The Kingston Trio

The Capitol Years

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A mammoth four-CD, 107-song box set of their most famous and commercially successful work, recorded for Capitol between the late 1950s and mid-'60s. All of the big hits are here, as well as key album cuts and a whopping 33 previously unreleased studio and live tracks. Collectors will appreciate the inclusion of rarities by related groups like Dave Guard and the Calypsonians (a pre-Kingston Trio outfit), Dave Guard and the Whiskeyhill Singers (Guard's post-Kingston outfit, also featuring Judy Henske), and the Cumberland Three (John Stewart's pre-Kingston group), as well as the awesomely detailed 48-page insert. But this is way too much for anyone but the fanatic. It's interesting to hear the Kingstons' now-obscure versions of songs that would become hits many years later by other artists, like "Sloop John B," "The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)," "Seasons in the Sun," "It Was a Very Good Year," and (most incredibly) "Let's Get Together." But for all its historical significance, the execution is usually far too sterile and whitebread to appeal to contemporary listeners, unless it's on purely nostalgic grounds.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:32
2 5:12
3 3:01
4 3:30
5 2:10
6 2:33
7 4:32
8 3:14
9 2:26
10 3:34
11 3:54
12 2:15
13 2:21
14 2:48
15 3:13
16 2:45
17 1:58
18 2:59
19 1:43
20 3:58
21 2:28
22 2:51
23 2:23
24 2:03

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:25
2 2:50
3 2:20
4 2:39
5 2:11
6 2:53
7 2:21
8 2:23
9 2:36
10 2:29
11 2:48
12 2:20
13 2:36
14 2:57
15 1:29
16 2:50
17 2:45
18 3:36
19 2:13
20 2:56
21 1:47
22 2:01
23 2:59
24 2:56
25 2:41
26 3:20
27 2:42
28
feat: Dave Guard
2:30
29 2:29

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:23
2 3:11
3 2:36
4 3:03
5 2:26
6 3:19
7 2:36
8 3:02
9 3:00
10 2:38
11 3:05
12 2:52
13 3:02
14 2:29
15 1:59
16 2:18
17 3:09
18 2:53
19 3:14
20 3:20
21 3:01
22 2:28
23 2:43
24 2:09
25 2:27
26 2:32
27 2:50
28 2:21

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 2:16
3 2:52
4 2:47
5 2:43
6
3:15
7 3:08
8 2:36
9 2:35
10 3:06
11 2:54
12 2:50
13 2:51
14 2:44
15 2:32
16 3:13
17 2:52
18 2:34
19 2:52
20 2:06
21
2:45
22 3:37
23 3:37
24 3:19
25 4:12
26 5:04
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