Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Jack Elliott at the Second Fret, Recorded Live

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Recorded at a Philadelphia club on May 18, 1962, this has a good cross-section of the cowboy- and country-oriented folk Elliott liked to sing: Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues," the Sons of the Pioneers' "Cool Water," and "Boll Weevil." And of course, there are a couple of "talking" Woody Guthrie tunes. It's perhaps a little more fun to hear than the average early-'60s Jack Elliott album, because the live ambience and spoken introductions and asides give it a warmer atmosphere than the earnest but plain studio recordings.

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