To mark the band’s 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones have announced a Greatest Hits collection. GRRR! features two new tracks recorded in Paris in the summer of 2012 (including the single “Doom and Gloom”), as well as a career-spanning collection of hits. Highlights include the band’s first single–a version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women” and the juke-box and concert favourites “Brown Sugar”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”.
If you asked your average music fan about the legacy of Dave Van Ronk, chances are they might know him best for his historical importance as a sort of beloved uncle on the New York folk scene in the ’60s, where he mentored Bob Dylan among many others. That view might be accurate but it also mitigates the uniformly fine material he released as a recording artist in his own right.A recent reissue series is a fine way for new fans to get into the Van Ronk oeuvre, and 1966’s No Dirty Names is as good a place as any to start. It’s emblematic of the albums he would release throughout his career: A bunch of well thought-out interpretations of a vast cross-section of songwriters. There are no blatant stabs at commercial relevance; Van Ronk was a folkie to the core, far more concerned about carrying on that tradition than grabbing for the pop charts.
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