(3-CD + 112 page booklet) In the one hundred years that folk music has been recorded in the United States, the tradition has embraced ballads - mostly new, but some transplanted from Europe, political statements, personal introspection, and much more. Now the story is here from the 1920s to the 1970s and beyond in four exclusive 3-CD sets. Through this music, we feel it all from the isolation of early twentieth century Appalachia through the economic and political upheavals of the Depression, War, and Civil Rights eras to contemporary west coast singer-songwriters looking within for inspiration. The story is here: original artists and original versions in stunning sound with detailed notes from folk scholar Dave Samuelson.
The third volume features those who married new, political folk songs with ancient ballads: Pete Seeger (Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Turn Turn Turn, and more), Joan Baez (including the greatest-ever version of We Shall Overcome), Buffy St. Marie (The Universal Soldier, Til It's Time For You To Go), and others from the turbulent 1960s. Dylan's contemporaries and his followers are here, all of them staking out a unique slant on the issues of the day. The set also includes pioneering folk rock artists, like Arlo Guthrie, the Lovin' Spoonful, Tim Rose, Jim Croce, Melanie, and Harry Chapin. All the classics you'd expect from late 1960s to early 1970s are side-by-side with side-trips into the jug band revival and hippie era classics, like Alice's Restaurant, Hey Joe, and Lay Down (Candles In The Rain).