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Jack Takes the Floor

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

1958

Jack Takes the Floor

Album Summary

Jack Takes the Floor is an album by American folk musician Ramblin' Jack Elliott, released in Great Britain in 1958. The original release was a 10-inch LP.The album was reissued with two additional songs: "Old Blue" and "East Texas Talking Blues" as Muleskinner. A later reissue further added "Brother Won't You Join the Line?" and "There Are Better Things to Do".

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Rating

2.71

Votes

4614

Genres

  • Folk
  • Country
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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

It is almost impossible to talk about Ramblin' Jack Elliott without mentioning Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan or Pete Seeger. It's true that they were contemporaries of Elliott's, but this album shows that they maybe weren't equals in the creative sense. Guthrie and Seeger are often cited by a wide range of musicians as stylistic influences, while Dylan transcended his genre to become one of the greatest songwriters of the twentieth century. Elliott is different in the sense that he doesn't seem burdened by ambition, nor particularly interested in crafting original compositions, making him quite a throwback, albeit a pleasant one. His introductory musings prefacing certain songs are inoffensive and accessible. However, the songs themselves, although delivered in a slightly tongue-in-cheek manner, just don't have the depth to appeal. Without the drive to create original compositions, the interpretational troubadour has to lend some of himself to the song, which is exactly where this record falls short. Johnny Cash and Elmore James were masters of it, their souls sang other people's lyrics. Elliott merely uses his mouth, admittedly with the authentic scrap of tweed in the corner of it. His adherence to the singing cowboy gimmick is admirable, but he's going through the motions. This is nowhere near a Rory Gallagher roaring out Pistol Slapper Blues, more of a competent and highly likeable folk fan performing Sunday evening open mic. It's nice background music for folk enthusiasts, but falls flat as a record due to shallow material and poor continuity. Not bad, but far from a meaningful endeavour.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Oh, I like this. I like the style of music, the quality of his voice, and his ramblings. His folksy country-boy persona comes across as kind, gentle, and authentic. This despite his being raised in Brooklyn, his first exposure to rodeo being in Madison Square Garden of all places (according to Wikipedia). He sounds to my Wyoming-raised ears just like a genuine cowboy. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Ramblin Jack's the shit. In the opening to the first song it’s obvious why he was nicknamed  “Rambling” . This is a man and his guitar providing an onslaught of wonderful music and storytelling.  Jack sure does know how to pick. If an album recorded more recently had a singer  who was picking so well, we could be 99% certain  the guitar and singing were recorded separately. With Ramblin Jack I doubt that's the case.   When I listen to the intro to Salty Dog I can't help but think how stylistically similar those opening licks are to those in Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant. I guess Jack and Woody hung out a lot and Arlo picked up the style by osmosis. 

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

While the songs themselves weren't blatantly BAD, they also weren't awesome. I get that Ol' Jack was in the mix with influential people but I just can't get past the fake, put-on southerness. You're from New York, sir. Don't tell me you've ever actually seen a boll weevil, you poser.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
2

He does ramble, I'll give him that. I really don't understand why this is worth listening to though.

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Thu May 19 2022
1

I see now why he is called RAMBLIN' Jack Elliott. He also drawls, howls, yodels, and warbles. Definitely not my thing. It was bearable for 30 minutes, but just barely. I would argue that I could have gone without hearing this one before I die.

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Thu Dec 03 2020
5

Superb folk tunes from one of the best of his era

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Tue Oct 27 2020
5

Blues

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

good old fashioned country tunes love it

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Really enjoyed this, solid folk country.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

I liked

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Interesting 50s honky tonk with some interesting bug blues

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Brilliant. Raw, "real" and Woody Guthrie!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

This was a fun story-time romp which had me laughing out loud at times!

