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Note Of Hope - A Celebration Of Woody Guthrie (Amazon Exclusive Version)

September 26, 2011 | Format: MP3

$6.99
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Digital Booklet: Note Of Hope - A Celebration Of Woody Guthrie
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2011
  • Release Date: September 26, 2011
  • Label: 429 Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:10:52
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  • ASIN: B005MW7112
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,468 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Anyone who might happen to read my other reviews will quickly recognize my unabashed devotion to the artistry of Jackson Browne, and it is unquestionably his mesmerizing contribution to this project that initially captured my attention. It should come as no surprise then that "You Know the Night" is, for me, the anchor of this extremely eclectic body of work. Artists as diverse as Ani DiFranco, Studs Terkel and Nellie McKay contribute to this centennial tribute to the great Woody Guthrie. The workings of WG's words and music will seem arcane and, in many instances, far removed from what you (or he!) might have thought imaginable, but in a very real sense I consider this to be the ultimate tribute. It is daunting (not to mention a little depressing) to try to picture what we might be listening to were it not for seminal artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Browne himself. Well, taking one step further back, it's impossible to picture how they might have evolved were it not for Woody and so many of his contemporaries. I guess what I'm saying is that while this recording may seem a bit spotty to some, I consider it to be a tribute in the richest and most accurate sense of the word. Art is about broadening vistas, and, for the most part, the artists represented here demonstrate the very personal and profound impact another troubador's vision has had on their own.
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THE celebrations marking the birth centenary of Woody Guthrie - a singer-songwriter long before the category had been invented - have kicked off with an album that conceptually echoes Billy Bragg and Wilco's collaboration on the two Mermaid Avenue albums in the late 1990s. As inaugural fireworks go, it's a spectacular album that has been in the making for more than a decade. The task of creating it was entrusted by Guthrie's daughter Nora to innovative and eclectic bassist Rob Wasserman, who was musically nurtured in a tradition that bore little resemblance to the quintessential American folk singer's rural roots. A further challenge lay in the fact that the unpublished texts Nora Guthrie chose came from journals and poems: they were never intended to be sung. That makes the resultant achievement even more stupendous. Following an overture, a Wasserman instrumental embellished by Van Dyke Parks, we are straight into Madeleine Peyroux singing: "Times are gittin hard, folks;/ They might get harder still; No matter who wins office/ In that Big House on the hill." It dates back to the Truman era but could have been written yesterday. The same could be said about many of the tracks, not least The Debt I Owe, extracted by Lou Reed from a 10-page dissertation. Jackson Browne, in tackling a 30-page recollection of the night Guthrie first met Marjorie Mazia, the Martha Graham dancer who became his second wife, was less choosy; the result is a nearly 15-minute song that, unless the listener happens to be a huge Browne fan, struggles to command sustained attention. At about one-third the length, it works much better as a radio edit that can be heard on the woodyguthrie.org website.Read more ›
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I've been waiting for this album for a very long time. I'll admit it, I'm fanatically attracted to the creativity of albums like Mermaid Avenue (1998) where singers have written new tunes to go with the hitherto unpublished lyrics of Woody Guthrie. At last, what was originally to be bassist Rob Wasserman's "My Name Is New York" is here, re-titled, after 12 years of work.

Surprisingly though, this is not really an album of Woody Guthrie song-lyrics set to music. The Woody Guthrie Archives (Nora Guthrie) hooked up with Rob Wasserman to provide musical background for some of Woody's prose pieces, a lot of them something like 20 pages long. So then a gaggle of dissimilar vocalists (and at least one non-musician) were brought in. A broad range of blues/jazz/rock/et-cetera instrumental backing tracks were laid down. The vocalists worked the texts into some different approaches, from straight narration through kind of a hybrid of talking blues and/or poetry slam, to actual musical tunes. Almost all the pieces are edited down to a performance length of 3 to 6 minutes each. There's an instrumental track at the beginning of the album, apparently "inspired" by Woody's words, and also it works in a fleeting suggestion of one of Woody's most well known songs, "Pastures of Plenty". This functions as sort of an overture, and I guess it's nice if you happen to like Van Dyke Parks (!).

The album ends with the only real full length treatment of one of the writings, a brilliant 14 minute fully musical adaptation by Jackson Browne encompassing 30 pages of Woody's writing about love and life. There's also available a 4-minute version of the Jackson Browne song, in case there are markets out there where this kind of thing can get some airplay. Good luck with that.
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First of all, I love Jackson Browne and that's the reason I got this album. Even if Woody Guthrie was the greatest singer-song writer ever, he was not my cup of tea.. But I have to admit my misunderstanding. Soon after the first piece started off, I couldn't stop playing. His all lyrics and words like a stab in the chest to me. "You Know The Night" may well say so, but other pieces are also exceptional. Especially, "OLD FOLKS" by Nellie Mckay is amazing. It sounds perfect. Take my word for it this time and try!!!
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