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The Complete Vanguard Recordings *
Mimi Faria/Richard & Mimi Faria
0. DISC 1: CELEBRATIONS FOR A GREY DAY:
1. Dandelion River Run - (TRUE instrumental)
2. Pack up Your Sorrows
3. Tommy Makem Fantasy - (TRUE instrumental)
4. Michael, Andrew and James
5. Dog Blue - (TRUE instrumental)
6. V - (TRUE instrumental)
7. One-Way Ticket
8. Hamish - (TRUE instrumental)
9. Another Country
10. Tuileries - (TRUE instrumental)
11. Falcon, The
12. Reno Nevada
13. Celebration For a Grey Day - (TRUE instrumental)
0. DISC 2: REFLECTIONS IN A CRYSTAL WIND:
1. Reflections in a Crystal Wind
2. Bold Marauder
4. Swallow Song, A
5. Chrysanthemum - (TRUE instrumental)
6. Sell-Out Agitation Waltz
7. Hard-Loving Loser
8. Mainline Prosperity Blues
9. Allen's Interlude
10. House un-American Blues Activity Dream
11. Raven Girl
12. Miles - (TRUE instrumental)
13. Children of Darkness
0. DISC 3: MEMORIES:
1. Quiet Joys of Brotherhood, The
2. Joy 'Round My Brain
3. Lemonade Lady
4. Downtown - (TRUE instrumental)
5. Almond Joy
6. Blood Red Roses
7. Morgan the Pirate
8. Swallow Song, A
9. All the World Has Gone By
10. Pack up Your Sorrows
11. Leaving California (One-Way Ticket)
12. Sell Out Agitation Waltz
13. Pack up Your Sorrows
14. House un-American Blues Activity Dream
15. Bold Marauder, The
16. Hard Lovin' Loser
18. Celebration For a Grey Day
19. Shady Grove
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 200
THE COMPLETE VANGUARD RECORDINGS contains CELEBRATIONS FOR A GREY DAY (1965)/
REFLECTIONS IN A CRYSTAL WIND (1965)/MEMORIES (1968) plus previously unissued
performances from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Personnel includes: Richard Farina (vocals, dulcimer); Mimi Farina (vocals, guitar, autoharp); Peter Schickele (arranger); Joan Baez, Peter Yarrow, Jean Ritchie (vocals, guitar); Bruce Langhorne (electric guitar, dulcimer, tambourine); John Hammond, Gyle Garahan (harmonica); Charlie Smalls (piano, electric piano, celeste); Russ Savakus (acoustic & electric basses); Felix Pappalardi (electric bass); Fritz Richmond (washtub bass); Alvin Rogers (drums).
Producer: Richard Farina.
Reissue producer: Tom Vickers.
Recorded in New York, New York and live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island in 1965. Includes original liner notes by Richard Farina and reissue liner notes by Todd Everett.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Zaraya.
Though he's remembered by few other than '60s folk aficionados, Richard Farina was one of the most innovative singer-songwriters of the post-Beatles era. On a par with Dylan (in whose company he was often found in the '60s), Farina was one of the first to meld folk tradition with poetic lyrical imagery, not to mention folk and country forms with pop-rock arrangement/instrumentation. Playing dulcimer and accompanied by the high harmonies and acoustic guitar of his wife Mimi (younger sister of Joan Baez), Richard was one of the most important artists of the '60s folk boom, equally renowned for his literary work (his novel BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT LOOKS LIKE UP TO ME successfuly bridged the gap between the beats and the hippies). Richard's tragic death in 1966 ended the duo's career, but THE COMPLETE VANGUARD RECORDINGS is the definitive testament to the lasting value of their legacy, featuring every note the pair ever recorded.
From the warm-hearted country lilt of "Pack up Your Sorrows" (later recorded by Johnny Cash) to the striking war imagery of "Bold Marauder," the songs on the Farinas' two albums offer some of the most distinctive, forward-looking "folk" music you'll hear. This set's third disc's first half features outtakes previously released as MEMORIES, many just as impressive as the original albums. The second half is a full live set from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where the pair's keening harmonies enliven some of the best songs from their albums. Listen and learn.
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