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Buen country

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

I can not compare jack with Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan or Pete Seeger,but just love the ramblin country vibes!this is what i call the digger's delight!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

cool

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Thu Sep 03 2020
4

really pleasantly surprised, short one too, 11 tracks in 32 minutes

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

4 stars for the 40 seconds he ya-hewed!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Simple, pleasant country songs filled with authenticity, harkens to Beat Generation aesthetic of fast living in a dressed down manner

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

I love this - the country/folk mix coupled together with that 50's recording quality makes me feel like I'm playing New Vegas.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

I have no complaints

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

folk gostosinho. chora bobo dylan

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Amazing storytelling, so so cool

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Yep, I dig this sort of folksy rambling gubbins. Very pleasant! Fave track - "Grey Goose".... HONK!

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Some great songs on here, but the Mule Skinner Blues made my ears bleed. It was terrible, but the rest was good.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Feels like an intimate concert around a campfire with an old friend. Somehow it feels like he's performing just for you.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

This was fun to listen to.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Yeehaw!

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

I love this, folk music. The stories are so great.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

I enjoyed this album. It's not perfect, but I liked it - I prefer this kind of old-school folk to the Bob Dylans of the world.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

yihaaaw baby lekker hoor

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Great tunes love the style

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Couldn’t find it

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Ramblin' Jack Elliott meriterebbe un 4 solo per la simpatia. L'amore è sbocciato con OI'Riley, da li ogni brano mi ha dato motivo per sorridere. Un po' mi ricorda la versione bianca e meno spirituale di Mississippi John Hurt. A pelle lui è un 3.25. Ma devo dargli 4 perché lo trovo geniale a modo suo, spesso ho avuto l'impressione che non canti ma canticchi, perdendoci in tecnica ma guadagnandoci molto come interpretazione.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Great, should be a 4.5

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

This was fun. You gotta love an album where the singer tells you it's yet another one of them East Texas prison songs. I love his introductions to these very earthy songs about insects, dogs, prison, hunting, and, naturally, cocaine. He obviously has a love for this music and a desire to share it. He finds interesting connections between American folk subcultures jumping from Texas to Harlem, all sounding raw and soulful.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Proto Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, etc. Good for what it is. Ahead of its time. Succinct. The Sarah Vaughn thing threw me off. But yet another album that is so old I’m not going to rate it a 5 but in its time it was probably due a 5.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Well this was a fun album. Folk music as it was meant to be presented, simple, unencumbered, great stories told simply and succinctly. I enjoyed this album very much. 4 🌟

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

1/12/22

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Banger

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Jag gillar

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Very quaint and intimate.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

I sometimes feel like I succumb to the “authentic therefore good” reasoning with this kind of thing. Is it that great? Is it authentic even, I suppose, this Brooklyn-bred child of a well-to-do professional. On the other hand it’s safe to say running off at 15 to join the rodeo wasn’t some stunt to develop a good backstory for his later music career. I didn’t mind this at all though this kind of deep roots country is not a music I go to as a rule. But I’ll defer to Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash to tip the scale on this one.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Fun cowboy stuff with plenty of heart.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Hard album to find cause I guess it's not on any streaming but thanks to illegal YouTube uploads I got it. This album is so very good. It feels like it's like a crowd of 10 or 15 people just sitting around listening to this musical traveler. He's got songs from all over and he's just the voice passing them on. Excellent all around

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

This one caught me off guard. Definitely one of the founding fathers of the folk/protest movement of the 60s along with Dylan. Surprisingly good stuff.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

This must have been a pretty wild recording back in 1958. I really like the guitar.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Jack Elliot sounds like Woodie Guthrie. Bob Dylan sounds like Jack Elliot. He did the whole "pretend to be a country bumpkin though really from a privileged upbringing" before John Fogerty did it. Can definitely see why this album is in the book even though I'm not a huge folk fan. If you like folk, this is a classic. If you don't, it will be grouped w/ Dylan and you'll rate it the same.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Well ol Bob Dylan certainly copped his style.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

Very entertaining. Singing Cowboy...

