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Dave Van Ronk - Ballads, Blues & A Spiritual


Smithsonian Folkways



Product No.:
ASFW 703818
UPC: 093070381810
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Vinyl reissue remastered from the original master tape

Tip-on jacket with original liner notes

Dubbed "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was an iconoclastic folksinger and an influential figure in the American folk music revival of the 1960s. Because of his interest in African American folk music and blues, and his gift (or curse) of a gravelly baritone voice, Van Ronk was often criticized for his approach to his musical repertoire.

His rejoinder was that he reserved the right to sing songs in the style that he deemed to be "the right way." This 1959 Folkways recording, his first on any label, is a collection of 19th- and early 20th-century traditional folk and blues songs that persuasively illustrates his stance.

Side 1
Duncan and Brady
Black Mountain Blues
In the Pines
My Baby's So Sweet
Twelve Gates to the City
Winin' Boy
If You Leave Me Pretty Momma

Side 2
Backwater Blues
Careless Love
Betty and Dupree
K.C. Moan
Gambler's Blues
John Henry
How Long

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Highly recommended

posted on 07/20/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: GSal
High quality pressing that sounds really great and captures the artist at his best. Definitely not your daddy's Folkways record! All of the songs are equally great too. A worthy addition to your collection.

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