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The Limeliters First Studio Album is Still A Classic
Joel I. Dennis | Chesterfield, Missouri United States | 11/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My father had this first Limeliters album when it first came out more than 40 years ago, and I learned to love the Limeliters at an early age. I was very excited when this album was released on CD. It is every bit as good as I remembers it being. I now enjoy listening to it with my two young daughters, 3 and 7, who now both request to hear songs from the CD while we ride in the car. "The Hammer Song" and "Charlie the Midnight Marauder" are my 3 year old's favorities, but I catch her singing "Zhankoye" to herself too. The Limeliters were a powerful folk group whose singing can be enjoyed by children of the 21st century just as it is enjoyed by me at 42, and as it was enjoyed by my father 40 years ago. Any Limeliter fan will need to own a copy of this, their first studio album. Anyone just interested in getting an interesting collection of folk tunes sung by a trio of great voices should also strongly consider this CD."
A must-own for sixties' folk fans
Douglas A. Greenberg | Berkeley, CA USA | 12/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It took a long time, but this first Limeliters recording from Elektra Records finally was reissued in 2002, much to the delight of those of us who knew it well from its previous incarnation as an LP. This actually remains my favorite Limeliters recording, one that was played endlessly on our old family phonograph during my childhood. It still sounds terrific forty years later.
The distinctive Limeliters' sound involved a blending of fine individual voices. Perhaps best-known now is Glenn Yarborough, whose strong, high, soaring vocals were unique among folk artists. Also in fine form here is Lou Gottleib, previously established as one of the founders of the still largely underappreciated San Francisco group, The Gateway Singers.
As for the album itself, there isn't a bad track to be found. Many of the songs are humorous, including the upbeat, light-hearted rendition of "Malagena Saldarosa," "Gari Gari," "The Bear Chase," and the contemporary parody of suburban tract home life, "Charlie the Midnight Marauder." In a more serious vein, the group does fine interpretations of "Take My True Love By the Hand" and "Zhankoye," and Peter, Paul, and Mary fans will find interesting the Limeliters' earlier version of "The Hammer Song." Perhaps strangely, the most recognized tune on the album might well be "When I First Came To This Land," which the group subsequently redid as a Folgers' coffee commercial.
Overall, this is simply splendid music that harkens back to an apparently bygone era when folk music on occasion "crossed over" to become widely popular."