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

This is a great folk album. I love the stories, and the songs are funny.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

It's not exactly my thing, but there's a lot of really good choruses here, and Woody Guthrie showing up for a song or two was really cool! :)

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Mon May 31 2021
3

ahoooooooooooo

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Was fine. Not my style.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Boll weevils, bed bugs, and cocaine: this album covers all the scourges of the 1950s mid west. Lyrics with more flavor than black jam tortellini

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

American roots album. The Boil Weevil is a good tune. New York Town with Woody Guthrie is a great tune.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Different. Liked it. Proper inbread hick stuff.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

I actually liked it ngl. The first two tracks are amazingly just nice and relaxing, just feels like you're just chilling with the boys by some piece of nature. There are a handful of tracks that I could just play while working as background music which is a very specific and good role to play. High key wanna learn the guitar for some of these songs which is it's own compliment Favourite Tracks: San Francisco Baby Blues, Ol' Riley, Cocaine, Salty Dog

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

The first few songs were a bit of a strain (on my ears) due to his raw voice> he sounds like someone you'd hear on a Tuesday night in a local bar. The yodeling and harmonica playing in Muleskinner Blues was an improvement. I was curious about the fake duet with Woodie Guthrie so I did some research. It appears Jack is an influential figure in the making Woodie's material known to the "younger generation" and since Woodie isn't on the 1001 list....

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Solid but didn’t grab me

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

never heard of this guy before but he basically sounds like early Dylan. Fun stuff

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Mon May 17 2021
3

old old country music

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Niet al te speciale muziek, goed voor op de achtergrond

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Folksy

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

3.5

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

This album harkens back to a time in which country and the troubadour songwriter movements were not so far apart. Jack Elliott finds his voice and helps establish the stronger roots of older country.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Proto-oogle?! I like it

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

3,5 Makes me wanna move to a ranch in the USA, sip whiskey and get my vibes on! Leuke listen

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

doet me denken aan woody guthrie, soms ook wat cashy. kzen fan, ma weet niet of ik dit album vaak ga luisteren. grey goose is wel goat lyrics

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Yeehaw! Some good old country blues, and he definitely earned the Ramblin’ title. Not much of a country guy but this was a pretty good time.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

I am pretty ignorant of folk, so I'm glad this was in the list since it led me to read up on Ramblin'Jack Elliot and by extension, Woody Guthrie. I find the music kind of quaint, kind of cute, and very nostalgic. Not what I'd throw on, but if someone really dug it and wanted to listen to it, I'd have no qualms.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Important link in the folk tradition. To me this music is like vegetables that are good for you on a crudite plate and not like a cheeseburger or a slice of pizza. This analogy depends heavily on your opinions of vegetables on a crudite plate vs cheeseburgers and pizza but I think the analogy still holds up regardless of differences of opinion.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

I thought this was ok... definitely could hear the influence it might have had on other singer songwriters of subsequent era. Nothing mind blowing.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

If Sam Elliot could sing.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Some funny songs. Dust bowl type jams

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

definitely some interesting songs here. Ultimately not the style of music that I enjoy but I think that the historical significance is inescapable. Seems like a 3.5 star for me.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Sono abbastanza in difficoltà con il giudizio di questo album. Da una parte c'è veramente poco, le registrazioni sono certe volte a malapena intellegibili, i pezzi non è che abbiano questa grande varietà e lui direi che ha azzeccato il nome con Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Dall'altra parte però nonostante fossi prevenuto verso la seconda meta/due terzi dell'album mi sono accorto di aver un po' più intuito il senso, doprattutto con il pezzo in chiusura There are Better Things to Do che è secondo me il migliore dell'album. Mi sono sentito un po' come ascoltare una cena tra amici dove a fine serata qualcuno prende la chitarra e fa qualcosa non solo per intrattenimento ma anche per comunicare qualcosa agli altri ma recuperando un aspetto un po' primordiale della musica che in realtà è sempre stata parte integrante dell'espressione umana quotidiana. Che dire musicalmente secondo me è tipo un 1.5, però lo voglio premiare per questa piccola epifania e gli dò un 3 inaspettato.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Un bon album dans le genre mais ne m’a pas inspire. Je connais meilleur dans le style. 3.25

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Just a folksy dude singing folk standards. He started out as a busker, and once you learn that, you can't unhear it. Woody Guthrie makes an appearance, leading me to wonder, "Couldn't I just be listening to Woody Guthrie instead?" Best track: New York Town

