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Charted: June 22, 1959

Rating: 3.906 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: folk

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. M.T.A.
  2. All My Sorrows
  3. Blow Ye Winds
  4. Corey, Corey
  5. The Seine
  6. I Bawled
  7. Good News
  8. Get Away John
  9. The Long Black Rifle
  10. Early in the Mornin’
  11. Scarlet Ribbons for Her Hair
  12. Remember the Alamo


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 15
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • M.T.A. (6/15/59) #15 US

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

At Large
Kingston Trio
“The Kingston Trio’s first stereo album was also the first LP on which they adopted the more sophisticated recording techniques that would characterize their subsequent records, including multiple overdubs and separate recordings of the different players of vocals and instrumentation. It shows in the far more complex sound achieved by the trio throughout this album, with voices and instruments more closely interwoven than on their earlier studio recordings and achieving control over their volume that, even today, seems astonishing” (Eder).

“The group also sounds very energized here, whether doing Calypso-style numbers like Bob Shane’s I Bawled, soaring bluegrass-style harmony numbers such as Corey, Corey, or the gossamer-textured All My Sorrows. The hits M.T.A. and Scarlet Ribbons helped propel Kingston Trio at Large to the number one LP spot, but it was the rest of the album – including Early in the Mornin’ (a skillful adaptation of the song best known to most of us by its opening line, ‘What do you do with a drunken sailor’) and The Seine, which anticipates the later trio’s classic ‘Take Her Out of Pity’ – that helped keep it at the top spot for 15 weeks, an amazing feat for a folk album” (Eder).

“Dave Guard’s banjo playing, in particular, shines throughout this album, and it was beginning here that Guard was to exert a separate influence on a whole generation of aspiring folk musicians and even one rock star (Lindsay Buckingham) with his banjo” (Eder).

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Last updated November 22, 2008.