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Hobo's Lullaby

Arlo GuthrieAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: February 1, 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rising Son Records
  • ASIN: B0006GD0W8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Anytime
2. City of New Orleans
3. Lightning Bar Blues
4. Shackles and Chains
5. 1913 Massacre
6. Ukulele Lady
7. When the Ship Comes In
8. Mapleview (20%) Rag
9. Days Are Short
10. Hobo's Lullaby

Editorial Reviews

This is the brand new re-mastered release of the Arlo classic. Digitally remastered in 2004 with state-of-the-art technololgy, the sound quality on this release it the best available today. The new packaging includes artwork missing from previous CD versions.

Arlo is backed by extremely talented musicians including Doug Dillard, Clarence White, Hoyt Axton, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner.

The songs range from the whimsical "Ukulele Lady" to Woody Guthrie's heartbreaking "1913 Massacre". Arlo's version of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans" was a hit with the album's original 1972 release.


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like father, like son October 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Looking over the setlist for Arlo Guthrie's 'Hobo's Lullaby', most people would not recognize more than two or perhaps three songs, but nearly everybody would recognize one. One of Arlo's few charting songs was his rendition of Steve Goodman's 'The City of New Orleans', which peaked out at number 11 in September of 1968. The first recording Guthrie made of the track (which may still be in existance, and would be a nice alternate track if the disc is ever reissued... hint, hint) was a rock and roll version that never made it to vinyl. Producer Lenny Waronker convinced Guthrie to approach the song as the folk artist he was known as, but when Waronker decided the version to be released was itself too subdued, he artificially sped up the finished product.

It's ironic that Guthrie was hopeful the hit song would distance him from his folk roots as 'Hobo's Lullaby' does much to reinforce that connection. Only two tracks (one an instrumental) are penned by Guthrie, and his selection of covers are drawn from composers such as his own father ('1913 Massacre'), and troubadors Hoyt Axton ('Lightning Bar Blues' and 'Somebody Turn On the Light') and Bob Dylan ('When the Ship Comes In' being lifted from 1964's 'The Times They Are A-Changin'). The title track was a standard in his father's stable of performance tunes, and the opening track, 'Anytime', a Herbert 'Happy' Lawson composition, has been recorded by the likes of Pat Boone, Patsy Cline, Bill Haley, and Leon Redbone. For some reason Guthrie only offers the first two verses of this vibrant country song, yet printing the two unperformed verses in the liner. At 1:46 it's the shortest track, while 'The City of New Orleans' is the longest at 4:30.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Whimsical Arlo Strikes Again! July 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am often stunned to find how many people are still unfamiliar with Arlo Guthrie and his wonderful music. This collection from mid- stream in his career features a cover photo of the feckless boy himself standing on a pasture hill in the rural town of Washington, Massachusetts, a lovely and perhaps quaint town on the top of the mountain of the same name (and not "the" Mount Washington in northern New Hampshire). This terrific album illustrates what incredible talent, diversity and intelligence this sometimes slapstick and even vaudevillian singer has. Arlo really is one of a kind, a true artist who often covers sour subjects with a sugary satirical style, thus making these bitter pills about life more tolerable and acceptable to discuss and think about.
Here our perpetually young and impish Mr. Guthrie shows all of his sides, sometimes serious, often impish, and always sporting a twinkle in his eyes, from the silly and memorable title tune of "Hobo's Lullaby" to the hysterical "Ukulele Lady"" He shows his more serious side with wonderful entries like the lyrical "City Of New Orleans" and with Bob Dylan's "When The Ship Comes In". Probably the greatest thing about most of these songs is that they weave their way into your subconscious memory, so you may find yourself humming or singing one of them involuntarily next time you're in the shower and feeling pretty good about the world.
This is indeed a wonderful album by someone often assumed to be a lightweight because of his inordinate success with novelty songs like "Alice's Restaurant" and "The Motorcycle Song". But when he wants to be serious, as with a moving interpretation of his father's (Woody Guthrie) song "1913 Massacre", he is as fine a folksinger and troubadour as anyone on the scene.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful to the original April 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sometimes, when vinyl is re-released as CDs decades later, something goes wrong. Not so here! This CD sounds every bit as good as the original -- and better, because it's a CD. My personal favorites are City of New Orleans, 1913 Massacre, and, especially, Ukulele Lady. Get this CD and bring back some memories.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic March 10, 2000
By BJ M
Format:Audio CD
What a CD! Arlo masterfully covers Dylan's " When the Ship Comes In", Hoyt Axton's "Somebody Turned on the Light", and "Lightning Bar Blues". While City of New Orleans was the biggie on this one, each song demonstrates Arlo's unique ability to reach that place inside you that makes you feel good. His treatment of his father's "1913 Masacree" is also moving. This CD gives you an idea of what life was like when this country was young. Go ahead and grab a piece of Americana from a truly great American folk singer. You won't be sorry!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite! May 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time Arlo Guthrie fan who's seen him in concert numerous times and even interviewed him for a college newspaper years ago, I have to say this particular collection is my all-time favorite! If you like Arlo, you'll love this CD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Musicianship May 15, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't help but think that people overlook the quality of the music on these early to mid '70's Arlo albums; singing and songwriting aside, these sesions are pretty impressive. Ry Cooder stands out especially for his understated but beautiful solos (check out "Days are Short"); but there's more. The rhythm section shines throughout, and the bluegrass stuff is exceptional. The Arlo albums from "Washington County" thru "Brooklyn Cowboys" seem to be considered period pieces, but that's a tremendous understatement. They are valuable collections of very talented musicians doing some of their best work at the peaks of their careers. Profoundly underrated stuff!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of ballads
Bought this because I loved "City of New Orleans" but that's not the best song on this album. Not even third. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Discerning
5.0 out of 5 stars Addition to cd collection
I had this as an album when it was first released in the 1970's and even though folk music is not as popular as back then it is a good collection of songs from Arlo, while not as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ernie Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good morning America how are you
This is the ablum with the great City of New Orleans on it. A song truely in the Ameican physic.
Published 8 months ago by Bayard M. Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Something I have been looking forward to having for many years. Marvelous music by an American poet. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Arlo
My cassette is wearing out. When I checked Amazon and found this disc it was a no brainer to get it and continue riding on the "train they call New Orleans" for as long as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patricia A. Dooleyf
5.0 out of 5 stars City of New Orleans
I just put the train song on repeat---- just this track alone is worth having this album. They want three more words but why I said it all.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good
I bought it for one song. The rest was not my style really, but I knew that when I ordered it.
Published 16 months ago by Louie's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Purchased for my wife for xmas and she said it has a very good selection of songs and the right amount.
Published 18 months ago by Kallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie and a Goodie!
I had a super nice collection of records in 2 wooden peach crates in my garage. It rained and leaked all over my collection of records, and damaged most of them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Valerie K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, Arlo is great!
While I purchased the album for a single "cut" (the title cut),
the entire album is a gem... which is what I have come to expect from Arlo!
Published 22 months ago by Sam A. Nicolosi
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