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  • 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: 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

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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

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A truly extraordinary Cd, one that literally marked an era. Laughing-out-loud-totally-hilarious-"Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie. Such a truly funny, original and witty piece of work, that it still stands out as good as ever, even now. In fact, I was born the year it was recorded, and have lived none of the particular brand of Vietnam-infested political stupidity it describes, but I still do laugh out loud each time I listen to it.
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.
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Alice's Restaurant is a classic and unique album - I've loved it ever since my sister bought it for me on its first release on vinyl LP in 1967. I even picked up the chords on my guitar as probably millions of others did. This CD I bought for my son-in-law and now I've got to buy another copy for myself. Son of Woody Guthrie and born into musical family, Arlo is a genius in his own right. This is a masterpiece of storytelling, guitar playing and 'dark' humour. The other tracks are brillaint too!
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After nearly 30 years of NOT hearing this I came alive again! Where are the yoong protesters of today, is satire and sarcasm someething that died with Nixon and Bush (snr)
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Ask people of a certain age about Alice's Restaurant and your likely to get a whimsical smile in reply. If ever a song captured the mood of the moment, this is it. Arlo's parable of officialdom,friendship and surrealism, was utterly and completely different when it came out in the 60's. In a gentler age, the title track ( and to a lesser extent the rest of the album ) tapped into the hippie ethos and offered a slant on life which was hugely different than our parents and establishment attitudes.
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.
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Alice's Restaurant itself is a very funny anti-war song based around a series of events one Thanksgiving. In terms of time it takes up about half of the album (it was one side on the original vinyl record). However, there are few other tracks on the album that you would want to listen to very often. I think it is worth getting for the title track alone and the album is certainly a reminder for those who saw and enjoyed the film.
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Arlo, son of Woody, Guthrie is a nutter as his music will attest. A handful of draft-dodging mayhem disguised as tunes. A sweet smell of the sixties; flowers, hippies and motorbikes. Yum. Terrific piece of music.
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Classic album to own if only for the title track. If you are new to Arlo though, suggest you buy the "Best of" which has the main "Alice" song plus an improved version of Motorcycle song and many other classics
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For the sake of the title track alone - all 18½ minutes of it - this has got to be in your collection.

Actually - the rest of the songs aren't too bad which is a bonus.

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