This disc contains a baker's dozen of never before released studio recordings by the John Stewart-era Kingston Trio. After co-founder Dave Guard (guitar/vocals) was replaced by Stewart (guitar/banjo/vocals) in 1961, the combo -- with Bob Shane (guitar/banjo/vocals) and Nick Reynolds (guitar/vocals) -- continued on, albeit declining in success as the tides of pop were beginning to ebb for acoustic-based folkies. By 1967 the Trio had decided to call it quits. After releasing Children of the Morning (1966), it was generally presumed that the Trio did not enter the studio again, especially after holding their well-publicized final concert in June of 1967 at the Hungry i in San Francisco. However, history needs to be slightly amended for this pair of early 1967 sessions that yielded thoroughly excellent covers of some well-known contemporaneous folk-rock sides. Kicking off this compilation is a folkie Stewart rocker titled "Love Me Not Tomorrow" dating back to the Somethin' Else (1965) album. Chronologically, a pair of remnants circa Children of the Morning are the next to have surfaced. A rural twang propels their cover of Fred Neil's "The Other Side of This Life," which is interesting when compared to the Jefferson Airplane's similar excursion. Also worth checking out are the interpretations of Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound," as well as the two excellent Donovan covers on "Catch the Wind" and "To Try for the Sun." Similarly intriguing are the threesome's take on Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises" and "Reason to Believe." Finally, after hearing the long lost Stewart gem "Running out of Tomorrow's" enthusiasts will no doubt be curious about the trio's fate had they carried on into the early-'70s rise of the singer/songwriter.
AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer