The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4

The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4

by Woody GuthrieWoody Guthrie


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Woody Guthrie's Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 is another shining example of Smithsonian/Folkways' ability to create a historically important document that is both fun and enriching. Combining four separate compilations (This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1, Muleskinner Blues: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2, Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3, and Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 4) into one box, Smithsonian/Folkways presents a fairly complete overview of Guthrie's career. The collection features deep forays into his union songs, political and social issue songs, cowboy and outlaw songs, and early country and frontier ballads, with each CD separated into specific themes. The liner notes are intelligently written but never dry, going through track by track, bringing to light Guthrie's warm contributions to American folksongs. In listening to the set as a whole, the only question left is "where is Guthrie's comedy album?" His biting humor on songs like "Talking Hard Work," "Ladies Auxiliary," "Howdjadoo," and "Mean Talking Blues" tell of a wry and witty side of the activist that would fit alongside his topical children's albums nicely. Each of these CDs are available individually, but purchasing the box set gives the listener a more well-rounded experience and makes more sense economically.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/1999
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074011225
catalogNumber: 40112
Rank: 59002


Disc 1

  1. This Land Is Your Land
  2. Riding in My Car (Car Song)
  3. Ramblin' Round
  4. Talking Fishing Blues
  5. Philadelphia Lawyer
  6. Lindbergh
  7. Hobo's Lullaby
  8. Pastures of Plenty
  9. Grand Coulee Dam
  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. Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done
  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 (Reprise)

Disc 2

  1. Mule Skinner Blues
  2. Wreck of the Old '97
  3. Sally Goodin'
  4. Little Black Train
  5. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
  6. Baltimore to Washington
  7. Rubber Dolly
  8. 21 Years
  9. Sowing on the Mountain
  10. Bed on the Floor
  11. Take a Whiff on Me
  12. Stepstone
  13. Put My Little Shoes Away
  14. Hen Cackle
  15. Poor Boy
  16. Stack-O-Lee
  17. Johnny Hart
  18. Worried Man Blues
  19. Danville Girl
  20. Gambling Man
  21. Rye Straw
  22. Crawdad Song
  23. Ida Red
  24. Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy
  25. Train 45

Disc 3

  1. Hard Travelin'
  2. Farmer-Labor Train
  3. Howdjadoo
  4. Ship in the Sky
  5. I Ain't Got No Home
  6. Mean Talking Blues
  7. Better World A-Comin'
  8. Miss Pavlichenko
  9. So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh)
  10. New Found Land
  11. Oregon Trail
  12. Vigilante Man
  13. 1913 Massacre
  14. Talking Columbia
  15. Two Good Men
  16. Sally Don't You Grieve
  17. Talking Sailor Blues
  18. What Are We Waiting On?
  19. Railroad Blues
  20. Ludlow Massacre
  21. Ladies Auxiliary
  22. Miner's Song
  23. When the Yanks Go Marching In
  24. Union Maid
  25. Rubaiyat
  26. The Many and the Few
  27. Hanukkah Dance

Disc 4

  1. Ranger's Command
  2. Buffalo Skinners
  3. Billy the Kid
  4. Cowboy Waltz
  5. Pretty Boy Floyd
  6. Along in the Sun and the Rain
  7. Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies
  8. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
  9. Buffalo Gals
  10. I Ride an Old Paint
  11. Dead or Alive (Poor Lazarus)
  12. Slipknot (Hangknot, Slipknot)
  13. Cocaine Blues (Bad Lee Brown)
  14. Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  15. Chisholm Trail
  16. Stewball
  17. Wild Cyclone
  18. Train Blues
  19. Red River Valley
  20. Fastest of Ponies
  21. Stewball
  22. Snow Deer
  23. When the Curfew Blows (Curfew Blow)
  24. Little Darling (At My Window Sad and Lonely)
  25. Blowing Down That Old Dusty Road (Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad)
  26. The Return of Rocky Mountain Slim and Desert Rat Shorty

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