A couple of things, Joe. Even though The Kingston Trio's last studio album "Time To Think", which many of us fans considered to be one of their best, Capitol Records was very disappointed with its sales. Even "Sunny Side" was lower than Capitol's expectations. So right away, NBJ were already sliding down a slippery slope. To make things worse, in 1964, came The Beatles.
Capitol Records offered The Kingston Trio a 1% raise, probably hoping they'd refuse and move on. NBJ were insulted but still honored their contract for one more album. Along came "Back In Town", originally entitled: "The Kingston Trio Returns To The Hungry I". I don't know the reason for this change.
Money talks! Decca Records offered The Kingston Trio a one million dollars signing bonus. The rest is history.
As for Frank Werber, I guess he wanted to be another Voyle Gilmore. He wasn't! :>(
Capitol Records did not dump The Kingston Trio, but a 1% raise has to be considered mean spirited and insulting. For $1,000,000 who could blame NBJ signing with Decca?
I still can't fathom why they left Capitol or why Werber thought he could step into Voyle Gilmore's shoes and produce albums. It's not like Capitol dumped them.
Very nice photo of Curt Dalton. Once we're "talking" Back In Town, what a mistake our guys NBJ leaving Capitol Records for Decca. Brings back bad memories.
I like The Beatles, but if you ask me, there was room for both The Beatles and The Kingston Trio.