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My Dusty Road [Box set]

Woody Guthrie Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0025XV1LW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. What Did The Deep Sea Say? 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Put My Little Shoes Away 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Harriet Tubman's Ballad Part 1 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Tear The Fascists Down 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. When The Yanks Go Marching In 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Can Hear My Whistle Blow 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Union Burying Ground 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Do You Ever Think Of Me? 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Danville Girl 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Guitar Blues 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brown's Ferry Blues 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. More Pretty Girls Than One 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonny's Flight 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

In April 1944, the then little-known Woody Guthrie – back from doing his bit for the war effort with the US Merchant Marines – made a marathon series of recordings in New York for Moe Asch and Herbert Harris, respective heads of the Folkways and Stinson record labels.

In five days he recorded 125 tracks, but while Guthrie and some of the most celebrated songs from those sessions – This Land Is Your Land, Hard Travelin’ and Pretty Boy Floyd included – went on to fuel the folk revival that subsequently shaped American youth culture, those original recordings disappeared, presumed lost forever. But in 2003, a Sicilian woman in Brooklyn investigated the cardboard barrels that had long lain undisturbed in her basement and chanced upon the metal master tapes of those long-lost 1944 recordings.

Condensed into a four-CD set of 54 songs, inventively packaged with a 68-page booklet, what immediately hits you is the startling clarity. There’s none of the graininess that invariably accompanies such ancient discoveries – and afflicts many of the compilations previously issued in Woody’s name – and it sounds as if he’s playing right in front of your nose. To most people now, Woody Guthrie is an almost mythical figure canonised by Dylan, Springsteen et al but, perhaps for the first time, here’s the chance to grasp the full essence of the man behind the legend and the authenticity that makes him such an enduringly influential folk music giant.

The four CDs are thematically differentiated – Woody’s Roots features many of the old blues and country songs that coloured his Oklahoma upbringing; Woody the Agitator includes union songs and other material that laid the foundations for the protest movement; Woody, Cisco & Sonny is a good-time blast with kindred spirits Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry; and Woody’s Greatest Hits is mostly stuff we know already. Each is magnificent but the icing on the cake is six previously unheard songs, including the mighty Tear the Fascists Down.

If anyone had any doubts about the continuing relevance of Woody Guthrie, this blows them clean out of the water. --Colin Irwin

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overly packaged, but wonderful music 22 Jan 2010
By Wheel
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The previous 2 reviewers were spot-on. Woody Guthrie has the effect, 66 years on & thousands of miles away, of being entirely relevant, whilst most modern music does not. Strange. I love the Rounder label & totally applaud their many worthy & hugely enjoyable reissues over the years, but must criticise this package. The music could have fitted on to 2-3 CD's & in a far less ostentacious setup. The cost is prohibitive, not something the thoroughly left-wing troubador would have approved of I am sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reordings, shame about the packaging 25 Oct 2009
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I was in two minds about buying this set because of the cost but media reviews persuaded me to. Given that these are recordings were made in 1944 and (if you believe the blurb) have been lying collecting dust since then. They are a revelation. The sound is excellent. I think that's what most people want to hear. However, the set is divided into four themed cds, the total time of which would easily have fitted into two. The disc are presented in individual cardboard sleeves along with a "book" which is essentially sleeve notes and a couple of replica post cards written by Woody. All packaged in a mini suitcase which will not fit on your cd shelf. That said, ignore the packaging and the price and enjoy these recordings.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Woody Guthrie recordings from 1944. 12 Oct 2009
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The 78-rpm metal masters of these remarkable 1944 recordings made for the STINSON label were unearthed in a dusty Brooklyn basement. Fortunately, they were in pristine condition so that the resulting 54 tracks on these 4 CDs have stunning clarity with Woody Guthrie's singing and Sonny Terry's harmonica playing coming across with immense power.
Woody Guthrie was a massive influence on Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen & Billy Bragg among others and these historic and marvellous recordings can only add to his stature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 14 Aug 2011
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There are a vast number of Woody Guthrie CD's around now, most of which are not worth buying, partly because you will inevitably duplicate titles several times and partly because the reproduction is often very poor indeed as many of them are third, fourth or worse generation copies. This set however is the first generation and the reproduction is superb. These recordings were made by Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry for Moses Asch of Asch, Disc and Folkways Records of New York in 1944 and 1945. Asch had some kind of partenership for several years with Herbert Harris of Stinson Records because Asch had the studio and artists and Harris had the shellac to actually produce the records themselves. This resulted in the same titles appearing on several different labels and much discographical confusion.
The 40's were the time when recording were made by a disc being cut by a stylus directly as the artist was performing. No rooms for errors - if you made a mistake you had to start all over again! This also meant that there were no tricks or gimmicks which should appeal to the dyed in the wool folkies! From that disc was made a metal master from which eventually the shallac or, later, vinyl records were pressed. These CD's were made from those metal masters, which were inherited from Harris, so are as clear as you are ever going to get. If you think about it the metal disc is 3D mirror image of the final record so these discs had to be played with the turntable running backwards, the arm on the other side and a special stylus to straggle the ridge - it's not a groove on a mirror image!
I would agree with the comments about the packaging and I have also heard the complaint that most has been released already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I bought the download, but... 26 Aug 2009
By Robert R. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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I get a kick out of listening to Woody, and this collection of recently unearthed master recordings from 1944 is like a letter from home. The sound is clear and clean and crisp, a big step up from previous issues of this material. But there's the rub: the majority of these performances are already available in the box set of Asch recordings. There are a couple of "new" songs, and some previously unreleased every-man-for-himself instrumentals with Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry, but it's mostly well-covered territory. And, there's not that much of it: 54 songs on four CDs, none of which runs longer than 45 minutes, tucked into elaborate packaging, priced at almost $60.00. The download, however, is a bargain: all 54 songs for $19.98. At that price, you can afford to help support the Woody Guthrie Foundation, and enjoy sound so clear you'll think Woody's right there in the room with you. (Change chords, Woody!)

