Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A classic reaffirmed.

Chances are that if you attended an American school, you sang "This Land Is Your Land" as a kid. But hearing it in Guthrie's Registry-approved original version, recorded for Moe Asch's Folkways label in 1944, gives it a plainspoken weight that reaffirms its primacy.