The Limeliters

Folk Matinee

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This was the third release for the Limeliters in 1962, a rigorous schedule by today's standards, but not for the '60s, when groups often produced an album every three or four months. It's not their best, but this studio album does have its moments. As their career progressed, the Limeliters' repertoire got more and more eclectic. Gottlieb, Glenn Yarbrough, and Alex Hassilev were all interested in many types of musical styles, and did what they could to introduce a variety on all of their albums (they even sing in German on this album). A couple of gems stand out on this album: most notably, the jaunty, nonsensical "Funk," learned by Lou Gottlieb from his mother, and Pete Seeger's musical adaptation of the words from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which appears under the title "To Everything There Is a Season." (The Byrds would electrify the song and retitle it "Turn! Turn! Turn!" three years later.) There is also one of the first English versions of a Russian folk song called "Darogoy Dalyonu," sung by Hassilev in an adaptation by Gene Raskin called "Those Were the Days." It would later become a hit for Paul McCartney protege Mary Hopkin in 1968.