Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The very template of the urban folk singer in the late '50s and early '60s, Dave Van Ronk was born and grew up in Brooklyn, learning to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. Initially drawn to jazz, he was influenced, like so many others, by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, and began spending time at the famous impromptu Washington Square Park folk jam sessions. He developed a gruff, bluesy, intelligent, and authentic-sounding urban folk style that made him the Dean of New York's folk singers. This three-disc set spans Van Ronk's career, beginning with early live recordings he made in 1958 in advance of his first Folkways album, through his final...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The very template of the urban folk singer in the late '50s and early '60s, Dave Van Ronk was born and grew up in Brooklyn, learning to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. Initially drawn to jazz, he was influenced, like so many others, by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, and began spending time at the famous impromptu Washington Square Park folk jam sessions. He developed a gruff, bluesy, intelligent, and authentic-sounding urban folk style that made him the Dean of New York's folk singers. This three-disc set spans Van Ronk's career, beginning with early live recordings he made in 1958 in advance of his first Folkways album, through his final studio recordings in 2001 just months before his death.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074021323
  • Catalog Number: 40213
  • Sales rank: 10,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Duncan and Brady (3:06)
  2. 2 River Come Down (Bamboo) (3:48)
  3. 3 Spike Driver Blues (3:15)
  4. 4 John Henry (2:29)
  5. 5 Backwater Blues (3:04)
  6. 6 K.C. Moan (3:03)
  7. 7 Haul On the Bowline (1:21)
  8. 8 Just a Closer Walk With Thee (3:03)
  9. 9 Gambler's Blues (2:46)
  10. 10 Sweet Substitute (2:34)
  11. 11 Bed Bug Blues (2:48)
  12. 12 Winin' Boy (2:39)
  13. 13 Georgie and the IRT (3:33)
  14. 14 Betty and Dupree (3:38)
  15. 15 Come Back, Baby (3:55)
  16. 16 My Baby's So Sweet (2:36)
  17. 17 Black Mountain Blues (4:04)
  18. 18 Ya-Yas-Yas (2:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Willie the Weeper (2:51)
  2. 2 Dink's Song (3:46)
  3. 3 Santy Anno (1:46)
  4. 4 Leave Her, Johnny (1:31)
  5. 5 Tell Old Bill (4:30)
  6. 6 Careless Love (2:58)
  7. 7 Standing By My Window (4:58)
  8. 8 Please See My Grave is Kept Clean (2:58)
  9. 9 Had More Money (3:09)
  10. 10 If You Leave Me, Pretty Mama (3:09)
  11. 11 Hesitation Blues (2:35)
  12. 12 In the Pines (3:09)
  13. 13 Oh, What a Beautiful City (3:16)
  14. 14 Mean Old Frisco (2:57)
  15. 15 Stackalee (2:46)
  16. 16 How Long (3:52)
  17. 17 Ain't No Grace Can Hold My Body Down (4:53)
  18. 18 House of the Rising Sun (6:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hootchie Kootchie Man (3:15)
  2. 2 Reckless Blues (2:31)
  3. 3 Trouble In Mind (2:26)
  4. 4 Oh Lord, Search My Heart (3:57)
  5. 5 God Bless the Child (3:18)
  6. 6 Losers (3:18)
  7. 7 Another Time and Place (4:30)
  8. 8 Garden State Stomp (2:52)
  9. 9 Motherless Children (3:13)
  10. 10 Don't You Leave Me Here (I'm Alabama Bound) (4:43)
  11. 11 Spike Driver Blues (6:50)
  12. 12 Down South Blues (5:12)
  13. 13 St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues) (4:25)
  14. 14 Ace In the Hole (4:23)
  15. 15 Going Down Slow (3:29)
  16. 16 Buckets of Rain (3:55)
  17. 17 Jelly Jelly (3:03)
  18. 18 Sometime (Whatcha Gonna Do) (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Van Ronk Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Scrapper Blackwell Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Furry Lewis Composer
Bessie Smith Composer
Josh White Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Dave Van Ronk Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Billie Holiday Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Ronnie Freeland Engineer
Matthew Fritz Engineer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
J.C. Johnson Composer
Joel Katz Engineer
John A. Lomax Composer
Fred Longshaw Composer
Jeff Place Annotation
Pete Reiniger Engineer
Bess Lomax Composer
Kevin Wait Engineer
Andrea Vuocolo Liner Notes
James Dempsey Composer
Jack Gee Composer
D.A. Sonneborn Executive Producer
Joseph M. Davis Composer
John Smith Marketing
David Horgan Marketing
Daniel E. Sheehy Executive Producer
John Hurt Composer
James Oden Composer
Weissman Composer
Ernest Rodgers Composer
Laura Dion Marketing
Jackson Foster Art Direction, Layout
Ferdinand Joseph Morton Composer
Craig Meirop Cover Photo
Will Griffin Marketing
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