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Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie CD

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 429
  • ASIN: B005ARYEFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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titolo-note of hope. a celebration of woody guthrieetichetta-fontana---n. dischi1data4 ottobre 2011supportocd audiogenerepop e rock internazionalecompilation----brani1.the note of hope van dyke parks 2.wild card in the hole madeleine peyroux 3.ease my revolutionary mind tom morello 4.the debt i owe lou reed 5.union love juice michael franti 6.peace pin boogie kurt elling 7.voice ani difranco 8.i heard a man talking studs terkel 9.old folks nellie mckay 10.on the high lonesome chris whitley 11.there's a feeling in the music pete seeger & tony trischka 12.you know the night jackson browne

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Unlike the 1990s album Mermaid Avenue where singers put new folky melodies to go with unpublished lyrics by Woody Guthrie this CD (in cooperation with Woody's daughter Nora and the Woody Guthrie Archive) provides musical backgrounds for some of Woody's prose pieces. A very diverse collection of jazz, blues and rock artists come together to interpret the texts and I'm amazed to report that I liked all the tracks - even Lou Reed who I normally can't stand. I'm not a jazz fan but I particularly liked the jazz tracks from Kurt Elling and Studs Terkel's spoken word piece. I thought that Madeleine Peyroux's track was wonderfully successful and that Chris Whitley's contribution "On the high lonesome" was particularly stark and powerful.

I can't really pin down why I like this album so much, I'm not particularly a Woody Guthrie fan or a big fan of any of the contributors but it just comes out of left field and seems to work as a whole - possibly because of Rob Wasserman's fabulous bass playing which features on all the tracks. Nice to see Woody's old colleague Pete Seeger taking part as well.
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I was hoping for some Guthrie covers not a potted pastiche of his life/works of variable quality. Don't know what the CD is trying to achieve, lost on me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Influence and Inspiration! 6 Oct. 2011
By John C. Bergeron - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who might happen to read my other reviews will quickly recognize my unabashed devotion to the artistry of Jackson Browne, and it is unquestionably his mesmerizing contribution to this project that initially captured my attention. It should come as no surprise then that "You Know the Night" is, for me, the anchor of this extremely eclectic body of work. Artists as diverse as Ani DiFranco, Studs Terkel and Nellie McKay contribute to this centennial tribute to the great Woody Guthrie. The workings of WG's words and music will seem arcane and, in many instances, far removed from what you (or he!) might have thought imaginable, but in a very real sense I consider this to be the ultimate tribute. It is daunting (not to mention a little depressing) to try to picture what we might be listening to were it not for seminal artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Browne himself. Well, taking one step further back, it's impossible to picture how they might have evolved were it not for Woody and so many of his contemporaries. I guess what I'm saying is that while this recording may seem a bit spotty to some, I consider it to be a tribute in the richest and most accurate sense of the word. Art is about broadening vistas, and, for the most part, the artists represented here demonstrate the very personal and profound impact another troubador's vision has had on their own.
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied interpretations 1 Dec. 2012
By G. Brozeit - Published on Amazon.com
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Knitting Factory does Woody Guthrie might be a better title for this collection. If you're familiar with the cottage industry of Guthrie prose musical reinterpretations, this one is the least like Mermaid Avenue. Listening to this requires more effort as compared to the other anthologies. But it is good if you value experimentation and are interested how modern artists interpret Guthrie.

Beginning with an instrumental piece by Van Dyke Parks, each song has a style and attitude of its own. There is no stylistic consistency. I particularly like Jackson Browne's finale, a stream of conciousness jam that goes on for more that 14 minutes. It's fun, not boring, and great to read the liner notes. The contribution by Pete Seeger is poignant and optimisitic and worth having in any collection. And the piece with Studs Terkel will please any long time Terkel/Guthrie fan.
4.0 out of 5 stars oddly compelling 23 Oct. 2011
By Maureen Riley - Published on Amazon.com
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just got this a couple of days ago, and in listening for first time this morning, i had mixed feelings. did i like it? is it a bit jarring? i bought it because i loved the concept of taking someone's words from their notebooks/journals and setting them to music. the cadence of the melodies lends a gritty feel to the words. as i've been listening, i have to admit i find it all a bit odd. and yet, it's oddly compelling. and what can i say about "You Know the Night"? WOW pretty well sums it up. it's fantastic, all the way around ... music, words, and Jackson Browne's voice. wow. i will definitely listen to this cd repeatedly to fully appreciate the content and the delicacy of the words. i'd highly recommend it for anyone who loves words and the power they have on the reader or listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another side of Woody Guthrie 14 Oct. 2011
By Mahir Ali - Published on Amazon.com
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THE celebrations marking the birth centenary of Woody Guthrie - a singer-songwriter long before the category had been invented - have kicked off with an album that conceptually echoes Billy Bragg and Wilco's collaboration on the two Mermaid Avenue albums in the late 1990s. As inaugural fireworks go, it's a spectacular album that has been in the making for more than a decade. The task of creating it was entrusted by Guthrie's daughter Nora to innovative and eclectic bassist Rob Wasserman, who was musically nurtured in a tradition that bore little resemblance to the quintessential American folk singer's rural roots. A further challenge lay in the fact that the unpublished texts Nora Guthrie chose came from journals and poems: they were never intended to be sung. That makes the resultant achievement even more stupendous. Following an overture, a Wasserman instrumental embellished by Van Dyke Parks, we are straight into Madeleine Peyroux singing: "Times are gittin hard, folks;/ They might get harder still; No matter who wins office/ In that Big House on the hill." It dates back to the Truman era but could have been written yesterday. The same could be said about many of the tracks, not least The Debt I Owe, extracted by Lou Reed from a 10-page dissertation. Jackson Browne, in tackling a 30-page recollection of the night Guthrie first met Marjorie Mazia, the Martha Graham dancer who became his second wife, was less choosy; the result is a nearly 15-minute song that, unless the listener happens to be a huge Browne fan, struggles to command sustained attention. At about one-third the length, it works much better as a radio edit that can be heard on the woodyguthrie.org website. And it may well have proved more engaging as a spoken word track, along the lines of contributions from Ani DiFranco and Guthrie's friends Studs Terkel and Pete Seeger, the latter accompanied on banjo by Tony Trischka on a track that includes Woody's confession that "there's no real trick of creating words set to music - once you realise that the word is the music and the people are the song". Other contributors range from Michael Franti and Tom Morello - who have considerable fun, respectively, with Union Love Juice and Ease My Revolutionary Mind - to Kurt Elling, Chris Whitley and Nellie McKay. Despite the inevitable stylistic diversity, Wasserman's bass spine lends the album a charming musical coherence. Note of Hope cannot generically be pigeonholed, but it unquestionably sets a standard that forthcoming Guthrie projects will struggle to match. Chances are it will also convey the troubadour's troubled genius to minds that might otherwise have ignored it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Guthrie at 100 Years Old 27 July 2013
By David Hubbard - Published on Amazon.com
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Saw a Woody Guthrie special on PBS and Jackson Brown and Rob Wasserman sang this incredible song "You know the Night" which was an actual letter from Woodie to his future bride about the night they met. One of the best songs I have had the pleasure of hearing in my 67 years of life. I love it. Purchased this from Amazon and received it a few days later. I must admit that the only reason I purchased it was for this song ONLY.
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