Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene - Vanguard Records & The 1960s Music Various Artists (Vanguard)


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Between the late 1950s and early 70s, Vanguard Records led the field in folk, blues and old timey music. Recordings of artists as diverse as Skip James, Bob Dylan, John Fahey and Country Joe & the Fish chronicled the emerging coffee-house and festival folk scenes and the point at which these transmuted into the psychedelic rock of the late 1960s. The Newport Folk Festival recordings brought a host of artists other than Vanguard’s own roster to an international audience.

Vanguard was one of the most influential record labels of the 1960s and early 70s. It was founded in 1950 by the Solomon Brothers – Seymour and Maynard – and began by releasing some of the very best recordings in the jazz, classical and folk fields. As the fledgling folk revival scene began to emerge in the late 1950s, Vanguard released albums by leading folk figures Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richard & Mimi Farina, Ian & Sylvia, the Weavers, the Rooftop Singers, John Fahey, Odetta, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doc Watson, Hedy West, Patrick Sky and Eric Andersen; blues singers Charlie Musselwhite, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt and Junior Wells; and, as the hippie era and progressive trends developed, acts such as Country Joe & the Fish, Circus Maximus, Sandy Bull, the Serpent Power and the Frost.

From the late 1950s onwards, Vanguard also recorded and released music from the annual Newport Folk Festivals. These recordings introduced audiences, not only internationally but back home in the USA, to a wide selection of musical styles not usually heard in the mainstream culture, including old timey, Appalachian ballads, electric blues and Cajun music, to name just a few. They were also among the first to introduce the festival concept to the modern musical lexicon; jazz, blues and folk festivals followed around the world from the early 1960s. Included in this box set are a selection of these ground-breaking Newport performances, sometimes by acts not signed to Vanguard, among them Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, the Swan Silvertones, Koerner Ray & Glover, Dave Van Ronk, the Stanley Brothers, Tom Paxton and Jesse Fuller.

Comprising four CDs and 83 tracks, “Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene” examines how the label evolved to mirror all of these musical styles and social changes during the 1960s musical revolution. It also relates how it felt to be a British fan of the label: the initially hard-to-find imports, the later licensing deals with Top Rank and Fontana, and, finally, domestic releases on a proper Vanguard Records UK imprint.

The accompanying booklet contains many outstanding images, including album artwork, magazines covers and advertisements, sales flyers and band photos, many previously unseen or not seen for 40+ years. The main essay is preceded by an introduction by Sam Charters, the noted writer (of ‘The Country Blues’) and producer (of Country Joe & the Fish, the Frost, Lightnin’ Hopkins and the “Chicago/The Blues/Today!” series of albums). There is a previously unreleased-on-CD Bob Dylan Newport performance of ‘North Country Blues’ and a rare orchestral version of ‘Janis’ (Country Joe’s song for Janis Joplin) only available previously as the B-side of a very hard-to-find 45rpm Vanguard single.

By John Crosby


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview I'm So Glad - Skip James

  • 02 Preview Done Got Wise - Big Bill Broonzy

  • 03 Preview Stagolee - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 04 Preview Gospel Train - The Golden Gate Quartet

  • 05 Preview Oh Mary, Don't You Weep - The Swan Silvertones

  • 06 Preview The Prodigal Son - Rev Robert Wilkins

  • 07 Preview Bosco Stomp - The Cajun Band with Dewey Balfa and Revon Reid

  • 08 Preview Blues Is A Botheration - Otis Spann

  • 09 Preview Too Much Alcohol - J.B. Hutto & His Hawks

  • 10 Preview Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton

  • 11 Preview I Can't Be Satisfied - John Hammond with Duane Allman

  • 12 Preview What's The Matter With The Mill - Koerner Ray & Glover

  • 13 Preview Cocaine - Dave Van Ronk

  • 14 Preview Samson And Delilah - Reverend Gary Davis

  • 15 Preview Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton

  • 16 Preview Clay's Tune - Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band

  • 17 Preview I Can't Quit You Babe - Otis Rush

  • 18 Preview You Lied To Me - Junior Wells

  • 19 Preview Fever - Buddy Guy

  • 20 Preview Ball And Chain - Big Mama Thornton

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Deep River Blues - Doc Watson

