Sunday, July 24, 2011

Just Dave Van Ronk (1964)

Mercury SR/MG 20908 
Dave Van Ronk was a folk and blues singers whose first LP was released on Folkways Records in 1959. According to wikipedia, "Van Ronk was regarded as the friendly uncle of Greenwich Village, presiding over the coffeehouse folk culture and acting as a friend to many up and coming [sic] artists, inspiring, aiding and promoting them. Folk performers whom he befriended included Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton...Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell."

Richard Meyer of allmusic said of this record, "Van Ronk's understated guitar style is perfect for these intimate performances. His naturally rough voice allows him to sing these songs believably without any ethnic affectation or false energy."

This was a thrift shop find (99¢), in good condition. It is not on CD.
Update: This album became available on iTunes in May 2012. The sample tracks have been removed.

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