I WON'T BE WORRIED LONG . . . and other traditional favorites in fresh, rich, and rousing trio arrangements by THE THREE D's with percussion by Earl Palmer.
Though most of the songs in this album have been handed down from a long time back, the majority have gained their greatest fame in recent revivals by the groups that tour American's college campuses. And certainly one of the most talented and inventive of all these groups is the Three D's, who do truly fresh and exciting vocal and instrumental things with these traditional 12-bar blues ballads.
The D's, Dick Davis, Duane Hiatt, and Denis Sorenson, joined forces originally at Brigham Young University, where tremendous home-campus response to their music encouraged them to broaden their horizons after graduation. They soon found that appearances on other campuses were greeted with the same warm enthusiasm and, though their respective fields of study had been speech and hearing therapy, journalism, and international relations, they decided nevertheless to heed to call of the floodlights.
The next step was a recording contract and their first Capitol album. It introduced them for the first time to off-campus audiences with a program of their own dramatic and unusual compositions which set famous poems to original music by the boys. It proved to all concerned that more Three D recordings were definitely in demand, so here the D's present a new program that shows how fresh the old favorites can sound when the arrangements and performances put them in the D's own spectacular dimension.
Denis Stanley Sorenson
2. Leavin' Blues
3. See What You Have Done
4. All My Trials
5. Me and My Woman
7. Skinner's Blues
8. When the Sun Goes In
9. Lonesome Home
10. Dangerous Woman
11. Lonesome Whistle Blues
12. Trouble in Mind
I WON'T BE WORRIED LONG is an old song most popularized in another version by the Kingston Trio. Duane's soulful harmonica and Earl Palmer's measured enthusiasm on the drums provide the background for a vocal duet by Dick and Denis.
LEAVIN' BLUES, one of the three composed songs in the album, is a gentle lover's lament, all the more sad because the lover can't break away from his treacherous woman. The especially neat guitar figure is Duane's.
SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE comes on strong with Earl's driving stickwork and dual guitars by Dick and Duane. These two also give the mild country inflection to the vocal solos. "See" is another lover's lament, but this lover hardly needs your sympathy.
TRIALS, with its deathbed lyrics, is another all-time blues classic. Here, it's given an outstanding unison vocal treatment.
ME AND MY WOMAN starts out at a virtual dirge pace, then quickens into a sombre and almost martial beat. The completely un-military lyric is a tale of a totally misunderstood husband who revels in his wife's misconceptions. Denis's is the high voice.
TROUBLES is a Harry Belafonte composition. It's quite roundlike in its construction, with a delightfully rolling rhythm. Duane solos first and Denis takes the higher solos. The overall effect, however, is strictly three D.
SKINNER'S BLUES offers an interesting approach to job-seeking and an interesting job-seeker with free advice for water boys and mules. It's Denis on the opening vocal, Dick on the answer, and the group at its best for the rest of the song.
WHEN THE SUN GOES IN brings a gentle-tempoed vocal blend to still another lover's lament. One of the classic symbols of eventual home-coming and happiness is the train, and here the train finds a typically classic place in the lyrics.
LONESOME HOME leads off with Denis's solo and ambles along with a message of farewell and concern for a loved one. You'll certainly recognize pieces of the lyric as being part of more than one popular folk song.
DANGEROUS WOMAN is pure novelty delight. The gal in question is surely the femmest fatale since Cleopatra. While all hands join in describing the roguish lady, it's Duane who recites the choicest details.
LONESOME WHISTLE BULES is another song made popular in countless versions by countless folksingers. Earl Palmer's stark handling of the drums and the D's equally clipped string work form the instrumental background for the spirited trio vocal with Dick taking the solos.
TROUBLE IN MIND is all too soon the last song in the album and also the final composed song in the album. A tasty number, its lyrics offer hope in spite of present personal calamity. While essentially a group effort, there's welcome room for a solo by Duane, followed by one from Denis.