Produced By: Ed Kleban ("Great Folk Themes") & Irving Townsend ("American Serenade")
Released: March 14, 2006
Originally Released: 2002
Label: Collectables Records
Original Album #1: Columbia CS 8908 (1963)
Original Album #2: Columbia CS 8757 (1963)
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Folk Song era - surveyed by the Faith orchestra (including a banjo) is a delight, with several songs of the era of the folksingers. Yup, there's a banjo here to help out with a little hoedown in "Darlin' Corey." You'll even hear Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind." "American Serenade" is a classic Faith album from 1963, with slow, thoughtful treatments of soaring tunes celebrating scenic songs of America, done with LOTS of strings, wordless female chorus, woodwinds, flutes, and exquisite saxophone solos. (Bill Halvorsen)
2.Five Hundred Miles
3.The Lemon Tree
4.This Land Is Your Land
5.Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
9.Sloop John B
10.The Hammer Song
11.Michael Row The Boat
12.Blowin' In The Wind
14.Stars Fall On Alabama
16.Home On The Range
17.Moonlight In Vermont
19.Autumn In New York
21.Moon Over Miami
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2 LPs on 1 CD: GREAT FOLK THEMES (1963)/AMERICAN SERENADE (1963).
Originally released on Columbia.
Adapter: Percy Faith.
Liner Note Author: Irving Townsend.
This Percy Faith two-fer combining the albums Great Folk Themes and American Serenade works well on one disc, providing pleasant, easy listening versions of folk and country themes. This is an interesting combination of albums that investigate traditional folk themes, including "Home on the Range," "Sloop John B.," and "Michael Row the Boat," with tunes written by Bob Dylan, Hoyt Axton, and Duke Ellington. These LPs were originally released on Columbia Records and had been out of print until Collectables reissued them in 2002. ~ Al Campbell