February 2, 2008Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village In The 60's To a fan of folk and folk-rock music like me, this is a rare, and little-known, treasure. It came out a few years ago and I came across it at a Borders bookstore. Itâ€™s a compilation of â€˜60s urban folk-era remade by contemporary singer-songwriters, and though some of the covers are reverential and dry, some are really fresh takes on these songs, all of which Iâ€™ve known for decades. My favorites include Jonatha Brookesâ€™ crystalline, haunting take of Paul Simonâ€™s haunting â€œBleecker Street,â€ the tribute to the first folk eraâ€™s ground zero in Greenwich Village, from Simon and Garfunkelâ€™s debut album. Another favorite is Loudon Wainwright III and Iris DeMentâ€™s rollicking â€œPack Up Your Sorrows,â€ which led me back to Richard and Mimi Farinaâ€™s greatest hits album, where the original still glows, and Cry Cry Cryâ€™s beautiful version of Tom Paxtonâ€™s deeply moving â€œLast Thing on My Mind.â€ Droll baritone folkie John Gorka tackles Eric Andersenâ€™s â€œThirsty Boots,â€ John Cale and Suzanne Vega (!) wrap themselves around Leonard Cohenâ€™s â€So Log Marianneâ€ and Larry Kirwan of the NYC Irish rockers Black 47 revs up Phil Ochâ€™s still-relevant anti-war rant, â€œI Ainâ€™t Marchinâ€™ Anymore.â€ Yeah, I like everything on the disc, and Iâ€™ve turned many souls onto this disc.