Samstag, 9. Oktober 2021

Barry McGuire - Star Folk (1965, 2007)

Barry McGuire (born October 15, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for his 1965 hit "Eve of Destruction".

The compilation "Star Folk" is a totally unexpected find from out of left field in just about every way that it's possible for a compact disc to be, in part because it's not really (or entirely) a Barry McGuire release. If you look closely, it's by "Barry McGuire (and the stars from the New Christy Minstrels)," but it's not a New Christy Minstrels collection, either. For starters, this is a folk revival CD from a reissue label (RPM) that's hardly known for its commitment to the latter musical genre -- in terms of content, this CD might have seemed more likely coming out of Sundazed or Rhino. For another, it is, indeed, folk music -- Barry McGuire as a solo artist is most closely associated with either the folk-rock sounds of "Eve of Destruction" or the religious music of his later career, but this is from earlier than either of those periods. And finally, it isn't entirely a Barry McGuire collection, though he is the dominant and most prominent personality on it. Rather, this 24-song collection is made up of the releases of Horizon Records, a small label owned by West Coast folk music impresario Dave Hubert, who had the foresight to record McGuire, Karen Gunderson, Art Podell, Paul Potash, and Barry Kane -- all future members of the New Christy Minstrels -- in various solo and ensemble settings (sometimes in association with Rod McKuen, leading an impromptu gathering of folkies called the Keytones). The result is amazingly close to what the New Christy Minstrels created, especially on numbers such as "Town and Country," the haunting "So Long, Stay Well," "Midnight Train" (the latter actually done by the Sherwood Singers, featuring Gunderson), and "Gold Wedding Ring." In terms of the listening, it amounts to a lost treasure trove of Christys-style music, originally issued on the Ember label under the generic "Star Folk" name, and in stunning sound. Indeed, one would very much want to hear more of the Sherwood Singers, based on their material represented here, but no fan of the Christys is going to complain about this collection. The McGuire material is very solid and a good rival for his best work with the New Christy Minstrels, and shows off that stunning voice in its youthful glory to magnificent effect, and one can hardly complain about the guitar and banjo accompaniments. The annotation by Peter Doggett does a fair job of sorting out the varying origins of the 24 songs.


1 Greenback Dollar
2 Doo Dah
3 Jelly Coal Man
4 Old Paint
5 Love Song
6 Good Times Is All Done Now
7 The Banjo Song
8 Town And Country
9 So Long, Stay Well
10 Midnight Train
11 Gold Wedding Ring
12 One By One
13 Oh, Miss Mary
14 Another Country
15 You Know My Name
16 The Way You Are
17 The First Time
18 Hush A Bye
19 Fireball Mail
20 Another Man
21 Jump Down, Turn Around
22 Little Boy
23 Far Side Of The Hill
24 Puff The Magic Dragon

(320 kbps, cover art included)

3 Kommentare:

Bob Mac hat gesagt…

Thanks for this.

Javy hat gesagt…

Danke fur diese muzik.

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome! All the best!

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