  • 02 Preview Hello Stranger - Mike Seeger

  • 03 Preview House Carpenter - Almeda Riddle

  • 04 Preview 500 Miles - Hedy West

  • 05 Preview Little Glass Of Wine - The Stanley Brothers

  • 06 Preview Going Down This Road Feeling Bad - The Watson Family

  • 07 Preview Stewball - John Herald with The Greenbriar Boys

  • 08 Preview This Land Is Your Land - The Weavers

  • 09 Preview Pretty Boy Floyd - Cisco Houston

  • 10 Preview Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers

  • 11 Preview The Rocky Road To Dublin - Liam Clancy

  • 12 Preview Jug Of Punch - The Clancy Brothers

  • 13 Preview The Leaves That Are Green - The Country Gentlemen

  • 14 Preview Walls Of Time - Bill Monroe with Peter Rowan

  • 15 Preview Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Pete Seeger

  • 16 Preview Anger In The Land - Hedy West

  • 17 Preview There But For Fortune - Phil Ochs

  • 18 Preview Thirsty Boots - Eric Andersen

  • 19 Preview The Last Thing On My Mind - Tom Paxton

  • 20 Preview San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller

  • 21 Preview Roll On Buddy - The Kentucky Colonels with Clarence White

  • 22 Preview Hard, Ain't It Hard - The Kingston Trio

  • 23 Preview Many A Mile - Patrick Sky

Side 3

  • 01 Preview North Country Blues - Bob Dylan

  • 02 Preview Farewell, Angelina - Joan Baez

  • 03 Preview Early Morning Rain - Ian & Sylvia

  • 04 Preview Reflections In A Crystal Wind - Mimi & Richard Farina

  • 05 Preview Driving On Bald Mountain - Odetta

  • 06 Preview Four Strong Winds - Ian & Sylvia

  • 07 Preview Mobile Line - Jim Kweskin

  • 08 Preview Dope Again - The Serpent Power

  • 09 Preview I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag - Country Joe & The Fish

  • 10 Preview Gotta Be Juicy (Or It Ain't Love) - Sandy Bull

  • 11 Preview Down In The Basement - Notes From The Underground

  • 12 Preview Negative Dreamer Girl - Circus Maximus

  • 13 Preview Rock And Roll Music - The Frost

  • 14 Preview Cristo Redentor - Charlie Musselwhite with Harvey Mandel

  • 15 Preview Nobody Blues - The Serpent Power

  • 16 Preview Born In Chicago - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

  • 17 Preview Easy Does It - Sandy Bull

  • 18 Preview Janis - Country Joe & The Fish

  • 19 Preview Sweet Lady Love - The Frost

  • 20 Preview Lonely Man - Circus Maximus

Side 4

  • 01 Preview The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez

  • 02 Preview Hobo's Lullabye - Gary & Randy Scruggs

  • 03 Preview Dueling Banjos - The Dillards

  • 04 Preview Shell Game - Jerry Jeff Walker

  • 05 Preview Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed - Kinky Friedman

  • 06 Preview I'm A Woman - Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band with Maria Muldaur

  • 07 Preview March! For Martin Luther King - John Fahey

  • 08 Preview The Death Of Stephen Biko - Tom Paxton

  • 09 Preview Here I Go Again - Country Joe & The Fish

  • 10 Preview You Should Be More Careful - Elizabeth

  • 11 Preview Soldier Blue - Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • 12 Preview Sold American - Kinky Friedman

  • 13 Preview Sail - Oregon

  • 14 Preview Rene's Theme - Larry Coryell & John McLaughlin

  • 15 Preview Commemorative Transfiguration And Communion At Magruder Park - John Fahey

  • 16 Preview Morning Song To Sally - Jerry Jeff Walker

  • 17 Preview She Used To Want To Be A Ballerina - Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • 18 Preview A Nickel's Worth Of Benny's Help - The 31st Of February

  • 19 Preview Wish I Was A Punk - Notes From The Underground

  • 20 Preview Kiss My Ass - Country Joe McDonald

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