• Record Label: Hightone
  • Release Date: Aug 15, 2000
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. Hein
    Apr 30, 2006
    8
    Good record and a great live preformance
  2. jerryb
    Feb 28, 2007
    9
    great concept for a folk disc. the beauty of this disc is how it plays at live shows. Dave did a lot of research for this and has added his own flavor. a big thumbs up here
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It's not that these songs are all obvious or overdone--this nonfolkie had never heard a few of them. It's that they're so soft they squish even when Alvin tries to rev one past you, which usually he doesn't.
  2. The handsomely produced Public Domain is so rich in history that it could do brisk business in the Smithsonian gift shop. Rather than just revisit folk gems like "Walk Right In," "Delia" and "Railroad Bill," Alvin completely reinvents them.
  3. 80
    His music remains lively and contemporary even when he reworks traditional songs old enough to have their copyrights lapse into the public domain.