three gentlemen. Includes 'Ben and Me; Country Blues; Someone to Talk My Troubles To; All the Pretty Little Horses; Virgin Mary; Four Strong Winds; San Francisco Bay (Version 2); Bay of Mexico; Someday Baby; Ja-Da; Stackolee; Two Hoboes', and a studio version of 'One Quick Martini'. Plus, the unreleased 'It Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad' and 'San Francisco Bay (Version 1)', the unreleased (except for on a long out-of-print compilation) 'Mary Wore Three Links of Chain; I May Be Right', and 'Greenland Whale Fisheries', and the single 'Rag Mama.'
One quick martini and I'll be on my way...
Marc Flanagan | Santa Monica, Ca. | 07/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have had a song in my head for far too many years, my sister had this folk album that she played all the time and I came to love one of the songs, years have passed and she couldn't remember which of her albums it was...I thought it was The Modern Folk Quartet and they were out of print until recently and so I ordered a MFQ recording but that illusive sone was not on there...sounded like "Scotch and Soda", the Kingston Trio recording, but this was a prettier ballad.Last month I order The Journeymen, because I loved John Phillips and Scott McKenzie went on to the MFQ and to record... "Come to San Francisco and wear some flowers in your hair". And there on this terrific recording from 1963 is the long sought after and still great ballad; "One Quick Martini". Eureka!The Journeymen were just one of a truckload of young men and women who performed while Folk was the rage...Chad Mitchell Trio, Brothers Four, Roof Top Singers The Terriers et al., but The Journeymen stood out for they had a great blend of voices and songwriting talent and it shows in this recording; New Directions in Folk Music. Their reditions of "San Francisco Bay" and "Ja Da" capture that rollicking spirit that the New Directions were headed toward. I listen to this album often now and I am happy to be reunited with , One Quick Martini...and now I'll be on my way."
1963 Folk Set Still Sounds Super
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 11/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""New Directions in Folk Music" came out in 1963 with John Phillips before the Mamas & the Papas and Scott McKenzie before "If you're going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." The Journeymen's blend of voices is still moving 4+ decades after the original Capitol release. Collectors' Choice has done a good job of technically reproducing the disc. The harmonies on "All the Pretty Little Horses" blend seamlessly on this lullaby. "San Francisco Bay Blues" quickens the tempo with the lads setting toes to tapping, "I ain't got a nickel & ain't got a lousy dime; If she don't come back, I believe I'll lose my mind." "Ja-Da" is a sweet shoe shuffling melody with the harmonies filling this bit of razzle-dazzle. John Phillips' "Ben & Me" has some jangling acoustic guitars and a hint of darkness within the melody. My very favorite track is the lounge style "One Quick Martini" also written by John Phillips, "Let's not pretend that we're lovers meeting in some dim cafe. Let's not pretend that there are others making love the same silly way." Ian Tyson of Ian & Sylvia wrote "Four Strong Winds," which receives an excellent reading here from the Journeymen. Of the 7 bonus tracks added to the original release, "Rag Mama Rag" boasts a great washboard rhythm. "San Francisco Bay Blues" gets a silly kazoo arrangement. "Virgin Mary" is a sweet spiritual that could fit on a Christmas collection. "Greenland Whale Fisheries" is a hearty sailing ballad. The Armstrong floor commercial that ends the disc is an interesting timepiece. This collection is a welcome re-release from one of the eras great folk trios. Enjoy!"