Power of Love

Power of Love

by Arlo Guthrie
     
 

As the 1970s wore on, Arlo Guthrie continued to grow with each subsequent release, wrapping up the decade with what were not only his two most personal albums, but arguably his two best, Amigo and Outlasting the Blues (with the lukewarm live recording One Night between the two). Continuing his longtime association with producer John Pilla, heSee more details below

Overview

As the 1970s wore on, Arlo Guthrie continued to grow with each subsequent release, wrapping up the decade with what were not only his two most personal albums, but arguably his two best, Amigo and Outlasting the Blues (with the lukewarm live recording One Night between the two). Continuing his longtime association with producer John Pilla, he returned in 1981 with what would be his final studio effort for Warner Bros., Power of Love. As had been the case with the past couple of studio outings, Pilla gives the material more of a pop and rock sheen than Arlo's late-'60s, early-'70s output. But while his production on Amigo had a toughness to it, Pilla often seems to go soft here, as he did on the otherwise terrificOutlasting the Blues. Still, the major difference between Power of Love and Outlasting the Blues is both the number and quality of Guthrie's originals. In the latter half of the '70s, with tunes such as "Victor Jara," "Patriot's Dream," and "Epilogue," he proved himself to be a songwriter whose own output was capable of matching his excellent taste in other people's songs, whereas the pair of self-penned tracks here are average at best. Still, as has been the case throughout his career, Guthrie makes up for the lack of songwriting inspiration with a handful of well-chosen covers -- including Richard Thompson's heavenly crossing "When I Get to the Border," T-Bone Burnett's more recent title cut, Jimmy Webb's "Oklahoma Nights," and David Mallett's "Garden Song," which would become a staple of his live shows, also turning up on his 1982 live collaboration with Pete Seeger, Precious Friend. Moments such as these make for a pleasant enough listen, but overall the record lacks the personality of his early- to mid-'70s work, the power and grace of Amigo, or the strong songwriting of Outlasting the Blues, making it a slight disappointment by comparison. Power of Love was reissued by Koch in 2000 as a two-fer along with Outlasting the Blues.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2005
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0722017355828
catalogNumber:
5637210582

Tracks

  1. Power of Love  - Arlo Guthrie
  2. Oklahoma Nights  - Arlo Guthrie
  3. If I Could Only Touch Your Life  - Arlo Guthrie
  4. Waimanalo Blues  - Arlo Guthrie
  5. Living Like a Legend  - Arlo Guthrie
  6. Give It All You Got  - Arlo Guthrie
  7. When I Get to the Border  - Arlo Guthrie
  8. Jamaica Farewell  - Arlo Guthrie
  9. Slow Boat  - Arlo Guthrie
  10. Garden Song  - Arlo Guthrie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arlo Guthrie   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Penny Nichols   Vocals
Rickie Lee Jones   Vocals
Robben Ford   Electric Guitar
Bill Champlin   Vocals
Phil Everly   Vocals
Clydie King   Vocals
Leah Kunkel   Vocals
Hank DeVito   Steel Guitar
Gwen Dickey   Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Abraham Guthrie   Vocals
Sarah Lee Guthrie   Vocals
Hadley Hockensmith   Guitar
Jim Horn   Recorder
Tom Kelly   Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
John Pilla   Acoustic Guitar
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
Anna Waronker   Vocals
Joey Waronker   Vocals
Cathy Guthrie   Vocals
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Annie Guthrie   Vocals
Amos Newman   Vocals
Tracy Brown   Vocals
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Linett   Engineer
John Pilla   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Simon Levy   Art Direction

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