: Everybody can read this, but it is especially for Bob Shane:
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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.