drjohncarpenter wrote: Bob-Holland wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Is it possible the cut on Golden Folk Hits is live?
Good question, it made me search real hard for some proof, and I managed to find these previews of the original album:http://www.soundunwound.com/music/bobby-darin/golden-folk-hits/16774749?ref=AMDP_RL
Pretty good album with an interesting choice of songs for this 27 year old singer. Many of the songs on this album are not yet released on any of the compilations. Next to the studio version of 'Mary Don't You Weep', I also never heard him do 'Green, Green' (sounds great!) and 'Abilene'. Yes, it's about time I put some more energy into tracking that deleted 2-on-1 CD on eBay!
According to darin.net James Burton (as well as Glen Campbell and Roger McGuinn) was part of the sessions for this album.
Although I question the validity of all three being on this session, let alone even one, it's clear the album is a studio creation. Thanks for finding the preview page!
Oh, and Off-Topic a touch: where did you find that 1969 image for your avatar?
It was thought for many years that Golden Folk Hits was recorded a few months after Darin's first foray into folk, Earthy. However, it has relatively recently come to light that both albums were recorded back to back in a mammoth session in late July 1962. The albums are quite different in tone and sound, and as far as is known one album was finished before work began on the next. Whether this was over two or three days is unclear. Either way, all 24 songs were cut at the epic session.
McGuinn and Campbell both attended the July 30th 1962 date, and this has been confirmed by McGuinn himself in an interview for the book on Darin by Jeff Bleiel. Burton was involved in the Golden Folk Hits album, but it's unknown if he was at the July 30th or 31st date, so he may not have been in the studio with McGuinn and Campbell. Interestingly, Nik Venet (darin's producer at the time) confirmed in interviews that Phil Ochs
attended as a guest at some of the session for the albums. Whether he participated or not is unknown - some discographies suggest that he does, but I believe this is misinterpreted from the Venet interview which says he simply attended.
Capitol were a bit lost as to what to do with recordings, and didn't issue the Earthy album until July 1963 and Golden Folk Hits in November of the same year - nearly 18 months after it was recorded.
I agree the live version of Mary Don't You Weep (and I'm On My Way) is better (although I much prefer Springsteen's - what an uplifting pair of albums the Seeger CDs are). While Darin clearly loved this music, Golden Folk Hits always seemed to me to be slightly rushed, and with straightforward arrangements in comparison to the percussive-heavy, rather more imaginative Earthy. Now we know the true nature and dates of these sessions, the reason for the arrangements becomes perhaps a little clearer - Darin (not a well man) was probably spent and had run out of steam. His commitment to the music is shown, however, in how he incorporated it into his live act.
Darin can be heard in a promotional "National Guard" interview for the album here (interviewer is Martin Block):http://www.bobbydarin.net/bdfolkdaddy.mp3
Darin was a huge supporter of both John F and Robert Kennedy, and his appearance on the Judy Garland show, filmed just days after JFK's assassination was given over to the gospel songs I'm On My Way and Michael Row The Boat Ashore. He would write a tribute to Robert Kennedy and record it in 1968 or 1969 (date unknown). It is called simply "Memoriam".
This is from the Garland show: