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Alice's Restaurant

Arlo GuthrieAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KOA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While the title track may seem, by now, a rather obvious and nostalgic relic, we'd do well to remember that an entire post-baby boom generation has likely never heard it. At 18 minutes, the song remains one of the most hysterical things ever recorded, and many of its politcal barbs can still sting. But the record also contained two far more lyrical pieces: "Chillin' of the Evening" and the gorgeous, sweeping "Highway in the Wind." Some will turn to this countercultural classic for side one's epic, but it's the exceptional songs on side two that will offer finer rewards. --Roy Francis Kasten

Product Description

How would you like to be the son of Woody Guthrie? But Arlo carved out a niche for himself with this, his debut album, which features that beloved 18-minute title cut and the lovely Chilling of the Evening .

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic! April 14, 2005
By Bugs
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard *Alice's Restaurant* for the first time on the radio in 1967 and I almost drove off the road- it caught my attention both for what the lyrics were saying and the fact that it was long (18:22 min.) and kept going and going and...

I pulled over on a cul-de-sac in Ocean Beach, California facing the beautiful Pacific Ocean to listen without distraction. WOW!

Mind you, I was on my way back to the Navy base farther south to board a war ship and leave for a second tour in Vietnam. "To be or not to be?", that is, leave or stay? Duty to the Navy won the decision, so instead of bailing, I did the next best thing and went to a music store, picked-up the album and returned to my ship so I could share it with my fellow shipmates. They would just love these lyrics before going back to war:

"...and maybe, just maybe...", as the lyrics toward the end say, "...if 50 people come in and sing a bar of Alice's Restaurant, it may cause a movement: The Alice's Restaurant Massacre Movement." ...and the war would end, hopefully.

Alice's Restaurant is my most loaned out, never returned or ripped-off album and I now have this CD with a pit bull posted next to it- just kidding.

This is an all-time favorite classic from the wild `60's with a timeless message and it is well worth sharing with generations to come.

There was another war protest song playing at the same time by the group, "Country Joe and The Fish"- with a song titled, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag". Very different from Guthrie's style, but potent.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both better and worse than the original April 6, 2000
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The 30th anniversary edition features all-new recordings of the same tunes that were on the 1967 version. The sound quality is better now (more bass, and all). At the risk of being accused of heresy, I shall also state that I prefer the newer version of Alice's Restaurant -- more solid performance, fewer glitches, etc. But with at least two other tunes, Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag and The Motorcycle Song, something is lacking now -- or is it just nostalgia? It's hard to judge whether you, the average listener, would prefer the 30th anniversary edition, or the 1967 original. For some reason, the four reviews that have so far appeared have shown up under both versions, even though each review may have been intended for only one.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tradition November 19, 2004
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Since I was born, every Thanksgiving at noon a local radio station has played Alice's Restaurant. I think this is the most solid traditio in my family. The song is hysterical. My mom has always loved it and whenever I tell people in my generation, like my fiance, that they must listen to it, they look at me like I am insane. But it is a classic song that has enhanced my life. When I went to buy the song for my mom I found this CD, which also had the Motorcyle Song, that my mom used to sing when I was really little and I had never heard the actual thing. So if your kids have never heard this, tell them it is great and make them listen to it, they will at least laugh. And in a time when the draft may come back, they may need to hear his brief experience in a funny way...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's Restaurant Still Has A message August 18, 2004
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I was just 15 when I went to the movies to see the movie "Alices's Restaurant" when it hit the theatres. It was an era of distrust of the US Government, a war most Americans did not want to be involved with and a young generation that began the tradition of questioning the validity of judgment calls made by those whom were our elders. This time brought about many musical groups, like Arlo Guthrie, that had the means of expressing our thougths in musical and lyrical formats. Arlo chose to use his musical abilities to convey what he believed to be he issues of the day as reflected by what he heard and experienced from the young generation of which he was a part. Alice's Restaurant, both in movie and musical format, expressed our fears and jest at what we then called the "establishment". The "establishment" is still with us today, in our work lives, our home lives and in our government policies. Alice's Restaurant still can provoke judgments as to what an individual is willing to accept as the norm and the willingness to make change. But isn't this what makes America what it is - the place where dissidents, like Arlo, can express themselves?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Arlo's great song about his friend Alice's restaurant not only is a hit on it's own terms, it was made into a wonderful movie which turned the song into a reality.
This movie soundtrack features Arlo's creative works and features folk greats such as Pete Seeger (performing Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" & "The Car Song") and Joni Mitchell's "Songs to Aging Children" performed by Tigger Outlaw.
Who can forget Arlo's adventures of the Thanksgiving dinner (that couldn't be beat) at Ray and Alice's church in Housatonic, Mass. This CD makes wonderful traveling music and is recommended to Arlo fans young and old alike.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Release the Original! May 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I remember getting this album when it first came out, mainly for the then-immensly-popular title track, only to be pleasantly surprised by the other cuts.. While the new recordings are good in their own right, I miss the subtle nuances ( and perhaps innocence) of the original. This new disc would probably stand alone just fine for someone who had not heard the original, but I much prefer the those to this version.. Please bring back the original recordings!
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