Various Artists

Folk '66

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The title might be Folk '66, but it sure as heck sounds a lot more like Folk '60. Assembled by the budget Pickwick label (though issued on the Design imprint), this is a cheapo eight-song compilation of tracks by Barry McGuire & the New Christy Minstrels, Judy Henske, Hoyt Axton, and the Limeliters. No liner notes explaining where these tracks were sourced from; no songwriting credits or even photos of the performers, for that matter. As for the contents -- all of which sound like they were done between the late '50s and early '60s -- Henske's "Over the Hills and Everywhere" doesn't show up on any of her solo albums, though the traditional folk-sounding number is burdened by hollow production. Axton does solo acoustic guitar folk on "The Fifth Day of July" (based largely around the trad folk tunes "Jack of Diamonds" and "Cuckoo") and "Shepherd." Barry McGuire sounds best on "Greenback Dollar." The Limeliters, oddly, sound closer to pop-jazz with harmonizing vocals than pop-folk on their two numbers.