1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

984. Jack Takes the Floor – Rambilin’ Jack Elliot

Brief Background: Released in Great Britain in 1958 Jack Takes the Floor is Elliot’s third album.

What I liked: What would have originally been side two of this album is really the best material here, I sort of feel like it took him a couple to get warmed up.  “Mule Skinner Blues” and “Salty Dog” are my favorite of all of them. I also really like how he gives an introduction for every song. For some reason it feels like he’s introducing the songs for a radio broadcast.

What I Didn’t Like: While it’s pretty cool to have Woody Guthrie play along or duet with you on your album, “New York Town” seems to be just Guthrie playing and singing. This seems a strange thing to me.

My Overall Thoughts: I’ve sometimes had difficulty getting into straight up folk (Seger, Guthrie), but I really liked this album, and will be excited to give this and some of Elliot’s other music a listen.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I think it should be in the book. Even though it is just one person and one guitar it feels like there is so much more here.

Rating (Out of 5): 4

Amazon Review (Out of 5):5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (17/18)


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