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The Cambridge Tapes

The Cambridge Tapes


A folk quintet who had huge hits with heavily sanitized versions of folk-gospel tunes "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" and "Cotton Fields" in the early 1960s, the Highwaymen could be poster boys for all that was great about the commercial folk revival and for all that wasn't so great about it, as well. They, like the countless other collegiate folk groups from the era, certainly rescued dozens of folk songs and gave them new exposure and utility, but they also watered them down for the greatest commercial effect, which essentially turned songs with long historical time lines into pop commodities. That said, the Highwaymen were professional about it, and in concert their good-time, hootenanny, harmony-laden approach was crowd-approved. This two-disc set catches the Highwaymen at a college gig at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from October 26, 1963. The audience knew most of songs -- they had probably even sung them at parties back in the dorms -- so the good will and community feel of the Highwaymen's show, its very accessibility, makes it a perfect timepiece for the era. "Michael," a fun romp through "The Gypsy Rover," a bluesy "Abilene," and a version of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "The Universal Soldier" are among the highlights of the show. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Folk Era Records
  • UPC: 045507147827
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. March On Brothers
  • 2. I'll Fly Away
  • 3. Introductions And The Gypsy Rover
  • 4. Marching To Pretoria
  • 5. Marianne
  • 6. Shaggy Dog Stories
  • 7. Roll On Columbia, Roll On
  • 8. Portland County Jail
  • 9. Humauaque¤O, El
  • 10. Bamba, La
  • 11. Well, Well, Well
  • 12. Introduction Of The Guitarr¢N
  • 13. Ladybug And The Centipede, The
  • 14. Sinking Of The Reuben James, The
  • 15. Michael
  • 16. Cotton Fields
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. John
  • 2. I Know Where I'm Going
  • 3. Sourwood Mountain
  • 4. Little Boy
  • 5. Mr. Noah
  • 6. Canzone Del Vino
  • 7. Abilene
  • 8. Passin' Through
  • 9. Aunt Rhody
  • 10. I Never Will Marry
  • 11. So Fare Ye Well
  • 12. You're Always Welcome At Our House
  • 13. Midnight Train
  • 14. Universal Soldier, The
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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