This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1

This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1

by Woody Guthrie
     
 

The first volume in the projected landmark four-CD series documenting Woody Guthrie's Folkways recordings, This Land Is Your Land presents many of the best-known songs of the man who many deem the progenitor of the 1960s urban folk song revival. The songs that appear here - - some for the first time -- have been lovingly and meticulously remastered from…  See more details below

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The first volume in the projected landmark four-CD series documenting Woody Guthrie's Folkways recordings, This Land Is Your Land presents many of the best-known songs of the man who many deem the progenitor of the 1960s urban folk song revival. The songs that appear here - - some for the first time -- have been lovingly and meticulously remastered from the frail glass and aluminum master discs of the Folkways collection now archived at the Smithsonian. Included here is the "suppressed" version of Woody's "This Land Is Your Land," which contains a lyric that might have changed the fate of this now patriotic anthem. (In the little-known verse, he adds: "There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me / And a sign was painted: said 'private property' / But on the other side, it didn't say nothin' / This land was made for you and me.") The 27-track disk, which is thoroughly and carefully documented, also contains many other Guthrie classics, including "Jesus Christ," "Jesse James," and "Sinking of the Reuben James."

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All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
You'd think the last word in Woody Guthrie reissues would have appeared before this. After all, the legendary folksinger recorded most of his best work nearly 60 years before this was released, and the bulk of it has been regularly reissued in fine collections on Folkways, Rounder, and other labels. So this CD is as surprising as it is welcome. What makes it probably the single best Guthrie disc you can own? For one thing, the compilers had total access to the archives of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch, for whom the singer made the lion's share of his most important recordings. And they picked for this package 27 songs that showcase the incredible range of his writing and performing talent -- everything from children's ditties ("Car Song") to social commentary ("Do-Re-Mi") to historical tales ("End of the Line"). Then there's the title track -- Guthrie's most famous tune -- which was only sporadically available until this CD. It's here in two versions, including one that features the famous yet previously unreleased "private property" verses. The sound quality is as notable as the program. The compilers went back to the master recordings and did a magnificent job of cleaning things up without altering what Guthrie waxed. The result sounds pure and intimate -- as if the singer were right there in the room with you. Finally, there's a superb 36-page book with all sorts of fascinating detail on Asch, Guthrie, and every track. The best news: This is only the first volume in a four-CD series.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/1997
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074010020
catalogNumber:
40100
Rank:
32263

Tracks

  1. This Land Is Your Land
  2. Riding in My Car (Car Song)
  3. Ramblin' Round
  4. Talking Fishing Blues
  5. Philadelphia Lawyer
  6. Lindbergh
  7. Hobo's Lullaby
  8. Pastures of Plenty
  9. Grand Coulee Dam
  10. End of the Line
  11. New York Town
  12. Gypsy Davy
  13. Jesus Christ
  14. This Land Is Your Land
  15. Do-Re-Mi
  16. Jarama Valley
  17. The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done
  18. Picture from Life's Other Side
  19. Jesse James
  20. Talking Hard Work
  21. When That Great Ship Went Down
  22. Hard, Ain't It Hard
  23. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
  24. I Ain't Got Nobody
  25. Sinking of the Reuben James
  26. Why Oh Why
  27. This Land Is Your Land

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