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1 	The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster) 	
2 	Talking Dust Bowl Blues 	
3 	Pretty Boy Floyd 	
4 	Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh) 	
5 	Dust Bowl Blues 	
6 	Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Gonna To Be Treated This Way) 	
7 	Tom Joad (Part 1) 	
8 	Tom Joad (Part 2) 	
9 	Do Re Mi 	
10 	Dust Bowl Refugee 	
11 	I Ain't Got No Home 	
12 	Vigilante Man 	
13 	Dust Can't Kill Me 	
14 	Dust Pneumonia Blues 	
15 	Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues (Alternate Take)

Woody Guthrie - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica

Recorded in New York, New York, on April 26 & May 3, 1940. Originally released in 1964.


Sixty years after the recordings were first released, Woody Guthrie's odes to the Dust Bowl are presented in their third different configuration. RCA Victor Records, the only major label for which Guthrie ever recorded, issued two three-disc 78 rpm albums, Dust Bowl Ballads, Vol. 1 and Dust Bowl Ballads, Vol. 2, in July 1940, containing a total of 11 songs. ("Tom Joad" was spread across two sides of a 78 due to its length.) Twenty-four years later, with the folk revival at its height, RCA reissued the material on a single 12" LP in a new sequence and with two previously unreleased tracks, "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Dust Bowl Blues," added. Thirty-six years on, the Buddha reissue division of BMG, which owns RCA, shuffles the running order again and adds another track, this one an alternate take of "Talking Dust Bowl Blues." But whether available on 78s, LP, or CD, Dust Bowl Ballads constitutes a consistent concept album that roughly follows the outlines of John Steinbeck's 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath. (Indeed, "Tom Joad" is nothing less than the plot of the book set to music.) The story begins, as "The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster)" has it, "On the fourteenth day of April of 1935," when a giant dust storm hits the Great Plains, transforming the landscape. Shortly after, the farmers pack up their families and head west, where they have been promised there is work aplenty picking fruit in the lush valleys of California. The trip is eventful, as "Talking Dust Bowl Blues" humorously shows, but the arrival is disappointing, as the Okies discover California is less than welcoming to those who don't bring along some "do[ough] re mi." Guthrie's songs go back and forth across this tale of woe, sometimes focusing on the horrors of the dust storm, sometimes on human villains, with deputy sheriffs and vigilantes providing particular trouble. In "Pretty Boy Floyd," he treats an ancillary subject, as the famous outlaw is valorized as a misunderstood Robin Hood. Guthrie treats his subject alternately with dry wit and defiance, and listeners in 1940 would have been conscious of the deliberate contrast with Jimmie Rodgers, whose music is evoked even as he is being mocked in "Dust Pneumonia Blues." Sixty years later, listeners may hear these songs through the music Guthrie influenced, particularly the folk tunes of Bob Dylan. Either way, this is powerful music, rendered simply and directly. It was devastatingly effective when first released, and it helped define all the folk music that followed it. ---William Ruhlmann, AllMusic Review

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]]> (bluesever) Woody Guthrie Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:12:47 +0000
Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection Out Next Week (2012) Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection Out Next Week (2012)

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1. This Land Is Your Land (Alternate Version) 2:44
2. Pastures Of Plenty 2:25
3. Riding In My Car (Car Song) 1:49
4. The Grand Coulee Dam 2:10
5. Talking Dust Bowl 1:51
6. So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) 3:40
7. Ramblin’ Round 2:14
8. Philadelphia Lawyer 2:28
9. Hard Travelin’ 2:31
10. Pretty Boy Floyd 3:00
11. Hobo’s Lullaby 2:23
12. Talking Columbia 2:28
13. The Sinking Of The Reuben James 3:00
14. Jesus Christ 2:37
15. Gypsy Davy 2:49
16. New York Town 2:35
17. Going Down The Road (Feeling Bad) 2:56
18. Hard, Ain’t It Hard 2:42
19. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum) 2:17
20. This Land Is Your Land (Standard Version) 2:16
21. Jarama Valley 2:52
22. Why, Oh Why? 3:27
23. I’ve Got To Know 5:32

1. Better World A-Comin’ 3:05
2. When That Great Ship Went Down (The Great Ship) 3:17
3. A Dollar Down And A Dollar A Week 1:35
4. Talking Centralia 3:24
5. 1913 Massacre 3:35
6. Dirty Overalls 1:55
7. My Daddy (Flies A Ship In The Sky) 2:33
8. Worried Man Blues 2:58
9. Hangknot, Slipknot 2:30
10. Buffalo Skinners 2:16
11. Howdi Do 1:40
12. Jackhammer John 2:36
13. The Ranger’s Command 2:49
14. So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You (WWii Version) 2:45
15. What Are We Waiting On? 2:07
16. Lindbergh 3:10
17. Ludlow Massacre 3:28
18. Bad Lee Brown (Cocaine Blues) 2:14
19. Two Good Men 3:45
20. Farmer-Labor Train 2:49
21. The Jolly Banker 2:50
22. We Shall Be Free 3:01

