Best of the Vanguard Years
This release collects the original 1964 Jack Elliott album with a 13 outtakes from the same period.
Vanguard
2000
72:73


1. Roving Gambler (Traditional) - 3:35
2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (Traditional) - 2:34
3. Diamond Joe (Traditional) - 2:55
4. Guabi Guabi (Traditional, arranged by Elliott) - 4:40
5. Sowing on the Mountain (Traditional) - 2:12
6. Roll on Buddy (Traditional) - 2:00
7. 1913 Massacre (Guthrie, Woody) - 3:48
8. House of the Rising Sun (Traditional) - 3:24
9. Shade of the Old Apple Tree (Traditional) - 2:38
10. Black Snake (Jefferson) - 3:23
11. Portland Town (Adams, Derroll) - 1:56
12. More Pretty Girls (Traditional) - 2:11
13. Danville Girl (Traditional) - 2:53
14. John Hardy (Traditional) - 2:27
15. Dark as a Dungeon (Travis, Merle) - 2:53
16. Hard Ain't It Hard (Traditional) - 2:40
17. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Dylan, Bob) - 3:16
18. I Got A Woman (Charles, Ray) - 2:33
19. Railroad Bill (Traditional, P.D.) - 3:57
20. I Never Will Marry (Traditional/ Carter, A.P.) - 2:29
21. At My Window (a.k.a. Little Darling) - 2:09 (Guthrie, Woody)
22. Blue Eyed Elaine (Tubb, Ernest) - 2:18
23. Wildwood Flower (Trad./ Carter, AP; Irving/Webster) - 2:25
24. Ranger's Command (Guthrie, Woody) - 3:32
25. Willie Moore (Traditional) - 2:53

The multi-musicianed 1964 lp now includes just as many additional tracks, several of which are solo ballad-oriented and better balance the bouncy album. Musicians include Tedham Porterhouse (alias Bob Dylan), John Herald, Eric Weissberg, Bill Lee, Ian Tyson, and John Hammond, Jr.

"At My Window" sounds a sprightly country rendition of lyrics thought unrecorded before Billy Bragg & Wilco studied them for Mermaid Avenue [1998]. Jack's take demonstrates knowledge of Woody's arrangement (now available on The Asch Recordings, Volume 4 [1999].)

Inspect reviews, herded in from all over.