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Vanguard - selected discographies
Launched in the late 60s, originally, this was a budget-priced ($5.98) series of double disk "best-of" recordings in gatefold sleeves, instantly enlarged to include several originals and spoken word recordings from their backlist. The design was Vanguard's rote Colonel Parker marketing ("Give 'em a picture of the boy and his name") file-shot/name formula which nonetheless gave Vanguard a distinct look. There was generally no text inside, the center fold being a collection of small photos or a large one - generally blurry.
In the case of the Fariñas, theirs was released in 1971 as VSD 21/22. It was a straight reissue of the first two albums with all 26 songs accounted for. Not so on the CD reissued in 1988 ( VCD-21/22), which had 20 songs (lopping off 6 instrumentals), although the earlier cassette (1982, CVSD-21/22) had both albums intact.
This Two-fer featured a Daniel Kramer photo from the spring of 1965 Kingston, New York session that yielded the cover for their second album, Reflections in a Crystal Wind, this time with Dick wearing a striped tank-top (which may be the one that appears in numerous other photos, including one with Mimi from Paris two years earlier), while Mimi wears the same patterned blue dress. In a flash of creative originality, this time Vanguard flipped the shot so Dick is on the left inside the frame and Mimi on the right, making it look similar enough to Reflections to ring a bell in the consumers' minds, but not making it similar enough to give anyone second thoughts that both albums were one and the same. They've also reverted back to the original "Mimi & Richard" name arrangement on the front, while listing Dick's altered "Richard and Mimi Fariña " on the spine. The inside's 17 previously unpublished photos by Kenneth Van Sickel all appear to be from or mostly from, the same Central Park shoot as his Celebrations for a Grey Day cover.
Vanguard Two-fers - the First 80
1/2 - (various) The Best of Chicago Blues
3/4 - Sainte-Marie, Buffy : The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie
5/6 - Ian and Sylvia : Ian and Sylvia's Greatest Hits
7/8 - Andersen, Eric : The Best of Eric Andersen
9/10 - Watson, Doc : Doc Watson on Stage
11/12 - Hammond, John : The Best of John Hammond
13/14 - Kweskin, Jim & the Jug Band / Greatest Hits!
15/16 - Weavers : The Weavers' Greatest Hits
17/18 - (various) : The Greatest Folksingers of the Sixties
19/20 - The Best of Mississippi John Hurt
21/22 - Fariña, Mimi & Richard : The Best of Mimi & Richard Fariña (re: VSD: 79174 and VSD: 79204)
23/24 - Ian and Sylvia : Greatest Hits, vol.2
25/26 - (various) : The Great Blues Men
27/28 - The Life and Times of Country Joe and the Fish: from Haight Ashbury to Woodstock
29/30 - University of Michigan Band Great College Football Marches
31/32 - Olmstead, Nelson : Tales of Terror Narrated by Nelson Olmsted (re of VRS-9007 and VRS-9046)
33/34 - Sainte-Marie, Buffy : Best of , V.2
35/36 - (various) : The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie (various artists)
37/38 - de Plata, Manitas : Manitas de Plata
39/40 - Morath, Max : The Best of Scott Joplin & Rag Classics
41/42 - Baez, Joan : Ballad Book
43/44 - Odetta : The Essential … (reissue of VRS-9103, At Town Hall, and VSD-2072, At Carngie Hall)
45/46 - Watson, Doc : The Essential …
47/48 - (various) From Spirituals to Swing/Carnegie Hall Concerts, 1938/39 (Re of VSD-7919/79191)
49/50 - Baez, Joan : Contemporary Song Book
51/52 - Karmon Israeli Dancers & Singers : The Best of Karmon Israeli
53/54 - Clancy Brothers : The Clancy Brothers' Greatest Hits
55/56 - Fahey, John : The Essential…
57/58 - Robeson, Paul : The Essential
59/60 - Bull, Sandy : The Essential Sandy Bull
61/62 - Feyer, George : Plays the Essential George Gershwin
63/64 - Montand, Yves : Yves Montand and his last "One Man Show"
65/66 - Rushing, Jimmy : The Essential…
67/68 - Rebroff, Ivan : Sings 25 Greatest Russian Melodies
69/70 - New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
71/72 - Perrey-Kingsley : The Essential ….
73/74 - Babysitters : The Best of the Babysitters
75/76 - Coryell, Larry : The Essential …
77/78 - (various) The Great Bluesmen - Newport
79/80 - Baez, Joan : The Joan Baez Lovesong Album
Ó 2002 Greg Pennell