Something Special (The Kingston Trio album)

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Something Special
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1962
RecordedApril 1962
StudioCapitol Studios, Los Angeles, California
ProducerVoyle Gilmore
The Kingston Trio chronology
College Concert
Something Special
New Frontier
Singles from Something Special
  1. "One More Town"/"She Was Too Good to Me"
    Released: 1962

Something Special is an album by the American folk music group the Kingston Trio, released in 1962 (see 1962 in music). It reached number 7 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. The lead-off single was a non-album track "C'mon Betty Home" b/w "Old Joe Clark". "One More Town" b/w "She Was Too Good to Me" was released as a single later the same year. Neither single made the Top 40. Something Special was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Folk Recording category.[1]

A notable feature of Something Special is that it was highly orchestrated, using strings, brass instruments and a choir.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]

Allmusic music critic Bruce Eder wrote the album "was the oddest of all the Kingston Trio's albums... a marked departure from previous work by the trio... The results aren't bad so much as they are strange at times."[2]


  • Something Special was reissued along with Back in Town on CD by Collectors Choice Records in 2000. A bonus track, "C'mon Betty Home" is included.[3]
  • In 2000, all of the tracks from Something Special were included in The Stewart Years 10-CD box set issued by Bear Family Records. This collection also includes eleven tracks without Jimmie Haskell's orchestral overdubs; the twelfth cut, "Old Joe Clark," appeared on the album as it was originally recorded.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Brown Mountain Light" (Scotty Wiseman) – 2:48
  2. "One More Town" (John Stewart) – 2:57
  3. "Oh Willow Waley" (Georges Auric, Paul Dehan) – 2:46
  4. "Tell it on the Mountain" (Traditional, Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane, Stewart) – 1:55
  5. "Little Boy" (Mike Settle) – 2:33
  6. "Strange Day" (Stewart, George Yanok) – 3:55

Side two[edit]

  1. "Away Rio" (Reynolds, Shane, Stewart) – 2:57
  2. "Pullin' Away" (Reynolds, Shane, Stewart) – 3:17
  3. "She Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:46
  4. "Jane, Jane, Jane" (Stan Wilson) – 2:51
  5. "Portland Town" (Stewart) – 1:59
  6. "Old Joe Clark" (Traditional) – 1:58


Production notes[edit]

  • Voyle Gilmore – producer
  • Pete Abbott – engineer
  • Jimmy Haskell – arrangements, conductor

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1962 Billboard Pop Albums 7


  1. ^ Blake, B., Rubeck, J., Shaw, A. (1986) The Kingston Trio On Record. Kingston Korner Inc, ILL: ISBN 0-9614594-0-9
  2. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Something Special > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Allmusic entry for reissue of Something Special/Back in Town.