The Power of Love

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
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: 1/27/2005
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 722017355828
  • Catalog Number: 5637210582

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Power of Love (3:39)
  2. 2 Oklahoma Nights (3:20)
  3. 3 If I Could Only Touch Your Life (4:14)
  4. 4 Waimanalo Blues (3:15)
  5. 5 Living Like a Legend (3:48)
  6. 6 Give It All You Got (3:57)
  7. 7 When I Get to the Border (3:49)
  8. 8 Jamaica Farewell (2:36)
  9. 9 Slow Boat (3:27)
  10. 10 Garden Song (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arlo Guthrie Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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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