...And the Tin Pan Bended and the Story Ended...

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Dave Van Ronk did as much as anyone to midwife and instill quality control in the urban folk boom of the early '60s, and his death in 2002 signaled for many the passing of an era. Now Smithsonian Folkways has issued his last concert, held in October 2001 in Takoma Park, and from the opening song, a delicately sung version of Scrapper Blackwell's "Down South Blues," it is obvious that listeners are in the midst of an autumnal performance. Van Ronk's deliberate jazz phrasing is still there, as are the signature guitar skills, but the gruff power in his voice is all but gone, replaced by a soft, hoarse whisper, and there are many times when you can hear his difficulty ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Dave Van Ronk did as much as anyone to midwife and instill quality control in the urban folk boom of the early '60s, and his death in 2002 signaled for many the passing of an era. Now Smithsonian Folkways has issued his last concert, held in October 2001 in Takoma Park, and from the opening song, a delicately sung version of Scrapper Blackwell's "Down South Blues," it is obvious that listeners are in the midst of an autumnal performance. Van Ronk's deliberate jazz phrasing is still there, as are the signature guitar skills, but the gruff power in his voice is all but gone, replaced by a soft, hoarse whisper, and there are many times when you can hear his difficulty drawing breath in the spaces between singing. All of this brings a tremendous intimacy and poignancy to several of the songs here, and the hushed delivery gives songs like Len Chandler and Bob Kaufman's "Green, Green Rocky Road" an uncommon power to connect. The between-song comments by Van Ronk who had just learned of his cancer diagnosis prior to the show reveal an intelligent, humorous man with a tremendous passion for music, particularly jazz, and a hornman's sense of timing. Every song here carries a graceful sense of urgency, but Van Ronk's versions of Jimmie Cox's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and Tom Paxton's "Did You Hear John Hurt?" are particularly powerful, and on the former song, Van Ronk sounds remarkably like Louis Armstrong or a casually relaxed and resigned Tom Waits. Newcomers to Van Ronk's music should probably sample his earlier albums first, since they give a clearer version of this performer in his prime, but longtime friends and fans will find the dignity, grace, and intimacy of this last show to be a very special farewell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074015629
  • Catalog Number: 40156
  • Sales rank: 116,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down South Blues (4:20)
  2. 2 Dave Speaks (7:34)
  3. 3 You've Been a Good Old Wagon (2:04)
  4. 4 Dave Speaks (2:28)
  5. 5 Don't You Leave Me Here (3:18)
  6. 6 Dave Speaks (1:53)
  7. 7 Did You Hear John Hurt? (2:34)
  8. 8 Dave Speaks (5:21)
  9. 9 Green, Green Rocky Road (3:42)
  10. 10 Dave Speaks (0:28)
  11. 11 Jelly Jelly (2:49)
  12. 12 Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out) (3:58)
  13. 13 Dave Speaks (4:41)
  14. 14 One Meatball (1:56)
  15. 15 Buckets of Rain (4:01)
  16. 16 Dave Speaks (1:31)
  17. 17 Sometime (Whatcha Gonna Do) (2:37)
  18. 18 Sportin' Life Blues (4:07)
  19. 19 Dave Speaks (3:29)
  20. 20 Ace in the Hole (4:17)
  21. 21 Dave Speaks (2:57)
  22. 22 St. James Infirmary (3:50)
  23. 23 Thank You (0:21)
  24. 24 Urge for Going (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Van Ronk Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Christine Lavin Producer
Tom Paxton Composer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Bob Dylan Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Len Chandler Composer
Dave Van Ronk Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Richard Burgess Marketing
James Cox Composer
Mitch Greenhill Executive Producer
George Mitchell Composer
Lou Singer Composer
Elijah Wald Annotation, Track Notes
Hy Zaret Composer
Phil Klum Mastering
Walter Brown McGhee Composer
Ryan Hill Marketing
Andrea Vuocolo Producer, Introduction, Annotation
James Dempsey Composer
Lee Michael Demsey Marketing
John "BJ John" Smith Marketing, Promotions Director
Bob Kaufman Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Mark Gustafson Marketing
David Eisner Engineer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Helen Lindsay Public Relations
John Henry Composer
Toby Dodds Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very special concert

    I've been to more than a few Dave Van Ronk concerts and I was amazed and blown away by the brilliance of his last performance as documented on this CD. Although he was seriously ill, the guitar playing, the singing and the storytelling are absolutely wonderful.

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