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Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie wrote songs that became the soundtrack of an era and permanent fixtures of American identity. His more than 3,000 songs covering countless subjects and appealing to all ages marked the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war. The 154-page book features art, essays, and 57 tracks on three CDs, including Woody's most important recordings, 21 previously unreleased performances, and six never-before-heard original songs. Woody at 100 commemorates the genius of one of the greatest songwriters, musicians, and artists of the 20th century.

Disc: 1
1. This Land is Your Land (Alternate Version)
2. Pastures of Plenty
3. Riding in My Car (Car Song)
4. The Grand Coulee Dam
5. Talking Dust Bowl
6. So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust)
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Disc: 2
1. Better World A-Comin'
2. When That Great Ship Went Down (The Great Ship)
3. A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week
4. Talking Centralia
5. 1913 Massacre
6. Dirty Overalls
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Disc: 3
1. I Ain't Got No Home (In This World Anymore)
2. Them Big City Ways
3. Do Re Mi
4. Skid Row Serenade
5. Radio Program: The Ballad Gazette With Woody Guthrie (This Land Is Your Land, What Did The Deep Sea Say?, Blow Ye Winds, Trouble On the Waters, Blow the Man Down, Normandy Was Her Name, The Sinking of the Reuben James
6. BBC: Children's Hour July 7, 1944 (Intro-Wabash Cannonball, 900 Miles, Stagger Lee, Pretty Boy Floyd)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Smithsonian/Folkways
  • ASIN: B0081MEETM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Folk singer and activist Woody Guthrie would have been 100 years old on July 14, 2012 (he died in 1967 at Age 55). Best known for composing "This Land is Your Land" and the song we all learned as kids, "So Long It's Been Good To Know You", Guthrie was a prolific songwriter - writing thousands of songs (really), many just the words which folk and pop artists have been adding new music to.

There are lots of projects being released this year to celebrate what is officially called "Woody 100" and I've head other CDs and read other books but none can compare to this landmark project from Smithsonian Folkways - using the recordings held in the Ralph Rinzler Collection and the Smithsonian's own recording from the Moe Asch Collection. It was produced by Robert Santelli of the Grammy Museum and Smithsonian Folk Archivist Jeff Place. Santelli is a writer and authored another book ("This Land Is Your Land" from Running Press) this year but it pales compared to the text in the 150-page 12x12 hardbound book that is part of this set. The graphics are great and Place - who writes the wonderfully detailed essays for Smithsonian/Folkways releases - provides lots of new information. Speaking of "new", 21 of the recordings on the three CDs (each packed to gills with material) in the set have never been released before. A few are on the first two CDs (which have been reprocessed to sound better than ever) but Disc Three is worth the price of admission alone. Here we have Woody's earliest recordings (from the late 1930s) plus two rare radio programs (each 15 minutes) that Woody did for New York stations WNEW and WNYC. He sings a few songs that he didn't write but there are more that he did - including three never released commercially.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on July 14, 2012
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Review first published on blogcritics - One of America's most influential folksingers, Woody Guthrie called himself "writer, composer, musician." There's no question that he made significant contributions in all three categories, even though he didn't read or write standard music notation and usually just put his own lyrics to old folk melodies. There's no questioning his social conscience and desire to use music to foster social and political change. He had a keen ability to capture the ethos of our nation, sentiments of its people, and poetic reflections about places that his wanderlust took him.

Born of a pioneering stock in Okemah, Oklahoma on July 14, 1912, Guthrie once documented the occasion in his own words, according to Ray M. Lawless' 1968 book entitled Folksingers and Folksongs in America: "But will I name the place?, And month and year and date?, Bastille's Day, July Fourteen; My hour was getting late; Nineteen and Twelve, Okemah; Oklahoma's my blood state."

Guthrie started singing at age four. While in high school, his father's real estate business failed, his sister died in a coal oil stove explosion, and his mother was committed to an asylum. Guthrie traveled America during the '30s in search of work, often working as a painter by day and singer by night. His rambles took him from California to New York, and then back and forth again. For most of his life, he wrote "two or three ballads before breakfast every morning" according to his close friend Cisco Houston. Thus, the 57 tracks on these three CDs are only a sampling of his thousands. Many of his songs only exist today as lyric sheets.

The nice thing about this centennial collection is that it includes songs from those key milestones in Woody's life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesse W. Harris on September 13, 2012
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For anyone who understands or needs to understand the value of music in protest as well as all aspects of life, this is a priceless collection. Woody is as relevent today as he was at his prime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barbi on September 7, 2012
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It was excellent -- A real eye opener to the life and times of that era. The layout was fantastic -- everything flowed together in an informative manner. Would recommend this highly to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on September 6, 2012
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This album is a timeless collection of songs that color the music and flavor of this nation's period during The Depression and into the 50's. It is as relevant today as when Woodie wrote them. Many lessons are to be learned from listening to them. Listen very closely to the lyrics of this Land is my Land. This is the original version and the lyrics are a lot more inclusive to all the people of this Land. Check out the history.

This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stumpjumper on September 1, 2012
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an incredible mix of photos, lyrics and music that made the experience 100% satisfactory. Including new songs was icing on the cake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Segal on August 22, 2012
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This collection is great. It includes three CDs of Woody singing the songs we've come to love. The book has much to offer in exploring Woody's life and activities along with a large number of Woody's own drawings. I recommend it for both long-time Woody fans as well as people who want to now more about this American working-class hero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Bauman on March 30, 2013
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An excellent restoration job and a "must" for all Woody Guthrie Fans. Extremely well documented. While there are many repeat recordings from other Guthrie re-issues, there is enough non-duplicated material here to make this set easily worth the price. BRAVO!

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