Donnerstag, 11. August 2016

Ramblin´ Jack Elliott - Jack Elliott (1964)

"Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you're about to meet right now. He's got a song and a friend for every mile behind him. Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin' Jack Elliott."- Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Television Show, 1969.
 
"Jack Elliott" was Ramblin' Jack's Vanguard debut, notable also for the appearance of Bob Dylan (credited as Tedham Porterhouse) on harmonica.

When Ramblin' Jack Elliott's name comes up in folk magazines, he's usually identified as a Guthrie copy who later passed on his skills of impersonation to Bob Dylan. This is true to a point, but a listener doesn't have to check out but three or four tracks on Jack Elliott to find out what an original oddball he is.

It's true, he does cover Guthrie's "1913 Massacre" here, and he tends to prefer traditional material like "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "More Pretty Girls" over originals. But his extravagant vocals deliver this material in the strangest, most startling manner. The listener can never be sure whether he's sending up a song like "Roll on Buddy" or just determined to turn tradition on its head. The most fun and fascinating piece here is "Guabi Guabi," an African folk song that Elliott learned by copying the vocal inflections. Of course, in his typical fashion, he talks through part of song explaining that he couldn't understand a certain section of the original. In his off the cuff, just for the hell of it way, Elliott has more in common with the Holy Modal Rounders than traditionalists like Pete Seeger or the New Lost City Ramblers. "Jack Elliott" manages to pay its respects to public domain material while still being entertaining.    

Tracklist:
                           
Roving Gambler
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Diamond Joe
Guabi Guabi
Sowing On The Mountain
Roll On Buddy
1913 Massacre
House Of The Rising Sun
Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
Black Snake Moan
Portland Town
More Pretty Girls

Ramblin´ Jack Elliott - Jack Elliott (1964)
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12 Kommentare:

Roberto Ferrari hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot, Roberto

vuoksenniska hat gesagt…

Thank you very much!
What a great album. Your posts are like an adventure to me, always something new coming up.

Steffen hat gesagt…

Thank you.

Steffen hat gesagt…

Thank you.

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for you friendly comments, glad you like that music. All the best!

Jan V hat gesagt…

Thank you for this album.

Jan V hat gesagt…

Thank you for this album.

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Always good and eclectic music here! Friendly greetings from Crete Greece! Lefteris.

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot and best wishes to Crete!

Ruud Straatman hat gesagt…

Excellent! More Ramblin' Jack please!!!

zero hat gesagt…

Comes a time...

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