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Going Back to Brooklyn

Dave Van RonkAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Dave Van Ronk Plays Mississippi John Hurt's "Spike Driver Blues" and describes meeting the legendary bluesman for the first time. Recorded at the Barns at Wolf Trap as part of a 1997 concert honoring Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.


The extraordinary folk and blues singer and guitarist Dave Van Ronk is inextricably linked, first and foremost, to the folk music scene in New York City's Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Van Ronk, born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1936, and of Irish origin, has been performing for more than four decades. He made his first record for Moses Asch's Folkways label in 1959 and won far-reaching ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Van Ronk Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000G75ADO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best & the Worst of... November 23, 1999
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Be warned before you listen to this album that it contains some very crude language, and some very good songs. It displays Van Ronk's humor at its best ("Head Inspector") and its worst ("Tantric Mantra"). The guitar picking is superlative, including a couple of rags that will make you forget who Scott Joplin is, but one of them is wasted by using the names of offbeat cities in New Jersey as the lyrics. But the gems are worth poring through the ore for. "Blood Red Moon Rising " is a great blues song. "Closing Time" captures the desperation of the alcoholic (Lawrence Block used one of the lines from this for the title of his best selling mystery "When the Sacred Ginmill Closes.") "Luang Prabang" may be the best war protest song ever written! Finally, "Another Time & Place" and "Goodbye, Honey Hair" are love songs by a man who's been there and has the scars, and the memories, to prove it. Though a couple of things could have been left off, it's still one of the most original "folk" albums I've ever heard, and well worth listening to over and over!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How have I missed this all these years? March 22, 2000
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I picked up this CD, sight unseen, never having heard Dave Van Ronk. I fell in love with the lyrics of "Last Call", which are quoted in Lawrence Block's book "When the Sacred Ginmill Closes", and snapped up this album for that song alone. What a revelation! This music is right in that wonderful little niche between folk and blues, and it works all the way across the gamut, from the cynical anger of "Luang Prabang" to the tenderness of "Another Time and Place". I'll definitely be buying more of his stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great blues and folk! November 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite of DVR's albums. His voice is at its gravelly best and he shows himself equally adept at blues, folk, ragtime, etc. Plus, it has one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, in my opinion: "Another Time and Place." Buy this version, which is superior to the remake he did on the "From Another Time and Place" album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronk-On! October 31, 2005
By Jay Dee
Format:Audio CD
What do you like in your music? If you're a top forty sugar sweet treacle lover of the latest fad(s)...If you think voice as the instrument and who cares about the songs sentiment or thought as the thing then you'll want to stay far away from this album...

As a music lover of the tale and the viva la difference of singers not cut from the same mold, I am pleased to comment on this work with the experience of someone who has several of Dave's Albums and has appreciated him for a long time...

There is no one, not even Dylan who has such a distinctive voice. Imagine Louis Armstrong squeezed through a toothpaste tube then chewed on by Shel Silverstein and then lit on fire by Lord Buckley and you might begin to have an idea how good he sounds if you've never heard him...HAVEN'T HEARD HIM?!...I wish I could be with someone the first time they hear him!...He's a distinctive American treasure...

This album is definitely one of his best...One minute sublime, the next sincere, the next succulent, the next saucy...He never keeps the same mood on this album from one song to the next...

"Honey Hair" and any of the Joplin inspired rags on this album via his guitar are worthy of any love song pantheon or collection...A personal favorite don't miss of mine is the lewd and crude and absolutely wonderful " Whores Of San Pedro"...It's raunchy, it's nasty, it's vile, and it's...hysterically funny and a great take that goes further adventurously out of bounds than his usual stuff ( raw language kiddies!)...SOmeone in a previous write up disses the New Jersey inspired take that exclusively features the odd and beautiful city names of N.J...Doesn't belong here?! Au contraire mon frer!...What DOESN"T belong here?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't seem to get enough of DVR! January 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Every time I acquire another DVR album, there is always this initial period where I kind of wonder what I got into. Dave's music, at least most of it, has always had to grow on me, but once it does, it doesn't let go. This collection of original tunes only took about three listenings. The guitar arrangements are generally understated and perfect. His vocals are powerful and full of expression, and his original lyrics are mostly amusing. If you're already a fan, you won't be disappointed with this one. If you're newly exploring this very original artist, I suggest multiple listenings to let it grow on you. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane February 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For those who spent time in the Village at Gerde's Folk City, and the other coffee houses on Mac Dougald Steet, a must listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had waited for this reissue December 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I searched and searched for a cd copy of this album, and finally found one that had been mastered from an LP (long-playing record album made of vinyl, for you kids out there). Despite leaving a little to be desired in sound quality, I was thrilled with the cd. I don't give it 5 stars because it doesn't quite measure up with Van Ronk's best stuff (my favorite is Somebody Else, Not Me). All the tracks here are strong, many of them memorable. One cut alone, however, is worth the price of the cd. I've listened to a lot of war protest songs in my life, and not one is as powerful as "Luang Prabang". If you're new to Van Ronk, I'd start elsewhere, but if you've heard some of his stuff and want more I'd put this in about the middle of the pack of his cd's that are currentlly available. I have not heard this reissue, so cannot vouch for its sound quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Original stays true to a great tradition
The only compilation of original work by an American original who mostly dedicated himself to reviving a living folk/blues tradition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. McGraw
4.0 out of 5 stars Dave Van Rock - Miss you
Nice mix of old traditional sounding folk and some biting tomes with real chomp. Brings back some of the old edge that was around the Village in the 60's that wasn't nice or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Seward
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I am prompted to write after recently buying this CD.

I had a compilation LP of Dave Van Ronk (a Folkways recording I think) I packed around with 20-30 other LP’s when... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome find
I stumbled across Dave Von Ronk online and discovered a witty, talented musician. I really enjoy his rough voice and blues heritage.
Published 13 months ago by Anthony Farah
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD By A Performer Whom Bob Dylan Cites As An Influence
I recently read Bob Dylan's autobiography, in which Dylan cites Dave Van Ronk as being a major influence on his own style in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Orthography for song #7
Dave Van Ronk probably would have enjoyed the misspelling of "Tantric Mantra" as "Titanic Mantra." I did. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by DMW
3.0 out of 5 stars Bric-A-Brac From A Folk Historian
I have previously praised the work of folk singer/folk historian and "Mayor Of McDougall Street" (that is in Greenwich Village for those who do not know) in this space. Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Van Ronk Going Back to Brooklyn
This is one of, if not the best, album Dave Van Ronk did. The cut on it I

like the most is "Last Call" & also his commentary on the song on the liner. Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Joseph E. Broderick
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST
This is the best it gets.

And, the cover art ain't bad either.
Published on November 25, 2003
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