Best of the Vanguard Years Jerry Jeff Walker Primary Artist
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Before he became famous as a Texan outlaw songwriter, Jerry Jeff Walker was known as a folk-rock outlaw. As part of the group Circus Maximus and briefly as a solo artist, Walker recorded for Vanguard in the late '60s and early '70s, a period and a lifestyle easily recalled by the tracks Ramblin' Scramblin, Dust on My Boots, and No Roots in Ramblin'. There's a stripped-down and previously unreleased version of Mr. Bojangles here, with David Bromberg on guitar, and a newly released take of Paul Siebel's Lucille, with harmonies from Nicolette Larsen. It's an early-days Walker, without, for the most part, the distinct style he later developed -- although there are glimpses of it in Bojangles and Morning Song for Sally, the only two songs Walker includes in his own greatest hits disc. If Walker's 1999 autobiography has got you curious about what the man sounded like when he was starting out, this is the place to turn.


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