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How would you like to be the son of Woody Guthrie? But Arlo carved out a niche for himself with this, his debut album, which features that beloved 18-minute title cut and the lovely Chilling of the Evening .
While the title track may seem, by now, a rather obvious and nostalgic relic, we'd do well to remember that an entire post-baby boom generation has likely never heard it. At 18 minutes, the song remains one of the most hysterical things ever recorded, and many of its politcal barbs can still sting. But the record also contained two far more lyrical pieces: "Chillin' of the Evening" and the gorgeous, sweeping "Highway in the Wind." Some will turn to this countercultural classic for side one's epic, but it's the exceptional songs on side two that will offer finer rewards. --Roy Francis Kasten
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.84 x 5.55 x 0.43 inches; 3.67 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Warner Bros.
- Item model number : 2016430
- Original Release Date : 1990
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Warner Bros.
- ASIN : B000002KOA
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,934 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This album is a time capsule. Singing an anti-war song at the height of the Viet Nam war was what a 17 year-old High School senior did. I cherished my draft deferment since a friend - barely a year older - had just been drafted, sent to "Nam" and, sadly, killed by a land mine. Arlo captured the spirit of a generation in a 20 minute musical monologue - peppered with laughs, irony and a simple to sing chorus. I even learned how to play (poorly) the musical lead on the guitar and played it with a smile on my face back when I lived under the shadow of a one-A draft status.
You don't have to be of a certain age to enjoy this album but if you lived through the '60's and thought that the Viet Nam war was a tragic mistake, this album will bring back a flood of memories. Remember, if you want to end war and stuff, you gotta sing LOUD.
"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" – 18:20
"Chilling of the Evening" – 3:01
"Ring-Around-a-Rosy Rag" – 2:10
"Now and Then" – 2:15
"I'm Going Home" – 3:12
"The Motorcycle Song" – 2:58
"Highway in the Wind" – 2:40
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There is also a later re-recording by the same artist, but
I would stick with this one (the original).