From the Hungry i . . . The Kingston Trio. I used to listen to this one a lot as a kid. I was only about 20 years behind the times. What kept bringing me back to this album is the energy of the live performance. Back then, and now to a lesser extent, I am of course drawn to the funny stuff– the silly songs and bits humor in between. Mom and Dad also had the greatest hits album, and 35 years later I still remember the words to some of the fun ones there–MTA, in particular, and of course the not so funny Tom Dooley. But that album is nothing compared to listening to three guys and their acoustic instruments in a nightclub carrying that audience along that journey of emotional and musical highs and lows, comedy and drama, from the raucous to soft and sweet and back again. It’s a master class in audience control, if one is interested in such things. And even if you’re not, and I guess most people aren’t, it’s a great ride to be taken on, one that I have traveled and enjoyed dozens of times, even on a low quality recording, by today’s standards, that has to be flipped over and restarted in the middle of the act.
The show (album) starts out with the quiet and funny Tic, tic, tic. (Back then my mom had to explain the joke to me).
And it ends with the audience joining in on the party rock anthem Oh When the Saints.
And sandwiched between, as I’ve said, is that musical journey. Here are a couple of my favorites (I like the silly upbeat ones best). Enjoy.
And of course M.T.A.