A Chrestomathy

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A Chrestomathy
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Compilation album by Dave Van Ronk
Released 1992
Recorded 1960-1991
Genre Folk
Label Gazell
Producer Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk chronology
The Folkways Years, 1959–1961
(1991)
A Chrestomathy
(1992)
To All My Friends in Far-Flung Places
(1994)

A Chrestomathy is a retrospective two-CD compilation of songs by Dave Van Ronk released in 1992.

Van Ronk recorded for many record labels. This compilation was released by Gazell Records.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "his affection for the pop music of his childhood ("Two Sleepy People," sung with Christine Lavin, "Swinging on a Star"), makes for a more varied chrestomathy than those who think of Dave Van Ronk simply as a folksinger might expect. It's hard to summarize more than three decades in the career of a steadily working musician in less than two hours, even one who recorded in as piecemeal a fashion as this one, but this compilation does a good job."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tell Old Bill" Traditional 4:24
2. "Cocaine Blues" Luke Jordan 4:19
3. "Motherless Children" Traditional 3:51
4. "Poor Lazarus" Traditional 5:11
5. "Mr Noah" Traditional 1:32
6. "Come Back Baby" Traditional 3:52
7. "If I Had to Do It All Over Again" Bob Dylan 3:34
8. "Kentucky Moonshiner" Traditional 2:40
9. "Fair and Tender Ladies" Traditional 5:42
10. "Alley Oop" Frazier, Kaverin 3:39
11. "Chelsea Morning" Joni Mitchell 2:37
12. "Clouds" Mitchell 4:38
13. "Swinging on a Star" Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen 2:37
14. "Dink's Song" Traditional 3:34
15. "Romping Through the Swamp" Stampfel 1:59
  • Tracks 10-15 originally on The Hudson Dusters.

Disc 2[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Little Grass Shack" Cogswell, Harrison, Nobel 3:39
2. "You's a Viper"   2:35
3. "Temptation Rag" Lodge 3:10
4. "Stealin'" Shade 3:15
5. "John Hurt" Paxton 3:14
6. "Sunday Street" Van Ronk 3:29
7. "The Entertainer" Scott Joplin 4:57
8. "Candy Man" Davis 3:05
9. "Teddy Bear's Picnic" Bratton, Kennedy 3:07
10. "Mack the Knife" Brecht, Weill 2:36
11. "Tango Ballad" Bratton, Kennedy 4:44
12. "Losers" Van Ronk 3:14
13. "Garden State Stomp" Van Ronk 3:33
14. "Two Sleepy People" Carmichael, Frank Loesser 3:38
15. "The Fresno Shuffle" Frandsen 2:47
  • Track 1 originally on Songs for Ageing Children
  • Tracks 2-4 originally on the Ragtime Jug Stompers
  • Track 9 originally on Peter and the Wolf
  • Tracks 10-11 originally on Let No One Deceive You

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "A Chrestomathy > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.