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

This was a welcome change, didn't expect to like any folk that is pre-Dylan but I enjoyed it

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

This is kind of hilarious. Definitely not my standard kind of music at all but I .... weirdly enjoyed it? Not just a little reminiscent of Stompin' Tom Conners. The "Ramblin'" part is what makes it for me - it's totally silly listened through a modern lens...his low-key folksy chatting to the audience before each song as he's strumming a few chords... but I think that's what draws me in. Probably wouldn't like much more of this and definitely not a repeat spin but for a quick half-hour it's worth the simple and fun look back at raw mid-20th century country-folk. 7/10 3 stars

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Easy to hear the influence on Dylan's early records. Bob invited him to take part in his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in the mid 70's and he's pretty hilarious whenever he's on camera (in the Scorsese documentary)

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

This isn't exactly my type of music and not the kind of thing I'll play often, but I'm very glad to have listened to it. At times the recording were a bit muddy, but the simplicity of the arrangements - a guitar and a voice - made this less of an issue. The album is under "Compilations" in Apple Music and this certainly feels like a compilation rather than a cohesive album to me. The songs deal with lots of subjects – old dogs, boll weevils, bed bugs, dogs, cocaine, 20 mule team borax, love, prison... My favorite songs: The Boll Weevil, Old Blue (from the reissue) Not adding this to my library but a pleasant listen!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

With no previous knowledge of Ramblin' Jack, when the first tune started, my first reaction was that this was pretty fun. As the album progressed, it did not hold my attention, however. There were a few other upbeat moments of interested that grabbed me, including the last tune, but overall I was not all that into it.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Old school folk/country album met prachtige stem

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Rating: 5/10

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

they gave me the wrong song at one point

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

God gammel folk, meget simpelt, men også hyggeligt nok

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Marty Robbins doc Watson esque. Pretty decent story telling

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Surprisingly fun to listen to. None of the songs seemed too high caliber in terms of skill or talent, but I could see myself singing along around a campfire or something. Folksy and catchy, but nothing stood out as very great.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

I liked a couple of songs, but the album on the whole was pretty average.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

very stripped back and bare but what can you expect from a 50s country rock album. very easy listening

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Not my favorite classic western album of all time, but some tracks were pretty fun.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

This was good, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Gently rolling country folky fun

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

This is the kind of album I'm doing this for. Not much chance I'd have given this a listen if it didn't pop up in this list. The more sober / serious songs were great, and I really liked this rendition of Cocain Blues. However, I could be doing with less of the comical tunes. Grey Goose is truly awful

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Enjoyed the start of the album but some songs were questionable towards the end.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

An interesting flashback to a more traveling folk singer vibe... particularly with interesting perspective songs like Boll Weevil and Mule Skinner Blues. Was cool to listen to.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Yep. It's an interesting song. And when you have songs about the boll weevil, bed bugs, and cocaine, it's a recipe for high bugs? I do like the simple tones accompanied by a guitar. I wonder if these are the songs Walker sings in Yellowstone. Either that or Walker doesn't have the copyright to sing anything else. As I ramble I'm reminded that I'd probably listen to this again, given that this is the very first time that I've listened to it.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Kind of no-politic Guthrie

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

A nice bluesy album with a little country/folk twang thrown in for good measure. However, listening to this album straight through has it all sounding like the same song.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Solid twanging.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

A notably critter-centric album. Critters include the human kind and reinforce the humanity of the music. Ups, downs, echoes make me happy I listened.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Some rather simple, rambling songs, nothing I will revisit.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

It was good. Ain’t Dylan or other famous folk, but solid.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Orrefors hade fel jag tycker detta var bra.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Pretty minimal

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Like the background story on Ramblin' Jack. Had never heard of him before. Not my typical music but I did find it enjoyable. I like the folksy sound. 3/5

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

A man, a guitar and that's it. With all the modern means of production that we hear on today's albums, a return to basics is often very pleasant. Ramblin' Jack Elliott not particularly hooked me, but I'm happy to know him better now!

