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This Land is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1

February 18, 1997 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 18, 1997
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 1997 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:12:25
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000V8C8TW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,500 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

There is a nice combination of songs.
apoem
Woody Guthrie/This Land is your Land (ASCH vol.1): If you want one CD that has Woody's finest work, this is that CD.
J. Bynum
This collection is truly a national treasure.
slinkyredfoot145

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on December 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collection, lovingly done by The Smithsonian staff that is saving and cleaning and re-issuing the old Folkways catalogue. The booklet alone is worth the purchase price, but the music is excellent as well. Woody's recording career only went a little over ten years due to the coming of the Chorea in the early l950's, but he still laid down too many good tracks to be confined to one album. However, if you can only afford one of his releases, this is a wonderful choice. Second choice would be the re-issue of "Dust Bowl Ballads" on Buddah Records...this was his l940 "concept" album that has had a profound effect on folk, country and protest music ever since. Also, I have to recommend a book to Guthrie fans: "Woody, Cisco and Me" by Jim Longhi. It shows the slice of Woody's life that involved a few journeys on Merchant Marine ships during WWII. It is an essential companion piece to Joe Klein's "Life of Woody Guthrie."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2005
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Woody Guthrie has become an indelible part of 20th century American history. Many probably romanticize his story well beyond the realities of his life, but Guthrie's influence remains strong and unyielding. Many also know of the mesmerizing effect Guthrie's music had on the young Bob Dylan (see Dylan's "Chronicles, Vol 1"). Others soon jumped on the wagon, and Guthrie ended up speaking to subsequent generations long after his death in 1967.

Guthrie sang folk songs. Some he wrote himself, some he borrowed from others. Doing this today would result in heavy brickbat throwing along with accusations of "rip off!" But in Guthrie's day folk music meant borrowing. Times have changed. Long before constrictive copyright laws and the bizarre idea that artists must possess 100% originality to have relevance songs roamed the land in many forms. Folk songs came with a collective license (somewhat similar to today's Open Source software movement). It was not unusual for a singer to take another singer's music and put it to his or her own use. Guthrie did this. In fact, even Bob Dylan did this here and there on some of his earliest albums and in his Gaslight shows. That was folk music then. So some of the melodies on this CD may turn up on other folk singer's albums of the day. But that's okay.

Nonetheless, Guthrie was a songwriter of startling orginality. His lyrics alone comprise one of the most impressive collections in popular music history. Their themes and subjects trace back to the themes of early American folk music. Guthrie sat comfortably in this tradition. But Guthrie stuck mostly to his times, and he absorbed the times and the people, especially the disenfranchised, and the legends of his own time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
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This is a wonderful collection of Guthrie's most recognized songs. As a whole this is a powerful collection of American popular culture. The enclosed booklet and narrative of Guthrie's life and career and descriptions of each song provide a detailed context for each song as well as the man. A must have for any lover of American folk music, popular culture and recent US history.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hershey on March 16, 2000
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This is a fantastic CD! Our two year old daughter has loved it since she was six months old - Woody Guthries fun filled songs and great song melodies are a real treat and never wear out. It has saved us many a time on long road trips with the little one and is just pure fun to listen to. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2000
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This CD instantly became our family's favorite--we've been dancing in the kitchen every night since we got it. Plus, Riding in My Car and All Work Together are great songs to use as cues with my two-year old, and are infinitely superior to Barney! We'll be listening to this one long after her other children's CDs have been outgrown.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By catherine guelph on May 20, 2001
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I am impressed by this CD. It contains the Asch Recordings of the great American Folk Singer Mr Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-1967). To my ears, these are distinctly American in flavour. This collection includes a large variety of his songs including social protest, songs written for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), college drinking songs, cowboy songs, sentimental parlour songs, talking blues and Southern African-American blues. My favourites are the ones which betray a sense of humour. "Talking Hard Work", "Talking Fishing" and "The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done" are bragging songs sung tongue in cheek. The children's songs, "Car Song" in which Mr Guthrie imitates the sounds of an automobile, and "Why, Oh Why" are delightful. Smithsonian Folkways has maintained its reputation with thorough notes which span more than 30 pages. Mr Guy Logsdon writes about Moses Asch, Folkway Records, and annotates each song with meticulous detail. Of particular interest to me is the song "Jesus Christ". Mr Logsdon writes, "Woody was a religious man, but not in the conventional sense". Mr Guthrie may not have been conventional, even so, his observations are poignant. He tells that his inspiration for the song came when "I saw how the rich folks lived, and the poor folks down and out and cold and hungry..." He sings that the working men believed what Jesus said while the rich and powerful fought against it. "If Jesus was to preach as he preached in Galilee, they would lay him in his grave." In an honest expression, Mr Guthrie is preaching the gospel message. Namely, the good news of salvation. He is also identifying an age old truth.Read more ›
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