Glenn Yarbrough

We Survived the Madness

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We Survived the Madness was Glenn Yarbrough's last album for RCA before moving to Warner Brothers in 1968. Yarbrough began mixing pop and folk music in the '50s, but by the late '60s his approach was pure pop even though he occasionally leaned on genuine folk artists like Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs for material. Yarbrough's light touch makes Ochs' indictment of conformity, "One More Parade," sound like nothing more than a cheery song about a parade. Yarbrough's renditions of Bobby Darin's "Amy" and Paul Simon's "Cloudy" -- the latter on loan from pop/rock group the Cyrkle -- are the best cuts and suggest a more satisfying direction than the glossy semi-folk heard elsewhere on the album. As Yarbrough struggled to find a commercial middle ground between the folk music he loved and the adult contemporary pop that actually sold records, his music sometimes suffered for being too pop for the folk audience yet too preoccupied with songwriters like Ochs who did not appeal to the mainstream.