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New Multitudes

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim YamesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B005VR9AT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hoping Machine
2. Fly High
3. My Revolutionary Mind
4. V.D. City
5. Old L.A.
6. Talking Empty Bed Blues
7. Chorine My Sheba Queen
8. Careless Reckless Love
9. Angel's Blues
10. No Fear
11. Changing World
12. New Multitudes

Editorial Reviews

2012 release, an intimate interpretation of Woody Guthrie's previously unrecorded lyrics as recorded by Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket,). What makes this album such a rarity in today's music world is the allowance of the songs' infectious simplicity to stand alone in all their glory. In doing so, Farrar, Johnson, Parker, and Yames have paid the greatest compliment to Woody Guthrie and the collaborative spirit he so greatly embodied. This is an album which seamlessly converges the sepia-toned essence of the time honored past with the risks needed to forge the future.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great job all March 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Thanks for the group as a whole for capturing the perfect essence of old time Guthrie and where we are now. Everyone nailed it. i'm sure this was a labor of love for all.
As a long time Centro fan i have to rave about Will's contributions. VD City supplies the perfect amount of grit to the collection, Chorine is surrealistically beautiful (and sad) while No Fear brings back memories of the early Centro clapping songs (fans will know what i mean, its a huge compliment).
Of course, Jay is Jay. The modern day Guthrie. Careless Reckless Love is probably arranged just as Guthrie would have done it himself. Have to admit I wasn't familiar with Andes Parker and Varnaline before but I sure am now. Fly High is very pretty and Old LA and Angel's Blue are the sort of songs that stick in your mind the rest of the day.
The most creative song is Yim Yames My Revolutionary Mind. Outstanding. An amazing gathering of today's best song writers who could feel the heart of Guthrie's music. It's wonderful when such creative people, including Woody, get together.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen twice thru and be amazed!! March 7, 2012
By GKelly
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First of all, let me say Woody Guthrie rocks and it is a daunting task trying to find the right lyrics, then set music to a legend's words. This is an all-star cast of musicians who took real care of preserving the right tone/intent of the writer while creating some great music. From "Hoping Machine" to "New Multitudes", the tracks are solid to superb. Lastly, I just saw the first live show of their tour and the songs are even better live. Thanks to Yames (My Morning Jacket), Parker (Varnaline), Johnson (Centro-Matic) and Farrar (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo) for delivering something with real depth and character.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition April 1, 2012
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The 12 tracks on disc 2 are just as good as the 12 tracks on disc 1 which is the single cd release-----which makes for 24 tracks of the best music I have heard in 2012. If you can find the deluxe edition get it. Otherwise, the single cd is fairly priced and is a generous representation of these excellent recording sessions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars new multitudes solid piece of work April 17, 2012
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I wouldnt exactly call it a great album,but New Multitudes,the project that includes Jay Farrar and Yim Yames, is a fairly good batch of songs written around Woody Guthrie lyrics.I was a little surprised that Jay Farrar would do this so soon after recording a similar album with Ben Gibbard based on Jack Kerouak lyricsI thought that record was better,but then Jay wrote all the music for that one and I really like his music. I guess He can do whatever he sees fit. Also recommend getting the deluxe edition,for the 12 songs on it are all good,though the tracks are more hastily recorded. Farrar and Anders parker do all the songs on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars such a great record by this all-star casta February 5, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
love this album and group. also saw New Multitudes at the Newport Folk Fest and they were equally amazing live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Album December 19, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Just a great collection of sounds on this record. The artists really seemed to put some effort into creating music for the Guthrie lyrics and I appreciate that they each bring a unique sound to the lineup. I've listened to this at least a dozen times since downloading and it gets a little better each time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better with Each Playing August 17, 2012
By J. Hart
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am thoroughly enjoying 'New Multitudes' -- both the pace of the music and the way Jay Farrar and the other musicians translated Woody's lyrics into song IMO is excellent. This CD hasn't been out of my car player since it went in. I listen to at least part of it almost everyday. I get new meanings from the lyrics the more I listen. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the deluxe edition you cheap bastard April 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
disc one is an epic triumph of this dream team of indie folk rockers. On the deluxe edition you get a whole other disc of only Jay Farrer and Anders Parker performing wonderful tunes. Makes this project even more of a home run of folk/rock amazingness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
disappointed with so much talent........sold it at a garage sale for 5 bucks.
Published 2 days ago by George Klavins
5.0 out of 5 stars An American synthesis
A little bit copycat of the other third of Uncle Tupelo's efforts (Mermaid Avenue) but maybe better in many respects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian J. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
If you're familiar with the Mermaid Avenue releases by Wilco & Billy Bragg, then you're familiar with the idea: musicians completing and recording incomplete Woody Guthrie songs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AF
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Quality Quality.
Hands down the greatest singers and song-writers of all time. I was left speechless after hearing this album. I hope to see a Deluxe version soon. Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!!
This is pretty much a "super-group" doing Woody Guthrie songs. Goes great with my Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue set...Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology all from Uncle Tupelo
Published on June 24, 2012 by hargo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Effort By Some True Musical Talent
A easy listen, definitely worth the investment to own this physical product. Love Yim Yames! Curl up with a glass of nice scotch, a warm blanket, or build a fire... Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by HonestAbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Should give all fans a Woody...
This album is one awesome collection of songs and don't even think to compare it to that self-indulgent and tame Monsters of Folk compilers. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Tankery
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