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Various Artists: The Folk Years – Yesterday's Gone

Barney Hoskyns, Time-Life Music, 2002

THE 18 TRACKS on this album whisk us back to the hopeful, happy days of America's Hootenanny boom. From the Caribbean lilt of Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat (Day-O)' to the spacey jangle of the Byrds' 'Mr. Tambourine Man', the songs speak of a time when hip young Americans thought they could change the world, before the '60s cauldron of drugs, Vietnam and political unrest took popular music culture in a very different direction.

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