I've recently picked this album up again on CD after selling it some time back with most of my collection. It's the last Darin CD I've bought back due to the high price of it - it was released only for a few months back in 2002. It's a strange album, with Darin singing folk songs from around the world from gospel songs (a version of Swing Down Sweet Chariot is included) to works song to Haitian laments. It's a far cry from his swing material, and the album relies heavily on percussion (ironically it's follow up, Golden Folk Hits, had virtually no percussion!). It's not for all tastes and there is a sense here of self-indulgence - despite criticisms that Darin was simply hopping onto the then-popular folk train, it's quite clear to anyone who has heard this record that it is a far cry from the sweet, gentle harmonies of Peter Paul and Mary and the like.
The album ends with a shanty-type number called The Er-i-ee was Rising. It's Darin at his most ludicrous in many respects. There are elements of comedy which don't really work, but what shines through the number is Darin's pure musicality. The first minute and half flows along relatively normally, but from about 1.35 onwards, Darin plays with rhythms in the most remarkable way that is only really heard completely through headphones where his interplay with the band is most noticeable.