“Jack Takes The Floor” by Jack Elliott - album review

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TJR says

Well intentioned folkster with a decent song selection but very little in the way of anything extra-ordinary to offer on this album. In fact, I find his attempted casual drawl to be a bit of a put-on. It’s almost like he’s trying too hard to be as cool as his hero, Woody Guthrie. The album starts off reasonably well, with a tip of the hat to Jesse Fuller on “San Francisco Bay Blues”. A few uninteresting tracks pass by until track 5 jumps right out of the speakers – for all the wrong reasons. Jack, who has a spoken word intro for all of the songs on the album, pipes up that he has a special guest in the studio and proceeds to have a chat with “Woody Guthrie” – only, Woody isn’t actually there. He’s talking to himself via imitation, and proceeds to rattle on with some load of goofball conversation which is utterly cringeworthy. The “two of them” proceed to “duet” on a version of Woody’s “New York Town” and, quite frankly, the whole sorry episode can’t end quickly enough. Ironically, after a whole album of old-timey fingerpicking, the best song turns out to be a 90 second blues wail with only the most delicate sprinkle of guitar for company – his version of “Black Baby”. By all accounts, Jack’s one of the good guys – a well-liked rambler who did a massive amount of playing and talking in his simple desire to bring old songs to new audiences. In that regard there’s no doubt he’s a winner.

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A1 [03:00] 5.5.png Jack Elliott - San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller) Folk
A2 [02:03] 4.6.png Jack Elliott - Ol’ Riley (Traditional) Folk
A3 [03:07] 4.8.png Jack Elliott - Boll Weevil (Traditional) Folk
A4 [03:01] 4.8.png Jack Elliott - Bed Bug Blues (Traditional) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [03:24] 5.0.png Jack Elliott - New York Town (Traditional) Folk
A6 [01:43] 5.0.png Jack Elliott - Grey Goose (Traditional) Folk
B1 [05:25] 5.3.png Jack Elliott - Mule Skinner Blues (Jimmie Rodgers, Vaughn Horton) Folk
B2 [02:27] 4.9.png Jack Elliott - Cocaine (Traditional) Folk
B3 [03:22] 5.0.png Jack Elliott - Dink’s Song (Traditional) Folk
B4 [01:39] 5.7.png Jack Elliott - Black Baby (Traditional) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:34] 5.1.png Jack Elliott - Salty Dog (Traditional) Folk

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