Addenda: Amazon's download price has gone up to $36 and change since I wrote this review, so the hard copy now looks less extravagant, but still formidable. You might try to buy it used, or get someone who loves you to give it to you as a Christmas present.

"Take it easy, but take it!" -- Woody
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Rich People Only 30 Jan 2010
By Donald S. Handy - Published on Amazon.com
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The much-vaunted sound quality is an improvement, but only about a grade higher - i.e., an A rather than a B - than what is otherwise available. The question one has to ask oneself is how big of a Woody Guthrie fan are you? Is it really worth the investment to hear marginally better-sounding versions of songs that, in all likelihood, you already have?

The disks are rather skimpy in length. This entire collection could have fit nicely onto two disks. The extravangance of the packaging is at best ironic, given Woody Guthrie's famous proletarianism. This is a person, after all, who walked-out of a job at the Rockefeller Center because it was too far away from his beloved working-class. I'm certain that he would have objected to this fancy, pricey offering, especially in today's economic conditions.

Since my mother taught me not to say anything if I couldn't say something good, the liner notes are excellent.

That said, I wonder how well they did with the song selection. There are a great many songs from these sessions that are on the Asch Recordings Series that are simply better than what's on here. I have a sneaky suspicion that they selected more non-controversial material for inclusion on here. Disk four, in particular, seems laden with too many instrumentals. Woody may be an underated guitarist, but that's not what he's famous for.

I would advise beginners to get individual albums such as "Dust Bowl Ballads" or "Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs," rather than this collection. I would advise everyone else to get The Asch Recordings first. And then, of course, only if you have a secure job.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful package, a true collector's item 26 Aug 2009
By Music Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no question, if you are a fan you need this one for your collection. It's a beautiful package, the recordings are great and the presentation is wonderful. Nice job Rounder for delivering something that showcases this national treasure with a quality product. Worth the purchase, worth being one of the early adopters in order to make sure you get the first generation of this package. The limited number manufactured also makes it that more special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Suitable Case for Sublime 16 Sep 2009
By J. J Spina - Published on Amazon.com
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Is there such a thing as required listening in popular music? And is it possible that the music of a man who single handedly changed the course of pop culture with his songs can come alive again with a clarity and sound that feels like it was recorded TODAY? One cannot say enough about Woody Guthrie and his position in the world of great American music. I intend to invite my friend Bobby D over to review some of these songs for that there radio show he does. And then there's my seven year old son, a railroad song fanatic beyond reproach. He needs a track or two. Folkies? Welcome. Country? Thank you. Alt. ditto. A great man named Gram Parsons once set out on a quest to build on the tradition of Cosmic American Music. The songs and voice of Woody, especially as witnessed on this (slightly too preciously packaged but what the heck) boxed set is a key ingredient to that journey.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic Collection 1 Oct 2009
By Billy The Kid - Published on Amazon.com
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To a Guthrie fan, this collection is platinum on top of gold. The sound quality is pristine - it's like having Woody and his buddies in the room with you. Amazon's discounted price made this collection truly affordable. The little suitcase is cute but it's what's inside that is so great; the book detailing the painstaking restoration of old metal masters and the discussions of each song in the collection. Even if you've heard these songs before, this collection is a new listening experience.
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