Ramblin' Jack Elliott | Kerouac's Last Dream

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Kerouac's Last Dream

by Ramblin' Jack Elliott

A definitive album of modern and traditional folk/country/cowboy music from a friend and admirer of Woody Guthrie.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pretty Boy Floyd
4:04 album only
2. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
3:16 album only
3. Freight Train Blues
3:48 album only
4. Talkin' Fishin'
3:40 album only
5. Roving Gambler
3:56 album only
6. Cuckoo
3:41 album only
7. Don't Think Twice
3:43 album only
8. Soldier's Last Letter
3:09 album only
9. 1913 Massacre
5:06 album only
10. Buffalo Skinners
5:18 album only
11. Nightherding Song
2:55 album only
12. Mean Mama Blues
2:27 album only
13. I Threw It All Away
2:39 album only
14. Detour
2:14 album only
15. Riding Down the Canyon
5:35 album only
16. Cup of Coffee
4:17 album only
17. 912 Greens
10:11 album only


Album Notes
"Kerouac's Last Dream" is regarded as a definitive Ramblin' Jack Elliott CD, even by Ramblin' Jack, who says "I think this album is better than any of my previous albums." It has also been also cited as his best-sounding recording prior to his 1995 Grammy-winning "Sun Coast." On this reissue of a rare 1980 German LP, with eight previously unreleased tracks added, Ramblin' Jack performs classic songs by his primary inspiration and early-'50s traveling companion, the late Woody Guthrie ("Pretty Boy Floyd," "Talkin' Fishin'," "1913 Massacre"), by a younger Guthrie acolyte, Bob Dylan ("Don't Think Twice," "I Threw It All Away"), by seminal country music artists Ernest Tubb ("Soldier's Last Letter") and Roy Acuff ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"), and some traditional folk standards ("Freight Train," "Roving Gambler," "Cuckoo," "Buffalo Skinners," and "Nightherding Song"). For good measure, there are even a couple of Elliott originals ("Cup of Coffee" and "912 Greens"), always a rare commodity.

Performing solo on acoustic guitar and vocals, Elliott has assembled a showcase of timeless songs and unaffected delivery. As "the last of the Brooklyn cowboys," as Arlo Guthrie has called him, Elliott could be singing these songs at a lonely campfire after a hard day on the trail. Listeners are lucky to be within earshot.



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Saul Berkowitz

Kerouac\'s Last Dream
Yes, one of Jacks very best. We need some CD re-issuance of some of Jacks other stuff. He did one album with Woody on one side and the singing breakman (Jimmy rogers) on the other. Certainly one worthy of a re-release on CD.


A Modern Day Classic
Ramblin' Jack Elliot offers up a masterpiece of classic folks songs the way he does them best - just his voice and his guitar. Songs written by Woody Guthrie, Roy Acuff, Bob Dylan, and Ramblin'Jack himself. You can't beat this one.