RELEASE
October 26, 2004
LABEL
Shout! Records
GENRES
Folk, Traditional Folk, Folk Revival

Album Review

Born in Brooklyn, Jack Elliott reinvented himself as a cowboy folksinger in the Woody Guthrie mold (but without Guthrie's particular talent for recasting folk melodies into new compositions), and was adept at catching the nuances of rural American singing styles. He did indeed like to ramble, and he landed in London in 1955 just as the skiffle boom was taking off, signing to Topic Records. The songs on this disc were all recorded for Topic at a session on a yacht at Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight in 1957. Some of the tunes were issued on a 10" LP called Jack Takes the Floor and the rest were stowed away in the British Library in London, which was where a Topic staffer discovered them nearly 50 years later. The sequence here is a fairly typical Elliott set of the time, made up of Guthrie tunes (including a fine version of "Tom Joad"), traditional American folk songs ("Streets of Laredo," "Tom Dooley"), and other pieces that fit his style, like his wonderful cover of Libba Cotten's "Freight Train." Things get a little affected when Elliott talks between songs, but when he sings, it all works, and his guitar playing is always simple, appropriate, and top-notch.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Intro [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Hard Travelin' [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Big Rock Candy Mountain [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Old Rattler [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Talking Columbia Blues [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Streets of Laredo [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Jack of Diamonds [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Rusty Jiggs & Sandy Sam [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Tom Joad [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Acres of Clams [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Freight Train [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Chisholm Trail [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Crawdad Song [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Black Girl (aka In the Pines) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Tom Dooley [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Rocky Mountain Belle [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-topic-tapes-cowes-harbour/id437532591?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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