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