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Re: The evolution of ""Jail"
Edited by Jim Moran on 7/23/2018, 11:36 am
Right, but it finally did appear on The Best of the Kingston Trio
in early 1962. This was mostly an NBD album with 10 songs from them and two from NBJ. TJ was the original slower NBD recording. I never bought it - not for one song (TJ) when I had all the rest on the original albums. Still - Best of
(later termed Vol 1) sold a million units and earned a gold record, and if memory serves, became their overall best-selling LP. It was also re-released earlier this year on vinyl, though not by Capitol.
And unless I'm wrong, TJ was never on an album by NBD. I think it might have been a B side of one of their 45's. I could be wrong. And then it only showed up on OUAT by NBJ.
I recall the first time I heard "Tijuana Jail", I thought it was great..funny and just sparkled...Then I heard the OUAT version was knocked out...How did the song go from being an almost staid calypso song to the almost Elvis-like version on that?
I ask because I hear clips of TMJ doing the song as the original single version live..which seems almost lifeless...
While BGR didn't do the song as fast as OUAT, they did a great ,lively rendition...
So, my question is this...when did the arrangement change? I can't recall if there's a live version of it with the Guard Trio and how that was handled...Anyone know?