Chad Mitchell Trio

In Concert - Everybody's Listening

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This album consists of selections from the Chad Mitchell Trio's studio sessions for Colpix from 1960, twelve of which were released on the Arrives album (CP/SCP-411). From those sessions remained four rejected songs ("Herbie Spear," "Devil Road," "Rodger Young," and "Vaya Con Dios"). With the trio signed to Kapp, Colpix did not have enough material to issue a second album, so they decided to build a "live" album around the four tunes, dubbing in poorly EQ'd audience applause, guitar tuning, and even coughing to simulate a live concert. In addition to the four unreleased tracks, Colpix added the released versions of "I Do Adore Her" and "Sally Ann" from the Arrives album to round out side one. As for the unreleased tracks, "Devil Road" is simply a reworked version of "Wayfaring Stranger" with new lyrics, while "Rodger Young" features a rare solo by original member Mike Pugh. "Vaya Con Dios" is actually a beautiful and tender rendition of the ballad made famous by Les Paul & Mary Ford.

Side two of the album features an unknown folk quartet called the Gatemen singing songs that could have been sung by the Mitchell Trio (folk staples "Jesse James" and "Wabash Cannonball"). The problem is, these guys couldn't sing. In addition, the group made the unfortunate decision to include a piano and a ponderous rock & roll wannabe drummer in the group. It results in some very painful listening. On top of these abysmal performances, Colpix adds the same phony applause used on the Mitchell tracks. No clue is given as to the Gatemen's identity (it's just as well). A photo on the cover shows six teenagers sitting in what looks like a run-down bohemian apartment room.

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