ARTIST: The New Lost City Ramblers
TITLE: The Early Years (1958-1962)
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?, Leaving Home (early version of Frankie & Johnny)
LINEUP: Mike Seeger, John Cohen, Tom Paley.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Folk revivalists concentrating on the 20’s and 30’s songs who strove for authenticity.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The New Lost City Ramblers brought the sounds of the 20’s and 30’s to the folk movement, much like the Weavers, Kingston Trio, and others. What the NLCR did was use authentic instrumentation and arrangements, so they used simple banjo, guitar and fiddle for the most part.
Listening to these sides now does bring you back to the Depression era. Most of this record is taken up with songs praising the New Deal or lamenting the economics of the 30’s. You can almost hear the 78 pops and cracks in your mind, though these are very clean recordings.
The NLCR were stalwarts of the folk movement for almost a decade, and these recordings show why.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Mike Seeger is the half-brother of Pete Seeger.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: Mind you, this isn’t probably everyone’s cup of tea, but those who love folk music and authentic sounds will devour this.