Tell Tales! Legends and Nonsense/Land of Giants

Tell Tales! Legends And Nonsense/Land Of Giants


Way back in 1963 and 1964, folk music was big business, and the New Christy Minstrels stood at the forefront of its most popular flowering. If Peter, Paul & Mary made their mark by rearranging older material for their rich vocals, the New Christy Minstrels one-upped the trio by enlisting as many as 14 singers/players to bring forth Randy Sparks' vision. The instrumental arrangements on Tell Tales! Legends and Nonsense (1963) and Land of Giants (1964) are sparse, with banjos, guitars, and fiddles serving as tasteful backdrop. The central component of the Minstrels' style is complicated vocal arrangements, featuring parts and counterparts juxtaposed against multiple lead singers. "Blacksmith of Brandywine" begins with a smooth blending of two groups of singers, one emanating from each side of the stereo spectrum. This is augmented by several lead male/female vocals, and the intermingling of leads and group harmony grows in complexity as the song progresses. Similar arrangements inform "In the Hills of Shiloh" and "Down to Darby." The fake Irish accents, dramatic monologues, and exuberant presentation all identify the group as professional musicians who owe more to the popular minstrel tradition of the 19th century than the folk tradition practiced by poor southern whites and blacks. This bothered some folk purists who decried popularized versions of traditional songs, but the New Christy Minstrels' fashionable form of folk music was never intended for them. Tell Tales! Legends and Nonsense/Land of the Giants offers a generous sampling of the group's infectious harmony and complex choral arrangements, and serves as a fine introduction to popular folk music made at the height of the American folk revival. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

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    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.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Collectors' Choice Music
  • UPC: 617742034820
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Track listings

  • 1. Old Timer, The
  • 2. Billy's Mule
  • 3. Captain (What Shall I Do?) (Previously Unreleased)
  • 4. Susianna
  • 5. In The Hills Of Shiloh
  • 6. Beaucatcher Mountain
  • 7. Song Of The Pious Itinerant (Hallelujah, I'm A Bum)
  • 8. Whippoorwill (Previously Unreleased)
  • 9. Cat, The
  • 10. Down To Darby
  • 11. Julianne
  • 12. Jimmy Grove And Barbara Ellen
  • 13. Treasury Of Nonsense/The Barefoot Boy/The Hefalump/Famous ...
  • 14. Banjo, The (Stereo Mix)
  • 15. Land Of Giants, The
  • 16. Joe Magrac
  • 17. John Henry And The Steam Drill
  • 18. Paul Bunyan
  • 19. Casey Jones
  • 20. Stormy
  • 21. Mighty Big Ways
  • 22. Mount Rushmore
  • 23. Blacksmith Of Brandywine
  • 24. Natural Man
  • 25. Appleseed John
  • 26. Camino Real, El
  • 27. My Name Is Liberty
 
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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
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  • 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.
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