Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie

Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie

by Woody Guthrie
     
 

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Woody Guthrie is a pivotal figure in the changing soundscape of folk music in the United States. His dust bowl ballads and songs of the American landscape and the working people who lived in it returned folk to its roots as a vigorous vehicle for addressing issues of day-to-day life. With the help of his kindred spirits, the Weavers, Woody opens this disc with his… See more details below

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Woody Guthrie is a pivotal figure in the changing soundscape of folk music in the United States. His dust bowl ballads and songs of the American landscape and the working people who lived in it returned folk to its roots as a vigorous vehicle for addressing issues of day-to-day life. With the help of his kindred spirits, the Weavers, Woody opens this disc with his anthem, "This Land Is Your Land," and closes it with "Hard Travelin'. " On the 22 tracks in between, Cisco Houston, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Odetta, Jim Kweskin, Joan Baez, and Country Joe McDonald take up the mike. They hit topics that recurred in Guthrie's writing: songs for and about children ("Ship in the Sky"), historical commentary from a populist perspective ("The Sinking of the Reuben James," "1913 Massacre," "Jesus Christ"), the land and the landscape ("Roll on Columbia"), and the individual against society ("Deportee: Plane Wreck at Los Gatos, " "Pretty Boy Floyd"). Listening to Guthrie's admirers sing his songs is a good reminder of one of the balladeer's greatest lessons: Folk songs are passed on hand to hand, heart to heart.

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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
A two-record set released on one CD, this collection of great Woody Guthrie songs performed by some of Guthrie's apostles, as well as by Guthrie himself, serves as a nice overview of his music. From the opening notes of "This Land Is Your Land" and a composite arrangement that starts with Guthrie and his guitar, then folds into the Weavers completing the song, this is very special music. With the mix of performers, it's like a hootenanny featuring some of the top American folk music artists who had fallen under Guthrie's spell. In addition to Pete Seeger's Weavers, longtime Guthrie cronies Cisco Houston and Ramblin' Jack Elliot are featured, along with the next generation's Joan Baez and Country Joe McDonald. Deep-throated Odetta delivers the definitive version of "Pastures of Plenty," and Guthrie is spotlighted solo and with pals Sonny Terry and Houston. A folk-music delight from beginning to end.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/1991
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707353625
catalogNumber:
35/36
Rank:
64687

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Guthrie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Lead Belly   Vocals
Odetta   Guitar,Vocals
Joan Baez   Guitar,Vocals
Erik Darling   Banjo
Cisco Houston   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jim Kweskin   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Seeger   Guitar,Vocals
Weavers   Track Performer
Eric Weissberg   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin
Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader
Barbara Dana   Vocals
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Gilbert   Vocals
Lee Baxter Hayes   Drums
Bill Lee   Bass
Country Joe McDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Terry   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Contributor
Eric Weissberg   Contributor
Grady Martin   Contributor
Alan Arkin   Contributor
Jeremy Arkin   Contributor
Moses Asch   Engineer
Samuel Charters   Producer
Ronnie Gilbert   Contributor
Lee Hays   Contributor
Fred Hellerman   Contributor
Doris Kaplan   Contributor
Maynard Solomon   Producer
Nancy Toff   Liner Notes

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