Donnerstag, 3. Mai 2018

Woody Guthrie - Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs (1962)

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.


01. Hard Traveling
02. What Did The Deep Sea Say?
03. The House Of The Rising Sun
04. 900 Miles (Instrumental)
05. John Henry
06. Oregon Trail
07. We Shall Be Free
08. Dirty Overalls (My Dirty Overhauls)
09. Jackhammer John
10. Springfield Mountain
11. Brown Eyes
12. Boll Weevil Blues (Boll Weevil)
13. Guitar Blues (Instrumental)
14. Will You Miss Me?

Woody Guthrie - Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs (1962)
(192 kbps, front art included)

8 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

This link no longer works.

zero hat gesagt…

Now there´s a fresh link... Greetings!

zero hat gesagt…

Working link...

Anonym hat gesagt…

Thank you for all the fine music. Could you re-post "Cisco Houston Sings Woody Guthrie"? (The link doesn't work)
Thank you again.
Philip in Canada

Anonym hat gesagt…

Thank you very much one more time, my friend! This is not a blog but a real gold mine!!! What a wonderful music you post!! I love it!!!! Your blog is one of the best thing I found in my last month!! Thanks again from my heart!

zero hat gesagt…

Philip, sorry - i can´t find the Cisco Houston file on the harddrive. Will repost it, when i catch it anywhere...

Andyrock66, thanks a lot for your uplifting feedback.

All the best to both of you!

Certifiablockhead hat gesagt…

great Guthrie...thank you...

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

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