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Dave Van Ronk: The Folkways Years, 1959-1961

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Before this Greenwich Village folk doyen recorded for Prestige, he made a splash with his Smithsonian Folkways LPs. He came to be revered for these kinds of new spins on old blues and jazz classics: Hesitation Blues; Black Mountain Blues; My Baby's So Sweet; Come Back Baby; Winin' Boy; Willie the Weeper 20 tracks!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By K. Carlson on November 29, 2002
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My first exposure to Dave Van Ronk, although I've known his name for years. Definitely a winner for those interested in roots folk/blues. Fabulous unique and creative guitar rhythms blend perfectly with Van Ronk's rough voice. Mostly obscure songs from the early 1900s learned from friends and off the street - a plus for me. The album includes a sheet of comments about the songs.
My favorite: "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", the old spiritual done as never before.
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I admit it. I LOVE Dave Van Ronk's music.... his styling, playing and singing .... I even like what I know about him from the book about him mentioned in the title of this review. I associate him and his music with my own coming-of-age in the early 60's. His music was gritty, tuneful and 'real' in a way that sharply contrasted the neatly produced works of such contemporaries as Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez and The Kingston Trio. His sound spoke to the way I wanted to see myself - and today, at 60, I still listen to it quite a bit and enjoy playing my own renditions of these tunes on both the 6 and 12 string guitar. A necessary addition to any folk music collection!
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Dave has a mighty voice, a nifty guitar style and a really wonderful choice of material. Whether you want to learn these songs or just soak up the pleasure of listening to a folk virtuoso then get this album. I guarantee you will enjoy it
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This is a good introduction to Dave Van Ronk's musical legacy. He was an integral apart of the 60's folk revival and inspired many musicians to explore our musical roots. Any serious collector should include him in their musical library.
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Dave Van Ronk sings many of his "classics". Recorded in 1959, you'll enjoy the music but; the soud quality is rather poor. Later recordings of the same material are much better.
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By 4zzzz. on April 13, 2015
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nothing special,he has an old mans voice,why settle on this when you can get authentic blues,he takes lyric from old timers and twiste them into his own. not bad if you want some blues.some of his stuff is worth buying because he is very unique.he is overall inconsistant but when he is good he is excellent.
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I have been a fan of DVR for years and haven't had this DVD so I am happy to hear him again, since I don't even have a way to play my old LP's. Anyone who likes real funky, genuine folk music and ingenuity should buy this.
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