MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 601: SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019

Albums

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  • WOODY GUTHRIE: DUST BOWL BALLADS: 1940: FOLK,COUNTRY: GRADE: A++. CD: A classic which holds up today nearly 80 years later as it did at the time of release. All the songs deal with the Dust Bowl and its effects on the people and the country. The first concept album? At the time they were released it was on 2 3 disc 78’s. It was the first Woody Guthrie album, his most successful and most highly acclaimed.

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  • WOODY GUTHRIE: WOODY AT 100: THE WOODY GUTHRIE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION: 3 DISCS: 2012: FOLK COUNTRY: GRADE: A+ APPLE: 3 discs and 65 tracks recorded between 1937- 1951. The box came out in 2012 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Woody. Great stuff covering his entire career. Woody died at 55 from Huntington’s Disease in 1967. His music falls under Folk- but as pointed out in the Ken Burns series it is just as easily country- they should have claimed him. He wrote folk and country songs, children’s songs and political songs. His music has inspired scores of musicians- most famously Bob Dylan but also Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, John Mellencamp- the list is endless.  One of the ten greatest and influential artists in American music history. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame.   A great read- Woody Guthrie: A Life by Joe Klein.

 

The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4

 

  • WOODY GUTHRIE: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND: THE ASCH RECORDINGS: VOL 1: 1997: FOLK. COUNTRY: GRADE: A+. CD: A four CD set of the recordings Woody made in 1944-45 by Moses Asch in New York City. An outstanding collection of 105 songs in total 4 hours and 43 minutes of music. Essential.
  • WOODY GUTHRIE: MULESKINNER BLUES: THE ASCH RECORDINGS: VOL.2: 1997:
  • WOODY GUTHRIE: HARD TRAVELIN’: THE ASCH RECORDINGS: VOL. 3: 1998:
  • WOODY GUTHRIE: BUFFALO SKINNERS: THE ASCH RECORDINGS: VOL. 4. 1999:

 

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