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Basic stuff, but still enjoyable.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Genre: Contemporary Folk 3/5 Well, I'll give it this: this is folk music, for real. Fuck that phony Bob Dylan shit, fuck any of that goofy UK shit that followed him (except for Donovan, he's cool), this is real down-home cookin', dust bowl whirlin', foot tappin' folk music. Jack Elliott, his guitar, his harmonica, and his roaring voice, which can even be stretched to yodels whenever necessary, make for a pretty darn good little album, albeit quite dated and a bit repetitive. This whole album felt like it was ripped directly out of O Brother, Where Art Thou. Jack Elliott is a goofball, and you feel his sense of humor throughout this album. Some of the songs stray away from your average lost-love, hard-times blues tune (Cocaine, Ol' Riley), and you get goofs like Bed Bug Blues and New York Town, which are sweet little nuggets of music that help cut through the straight folkiness of it all. All in all, really not as bad as I had thought it would be, but only because its authenticity is apparent. Good stuff from Jack.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Ljúf plata með tónlist sem er einhvern vegin i dnainu eftir mjög mikla Bob Dylan hlustun á unglingsaldri.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

3.5 - I'm sitting in my jammies, putzing around before bed and this record is right now a terrific companion. I'd also enjoy hearing this in the background at a used bookstore with a curled up cat dozing in a sunny corner. Standouts: "Mule Skinner Blues", "Cocaine."

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Thanks to the kind person who made a playlist of this album on YouTube, as it was not available on Apple Music in the USA. This album was kind of amusing and felt very, very American. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't songs about bed bugs, boll weevils, and cocaine. I felt the same as most other albums on this list: I liked it, but I probably wouldn’t listen again. I had never heard of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott but I can see how and why his music was influential at the time.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
3

This was an enjoyable listen. Simple, bare bones, good humored folk. I really like Elliott's laid back, slightly sweet vocal style, and his guitar picking is solid. Fave Songs: Salty Dog, Boll Weevil, New York Town, Mule Skinner Blues, San Francisco Bay Blues, Cocaine

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

How can you have this on the list, but not the singing postman? Ha ya ma gor a dickie bor?

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Lightweight, kinda cool but mostly corny cowboy jingles.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

26th July 2022 Listened while prepping sandwiches for the day before going down to the river. Read in the evening while mum, dad and kids went to carrefour. Classic country and blues, always great storytelling and Jack seems to be one of the best. Loved the humour throughout too. 3.5 if I could.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

It's okay, probably a 2.5, but just not enough to my taste to roll it up to 3.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

3.75

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Was okay, personally not the biggest fan of country music

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Country blues í anda Johnny Cash en ekki alveg jafn gott.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Good stuff! Quite the variety of blues, folk, country, and even some jazzy type stuff. Obviously very influential. 3 stars.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Short and sweet and some good fun songs. The beauty of the opener cover though shines a spotlight on how Jacks own songs are a bit plain compared the richness of others of the genre. Doesn’t make it less fun though - just frames the album into the context of others and hence why although I had a good time listening to it it’s simply 3 stars.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I enjoy me some old fashioned country but I feel like I should have enjoyed this a lot more. I agree with a lot of the sentiments done by the other users written here. 2.5/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

As cowboy albums go, this one is alright. Just a guy and his guitar, singing repetitive songs. I can tell he puts his whole into each performance though and that's nice.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Je suis partagé sur celui-là. C'est de la bonne musique et c'est très viscéral, mais c'est à un niveau trèèès southern folk qui devient lourd à la longue.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Jack do be Ramblin' Im lying face first in a giant field after a big shootout finale to a western listening to this

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Alright, nothing great, nothing bad. 3/5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Pretty classic folk. Dug it.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Stripped down songwriting that bridges the Depression -era folks tradition and the new troubador movement of the 60s and beyond.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Dunno, sleep in, good run, really sad, like tearing up at the mems which is frustrating, swann dinner, tired

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Avausraita vahva ja muutenkin ajan hampaan kestänyttä folkia. 3/5.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Surprisingly not bad.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

