Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

>THE FOLK MUSIC REUNION There are a few unfortunate moments in this concert, which was taped in 1982 in Reseda, Calif., at what was then Wolf and Rissmiller's Country Club. Bob Shane, the only original member of the Kingston Trio represented, struggles through one of the group's standards, Scotch and Soda, in a voice that is only one step removed from laryngitis. (When another member of the version of the trio that played in this concert, Roger Gambill, died in 1985, he was replaced by Bob Haworth, who appears on the tape as part of the Brothers Four.) Various performers keep trying to wheedle the reluctant audience into singing along with them. The finale, in which everybody comes onstage and mills around while singing the Harry Chapin tune Circle is also something of a mob scene, if an endearing one. There are plenty of memorable segments though. Judy Collins brightens the proceedings by cheerily singing a then-new tune amid the orgy of oldies, Hugh Prestwood's Times of Our Lives. John Sebastian, appearing without the rest of the Lovin' Spoonful, joins the Kingston Trio to play backup harmonica for a lively country tune, Looking for the Sunshine. There is in fact an often appealing spirit of camaraderie among all these old anti-warhorses, who also include Tom Paxton, Glenn Yarbrough, Mary Travers (without either Paul or Peter) and the Limelighters. It's all nearly enough of an emotional scene to make those who are weak of will want to get out all their old tie-dyed T-shirts and beads and start flashing the peace sign again. (JCI, $19.95)

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