- Audio CD (18 Jan. 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: WARNER BROS
- ASIN: B000002KOA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Alice's Restaurant Soundtrack
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alice's restaurant: original soundtrack [edizione: francia] [import]guthrie (artista), arlo (artista) | formato: audio cd---descrizionebrani1.alice's restaurant massacree2.chilling of the evening3.ring-around-a-rosy rag4.now and then5.i'm going home6.the motorcycle song7.highway in the wind
Seminal 1960s folk-rock document which, like Don Maclean's American Pie, is now known almost exclusively for its title track: an epic 18-minute narrative, anecdotal in style, based on the singer's own experiences during 1966, when he'd been barred from the US Army due to his criminal record (something to do with the unlawful dumping of garbage). By turns hysterically funny and savagely satirical, it inspired a film, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Guthrie, and its various political barbs can still draw blood today. But the album also contains two magnificent examples of Guthrie's talents as a songwriter, rather than a commentator: both "Chillin' of the Evening" and the gorgeous, sweeping "Highway in the Wind" are more lyrical, evocative and beautiful than virtually anything he would write subsequently. Vocally and instrumentally, his style seems poised equally between two great influences--his father (folk legend Woodie Guthrie) and Bob Dylan, Guthrie's heir and successor; his vision, however, was all his own. --Andrew McGuire
Top Customer Reviews
I was surprised to discover that this great "comedian is in fact a sensitive and gentle balladeer as well. I mean the rest of the trucks are a collection of sweet and mellow folky ballads - even though the arrangements do sound a little too rusty and completely dated... The true gem of the album is of course the famous title-track about the famous "massacre". In it, Arlo Guthrie, is using humor and wit to touch upon some pretty serious as well as painful truths about the workings of the "system", that are as contemporary as ever. The nineteen-minutes long song, describes how he ended up in prison on account of taking out the trash on a Thanks Givings , and how the "littering" charge in his background got him in real trouble at the draft office... He delivers his unbelievably hilarious lines with such conviction, that you can't possibly escape, he'll have you laughing out loud in no time! A comic genius!
But let's not forget, this is the son of the giant Woody Cuthrie we are talking about! What a unique soul his dad was too! The raw truth of his narratives, the nakeness of his prose! In fact some of his lyrics and talking song-stories about love and intimacy (written something like sixty years ago ), would probably be banned from the airwaves if he was still alive as too explicit! A brave originally charismatic soul with a natural gift.
I only have to hear the opening chords of "Alice's " and I'm back to golden days ( literally and metaphorically ) with good friends. Even to this day we use use some of the many stock phrases in day to day usage.
Wonderful record, wonderful memories. Worth 5 stars in anybodies money.
Actually - the rest of the songs aren't too bad which is a bonus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
oh come on....why WOULDNT you buy this? a true classic. thewizardfromausPublished 5 months ago by Mrs. S. A. Knibbs
I've never been a fan of the title song - Arlo's excruciating Dylan impersonation renders it all but unlistenable as far as I'm concerned (&, yes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Rooksby
Gloriously subversive. Released in the Summer of Love, the title track remains an essential reminder that humour can be the most effective anti-establishment weapon in our arsenal.Published 11 months ago by Mr. S. E. Farnworth
Present for my brother's 60th birthday. Brought back memories of our teenage years!Published 14 months ago by Heather Callaghan
Given the tape 33 years ago,thought it about time I got the CD and MP3Published 17 months ago by peter
Having first hearing this in my teens, it was so good to listen to it again. The album should be part of every child's education.Published 17 months ago by Mr P G BUTT