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Sunday Street
Dave Van Ronk
Sunday Street
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
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Without a doubt, this is Dave's greatest single album. Every song perfectly displays one or another facet of his work. He has done a lot since, but this 1976 album was the perfect summary of his basic artistic approach. It...  more »

      
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All Artists: Dave Van Ronk
Title: Sunday Street
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Philo Records
Release Date: 1/26/1999
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018964103620, 011671103617

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Without a doubt, this is Dave's greatest single album. Every song perfectly displays one or another facet of his work. He has done a lot since, but this 1976 album was the perfect summary of his basic artistic approach. It is also, incidentally, one of the few genuine masterpieces to come out of the folk-blues revival. --Elijah Wald, from his liner notes

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CD Reviews

Van Ronk's masterpiece
Jerome Clark | Canby, Minnesota | 02/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the heroes of the New York and American folk revival, Dave Van Ronk is a supremely gifted singer and guitarist who was there to bridge the first revival (Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly) and the second (the one that produced Bob Dylan and transformed popular music) and who shows no sign of slowing down. Mediocre Van Ronk recordings are not exactly nonexistent, but they are rare. Sunday Street, finally available on CD after more than three decades, is surely not one of them. It may be his masterpiece, a fully realized, deeply affecting exploration of the various genres -- blues, ragtime, jazz, spirituals, Tin Pan Alley, Joni Mitchell -- that Van Ronk always manages to subsume under a single genre: Van Ronk music. It ain't necessarily pretty, and its sheer intensity may scare you now and again, but it'll shake you in the way art that is plainspoken and true scares you. The blackly comic title song, the CD's one original, takes off from the theme of Van Ronk's onetime signature song, "Willie the Weeper," but "Sunday Street" manages to stand on its own wobbly feet as a sad and hilarious tale of a drunkard's twisted vision of heaven."
Van Ronk's Masterpiece
Mark Shulewitz | Oakland, CA United States | 03/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For someone as incredibly talented as Dave Van Ronk, calling this album his masterpiece is saying a lot. Van Ronk is one of those rare singers with an unmistakably unique voice - he reminds me a little of Tom Waits with a slightly more refined singing voice - and his guitar playing has got to be one of the most underrated in the business. His take on Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag is my favorite interpretation of this ragtime classic. He takes the tempo on this instrumental tune a bit slower and makes every note count. Van Ronk's version of Joni Mitchell's That Song About the Midway is a perfect cover of a perfect song. Do I really need to tell you that if you own only one Dave Van Ronk album, this is the one to have."
Greatness personified
enviro | Texas | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From a time when music had words and the words had meaning. Dave Von Ronk was one of the great folk singers of all time. His voice is unique and his words are truth. Where are the truth tellers when we need them??????"