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Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best of the Vanguard Years
Richard & Mimi Faria
1. Dandelion River Run
2. Pack up Your Sorrows
3. Reflections in a Crystal Wind
4. Swallow Song, A
5. Tommy Makem Fantasy
6. Hard-Loving Loser
7. Michael, Andrew and James
9. Another Country
10. Falcon, The
11. Reno, Nevada
12. Celebration for a Grey Day
13. Bold Marauder
15. Sell-Out Agitation Waltz
16. House un-American Blues Activity Dream
17. Raven Child
18. Miles - (TRUE instrumental)
19. Children of Darkness
20. Blood Red Roses
21. Morgan the Pirate
22. Tuileries - (previously unreleased)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79538
Personnel includes: Richard Farina (vocals, dulcimer); Mimi Farina (vocals, guitar, autoharp); Bruce Langhorne (electric guitar, dulcimer, tambourine); John Hammond (harmonica); Charlie Smalls (piano, celeste); Russ Savakus (acoustic & electric basses); Felix Pappalardi (electric bass); Alvin Rogers (drums).
Producer: Richard Farina.
Compilation producer: Tom Vickers.
Includes liner notes by Ed Ward.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Zaraya.
Personnel: Richard Faria (vocals, guitar, dulcimer, autoharp); Bruce Langhorne (electric guitar); Charles Small (piano, celesta); Felix Pappalardi (electric bass); Alvin Rogers (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ed Ward .
Ensemble: Bruce Langhorne.
Photographers: Daniel Kramer; David Gahr.
When Vanguard Records issued its double album The Best of Mimi & Richard Faria in 1971, five years after the motorcycle crash that claimed Richard Faria's life, the label simply repackaged the duo's two regular album releases, Celebrations for a Grey Day (1965) and Reflections in a Crystal Wind (1966). In 1988, when it reissued the package on CD, Vanguard cut six tracks to fit The Best Of on a single disc, leaving 20. Eighteen of those tracks are repeated on Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best of the Vanguard Years, which restores one of the cut songs and adds two tracks from the 1968 outtakes album Memories, plus one previously unreleased instrumental, "Tuileries." All of that makes the new compilation a slight improvement in terms of selection, while the CD remastering improves the sound. (Ed Ward's enthusiastic but ill-informed liner notes -- he confuses the Big Sur Folk Festival with the Newport Folk Festival and makes other errors -- are not a plus.) As a lyricist, Faria matched the elliptical style of mid-'60s Bob Dylan image for image, and tracks such as "Hard Loving Loser" are stylistically identical to the folk-rock of Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, partly because they employ some of the same sidemen. But Faria and his wife Mimi gave his words a sweet-and-sour harmony style, and their most distinctive music was made when they duetted on autoharp and dulcimer, as on the instrumentals that make up a good part of the song list. Richard Faria's early death robbed the music world of an important singer/songwriter (not to mention robbing literature of a promising novelist), but the work he left behind ranks with the best folk-rock of the 1960s. ~ William Ruhlmann
Q (8/00, p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Fascinating..."
Dirty Linen (4-5/00, p.54) - "...This release collects some of the best of what was recorded on their short career....Mimi's rich voice, guitar, and autoharp and Richard's strong vocals and dulcimer were backed mostly by just bass with some keyboards, drums and other tasteful instrumentation..."
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