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I Stand Alone (Dig)
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
I Stand Alone (Dig)
Genres: Folk, Pop
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1

They don't call him Ramblin' Jack because he travels around a lot, and they don't call him the Last Brooklyn Cowboy because he croons like his hero Gene Autry. You can't really acquire a taste for Elliott's briny, staggeri...  more »


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All Artists: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Title: I Stand Alone (Dig)
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Anti
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 7/11/2006
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 045778681426, 045778681464, 8714092681420

They don't call him Ramblin' Jack because he travels around a lot, and they don't call him the Last Brooklyn Cowboy because he croons like his hero Gene Autry. You can't really acquire a taste for Elliott's briny, staggering voice--you just have to surrender to the persona. In his 75th year, that persona is in fine, witty, playful form. He laughs out loud at the lines "Now when I die, don't bury me at all / Just place me away in alcohol / My .44 put by my feet / Tell everyone I'm just asleep" and jokes with his physician on "Arthritis Blues" ("Doctor, doctor, get your X-ray machine / Feels so good, just about like morphine"). Turns out his guitar chops are tougher than his rheumatism: he bangs away at his acoustic like the last one-man band standing at the all-night hootenanny, though when a rare accompanist shares the spotlight--as do David Hidalgo on accordion, Nels Cline on Dobro, Flea on bass, DJ Bonebrake on drums, and Lucinda Williams and Corin Tucker on harmony vocals--the effect is like a cool chaser to his rotgut whiskey drawl. These dog songs, train songs, love songs, fleetingly remembered songs, and one original (the brief monologue "Woody's Last Ride") have been with him forever; they're funny even when tragic, soulful even when they turn tunefulness upside down. --Roy Kasten

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Dan B. from EAST BERNE, NY
Reviewed on 10/4/2010...
The songs themselves are entertaining and even more so with the character and voice of Ramblin Jack. They feel lonesome and downright defiant. He's a legend.

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Starts strong, ends strong... welcome back, RJE..!!
Spike | Earth | 07/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album starts strong, and ends like a beatnik dream, with Jack teasing into a trip he and Woody Guthrie took to California in about 1954 or 5, the last time he saw Woody before heading off to change the face of folk music in England and Europe over the next 5 or 6 years... I've had a bit of a start on hearing this album as it was released over here in Europe a few days earlier, and it's been listened to over and over (along with Kristofferson's newest gem, of course)... back to "I Stand Alone", though, I believe I'd read somewhere Jacks daughter (documentary daughter) or someone asked him if he could think of any songs he hadn't played in a good while, and this album was born out've just that, despite a couple regulars ("rake and ramblin' boy", to be sure)... it's good to hear Jack singin' regulars from his much earlier works like "Mr Garfield" (which, incidentally, he nails!!) and "Call me a Dog"/"Honey where you been so long", etc, etc... This is no 'South Coast', it's no "Kerouacs Last Dream", no "Young Brigham", or "Friends of Mine"... its "I Stand Alone" and that it does, alongside those classics in it's own special way.... Jacks vocals and wisdom through and through give a new, deeper meaning and feeling and almost humor to "Arthritis Blues" (the man's got a new hip, if I'm correct) and when he sings "... blue... i'm coming too" it takes on a new meaning as well.... Jack Elliott really ages like wine, and this album shows just that! I reviewed my alltime favorite of his albums (Kerouacs Last Dream) and didn't think I'd throw another on that level but, with where Jack is in life a few months shy of 75, and the various influences and disciple-sorts that show up to pay their respects and, most importantly, dwarfing the prior two reasons, is just the through and through outstanding quality of this album! Spike here gives it 5 stars and if there were six stars I'd ask for seven.... Now, if you're new to Ramblin Jack Elliott, you may not understand why 2 or 3 of the songs are so short ...hell, maybe none of us do but Jack fans will know it's just Jack... I've been a Jack groupie whenever I can get an excuse to for the past decade or so (12, 15 shows) and to see Jack live, also, can explain his eccentric habits.... pony's, gettin' old, bacon and beans, beat visions, memories, dogs, dogs, more dogs.. trains and the blues from an old man in Hong Kong, just wishin' to get back home --- Jack covers 'em all and more, and, as always, Jack Elliott makes 'em his own...."
I Stand Alone
Eric J. Smith | Southern Maryland | 08/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ramblin'Jack still has one of the most authentic folk voices around, and this is an interesting selection. The fans of the latter day Elliot Adnipose will appreciate his guitar work throughout. Unfortunately, only a few cuts are fully realized so as to rise much above the level of average. These include "Arthritis Blues," "Driving Nails in My Coffin," and "Call me a Dog." He also gives Hoagie Carmichael a run for his money with his version of "Hong Kong Blues.""