Probably the strongest single-disc collection of Woody Guthrie originals, this 27-track first installment of a four-volume series, released in 1997, marked the first time Guthrie’s extended version of “This Land Is Your Land” had seen the light of day (with verses that previously had survived only through oral tradition). Elsewhere, there’s the click-clack buzzing charm of “Car Song,” the spoken rhythmic rambles of “Talking Fishing Blues” and “Talking Hard Work,” accounts of disasters at sea from the Titanic (“When That Great Ship Went Down”) and World War II (“The Sinking Of The Reuben James”), and Woody’s fresh takes on traditional classics like “Gypsy Davy” and “A Picture From Life’s Other Side.” The three subsequent volumes in the Asch Recordings series help to fill out the greater Guthrie story that a single disc simply can’t provide, but there’s probably no better place to start exploring the world of Woody than right here.
By Kenneth Partridge on 04.17.14 in Lists
Kenneth Partridge lists 10 of music's most common Jesus archetypes, from Beyonce to Morrissey.
By Andrew Perry on 09.03.13 in Interviews
[To celebrate his receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award from the Association of Independent Music, we invited Billy Bragg to take control of eMusic's editorial for a week. This is our exclusive interview...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 05.23.13 in Reviews
The Smithsonian Folkways collection is a musical treasure, a chance to wander down the byways of music not only from America, but all parts of the globe. From Woody Guthrie to Leadbelly to Elizabeth Cotten, the label is...
By Aaron Meshon on 07.11.12 in Spotlights
Few songs are as closely associated with America as Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land." Part appreciation, part protest, it celebrates all that is right about America while — in its oft-discussed four...