Arlo Guthrie always was his own man, but on the way he's paid his dues to many sources, not least his own father Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the radical American tradition of folk music. His songs are in turn elegaic, entertaining, satirical and often downright funny. He's both a man of his time (which was really the flower power era), and a songwriter capable of classic and timeless soul-stirring American songs like City of New Orleans and Coming into Los Angeles, much as Paul Simon wrote America and American Tune.
You could describe this greatest hits collection as a showcase built around the hilarious 18+ minute epic tale of Alice's Restaurant (not 25 as Arlo claims in the song), but that would underestimate the value of the rest of the material here. Admittedly, there are some odd moments along the way: here for old-time's sake, though not for any musical or lyrical value, is his live favourite, the Motorcycle Song, explaining "the significance of the pickle" (don't ask - too bizarre!)
This collection gives at least a flavour of Arlo Guthrie, the man and the musician, his whims, his humour and above all the music. Enjoy!