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Muleskinner Blues: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Nearly 60 years after Woody Guthrie recorded most of his best work comes a series that finally does it total justice. The music all issues from the master tapes of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch, for whom Guthrie made his most important recordings. Sound quality is uniformly pristine, the liner notes are extensive and exceptional, and the gritty, direct, idiosyncratic performances leave no doubt why Guthrie is considered a giant of American folk. This second in a series of four CDs focuses on 25 examples of Guthrie's interpretive work -- classic folk and country songs, most of which he learned on the road in Oklahoma, Texas, and California. The uninitiated should start...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Nearly 60 years after Woody Guthrie recorded most of his best work comes a series that finally does it total justice. The music all issues from the master tapes of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch, for whom Guthrie made his most important recordings. Sound quality is uniformly pristine, the liner notes are extensive and exceptional, and the gritty, direct, idiosyncratic performances leave no doubt why Guthrie is considered a giant of American folk. This second in a series of four CDs focuses on 25 examples of Guthrie's interpretive work -- classic folk and country songs, most of which he learned on the road in Oklahoma, Texas, and California. The uninitiated should start with volume one, which contains mostly original compositions, but the present set proves that Guthrie was almost as interesting a performer as he was a writer. And he had great taste in material. Among the many highlights, some of which feature accompaniment by Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry, and Pete Seeger, are Jimmie Rodgers' "Muleskinner Blues" and traditional numbers like "Stackolee," "Danville Girl," and A.P. Carter's "Worried Man Blues."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074010129
  • Catalog Number: 40101
  • Sales rank: 70,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mule Skinner Blues (2:49)
  2. 2 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:11)
  3. 3 Sally Goodin' (2:26)
  4. 4 Little Black Train (2:29)
  5. 5 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? (2:28)
  6. 6 Baltimore to Washington (2:53)
  7. 7 Rubber Dolly (2:11)
  8. 8 21 Years (3:13)
  9. 9 Sowing on the Mountain (2:23)
  10. 10 Bed on the Floor (2:21)
  11. 11 Take a Whiff on Me (2:41)
  12. 12 Stepstone (2:53)
  13. 13 Put My Little Shoes Away (2:44)
  14. 14 Hen Cackle (2:16)
  15. 15 Poor Boy (2:26)
  16. 16 Stack-O-Lee (2:57)
  17. 17 Johnny Hart (2:27)
  18. 18 Worried Man Blues (2:57)
  19. 19 Danville Girl (2:58)
  20. 20 Gambling Man (2:19)
  21. 21 Rye Straw (2:46)
  22. 22 Crawdad Song (2:52)
  23. 23 Ida Red (2:59)
  24. 24 Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy (2:43)
  25. 25 Train 45 (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Woody Guthrie Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
Cisco Houston Composer
Moses Asch Engineer
A.P. Carter Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Jeff Place Liner Notes
Guy Logsdon Liner Notes
Fred Lewey Composer
J. O. Webster Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a good CD

    The music was recorded in the '30s and is consistant with the quality of recordings from that time.

    Woody Guthrie sings unpolished folk songs. Background music is guitar and banjo (maybe a drum or washtub).

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