1958. Key Songs: San Francisco Baby Blues

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Mon Sep 28 2020
2

A bit too country for my taste.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

He do be ramblin’

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

A classic, something I'm glad to have heard but will not listen to again.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

I was pretty bored by this one, the woodie Guthrie track was fun though, that’s the most I got out of this though

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Eh... it’s ok. Not a huge fan of how short and disjointed most of these songs were after you got through the talking, but there are some decent ideas on here Favorite track(s): “Cocaine” and “Salty Dog”

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

3.5

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Sounded a bit screechy and annoying.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

Wasn't fully sold on these rambles. Folksy cowboy hat pickins, but I can't identify any qualities that make this stand out from the rest of the genre.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Not for me. Never heard of him. All sound the same.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Cowboy blues

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Rough. Can see the importance, wouldn't listen to it often though.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

Pass. Not for me.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

Wow. Was good for it's time. Considering the low tech approach still could have been better

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

I personally find this pretty dull but i understand why it has it's place in musical history. Quite liked having it in the background. 2 stars

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Sun Aug 08 2021
2

Is a bit of a slog to be honest. And it’s only a brief album! The most interesting thing is reading about Elliott’s background. Dink’s Song is very pretty. But nobody needs folk songs about Boll Weevils or Bed Bugs in their life.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Saved Prior: Do I even need to say none for this one. Off Rip: San Francisco Bay Blues, The Boll Weevil, Salty Dog Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Cool that he has so many songs in his repertoire, like a modern day Homer. Not a huge folk guy, so it's more cool in theory than in practice. Also features the most subdued song about cocaine I have ever heard. Plus the Spotify version of this album for whatever reason has a Sarah Vaughan version of Dink's Song instead of the Jack version? Her version can't be found anywhere else?? It just exists under his name on this album???

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Cool, authentic sound that eventually gets boring, which is striking given how short this album is. The dude is aptly named, just kinda talks his way through much of this. Songwriting rarely seems original, too, and my favorite song was literally just Sarah Vaughan singing Liked: San Francisco Baby Blues*

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Sun Aug 22 2021
2

An incredibly talented guitar player and folk singer. Huge influence to dozens of other famous folkbartists, including Dylan. First song is a folk classic but the rest serve as nothing more than display his talent. This album is probably on this list solely for the first song.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

Not for me

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

Non è un album che risentirei, non perché sia brutto, ma non è scattata la scintilla tra me e Jack Eliott. E' un album molto vecchio, 1958, che quindi è anche difficilmente valutabile secondo gli standard attuali però nessuna canzone mi è rimasta nel cuore. Un country folk da 2.5.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

Especially i don't like man vocal in a country music

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

obviously it isn’t my favourite but i didn’t hate it. the talking was a little awkward and there were some like screeching noises? but it’s was funny

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Not super interesting.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Pretty samey but Mule Skinner's Blues is a great little ditty.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Recognized a lot of these songs. Enjoyable, but not something I’m going to seek out again to listen to on my own.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

A goofier Guthrie. A cowboy Woody. I can dig it. No doubt Bob D took a page from Jack's book on how to sing through your nose. Compared to those two folk titans Jack seems like a lightweight. Woody had a way of making simple things universal, and Bob is untouchable Bob. Do I need more Oakie Folk in my cereal? Probably not, but Jack's a goofy marshmallow. C. P.S. did Sarah Vaughan randomly drop in the middle of this album for you too?

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Like a time capsule - interesting, but dusty.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

sygt at det er lavet i 58

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Ja fint nok. Men lidt ligegyldigt

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

Un altre dels discos històrics que ha perdut ja gran part de la seva rellevància. Acòlit de Woody Guthrie i per tant un dels primers mestres de Dylan, els temes sonen ja prehistòrics i cal tenir una gran conciència històrica del folk i la música en general per poder acceptar la seva importància

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

It was a simpler time, I suppose.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

This reminds me of some of the stuff grandpa Kenny used to sing/strum, but his voice was WAY better. For me, this has only historical value.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

Never heard of him before but his music sounds familiar. Either he is doing someone else's style or they are all doing his. Good for what it is. 2/5

