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The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Woody Guthrie's Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 is another shining example of Smithsonian/Folkways' ability to create a historically important document that is both fun and enriching. Combining four separate compilations This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1, Muleskinner Blues: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2, Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3, and Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 4 into one box, Smithsonian/Folkways presents a fairly complete overview of Guthrie's career. The collection features deep forays into his union songs, political and social issue songs, cowboy and outlaw songs, and early country and frontier ballads, with each CD separated...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Woody Guthrie's Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 is another shining example of Smithsonian/Folkways' ability to create a historically important document that is both fun and enriching. Combining four separate compilations This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1, Muleskinner Blues: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2, Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3, and Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 4 into one box, Smithsonian/Folkways presents a fairly complete overview of Guthrie's career. The collection features deep forays into his union songs, political and social issue songs, cowboy and outlaw songs, and early country and frontier ballads, with each CD separated into specific themes. The liner notes are intelligently written but never dry, going through track by track, bringing to light Guthrie's warm contributions to American folksongs. In listening to the set as a whole, the only question left is "where is Guthrie's comedy album?" His biting humor on songs like "Talking Hard Work," "Ladies Auxiliary," "Howdjadoo," and "Mean Talking Blues" tell of a wry and witty side of the activist that would fit alongside his topical children's albums nicely. Each of these CDs are available individually, but purchasing the box set gives the listener a more well-rounded experience and makes more sense economically.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074011225
  • Catalog Number: 40112
  • Sales rank: 17,220

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Land Is Your Land (2:16)
  2. 2 Riding in My Car (Car Song) (1:49)
  3. 3 Ramblin' Round (2:13)
  4. 4 Talking Fishing Blues (3:03)
  5. 5 Philadelphia Lawyer (2:28)
  6. 6 Lindbergh (3:10)
  7. 7 Hobo's Lullaby (2:22)
  8. 8 Pastures of Plenty (2:24)
  9. 9 Grand Coulee Dam (2:09)
  10. 10 End of the Line (2:49)
  11. 11 New York Town (2:35)
  12. 12 Gypsy Davy (2:48)
  13. 13 Jesus Christ (2:36)
  14. 14 This Land Is Your Land (2:43)
  15. 15 Do-Re-Mi (2:30)
  16. 16 Jarama Valley (2:51)
  17. 17 Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done (2:17)
  18. 18 Picture from Life's Other Side (3:05)
  19. 19 Jesse James (2:57)
  20. 20 Talking Hard Work (3:22)
  21. 21 When That Great Ship Went Down (3:17)
  22. 22 Hard, Ain't It Hard (2:41)
  23. 23 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad (2:55)
  24. 24 I Ain't Got Nobody (2:31)
  25. 25 Sinking of the Reuben James (2:58)
  26. 26 Why Oh Why (3:27)
  27. 27 This Land Is Your Land (Reprise) (0:52)
Disc 2
  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)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hard Travelin' (2:31)
  2. 2 Farmer-Labor Train (2:48)
  3. 3 Howdjadoo (1:39)
  4. 4 Ship in the Sky (2:32)
  5. 5 I Ain't Got No Home (2:43)
  6. 6 Mean Talking Blues (3:45)
  7. 7 Better World A-Comin' (3:04)
  8. 8 Miss Pavlichenko (2:28)
  9. 9 So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh) (2:44)
  10. 10 New Found Land (2:05)
  11. 11 Oregon Trail (2:44)
  12. 12 Vigilante Man (3:22)
  13. 13 1913 Massacre (3:35)
  14. 14 Talking Columbia (2:28)
  15. 15 Two Good Men (3:45)
  16. 16 Sally Don't You Grieve (2:22)
  17. 17 Talking Sailor Blues (3:01)
  18. 18 What Are We Waiting On? (2:06)
  19. 19 Railroad Blues (3:13)
  20. 20 Ludlow Massacre (3:27)
  21. 21 Ladies Auxiliary (2:09)
  22. 22 Miner's Song (2:09)
  23. 23 When the Yanks Go Marching In (2:45)
  24. 24 Union Maid (0:42)
  25. 25 Rubaiyat (3:40)
  26. 26 The Many and the Few (5:33)
  27. 27 Hanukkah Dance (1:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ranger's Command (2:48)
  2. 2 Buffalo Skinners (3:15)
  3. 3 Billy the Kid (2:00)
  4. 4 Cowboy Waltz (2:03)
  5. 5 Pretty Boy Floyd (2:58)
  6. 6 Along in the Sun and the Rain (2:27)
  7. 7 Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies (2:48)
  8. 8 Froggie Went A-Courtin' (3:26)
  9. 9 Buffalo Gals (2:32)
  10. 10 I Ride an Old Paint (2:56)
  11. 11 Dead or Alive (Poor Lazarus) (2:53)
  12. 12 Slipknot (Hangknot, Slipknot) (2:30)
  13. 13 Cocaine Blues (Bad Lee Brown) (2:13)
  14. 14 Go Tell Aunt Rhody (2:49)
  15. 15 Chisholm Trail (2:24)
  16. 16 Stewball (3:26)
  17. 17 Wild Cyclone (3:57)
  18. 18 Train Blues (3:31)
  19. 19 Red River Valley (2:52)
  20. 20 Fastest of Ponies (4:15)
  21. 21 Stewball - Cisco Houston (2:27)
  22. 22 Snow Deer (2:31)
  23. 23 When the Curfew Blows (Curfew Blow) (1:42)
  24. 24 Little Darling (At My Window Sad and Lonely) (2:12)
  25. 25 Blowing Down That Old Dusty Road (Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad) (3:02)
  26. 26 The Return of Rocky Mountain Slim and Desert Rat Shorty (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Woody Guthrie Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Lead Belly Track Performer
Cisco Houston Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Track Performer, Vocal Harmony
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Adaptation
Woody Guthrie Composer
Cisco Houston Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Jeff Place Liner Notes
Guy Logsdon Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
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