The Kingston Trio

Twice Upon a Time

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The second lineup of the Kingston Trio -- John Stewart, Nick Reynolds, and Bob Shane -- cut this live album in 1966, just before they disbanded. They knew they were calling it quits, so they recorded most of their three-week gig at the Sahara Tahoe hotel for a farewell album. Their label at the time, Decca, wasn't interested in releasing it, despite the almost million-dollar advance they gave the Kingston Trio only four years earlier. The original farewell set, Once Upon a Time, was released on Tetragrammaton in 1969 and charted briefly before vanishing to become the most sought-after album in the band's oeuvre. This 24-song set was recorded during the same run and is marked by an amazing in-yer-face digital mix. Their playing is still top-notch, but the set list is almost identical to Once Upon a Time. That said, Twice includes two of the best Stewart tunes from the group's latter years, "Hit and Run" and "The Spinnin' of the World," as well as a bonus DVD track of Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time." Two hits that didn't fit onto Once Upon a Time are here as well -- "The Merry Minuet" and"Little Maggie" -- but the rest of the numbers are also included on the Once disc, making Twice Upon a Time for die-hard collectors only.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:38
2 2:21
3
2:55
4 2:58
5
0:46
6 3:01
7 3:46
8
0:14
9 2:20
10
0:17
11 2:51
12 3:00
13
5:18
14 4:51
15
1:57
16
1:04
17
3:00
18
1:16
19 2:51
20
0:28
21 2:41
22
1:22
23 2:16
24
0:16
25
3:07
26
2:01
27
2:28
28
0:50
29 2:12
30
1:38
31 2:13
32
3:46
33
5:25
34
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