2 LPs on 1 CD: CLOSE UP (1961)/COLLEGE CONCERT (1962).
The Kingston Trio: John Stewart, Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane.
Includes original release liner notes by Ronnie Schell.
The first two Kingston Trio albums from the John Stewart-era in the group's history, paired together on one CD. The two albums (both of which reached number three on the charts in 1961 and 1962, respectively) represented a look forward and back, introducing some gorgeous new songs by Stewart on the studio album and adding fresh interpretations of old songs on the live album, as well as capturing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" on one of its earliest performances (before the single was out). The sound is clean if unexceptional, and the CD does pick up what little bass response there is in the original recording of College Concert. ~ Bruce Eder