The Los Angeles Recordings
1. I Ain’t Got No Home (In This World Anymore)* 3:26
2. Them Big City Ways** 2:27
3. Do Re Mi* 3:33
4. Skid Row Serenade** 3:00
5. Radio Program : The Ballad Gazette With Woody Guthrie 14:20
This Land Is Your Land*, What Did The Deep Sea Say?*, Blow Ye Winds*,
 Trouble On The Waters**, Blow The Man Down, Normandy Was Her Name**,
 The Sinking Of The Reuben James*

6. BBC: Children’s Hour July 7, 1944 10:19
Intro–Wabash Cannonball*, 900 Miles*, Stagger Lee*, Pretty Boy Floyd*

7. People’s Songs Hootenanny 8:53
Ladies Auxiliary, Weaver’s Life*

8. WNYC Radio Program: Folk Songs Of America December 12, 1940 16:24
John Hardy*, Jesse James*, Tom Joad*

9. Reckless Talk** 1:42
10. All Work Together 2:39
11. My Little Seed 2:30
12. Goodnight Little Cathy** 2:20

* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased original song

Woody Guthrie -  Banjo; Guitar; Harmonica; Mandolin; Vocals


In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, Smithsonian Folkways presents an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos and essays on one of America’s most treasured 20th-century icons.

Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is a 150-page large-format book with 3 CDs containing 57 tracks, including Woody’s most important recordings such as the complete version of “This Land Is Your Land,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “I Ain’t Got No Home in This World Anymore,” and “Riding in My Car.” The set also contains 21 previously unreleased performances and six never-before-heard original songs, including Woody’s first known—and recently discovered—recordings from 1939.

Richly illustrated with photos, artifacts and Woody’s visual art and lyrics—plus extensive essays on Guthrie and his songs—Woody at 100 commemorates and displays the genius of one of the greatest songwriters, musicians and visual artists of the 20th century.

The book features essays by co-producers Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum and author of “This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song,” and Jeff Place, GRAMMY-winning archivist for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and producer of several Woody Guthrie collections and exhibitions.

Four of the unreleased performances, including original songs “Skid Row Serenade” and “Them Big City Ways,” are Woody’s earliest known recordings, made in 1939 while he was working for KFVD radio station in Los Angeles. The set also includes a medley performed in 1940 on Lead Belly’s WNYC radio show. The other four unreleased original songs are “Trouble on the Waters” and “Normandy Was Her Name” from a live radio broadcast and “Reckless Talk” and “Goodnight Little Cathy” discovered in the Folkways Records archives. The book offers an extensive biography of the artist and background information on each track.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote songs that became the soundtrack of an era and permanent fixtures of American identity. His early Dust Bowl ballads, along with more than 3,000 work songs, union and labor songs, political and philosophical songs, anti-war songs, anti-Nazi songs, love songs and children’s songs, marked the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war. Many have embraced “This Land Is Your Land” as America's second national anthem. Woody was ordinary, yet extraordinary—a traveler, itinerant worker, radio performer, military enlistee, thinking man, gifted visual artist, a husband and father, and prolific writer who left his mark on music, culture and politics.

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]]> (bluesever) Woody Guthrie Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:48:55 +0000
Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land (1997) Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land (1997)

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01 This Land is Your Land
02 - Car Song
03 - Ramblin' Round
04 - Talking Fishing Blues
05 - Philadelphia Lawyer
06 - Lindbergh
07 - Hobo's Lullaby
08 - Pastures of Plenty
09 - Grand Coulee Dam						play
10 - End of the Line
11 - New York Town
12 - Gypsy Davy
13 - Jesus Christ
14 - This Land is Your Land
15 - Do-Re-Mi
16 - Jarama Valley
17 - The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done	play
18 - Picture From Life's Other Side
19 - Jesse James
20 - Talking Hard Work
21 - When That Great Ship Went Down
22 - Hard, Ain't It Hard
23 - Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
24 - I Ain't Got Nobody
25 - Sinking of the Reuben James
26 - Why, Oh Why
27 - This Land is Your Land

Woody Guthrie (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica); 
Cisco Houston (guitar, background vocals); 
Sonny Terry (harmonica).


Between 1940 and 1952, folk legend Woody Guthrie recorded over 300 songs for the equally legendary folk producer Moses Asch. In 1997, Smithsonian Folkways released the first of four CDs chronicling the musical partnership between these two men, initiating in the process the definitive collection of Guthrie compositions and recordings. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND is the first and most accessible of the volumes, including many of Guthrie's most popular songs.

Among the titles found on THIS LAND are the title track, "Philadelphia Lawyer," (later a hit for Rose Maddox), "Hobo's Lullaby," "Jesus Christ," "Do Re Mi," "Grand Coulee Dam," and "Pastures of Plenty." Some of the lesser-known tracks are primarily of historical interest (such as a song tearing into Charles Lindbergh's opposition to U.S. entry into World War II), while others stand the test of time remarkably well. Three versions of the title song appear, among them a take (long presumed to be lost) including the famous "anti-private property" verse. Guthrie infuses his songs with ample servings of wit, which helps the politics go down smooth and easy.

