Hesitation Blues (album)

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Hesitation Blues
Compilation album by Dave Van Ronk
Released 1988
Genre Folk
Label Big Beat
Dave Van Ronk chronology
Going Back to Brooklyn
Hesitation Blues
Inside Dave Van Ronk (compilation)

Hesitation Blues is a compilation album by American folk and blues singer Dave Van Ronk, released in 1988.


The 16 songs in the compilation come from three '60s Prestige LPsDave Van Ronk, Folksinger, In the Tradition, and the original Inside Dave Van Ronk. Most of the songs appear on the Fantasy compilation CD Inside Dave Van Ronk.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Richie Unterberger wrote of the album "Good compilation of 16 songs from three '60s Prestige LPs... that probably represent his peak as a recording artist."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Samson and Delilah" (Traditional) – 2:35
  2. "Fixin' to Die" (White) – 2:52
  3. "Long John" (Traditional) – 2:08
  4. "Motherless Children" (Traditional) – 3:48
  5. "I Buyed Me a Little Dog"
  6. "Poor Lazarus" (Traditional) – 5:08
  7. "Cruel Ship's Captain Traditional)
  8. "Kansas City Blues" (Jackson) – 2:10
  9. "House Carpenter" (Traditional)
  10. "Fair and Tender Ladies" (Traditional)
  11. "Hesitation Blues" (Davis) – 3:32
  12. "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" (Traditional)
  13. "Come Back Baby" (Davis)
  14. "Sprig of Thyme" (Traditional)
  15. "Silver Dagger" (Traditional)
  16. "Death Letter Blues" (Traditional)


  • Dave Van Ronk – vocals, guitar


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Hesitation Blues > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.