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Woody Guthrie - My Dusty Road


Having lived through some of the most significant historic movements and events of the Twentieth-Century --the Great Depression, the Great Dust Storm, World War II, the social and the political upheavals resulting from Unionism, the Communist Party and the Cold War-- Woody absorbed it all to become a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry captured the plight of everyman. While ... Read more in Amazon's Woody Guthrie Store

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1. This Land Is Your Land
2. Do Re Mi
3. So Long-It's Been Good To Know Yuh
4. Pastures Of Plenty
5. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
6. 900 Miles
7. Roll On Columbia
8. Hard, Ain't It Hard
9. Dirty Overhalls
10. (Take Me) Riding In My Car
11. Ship In The Sky
12. The Sinking Of The Reuben James
13. Rambling Round Your City
14. Jesus Christ
15. When The Curfew Blows
16. 1913 Massacre
17. Talking Fishing Blues
18. Curley Headed Baby
19. Jackhammer John
20. The Great Historical Bum
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Woody Guthrie's colleagues make a tribute album in 1972 10 Aug. 2005
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are two reasons why calling this album "The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie" rather than some variation on the greatest hits idea makes sense. First, Guthrie was out singing these songs before there ever were any Billboard charts to help defiine exactly what constituted a hit. Second, although this album starts with Guthrie himself singing "This Land Is Your Land," clearly his most famous and most popular song, the track shifts to the song being sung by the Weavers. Guthrie sings a few songs and few duets, but mostly his songs are sung by other artists. So what we have here is a tribute album, originally a double-album now on a single CD, that represents some of the best first and second generation folk singers who followed in the path blazed by America's troubadour.

The first generation would be those artists that actually got to play with Guthrie, which would be not only the Weavers with Pete Seeger (the artist who most closely followed in Guthrie's footsteps), but also Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. The next generation is represented on the album by Odetta, Joan Baez, and Country Joe McDonald. Yes, there is an authenticity to hearing Guthrie sing his songs that nobody else can touch, but there is something to be said for other artists replacing his rawness with more of the inherent beauty of his songs (the same way Peter, Paul & Mary did for Bob Dylan). The track information above is incomplete, so here is who sings what on "The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie":

1. "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie/The Weavers
2. "Do Re Mi" by Cisco Houston
3. "So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh" by The Weavers
4. "Pastures Of Plenty" by Odetta
5. "Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)" by Cisco Houston
6. "900 Miles" by Cisco Houston
7. "Roll On Columbia" by Country Joe McDonald
8. "Hard, Ain't It Hard" by Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston
9. "Dirty Overhalls" by Woody Guthrie
10. "Riding In My Car (Take Me)" by Woody Guthrie
11. "Ship In The Sky" by Cisco Houston
12. "The Sinking Of The Reuben James" by The Weavers
13. "Rambling Round Your City" by Odetta
14. "Jesus Christ" by Cisco Houston
15. "When The Curfew Blows" by Country Joe McDonald
16. "1913 Massacre" by Ramblin' Jack Elliott
17. "Talking Fishing Blues" by Ramblin' Jack Elliott
18. "Curly Headed Baby" by Cisco Houston
19. "Jackhammer John" by The Weavers
20. "The Great Historical Bum" by Odetta
21. "Pretty Boy Floyd" by Joan Baez
22. "Buffalo Skinners" by Jim Kweskin
23. "Hard Travelin'" by Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston & Sonny Terry

My favorite track is Odetta's "Pastures of Plenty," simply because it best represents how far you can go with Guthrie's music from its folk roots and make it work. When you listen to Cisco Houston do "Do-Re-Mi" you are moving a notch up on the authenticity level, and with the Weavers singing "So Long (It's Been Good to Know You)" and "Jackhammer John" you get a real sense of how these songs were popularized. Of course, everytime you actually get to hear Guthrie sing on one of these tracks, such as the duet with Houston on "Hard, Ain't It Hard" you want to go listen to one of Guthrie's own albums, so those tracks tend to be a bit intrusive given the overall theme of the album.

Not everything will sit just right with you. The tempo of Country Joe McDonald's "Roll On Columbia" is just too slow for me, and I have to admit I was surprised that Joan Baez is not the one singing "Deportee," because her cover of that song is one of her better ones. But you look over the play list and it becomes clear that the old vanguard is not letting the new kids have many bites of the apple here (strange to think that in 1972 when this album first came out that Baez would be restricted to the second tier on an album like this). But whatever faults you might find with some of the tracks, the overall idea and execution and exactly what you would want to find on an album like this. There are several solid Woody Guthrie tribute albums, and this would have to be considered one of them.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
OUTSTANDING for Guthrie fans and the as-yet unconverted 30 July 2000
By "stbob" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album for the Woody Guthrie content, I'm a big, big fan of Woody's life and works. Some of the other artists' versions of his tunes, especially Odetta's, damn near moved me to tears. This is an absolutely beautiful collection. There's nothing as moving as Odetta singing "Sometimes fruit gets rotten and falls down to the ground... there's a hungry mouth for every peach as I go ramblin' round." You just know she felt it with her heart.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Possibly the best Woody tribute album made so far... 27 Sept. 2002
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This has a nice variety of Woody's material and a nice collection of performers, some who were friends of his, not just admirers. I have grown over the decades to prefer Woody's own singing, or interpretations by Cisco Houston and Ramblin' Jack Elliot...whole albums worth. But especially for a beginner in the lore and legend of Guthrie, this is a great starter set.
One Songwriter, Many Voices 26 Feb. 2013
By Nancy Sherburne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have no record as to when I purchased this collection of Woody's songs on CD but I am sure glad I did. I was already a folk music fan and enjoyed a lot of singers and groups in the sixties such as The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. The Weavers were not as well-known to me as they came in the earlier days but I came to know them later on. I had heard Judy Collins sing Roll On, Columbia and thought it would be interesting to hear someone else sing it. Joan Baez was of course another rewason why I purchased the CD. When I played it I found it amazing in the sheer power of the various singers and groups doing justice to Woody's songs, and to hear the man himself singing a couple was an added delight. It would be nice if it came with lyrics so the listener could sing along, but at least they were treated to hearing Odetta sing Pastures of Plenty so beautifully. I rate it my favorite track, followed by Roll On, Columbia. I admit I did not care for Talking Fish Blues (I think that was the title) but all else was pure gold to my ears. Now someone says there are more songs on the vinyl set so I will have to see if I can buy it, but meantime I will be more than content to enjoy the CD.
Woody Guthrie 9 Oct. 2013
By Bob Raboin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD has an abundance of songs done by various artists including Woody himself. The recording was well done and featured many of Woody's most famous songs including "This land is Your land", "So Long it's Been Good to Know Ya", "Riding in My Car", "1913 Massacre" and other original pieces. There is an additional CD called " The Greatest Hits of Woody Guthrie, Vol. 1. If you are a fan of Woody Guthrie either or both will please you.
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