We’re spearheading the addition of paramount folk albums into your crates with VMP’s 10th Anthology: The Story of Vanguard. The six-album, six-LP Anthology begins its story in the late-1950s and coasts into the 1960s, leading listeners through the history and culture that led to a full revival of the beloved folk genre — which the label deftly championed, even during its early, growing years.
VMP’s Classics & Country Director, Andrew Winistorfer, carefully curated a selection of albums narrating the folk sounds of American life in the 20th century — a time when change was always peeking around the corner. The artists on The Story of Vanguard each bore music that hung onto time, vividly illustrating such a pivotal period in American history while remaining pertinent with their messages even today.
The Story of Vanguard starts with The Weavers’ live album, The Weavers at Carnegie Hall, originally performed in 1955. The Anthology segues forward into 1959, with Odetta’s My Eyes Have Seen, before entering the new decade with Joan Baez’s self-titled, debut album. Buffy Saint-Marie makes a stand with her widely relevant commentary on her 1964 album, It’s My Way! Released the same year, having landed from the mountains of North Carolina, another self-titled album in the Anthology comes from Doc Watson. Ending in 1966, Skip James lilts with equally earnest playing and singing in Today!
Each of the albums are mastered from their original monolog tapes and cut on 180g unique color vinyl, with the first edition being limited to 1,000. The Story of Vanguard is accompanied by Listening Notes written by Andrew Winistorfer and arrives with several download links to podcasts to further narrate the musical journey, giving VMP listeners an additional dimensional look into the record label and the artists that gave voice to an entire generation.