Polarizing album released in May 1966 by Verve Folkways hot on the heels of the success of the World Pacific single, ‘Elusive Butterfly’ (polarizing because Verve added studio instrumentation to tracks taken from an acetate Lind had recorded as a seventeen year old for Denver based Bandbox label).
Overdubbing recordings with pop/rock instrumentation to make them more commercial was a mini-vogue of sorts as the folk-rock boom peaked. The most famous example was Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," but there were more “exploitative” releases, (overdubs of some early Richie Havens tapes and, in this case of early Bob Lind efforts). And so, after ‘Elusive Butterfly’ became a smash, Verve got a previously unreleased tape that Lind had done prior to signing with World Pacific, and overdubbed electric instruments, drums, and orchestration.
This mixture of Lind originals and folk covers (including ‘The Times They Are A-Changin'’) has some period charm, the oddball string arrangements mixing with basic tentative folk-rock rhythm sections... and Lind's singing and songwriting is not much different than what you hear on his early World Pacific recordings, though it's more innocuous and, at times, indebted to the early-'60s troubadour folk approach. (sealed original, DRILLED COVER)
|A3||The Times They Are A Changin'||3:06|
|B1||Hey Nellie Nellie||3:29|
|B3||What Color Are You||4:15|
|B4||Gold Mine Blues||5:20|