Sunday, October 19, 2008

by ericbkk

The Journeymen - New Directions in Folk Music (1963)





















This is the third and final LP by the three-piece acoustic folk Journeymen -- featuring the immense talents of Dick Weissman (banjo/vocals), Scott McKenzie (guitar/vocals), and John Phillips (guitar/vocals). The title New Directions in Folk Music (1963) could not have been more accurate. In a very short span of time during the early '60s, the more traditional forms of folk began to synthesize with blues and even pop to create uncharted musical landscapes. The trio embraced these various influences throughout this effort. Of the dozen cuts on this platter there are notably few true original compositions. However, as they had done on their prior two long-players, there are fresh and vital interpretations of standards including "Stackolee," which is also know as "Stagger Lee" as well as Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues" and the striking reading of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds." Not to be missed is the sly "One Quick Martini" or, quite possibly the highlight of the whole affair, the cover of Muddy Waters' "Someday Baby." Although the Journeymen were forging new inroads for the genre, behind the scenes the combo was falling apart. By the end of 1964 Phillips had formed the New Journeymen with his wife Michelle and Marshall Brickman (banjo). This band would be the launch pad for the Mamas & the Papas as Denny Doherty (vocals/guitar) would eventually replace Brickman several months later. In 2003 Collectors' Choice Music issued New Directions in Folk Music on to CD with seven additional bonus tracks. Among them are previously unearthed takes of the aforementioned "San Francisco Bay Blues," another Tyson number called "Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad," "Greenland Whale Fisheries," "I May Be Right," and the stunning reworking of "Mary Wore Three Links of Chain."
: ~ Lindsay Planer

Track Listings
01. Stackolee
02. All The Pretty Little Horses
03. Two Hoboes
04. San Francisco Bay Blues(Version 1)
05. Someone To Talk My Troubles To
06. Ja-Da
07. Bay Of Mexico
08. Ben And Me
09. Someday Baby
10. One Quick Martini
11. Country Blues
12. Four Strong Winds
13. Rag Mama
14. San Francisco Bay (Version 2)
15. It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad
16. Virgin Mary
17. Mary Wore Three Links Of Chain
18. I May Be Right
19. Greenland Whale Fisheries
20. Armstrong Tile Commercial

3 Comments:

Blogger jeffen said...

Two Journeymen albums - bloody excellent.Thanks so much.

I'll keep my Google Reader peeled to see if you ever post the second album

Keep up the great work.

http://musicruinedmylife.blogspot.com/

19 October, 2008 22:24  
Blogger bruno said...

hi,

could you please re-up this one?


thank you.

bruno

30 May, 2012 23:00  
Blogger bruno said...

hi,

could you please re-up this one?


thank you.

bruno

30 May, 2012 23:01  

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