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In Times Like These [Live]

Arlo GuthrieAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  8. In Times Like These 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Can't Help Falling In Love (Bonus Track) 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rising Son Records
  • ASIN: B000S6BMZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Arlo sharing the stage with a full symphony orchestra, whose rich and panoramic sounds bring further resonance to his quintessentially American voice.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arlo's Birthday Present July 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Arlo Guthrie turned 60 on July 10. To celebrate that milestone, the former poster child for happy-go-lucky hippiedom released In Times Like These, a live disc recorded with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. It's also the 40th anniversary of his first album, the iconic Alice's Restaurant. In fact, Arlo was in the studio making Alice as the "Summer of Love" commenced 40 years ago with the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.

So it's somewhat ironic that the archetypal folk troubadour is adding orchestrations to his tunes at this particular time. With some exceptions--his 1979 masterpiece Outlasting the Blues comes to mind--Arlo's music has generally been at its best when least adorned. Interestingly enough, his music here comes across the same way--with a full size orchestra, yes, but wrapped in arrangements that enhance and serve the music rather than overwhelm or undermine it.

Give credit to James Burton for that. His scores for this batch of mostly well-worn classics from Arlo's back catalog conjure up Copland-esque images of the great American expanse and Ives-ian panoramas of 19th-century New England. Longtime Arlophiles will revel in the resplendent re-creations.

"My Darkest Hour" sounds like a Grant Wood painting looks. "Last Train" pulls into a mythical town square where the community band fills the warm summer air with a Sunday afternoon concert of patriotic favorites. "Patriot's Dream," on the other hand, gets a melancholy, almost mournful treatment, aurally capturing the sadness of the times in which we live for those whose hopes and dreams were once filled with high ideals.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Music! July 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely marvelous album. It opens with "Darkest Hour," one of Arlo Guthrie's most beautiful songs. The orchestration adds incredible depth to the piece. "Last Train" is up next: with the horns quietly weaving in and out of the melody it sounds like sacred music. "Last Train" and "Last to Leave" wouldn't sound out of place in a cathedral the way they're performed here. "Epilogue," "Patriots' Dream" and "In Times Like These" all address serious subjects, but the hope and faith in each piece shines through in the subtly understated arrangements. "You Are The Song" conveys genuine feeling where lesser compositions would sink into sentimentality.

And then there's "St. James Infirmary." No-one can even come close to Arlo Guthrie's performance of this song when it's just him and his guitar: with a full symphony orchestra backing him he's absolutely mind-blowing. This will be the definitive version of the song for a very long time if not forever.

This is one of the best albums Arlo Guthrie has ever put out. Buy two copies and keep one in the car.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another facet of a fabulous musician July 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This Arlo Guthrie album represents a little-known side of an artist most known for popular tunes like "City of New Orleans." It may surprise folk purists, but it is really rich and every stringed instrument and distant french horn sound enhances the song, without being overbearing. He reveals his profound musical and songwriting skills as well as his ability to integrate his own style of music into an orchestra, without losing one bit of his true self. The newer "In Times Like These" and "Patriot's Dream" are extraordinary, especially in times like these. No kidding. The same warm and lovely disposition he presents at all his shows is here; you've just got to see him live to know what I'm talking about. See his "Live in Sydney" album to round out the live experience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Step August 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Arlo's from the get-go, but haven't purchased an album in quite some time. When I read about this release on Expecting Rain I thought I'd give it a go, and the surprise has been pleasant. Folk singers and symphony orchestras may seem like over-reaching, but this work is a positive step in a new direction. The songs fit the arrangements and vice versa. A few of them are quite moving, and St. James Infirmary is nothing short of stunning in it's mixture of verbal pathos, and musical wit - and Arlo's guitar work is terrific. My only complaint is the sameness of so many of the tunes - a little more variety, and maybe a few up-tempo numbers wouldn't have hurt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arlo Knocks This One Outta The Park!!!!! July 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was in Lexington KY, March 10th 2006, 3rd row center. We sat in amazement as we witnessed the recording of this live CD! It was truly a magical night, to be unequaled, or so I thought! Today I listened for the first time, to Arlo's new CD "In Times Like These".
It was as if I was transported back in time to that magical night! This recording is well worth the wait. Now everyone can experience the magic that is "Arlo", focused, well oiled, sleeves rolled up (literally!) & on a mission!! And friends, I'm most happy to say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! This CD exceeds all expectations. The intensity Arlo performed with that night comes through with chrystal clairity!
The "University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra" under the direction of John Nardolillo, is the perfect frame for the masterpiece they created with Arlo that night. At first, I missed the familiar "ramblings" of Arlo between songs on this CD. But I soon realized that this CD was to stand alone, souly on musical mastery that came togeather that night.....And friends, it does...Mr. Guthrie, for that, we thank you.......Michael K. Frazier
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd
Published 2 months ago by Clifford A. Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Great title track, but the others are spoliled by unecessary orchestration that makes everything sound manufactured and clunky. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Gambles
3.0 out of 5 stars easy listening
recently heard Arlo Guthrie on a live performance with his son and grandson on an NPR special. Was a great performance with great songs and storytelling. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark S. Damon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of both worlds
Arlo's music is timeless. If you remember 1970, when life was simple and riding in the back of a pickup truck with a bunch of friends down a dusty country road, when it wasn't... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Junebug
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
This is a good, classic CD of popular hits, and I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates the great sounds of the his time.
Published 21 months ago by Teri
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better
I usually don't care for "live" recordings but who couldn't like this partnering of Arlo with the University of Kentucky orchestra. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by San Antonio Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Everyday Arlo Guthrie Recording
If you buy this recording you must read the liner notes explaining how this pairing of America's greatest proponent of our folk tradition and a university orchestra came to... Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Cat Silverthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars a much different Arlo
There is a very new Arlo here. I dont know if its the Orchestra, or if his voice is getting older.
The music is great tho. I highly recomend this one!
Published on February 28, 2011 by A. different Drummer
4.0 out of 5 stars In times like these.
Arlo did well with a full orchestra behind him. Not to exciting though, he hasn't written anything new since the 80's. My wife enjoyed it!
Published on August 23, 2010 by James Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Way cool
Going with the orchestra was an experiment that worked well, only on one or two tracks is the sound a little bit obtrusive, and it's a real plus on some tracks, especially the... Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by gizzyspal
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