The Chad Mitchell Trio: Chad Mitchell, Mike Kobluk, Joe frazier.
Includes liner notes by Tom Paxton.
Liner Note Author: Tom Paxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Michael Kobluk; John Denver; Paul Prestopino; Chad Mitchell.
If there were any liner notes to this album, they might explain that this is a recording of a reunion concert that the Chad Mitchell Trio taped for PBS in 1987, though the copyright date is 1992 and this audio version was issued in 1996. In any case, the trio proves to be in good voice and good humor after 22 years apart, singing many of the songs that its audiences loved in the early '60s, including "The John Birch Society" and "Lizzie Borden." Since many of the Chad Mitchell Trio's original recordings were also live performances, they have a better right than many veteran acts to re-record their well-known numbers. The added attraction here is the appearance on one track of John Denver, who replaced Mitchell in the group in 1965. After the Chad Mitchell Trio's recordings had been out of print for decades, the year 1996 brought new CD compilations from Vanguard and Varese Vintage that better represent the group than this later one. But that doesn't keep it from being an enjoyable show. ~ William Ruhlmann