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

probably would have enjoyed it more then

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

5/10

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Zupełnie nie trafił w mój gust

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Meh. Although I can recognize its importance and understand why it would be included on a list like this, I ultimately found this album unimpressive and pretty average. It is hard to even call it an album as it is more of a collection of random songs Jack Elliott recorded at the time (it doesn't even show up as an album on Spotify; it shows up as a playlist). I'm sure what he was doing at the time could be considered groundbreaking in the folk scene, but I didn't feel the same impact that I do when I hear a rock or blues album from the 1950's in that the songs here are pretty simple and somewhat forgettable. One track that stood out to me was 'Grey Goose', and that is only because it sounds straight up like an Adam Sandler song. Another track, 'Cocaine', I remember for its unique reference to a drug that I'm sure wasn't being done very often, but I cannot tell you anything about the song other than that. Overall, there just wasn't enough depth or emotion here that would make it stand out when compared to other folk artists who came afterwards that were most likely influenced by Elliott. I didn't hate it, but I ultimately found it perfectly mediocre. 2.5/5.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

I've never heard of this man before, but I'm glad to see he's still alive. There's yodelling and songs about weevils - it's hard not to be at least a little charmed. Plus, the recording is *so* primitive and the chat *so* typically old-timey, it has to be the real deal, right? 2.5

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

Possibly a fine example of C&W music, and fine if you like that sort of thing. Sounds like whining to me.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

Not my thing at all - they all sound remarkably similar

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Uff ps supongo que fue bueno en los 50s

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Somewhere between Guthrie and Dylan but not as good as either.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Quite boring tbh. Only 1 or 2 songs worth coming back to and one of them was a Sarah Vaughan song (cover?). 3/10

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Not for me but I can see where Boring Dyling got his inspiration from.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

It was fine I guess. Guitar was nice. Boring album overall

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

never heard of this guy before, don't have to listen again

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

Barn síns tíma, for sure. Áhugaverð hlustun.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
2

Very rudimentary stuff, I almost died of boredom

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Fri Apr 15 2022
2

Rudimentary folk/country music from the late 50's. As a whole, this felt like a mess and even at 30 minutes it was a bit of a drag to get through. Sorry Jack. I do love your 2009 comeback though, so I'm still willing to hear your other albums.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

Сижу как-то я у дельты реки где-то в штате Алабама и слышу этот альбом;)

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

Mikill áhrifavaldur segja mér menn. En það er bara ekki nóg kallinn minn.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

Well, it does ramble.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Busker...it sounds like a busker.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

Pretty solid, if mostly straightforward folk/country record. Always a pleasure to hear a new version of Dink’s Song.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
2

Well, not much to say. Kind of country version of Bob Dylan, but not as poetic and maybe subjectively better singer. Songs about hard life in West USA, for sure he had to be some kind of country prototype. As I mentioned couple times already, neither folk, country or bards are my cup of tea, especially that in my opinion Jack Elliott doesn't stand out in any way.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
2

A poor version of Woody Guthrie (who appears on one track). What makes this worth appearing in the list is unclear. Most of the songs are written by other people, the performance is not exceptional and at times is rather mediocre. Ramblin' Jack Elliot can have been an influence on some, but surely not a strong one

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

I didn't look into the details of this album yet, but I'm making general guesses about the era. This is less good honky tonk, some of the songs were outright annoying.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

Nah

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Country...

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

The album is not that great.... Overall repetitive and the master sounds old (not point taken out but simply feels bad) some tracks are funny to listen to but I would not recommend as an album... 2/5

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

This feels old and the mixing is quite complex, I mean it's back from the 50s but still, it's pretty nice as country songs but I'm pretty sure better has been done to this day. I guess that would be fine in the far west but yeah, not astonished overall. 2.25 / 5

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

Dated country, don't see this as must listen

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

Sinänsä lämpenen musalle, mutta on tällaista parempaakin.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

Vähän tällästä kahden markan Dylania! Ei oikeen oo samaa potkuu ku WG:llä tai BD:llä kyl. 2/5

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