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Customer Reviews

This is a Live Album from the 80s

Just so you know... It's not what I was looking for.

Once Upon A Time...

was the original title of this album, it was issued on CD in 1986 which would seem to be the source of the release date. My parents had this on LP in the 1970s (we had a flood in 1971 that damaged the jacket, so I remember it well); It was recorded in Tahoe in 1966, but not issued until 1969, two years after the original band broke up. The digital version has deleted a lot of chit chat that was on the 2 LP set.

While I would say I now prefer many of their earlier studio albums, this is the Kingston Trio recording I first fell in love with. Good stuff.


Formed: 1956 in Palo Alto, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

In the history of popular music, there are a relative handful of performers who have redefined the content of the music at critical points in history -- people whose music left the landscape, and definition of popular music, altered completely. The Kingston Trio were one such group, transforming folk music into a hot commodity and creating a demand -- where none had existed before -- for young men (sometimes with women) strumming acoustic guitars and banjos and singing folk songs and folk-like novelty...
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