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The Mayor of MacDougal Street: Rarities 1957-1969


Download links and information about The Mayor of MacDougal Street: Rarities 1957-1969 by Dave Van Ronk. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Blues, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 55:46 minutes.

Artist: Dave Van Ronk
Release date: 2005
Genre: Blues, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 17
Duration: 55:46
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No. Title Length
1. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues 2:08
2. On Top of Old Smoky 3:31
3. All My Trials 3:48
4. Buddy Bolden's Blues 2:48
5. The Butcher Boy 2:56
6. Salty Dog 3:21
7. Two Trains Running 3:34
8. Way Down In Lubyanka Prison 4:00
9. Willie the Weeper 3:07
10. Shaving Cream 3:11
11. The Cruel Ship's Captain 2:39
12. As You Make Your Bed 4:21
13. Bird On the Wire 3:29
14. Both Sides Now 5:14
15. In Conditional Support of Beauty 4:00
16. W.C. Fields Routine 1:36
17. Romping Through the Swamp 2:03



Dave Van Ronk ranged freely between the worlds of folk, jazz, blues, pop, and theater music. The Mayor of MacDougal Street—released in conjunction with Van Ronk’s 2005 posthumous memoir of the same title—draws upon recordings made between 1957 and 1969, arguably his most influential period as an artist. These (mostly) previously unreleased tracks trace the singer’s development from a jazz-influenced blues shouter into a nuanced interpreter of songwriters as different as Joni Mitchell (“Both Sides Now”) and Kurt Weill (“As You Make Your Bed"). Van Ronk’s ragtime-shaded guitar work is showcased on “Buddy Bolden’s Blues,” while “The Butcher Boy” and “The Cruel Ship’s Captain” showcase his compelling ability to deliver a ballad a cappella. His comedic gifts are evident in his droll rendition of “Shaving Cream” and a spot-on impersonation of W.C. Fields. What comes through most is Van Ronk’s impeccable blend of studied technique and raw, primal emotion, heard in tracks as different as “Willie the Weeper” and “Romping Through the Swamp” (the latter recorded with his rollicking rock combo The Hudson Dusters).