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The Best Of Arlo Guthrie CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Jan. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002KI3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Alice's Restaurant Massacre
  2. Gabriel's Mother's Highway Ballad #16
  3. Cooper's Lament
  4. Motorcycle (Significance Of The Pickle) Song
  5. Coming Into Los Angeles
  6. Last Train
  7. City of New Orleans
  8. Darkest Hour
  9. Last To Leave

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Though several of Guthrie's records contain hidden gems well worth seeking out, his best-known songs are fairly obvious and easy to assemble on a single greatest-hits package. A hefty chunk of this record is taken up by the epic "Alice's Restaurant", which clocks in at 18-and-a-half minutes. Yet--while it's a definitive element of late 1960s counterculture--it's not his best song, either as writer or as performer. For the latter, his version of Steve Goodman's classic "City of New Orleans" remains the pinnacle of his career; among his own songs, it's hard to surpass the somewhat lesser-known but equally beautiful "Darkest Hour". Other highlights here include the rockin' "Comin' into Los Angeles" and the comedic "Motorcycle Song". --Peter Blackstock

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some of the music here has dated, like the humorous Alice's Restaurant and Motorcycle, but the rest remains as beautiful and poignant as ever. Much of it has travelling as a theme, like Coming Into Los Angeles, Last Train, City Of New Orleans and Last To Leave. The Steve Goodman song about a train called the City Of New Orleans is a true classic of epic proportions but my favorite on the album is the soulful and moving Last Train with its poetic and spiritual lyrics and its sensitive treatment. It sounds like a gospel song and I would love to hear someone like e.g. Nina Simone interpreting it. Darkest Hour and Last To Leave have also stood the test of time very well. Although he emerged out of the 60s folk wave along with Dylan, Baez and others, Guthrie's sound is refreshingly distinct and he has his own unique appeal.
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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!
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I had this album on vynil years ago loved it and lost it....was not disappointed and turned back the years..A must for Gurthrie fans both Arlo and his Dad Woody
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At one time comedians could travel from town to town gagging out the same routine night after night . TV killed all that and familiarity , as it always does , bred contempt . In the 70s I bought Billy Connolly on vinyl - laughed like a corpse the first time - smiled like a knowing corpse the second time - never played it again . I skipped Alice's Restaurant this time figuring that my bottom would develope a fissure if I had to sit through this again . The Pickle Song also went unheard . The album is lifted to four stars by the last five tracks which are decent and include his fine cover of Steve Goodman's City Of New Orleans . Shame on Warners for not including any notes ( for example who is that fine lead guitar on Coming Into Los Angeles ) and not even saying who wrote the songs - that is beyond a joke .
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I grew up listening to Arlo Guthrie and his father Woody Guthrie. This is a great introduction to his music. It includes the very funny Alice's Restaurant, that tells the story of how one man avoided the Viet Nam army draft by being arrested for littering. Evidently if you were arrested for the heinous crime of littering you were not fit for army duty!

The other song that stands out for me is "The City of New Orleans", a tale of the great Illinois Central train that runs from Chicago to The Gulf of Mexico. The rest of the songs are no disappointment though and are thoroughly enjoyable!

Anyway if you want a taste of what Arlo Guthrie is about have a listen!
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I caught the sound of 'City of New Orleans' being played over the radio in my car, and thought 'Hey, who's that?' Luckily the DJ gave the artist's name ... why, none other than Woody's son Arlo! So when I came home, I looked it up, and hey presto, here it is on the doormat today. You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant, and it seems that you certainly can! I've already got other versions of 'New Orleans' by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen, but for me this version outplays even them! In fact I love the whole album. Great stuff ... how did I miss it all those years ago ... or maybe its just his Dad's talent showing through.
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Worth the entry money for Alice's Restaurant alone. The longest track I've ever heard ridicules the ironic contradictions of U.S. conscription at the time of the Vietnam war. A comedic, hippy anthem, brilliantly done.
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first time i heard arlo was mill vally outside san francisco when the world was a friendly place,now its just a place not particular friendly,this cd is a timemachine it takes you back so enjoy
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