This recording, An Evening With The Kingston Trio, is a live album of the "Stewart Trio," although not one previously released. Recorded in 1962, it was a crucial time for the Trio. The story of the Trio's split and Dave Guard's departure had been well publicized. It left many fans wondering if the Trio would survive. Although new member John Stewart, who replaced Dave Guard, was a more than worthy successor, the fans eyed him with suspicion. As far as they were concerned, this was a new act that had to prove itself again.
And, as exemplified in this recording, the Trio succeeded admirably. Deftly re-creating the Trio's past hits, like "Tom Dooley", "The MTA" and others, and combining them with fresh new songs, like the hilarious "The Shape Of Things," and one of John Stewart's most lasting compositions from the Trio days, "Chilly Winds," this concert brought the audience the best of the old and the new. The songs are interspersed with the sometimes humorous and sometimes informative (and sometimes both) patter that the Trio was so loved for.
Today, "An Evening With The Kingston Trio" is also the only live Kingston Trio album featuring the Stewart Trio that is commercially available, and with it's fifteen songs, demonstrates the performing power of one of the most popular folk acts of all time.