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The Complete Halifax Three


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 10 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice Music
  • ASIN: B00006BCNV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bull Train
2. I Passed By A Stream
3. Something Old-Something New
4. Hush Little Baby
5. All My Trials
6. Come On By
7. Come Down The Mountain Katie Daly
8. Far Side Of The Hill
9. When I First Came To This Land
10. Fare-Thee-Well
11. Headin' On Home Again
12. Oh Mary Don't You Weep
13. San Fransisco Bay Blues
14. Rocks And Gravel
15. Little Sparrow
16. San Miguel
17. Sing Hallelujah
18. East Virginia
19. I'm Gonna Tell God
20. Rubin Had A Train
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara E. Hunteman on Sept. 10 2002
Format: Audio CD
Check out this Complete Halifax Three CD to see why the late Papa John Phillips described Denny Doherty's voice as "Velvet Fog." Along with Doherty, Patrick LaCroix and Richard Byrne complete this supremely talented and outstandingly versatile Canadian folk trio. All their songs were originally recorded in 1962 and 1963 and have now been digitally remastered to perfection! Bob Morgan, who had success with "The Brothers Four" produced all the tracks.
I "dig" this CD. Denny Doherty's voice is so beautiful! It covers three octaves; strong, clear and effortless. His phrasing is rich and unique.
Denny's sexy lead vocal makes "San Miguel" (J. Bowers) a masterpiece! Also love Doherty's solos on the bluesy "Rocks and Gravel," and on "Fare-Thee-Well." Both songs were arranged and adapted by Richard Byrne. Also adore Denny's singing on "I Passed by a Stream," and the light-hearted "Headin' on Home Again," both written by Byrne.
Denny's leads on the stomping "I'm Gonna Tell God" (Bob Gibson), the ballad "Far Side of the Hill" (V. Arnold), the female-harmony bonus "All the Good Times," and the macho "Bull Train" arranged by Canadian folk performer, Stuart Phillips, (not J. Phillips as printed) --- are not-to-be-missed!
Included with this CD are four pages of notes from archivist extraordinaire, Richard Barton Campbell. Here are three paragraphs:
A vigorous concert schedule on the American and Canadian folk circuit merged with several television appearances on The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Let's Sing Out! and Hootenanny! "We were doing folk songs like "Oh Mary Don't You Weep," more as performers not as folkies trying to promote roots music," remarks Doherty. "If we found a song we liked, we'd sing it.
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Hail the Halifax Three! Sept. 10 2002
By Barbara E. Hunteman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Check out this Complete Halifax Three CD to see why the late Papa John Phillips described Denny Doherty's voice as "Velvet Fog." Along with Doherty, Patrick LaCroix and Richard Byrne complete this supremely talented and outstandingly versatile Canadian folk trio. All their songs were originally recorded in 1962 and 1963 and have now been digitally remastered to perfection! Bob Morgan, who had success with "The Brothers Four" produced all the tracks.
I "dig" this CD. Denny Doherty's voice is so beautiful! It covers three octaves; strong, clear and effortless. His phrasing is rich and unique.
Denny's sexy lead vocal makes "San Miguel" (J. Bowers) a masterpiece! Also love Doherty's solos on the bluesy "Rocks and Gravel," and on "Fare-Thee-Well." Both songs were arranged and adapted by Richard Byrne. Also adore Denny's singing on "I Passed by a Stream," and the light-hearted "Headin' on Home Again," both written by Byrne.
Denny's leads on the stomping "I'm Gonna Tell God" (Bob Gibson), the ballad "Far Side of the Hill" (V. Arnold), the female-harmony bonus "All the Good Times," and the macho "Bull Train" arranged by Canadian folk performer, Stuart Phillips, (not J. Phillips as printed) --- are not-to-be-missed!
Included with this CD are four pages of notes from archivist extraordinaire, Richard Barton Campbell. Here are three paragraphs:
A vigorous concert schedule on the American and Canadian folk circuit merged with several television appearances on The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Let's Sing Out! and Hootenanny! "We were doing folk songs like "Oh Mary Don't You Weep," more as performers not as folkies trying to promote roots music," remarks Doherty. "If we found a song we liked, we'd sing it. It happened to be that folk music was the vehicle that we got gigs with."
"One of my favorite tunes," Patrick LaCroix recollects, "was 'Little Sparrow.' I think it really shows off the sound we had as a group."
(Barbe's note: Patrick played his own variation of washtub bass at live performances.)
(1963) found them (Halifax Three) sharing a manager and a stage with famed comic Shelly Berman, who recalls, "I had to follow them. I had trouble coming on stage because the audience always wanted more."
Soon, unfortunately, the British Invasion helped lead to the demise of folk music's popularity.
Denny Doherty went on to fame as the fabulous lead singer of the Mamas and the Papas, followed by two great solo CDs "Watcha Gonna Do" and "Waiting for a Song."
Denny currently sings, writes and tells the tale of the Mamas and the Papas AND the Halifax Three in his one-man show, "Dream a Little Dream, The Nearly True Story of the Mamas & the Papas," which after a successful run in Canada will now be coming to the states. Denny co-created the musical with producer/director, Paul LeDoux.
After giving The Complete Halifax Three CD a few pleasurable listens, I say,
"Bring back the days of The Ramblin' Man! Guys should be free to roam!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Smooth Harmony Feb. 25 2011
By Elusive Critter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Halifax Three released 2 albums in 1963. I'd only heard the first until I purchased this double album CD. If you like pleasant harmony and folk music with a little gospel and no protesting you might like the Halifax Three. They consisted of Denny Doherty, later of The Mamas and the Papas, Pat LaCroix who later won many awards for photography, Richard Byrne and Zal Yanovsky later of the Lovin' Spoonful.
Hit and Miss (mostly Miss) - jocular tone greatly detracts June 24 2013
By Robert G. Daugherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Denny's voice and he's brilliant on this as usual. However, the choice of material is not the best and the jocular tone on more than a few tracks greatly detracts from a smooth listen. A compilation CD of their best perfomances would have been preferable. In my view, a worthwhile compilation would include:

Come On By
Far Side of the Hill
Fare-Thee-Well
Little Sparrow
San Miguel
Sing Hallelujah
East Virginia
The Great Silk

The rest of the selections are pretty weak. For Denny enthusiasts, it's worth a listen but not at these prices.

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