Here in the Upper Left Coast (Oregon) and in the little burg of Corvallis, resides a long lasting Kingston Trio fan. I remember, ages ago, when I went to the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington DC for a Kingston Trio concert. What was amazing was the Trio spent a whole week giving a concert every night!! A tribute to their popularity.
Anyway, I recently took it upon myself to respond to the editor of our town newspaper, the Corvallis Gazette Times, in response to his request to find Christmas songs "so well done by an artist that no one else could cover them better."
So I submitted several songs from "The Last Month of the Year" and received this reply from the editor:
• The Kingston Trio, "The Last Month of the Year." This 1960 Christmas album reportedly was pulled by the trio's record label, Capitol, because executives feared it was too much of a downer. But the reader who nominated the album said at least four songs on it could qualify for the hall: "Somerset Gloucestershire Wassail," "Follow Now Oh Shepherds," "Mary Mild" and the title track. Folk fans may want to track down this album.
Reading between the lines, it appears that Capitol Records gave up on this album--notwithstanding its finishing at a respectable # 11 in the Album Hit Parade--because Capitol was spoiled by the Kingston Trio's remarkable string of # 1 albums (TLMOTY came right after the Trio's fourth consecutive # 1 album).
Well, none of the songs was nominated to this so-called Hall, but I will keep trying!!!
I'll tell you truly: this album got no respect. There is just nothing like it in the Christmas music genre. The selection, the harmony, the instrumentation. I play the cd all year long, it's that good.
I believe it is time to revive this gem. Let's have a hue and a cry from the public to put this album up as one of the greatest.