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]]> (bluesever) Woody Guthrie Tue, 01 Nov 2011 19:33:11 +0000
Woody Guthrie – Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs (1962) Woody Guthrie – Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs (1962)

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1. Hard Traveling
2. What Did The Deep Sea Say?
3. The House Of The Rising Sun
4. 900 Miles (Instrumental)
5. John Henry					play
6. Oregon Trail
7. We Shall Be Free
8. Dirty Overalls (My Dirty Overhauls)	play
9. Jackhammer John
10. Springfield Mountain
11. Brown Eyes
12. Boll Weevil Blues (Boll Weevil)
13. Guitar Blues (Instrumental)
14. Will You Miss Me?


In April 1944, 31-year-old Woody Guthrie discovered a recording outlet when he hooked up with record company owner Moses Asch, who agreed to let him cut a virtually unlimited number of masters informally. Guthrie simply would turn up at Asch's studios alone or with such friends as Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry, Leadbelly, and Bess Lomax Hawes, and record his repertoire of original and traditional songs. The repository soon grew to hundreds of titles, far more than even a major label, much less a tiny independent, could release contemporaneously. Over the decades, Asch did release many of the tracks, but by 1962, when he assembled the LP Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs, he still had a significant caché of unissued material like that found on this disc. In the ensuing 18 years, the folk revival had kicked in, and such artists as Joan Baez were taking folk music into the upper reaches of the charts. Guthrie was considered the godfather of the movement, and Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs played right into that, as he could be heard singing songs like "The Rising Sun Blues" (aka "The House of the Rising Sun") and "The Boll Weevil," the same songs that the new generation of folk singers were performing in coffee houses. In truth, with the combination of guitars, mandolin, harmonica, and fiddle, plus Houston's rough high harmonies, the arrangements often were more evocative of the old-timey country string bands of the '30s, such as the Monroe Brothers, than early-'60s urban folk. Then, too, although some of the songs were credited to Guthrie as a songwriter, this was not the Guthrie of "This Land Is Your Land," but rather Guthrie the traditional folk singer. Still, Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs was an excellent representation of rural folk music that consolidated Guthrie's position as the newly fashionable genre's main progenitor. ---William Ruhlmann

These recordings are all excellent with great sound quality. Even though alot of the songs on this disc have been released on the asch recordings 4 disc set, they are different versions....for example, the opening song "Hard Travelin" has been released a few different times but this version has Cisco Houston helping out and singing back-up.For me, the Songs "Will You Miss Me', "Brown Eyes", and "John Henry" are reason enough to own this album. --- Ben Moore "LowLight"

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]]> (bluesever) Woody Guthrie Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:24:34 +0000
Woody Guthrie - Worried Man Blues - The Best Of (2008) Woody Guthrie - Worried Man Blues - The Best Of (2008)

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1. Worried Man Blues				play
2. Hard, Ain't It
3. Buffalo Skinners
4. Pretty Boy Floyd
5. Columbus Stockade Blues
6. Gypsy Davy
7. Blowing Down That Old Dusty Road
8. John Henry						play						
9. More Pretty Girls Than One
10. Rangers Command
11. Danville Girl
12. Bury Me Beneath The Willows
13. Lonesome Day
14. Worried Man Blues (Buffalo Version)

Woody Guthrie (vocals, guitar, mandolin); 
Danny B. Harvey (guitar, acoustic bass, snare drum); 
Cisco Houston (guitar); 
Sonny Terry (harmonica).


The Woody Guthrie album Worried Man Blues: The Best Of, released by Master Classics in 2005, is identical in contents and annotations to the Woody Guthrie album The Very Best Of released by Purple Pyramid in 2001. Ever since 1947, when record company owner Moses Asch declared bankruptcy and his former partner and creditor, Herbert Harris of Stinson Records, held onto a batch of Asch's Woody Guthrie masters in lieu of payment, those tracks, a small part of a cache of hundreds of casually recorded songs Guthrie and such friends as Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry made starting in April 1944, have been issued over and over on albums that, while unauthorized, are -- strictly speaking -- not illegal. (Asch disputed Harris' ownership of the tracks, but neither had the wherewithal to pursue claims in court.) The first of these albums were on Stinson Records, of course, but they have appeared on many labels since. Here is another collection of a baker's dozen of them, licensed from San Juan Music Group. These old folk songs sometimes boast new lyrics from Guthrie, and the collection also includes the occasional Guthrie original, such as "Pretty Boy Floyd." With Houston chiming in on tenor vocals here and there, plus Sonny Terry's harmonica added to the guitar and/or mandolin accompaniment, the style is somewhat akin to the old-timey country music of such 1930s artists as the Monroe Brothers, and for the most part, this is not the Woody Guthrie of "This Land Is Your Land." Master Classics has taken some actions to separate its release from the pack of similar competitors, and bringing in Dave Thompson to write liner notes on each individual song was a good idea, along with listing recording dates and personnel. ---William Ruhlmann

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]]> (bluesever) Woody Guthrie Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:04:53 +0000