THE TRAVELERS Unknown Private Folk 10"LP 1960 w/ Bongos

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
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  • Sold Date: Jul 20,2009
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Original 1960 private pressing on no label (catalog # ACE 52760) .

This is a completely obscure (and unknown) private press hipster/beatnik folk 10" LP from 1960 by The Travelers, a combo from The Cambridge School of Weston, outside Boston, Massachusetts. Three guitarists (two who also sing) and a black bongo player, playing folksongs with occasional calypso flair, with at least one original song.

T is absolutely nothing on the web about this record or this group. No reference to its existence anyw.. a true unknown little gem of folk music from nearly 50 years ago!

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This copy is signed "To Betsy with Love - The Travelers" with autographs by Fred Corbett and Gerry "Dean" French.

liner notes from the front cover :

None of the TRAVELERS was discovered hiding under a rock in Peru, none has ever been a truck-driver, and none has sideburns. The beginning was modest - a "singing for pleasure" - using the efforts of the leader, Dean French and the gifted bongoist, Vic Sterling. The two gave concerts at The Cambridge School of Weston w their popularity gave rise to the need for adding the fine first tenor of Fred Corbett, and the close second guitar work of John Martin. The four, managed by Earle Macgillivray, met with a success which suggested issuing a recording. This is that record.

Of the nine songs presented, three deserve special mention. "Shadows", a fast calypso, was written by Dean French and arranged by French and Martin. "Brandy", a South African veld song, is sung in an arrangement by French. The record's claim to a "new sound in music" can be heard in "South Wind", in which Vic Stirling stirs up the breeze using a hairbrush on the side of the bongos!

Courtland Gilmore
June, 1960

Tracks :

Shadows Unchained Melody Delia's Gone The Wanderer South Wind San Fernando Brandy Maria True Love And Tender Care

CONDITION: Cover G+ / Vinyl VG cover has some general wear, spine is completely split; vinyl has a fair bit of playwear, some light surface scratching and surface scuffing, no major scratches, plays pretty well with a little surface noise but no major tics, check the mp3 above for a good idea of the sound quality.

Graded conservatively using Goldmine standards [G / G+ / VG / VG+ / NM / ]
grade only used if record is brand new.
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