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

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Woody recorded for a variety of labels, but the real meat of his repertoire rests in the 300 or so songs he recorded for Mo Asch's Folkways label. And now that classic material is finally coming out on CD in four volumes, of which this is the first and probably the best witness this list of songs: This Land Is Your Land (unreleased and "hit" versions); Grand Coulee Dam; Philadelphia Lawyer; Hobo's Lullaby; Pastures of Plenty; Do-Re-Mi; Hard, Ain't It Hard; Going Down the Road Feeling Bad; Jesse James; I Ain't Got Nobody , and 15 more. 72 annotated minutes.

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What's most astonishing about Woody Guthrie is the way he created a whole, complete, living world of song. People, places, great and small events, nature, poetry, visions: He was so much more than a working class spokesperson, though, as this collection shows, he was the greatest one America has known. This first volume in the historic reissues of Guthrie's Smithsonian recordings is one of the finest: Guthrie's voice and verbal brilliance were at their peak in the 1940s and songs like "Do-Re-Mi," "Jesse James," and "Jesus Christ" continue to influence songwriters a half-century later. --Roy Francis Kasten

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. This Land Is Your Land
  2. Car Song
  3. Ramblin' Round
  4. Talking Fishing Blues
  5. Philadelphia Lawyer
  6. Lindbergh
  7. Hobo's Lullaby
  8. Pastures Of Plenty
  9. Grand Coulee Dam
  10. End Of The Line
  11. New York Town
  12. Gypsy Davy
  13. Jesus Christ
  14. This Land is Your Land
  15. Do-Re-Mi
  16. Jarama Valley
  17. Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done
  18. Picture From Life`s Other Side
  19. Jesse James
  20. Talking Hard Work
  21. When That Great Ship Went Down
  22. Hard, Ain`t It Hard
  23. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
  24. I Ain't Got Nobody
  25. Sinking Of The Reuben James
  26. Why, Oh Why?
  27. This Land Is Your Land


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: February 18, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on May 6, 1999
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A superb collection of songs from the greatest songwriter to ever live. From Woody's national anthems, "This Land Is Your Land, and "Pastures of Plenty", to his childrens songs "The Car Song ", and "Why Oh Why", this album is classic. I'd even go as far to say that this is the greatest collection of music ever to be put together.
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By A Customer on March 18, 2002
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woody was quality. if you don't like this cd don't bother checking your ears, check for a pulse. these bucolic/industrial songs might sound a bit kind of antique, but they're as modern as anything. even bob (Johnson not Dylan) didn't pierce the heart like this. these here songs are sonic bullets and they do pierce my heart & each time i hear them i cry like rain. well, some of them at least
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Toe-tapping, finger-snapping. It really is a classic. Not only do my four young grandsons love this CD, so do I and other adults. We listen to it frequently when driving locally and on long trips. The kids enjoy it because the songs are catchy and fun, and the vocals are so distinctive. But adults can appreciate the exceptional musicianship as well. The arrangements and instrumentation are done by talented professionals having a good time, and the quality is outstanding. Of course the CD is set apart by the fact that the songs were written by Woody Guthrie and are sung by Woody, Arlo, and the two together (thanks to modern technology). Far superior to most recordings for kids.
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