Personnel: Mimi Fari¤a (vocals, guitar); Richard Fari¤a (vocals, dulcimer); Ian Tyson, Sylvia Fricker (guitar, 12-string guitar, autoharp); Monte Dunn, John Herald (guitar); Bruce Langhorne (electric guitar, tambourine); John Hammond, Sr. (harmonica); Charles Small (piano); Russ Savakus (electric bass); Alvin Rogers (drums).
Liner Note Author: Tom Vickers.
Photographers: David Gahr; Diana Davies; John Cooke.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donovan; Earl Scruggs; Hamilton Camp; Merle Watson; Pete Seeger ; Theodore Bikel; Merle Travis; Bob Dylan.
Arranger: Doc Watson.
As a compilation, this 20-track disc is one of the better recent Vanguard releases, assembling a quartet of key Ian & Sylvia (including "You Were On My Mind" and "Someday Soon") and Mimi and Richard Farina songs, alongside duets between Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at Newport, Bob Gibson and Hamilton Camp, Dylan and Pete Seeger, Flatt & Scruggs, and Doc and Merle Watson. In essence, Vanguard has distilled down some of the highlights of its early catalog and its recent box sets (Joan Baez and Donovan together), and remastered some of the early stuff that needed it. There isn't much more to tell that isn't self-explanatory, except that the range of styles here makes this a good profile of the early 1960s folk boom in all its myriad forms, and a decent starter kit to the rest of the Vanguard catalog from that era. ~ Bruce Eder
Early Morning Rain - Ian & Sylvia
For Lovin' Me - Ian & Sylvia
You Were On My Mind - Ian & Sylvia
Some Day Soon - Ian & Sylvia
Four Strong Winds - Ian & Sylvia
Pack Up Your Sorrows - Mimi & Richard Farina
Falcon, The - Mimi & Richard Farina
Bold Marauder - Mimi & Richard Farina
Hard-Loving Loser - Mimi & Richard Farina
Colours - Joan Baez/Donovan
It Ain't Me Babe - Joan Baez/Bob Dylan
Catch The Wind - Joan Baez/Mimi Farina
Playboys And Playgirls - Bob Dylan/Pete Seeger
That's When I'll Come Back To You - Geoff & Maria Muldaur
Chevrolet - Geoff & Maria Muldaur
San Antonio Rose - Doc Watson/Merle Travis
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Doc & Merle Watson
Well, Well, Well - Bob Gibson/Hamilton Camp
Salty Dog Blues - Lester Flatt/Earl Scruggs
Greenland Whale Fisheries, The - Judy Collins/Theodore Bikel