Unknown Contributor Roles: Nick Reynolds ; Bob Shane.
Arranger: Randy Cierley.
1966's CHILDREN OF THE MORNING was the final release by the Kingston Trio before they split up. By 1966, the collegiate folk revival that had spawned the group was dead, having split down the middle into introspective folk-rock and gritty blues-rock. The genial, unthreatening folk-pop sound the group had perfected was being expanded by new and more rock-oriented groups like the Lovin' Spoonful and the Turtles. As a result, CHILDREN OF THE MORNING is slightly disjointed and a little faltering at times, but it's also a surprisingly good document of the end of the band. Newest member John Stewart is pushed to the forefront here; most of the album consists of Stewart originals of varying quality. The soft pop influence of his later work--Stewart wrote the massive hit "Daydream Believer"--shows up in full here, especially on the title track and the wistful "When You've Been Away For A Long Time." Somewhat less successfully, the Kingston Trio also essay both "Norwegian Wood" and "A Taste of Honey."
This CD reissue on the Folk Era label also includes four tracks from this album's immediate predecessor, the almost proto-psychedelic pop album SOMETHING ELSE