October 27, 2016 Typically Folk

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The Chad Mitchell Trio, Typical American Boys, Mercury SR 60992, 1965

Apparently, Typical American Boys record folk music for Mercury Records.  Despite the smashing success of the sweaters they had, The Chad Mitchell Trio never had a memorable hit single.  This album, essentially recorded at their peak, was no different.

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Sure, there are some really catchy tunes, done with the slight irreverence the group was known for.  There is the interesting cover of You Were On My Mind.  But mostly, there’s a whole bunch of folk music that would have been really refreshing in 1963, but seemed really out of place by 1965.

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Judging by the inner sleeve, the quasi-independent Mercury Records looked to fill every musical genre with some kind of artist.  Jazz, Pop, R&B and Country are all featured, and what kind of self-respecting record company in the 60s didn’t have a folk trio.  In fact, it was a very typical thing to.

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