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I Stand Alone [Ramblin' Jack Elliott]

  • 1. Engine 143
    2. Arthritis Blues
    3. Old Blue
    4. Driving Nails in My Coffin
    5. Rake & Ramblin' Boy
    6. Hong Kong Blues
    7. Jean Harlow
    8. Call Me a Dog
    9. Careless Darling
    10. Mr. Garfield
    11. My Old Dog & Me
    12. Leaving Cheyenne
    13. Remember Me
    14. Willy Moore
    15. Honey, Where You Been So Long?
    16. Woody's Last Ride
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86814

  • Credits
    ProducerIan Brennan; Ian Brennan
    EngineerTony Brooke; Rocky Grisez; Kendra Wright; Sam Lewis; Tony Brooke; Rocky Grisez

    For a folk legend who's been kicking around since the 1950s, releasing a new album in the 21st century is impressive enough in itself. However, Ramblin' Jack Elliott's I STAND ALONE, so titled for its solo man-and-guitar format, is an affecting, incisive work regardless of chronology. A disciple and running buddy of Woody Guthrie, Elliott was always a rough-and-ready performer, but five decades down the line his voice has a worn, ragged quality that's the aural equivalent of an antique wooden rocking chair. The minimalist production wisely underscores that fact, leaving Elliott plenty of room to ramble in a manner that feels just as comfortable and inviting as that chair. No guest stars or crossover attempts here, just a seasoned veteran doing what he does best, with dignity and style to spare.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Au courant guests add twang and sparkle, but never get in Elliott's way."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[A] vivid postcard from a guy who always found rambling more interesting than the record biz." -- Grade: B+
    Q (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Now 74, he welcomes you with shaky voice but steady strumming hand to his world of wry, bluesy poetry and shaggy dog tales."
    Down Beat (p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Elliot stands tallest when either ramping up emotion with forays into his upper register or matching guest Lucinda Williams in heartache."
    No Depression (p.106) - "All you need to hear, really, is Elliott's assured guitar picking and that voice of his -- scratchy and weathered like paint peeling from the side of a storm-swept, sun-baked barn."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Given folk's earth-to-earthy ways, it's mostly about death....[Elliott is] still nimble on guitar..."
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