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Review: Classic Glenn Yarbrough Coming!!!

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Subject: Review: Classic Glenn Yarbrough Coming!!!
From: collectorschoice
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 04:42 PM

I'm very pleased to announce that the following Glenn Yarbrough CD's will be released by Collectors' Choice on Jan. 13th, 2009:

You don't have to be a folk fan to appreciate the gorgeous tenor of Glenn Yarbrough; that's why he was one of the few stars of the early-'60s folk movement to cross over into popular success. These exclusive reissues from Collectors' Choice Music comprise ALL of Glenn's late-'60s/early-'70s albums for Warner Bros. (plus an early one for Elektra), complete with notes by Yarbrough expert and confidante Allan Shaw.

Artist: Glenn Yarbrough & Marilyn Child
Title: Sing Folk Songs
Like his Elektra debut, Here We Go Again (which we also reissued), Sing Folk Songs features such stellar backing musicians as Fred Hellerman of the Weavers on guitar and Erik Darling of the Rooftop Singers on banjo! And that's not even mentioning Glenn's duet partner Marilyn Child, who was a fixture on the folk scene. It's a diverse program of English and American folk songs that the two tackle on this 1957 release: We Come for to Sing; Wee Cooper O' Fife; Lilli-I-O; Bound for the Promised Land; Weel Man the Keel Row; Wayfaring Stranger, and more.

Artist: Glenn Yarbrough
Title: Bend Down And Touch Me/Each Of Us Alone
Two albums of Rod McKuen songs sung by Glenn Yarbrough and produced by Rod McKuen, released in 1968 and 1971, respectively! And it was something of a dream folk-pop pairing; not only had the two collaborated in 1965 on Glenn's RCA album The Lonely Things, but, as Rod put it in his sleeve note for Each of Us Alone, "He lets the words work for him, and I am convinced that there is more real music in Glenn's natural voice than in any composition I've ever created."

Artist: Glenn Yarbrough
Title: Let Me Choose Life/Yarbrough Country
Glenn didn't mess around when he wanted to go country on 1969's Yarbrough Country; he brought in two of the key architects of the Nashville Sound, Jimmy Bowen and Glenn D. Hardin, to produce and arrange! And 1970's Let Me Choose Life is equally star-studded, with production and arranging help from Perry Botkin, Jr,, Mort Garson and fellow Limeliter Alex Hassilev among others.

Artist: Glenn Yarbrough
Title: Somehow, Someway/Jubilee
1969's Somehow, Someway once again enlisted Jimmy Bowen's Orchestra and Chorus for a diverse line-up of songs with something of an inspirational theme (proceeds from the album went to a school for orphans); 1970's Jubilee, meanwhile, went in a more jazzy direction, as the Fred Ramirez Quintet backed Glenn on I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free; Lonesome Picker; Baby, the Rain Must Fall, and more.

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Subject: RE: Review: Classic Glenn Yarbrough Coming!!!
From: Stringsinger
Date: 19 Dec 08 - 04:39 PM

I slept on the same floor in the Village with Glenn when he was unknown at the apartment of Al Meyers off MacDougal Street.

Glenn apparently hated to do "Baby the Rain Must Fall". (Don't know why.) It was penned by my friend and collaborator Ernie Sheldon (Nee: Ernie Lieberman) and Elmer Bernstein.

Frank Hamilton

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