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Van Ronk Sings
was an album by American
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folksinger Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk was an American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York, and was eventually nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street" ....
, released in 1961.
It was also released on LP
The LP, or long-playing microgroove record, is a format for phonograph records, an analog sound storage medium. Introduced by Columbia Records in 1948, it was soon adopted as a new standard by the entire record industry...
as Dave Van Ronk Sings the Blues
and Dave Van Ronk Sings Earthy Ballads and Blues
. All these versions are out of print, but most of the songs can be found on the 1991 Smithsonian Folkways CD release The Folkways Years, 1959 - 1961
The Folkways Years, 1959 - 1961 is a compilation album of songs by Dave Van Ronk released in 1991.-Reception:Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of Van Ronk's musical background and the he continued to "... play and sing hard, as if still trying to be heard over Dixieland arrangements...
and A Chrestomathy
A Chrestomathy is a retrospective two-CD compilation of songs by Dave Van Ronk released in 1992.Van Ronk recorded for many record labels. This compilation was released by Gazell Records.-Reception:...
, released on CD in 1992.
Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "Dave Van Ronk's approach to performing traditional folk songs and blues tunes is sufficiently unusual to require a sleeve note from the singer to justify it. Unlike other white, Northern, urban folksingers, who perform such material but do so in their own natural voices, Van Ronk takes much of his style from the black, Southern, rural singers who have performed it before him... he can sing in a way that serves the material and, despite the attempt at imitation, comes off as his own individual sound."
- "Bed Bug Blues" – 2:43
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" (Traditional) – 2:05
- "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" is a blues song recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1927 that became "one of his most famous compositions". Son House used the melody on his 1930 recording of "Mississippi County Farm Blues"....
" (Blind Lemon Jefferson
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) – 2:54
- "Tell Old Bill"
- "Georgie on the IRT" – 3:28
- "Hesitation Blues
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" (Rev. Gary Davis) – 2:32
- "Hootchy Kootchy Man
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- "Sweet Substitute"
- "Dink's Song
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- "River Come Down" – 3:43
- "Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Traditional) – 3:00
- "Come Back Baby" (Walter Davis
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) – 3:51
- "Spike Driver's Moan" – 3:11
- "Standing By My Window"
- "Willie the Weeper
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" (Marty Bloom, Walter Melrose
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, Grant Rymal) – 2:47