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Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Friends of Mine

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Friends of Mine

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1565940

Disk length: 48m 50s (13 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1997

Label: Unknown

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“Friends of Mine” Tracks & Durations

1. Riding Down the Canyon (w/Arlo Guthrie) 4:25
2. Me and Billy the Kid (w/Peter Rowan) 3:49
3. Last Letter (w/Rosalie Sorrels) 5:08
4. Louise (w/Tom Waits) 4:46
5. Rex's Blues (w/Emmylou Harris & Nanci Griffith) 2:38
6. Walls of Red Wing (w/John Prine) 4:33
7. Hard Travelin' (w/Jerry Jeff Walker) 2:47
8. He Was a Friend of Mine (w/Jerry Jeff Walker) 3:27
9. Dark as as a Dungeon (w/Guy Clark) 4:44
10. Friend of the Devil (w/Bob Weir) 4:17
11. Reason to Believe 3:28
12. Bleeker Street Blues 3:55
13. Old Time Feelin' (w/Guy CLark & Tom Waits) 0:46

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Review

The spirit of Woody Guthrie lives on in Ramblin' Jack Elliot, a folk legend in his own right who got his start in the late '40s. A half century later, Elliott still lives in a parallel universe where Dylan (a one-time student of his) refused to go electric and Elvis never mattered. Friends of Mine is a collection of low-fi duets with Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, John Prine, Rosalie Sorrels, and Bob Weir. But the album isn't so much about Elliott's famous pals as it is about songs that refuse to die: Joe Ely's "Me and Billy the Kid," Dylan's "The Walls of Red Wing," and even more grizzled standards like "Hard Travelin'" and "Riding Down the Canyon." Stripped of the Dead's hippie caravan, even "Friend of the Devil" sounds like something two itinerant musicians might have played on a '20s street corner. The only misstep is the shamelessly sentimental "Bleeker Street Blues." Written by Elliott when he heard Dylan was ailing in 1997, it exists mostly for the names it drops: Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, and even that avatar of folk, Eddie Van Halen. --Keith Moerer