There have been a few Christy hits collections before, but none like this one. Here, at last, is a comprehensive (75 minutes-plus), single-CD chronicle of the evolution of the New Christy Minstrels beginning with their earliest recordings with founder Randy Sparks in 1962 through the turbulent 'Sixties and ending with a sampling of their first recordings in the next decade.
Sequenced in chronological order, the 25 tracks have been carefully chosen to include their biggest hits ("Green Green," "oday," and "Saturday Night"), standout album tracks ("This Land Is Your Land," "Preacher and the Bear," "Julianne" and "Blacksmith of Brandywine"), as well as recordings that represent their best efforts to adapt to changing times ("The Girl from Ipanema," "Highflyin' Bird," and "Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings"). Unlike any other Christy release, this collection features more spotlight solos by some of the biggest talents who passed through the ranks. Of course, you ll hear the voices of the key players who defined the early Christy sound -- Randy Sparks, Barry McGuire, Nick Woods, Art Podell and Karen Gunderson -- but you'll also hear rare tracks by Bob Buchanan (later a member of The International Submarine Band with Gram Parsons) and a young fellow from Texas by the name of Kenny Rogers. Also, this set includes four Christy tracks that are making their CD debut, including the rare studio recording of "Walk the Road" (their concert opener in '63 and '64) and a beautiful ballad penned by Minstrel Gary Fishbaugh called Door into Tomorrow."
The set is accentuated with rare photos and behind-the-scenes liner notes by Christy historian, Tom Pickles.