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Format: CD
Sku: 211030474
UPC: 011661116221
UPC 14: 00011661116221
Release Date: 8/25/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. This Land Is Your Land ~ Woody Guthrie
2. Going Down the Road (I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way) ~ Woody Guthrie
3. Talking Sailor ~ Woody Guthrie
4. Philadelphia Lawyer ~ Woody Guthrie
5. Hard Travelin' ~ Woody Guthrie
6. Jesus Christ ~ Woody Guthrie
7. Sinking Of The Reuben James, The ~ Woody Guthrie
8. Pretty Boy Floyd ~ Woody Guthrie
9. Grand Coulee Dam ~ Woody Guthrie
10. Nine Hundred Miles ~ Woody Guthrie
11. Going Down the Road (I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way) ~ Woody Guthrie
12. My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky) ~ Woody Guthrie
13. Bad Repetation - (previously unreleased) ~ Woody Guthrie
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Poor Boy ~ Woody Guthrie
2. Worried Man Blues ~ Woody Guthrie
3. Picture From Life's Other Side, A ~ Woody Guthrie
4. Buffalo Skinners ~ Woody Guthrie
5. Hard Ain't It Hard ~ Woody Guthrie
6. Stewball ~ Woody Guthrie
7. Stackolee ~ Woody Guthrie
8. Gypsy Davy ~ Woody Guthrie
9. Little Darling Pal Of Mine ~ Woody Guthrie
10. What Did The Deep Sea Say? ~ Woody Guthrie
11. Chisholm Trail ~ Woody Guthrie
12. Put My Little Shoes Away ~ Woody Guthrie
13. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? ~ Woody Guthrie
14. John Henry ~ Woody Guthrie
Disc 3
Song Title
1. I'm Gonna Join That One Big Union (You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union) ~ Woody Guthrie
2. Hangknot, Slipknot ~ Woody Guthrie
3. Gonna Roll The Union On ~ Woody Guthrie
4. Ludlow Massacre, The ~ Woody Guthrie
5. Sally Don't You Grieve ~ Woody Guthrie
6. Harriet Tubman's Ballad, Pt. 1 ~ Woody Guthrie
7. Harriet Tubman's Ballad, Pt. 2 ~ Woody Guthrie
8. Tear The Fascists Down - (previously unreleased) ~ Woody Guthrie
9. When The Yanks Go Marching In ~ Woody Guthrie
10. You Can Hear My Whistle Blow - (previously unreleased) ~ Woody Guthrie
11. Union Burying Ground ~ Woody Guthrie
12. You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union ~ Woody Guthrie
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Train Breakdown ~ Woody Guthrie
2. Do You Ever Think of Me? [aka At My Window] ~ Woody Guthrie
3. Guitar Rag ~ Woody Guthrie
4. Square Dance Medley: Cripple Creek/Buffalo Gals/Old Joe Clark/Red Wing/Ida Red/Chilly Winds/Sandy Land ~ Woody Guthrie
5. Guitar Breakdown ~ Woody Guthrie
6. Raincrow Bill ~ Woody Guthrie
7. Ain't Nobody's Business ~ Woody Guthrie
8. Stepstone ~ Woody Guthrie
9. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel ~ Woody Guthrie
10. Bile Them Cabbage Down ~ Woody Guthrie
11. Danville Girl ~ Woody Guthrie
12. Guitar Blues ~ Woody Guthrie
13. Brown's Ferry Blues - (previously unreleased) ~ Woody Guthrie
14. More Pretty Girls Than One ~ Woody Guthrie
15. Sonny's Flight - (previously unreleased) ~ Woody Guthrie

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Ed Cray; Bill Nowlin; Nora Guthrie.
Muze PNote Photographers: Tiffany Loiselle; Bill Nowlin; Rick Olivier.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Sonny Terry; Woody Guthrie.
Muze PNote It's nearly impossible to fathom that recordings so alive and important sat untouched in a Brooklyn basement for six decades, but that's how the story of My Dusty Road begins. Long story short: an elderly woman had inherited a cache of some 2,000 metal disc recordings cut in the 1940s for Herbert Harris, owner of the Stinson Records label, and Moses Asch, who went on to found Folkways Records. Among them, most in pristine condition (some were scratched but the metal masters were otherwise shiny and new-looking), were roughly 150 sides made in April 1944 by one Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, first-class performances from his peak years. It should be noted up front that this is not a discovery of music that hasn't seen the light of day before -- only six of the 54 tracks that ended up on the four-CD box set are previously unreleased; the rest have been issued by Stinson (and on various reissues). My Dusty Road can, however, be considered a significant sonic upgrade. Some of the metal discs were damaged, but enough was salvageable -- and able to be cleaned up with modern technology -- that this collection (including six alternate versions Guthrie never released elsewhere) culled from that basement can now be considered a worthy new piece of the Guthrie canon. Divided into four thematic segments -- Woody's "Greatest" Hits, Woody's Roots, Woody the Agitator, and Woody, Cisco and Sonny (i.e., Guthrie and fellow folksingers Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry) -- the set is both familiar and fresh-sounding at once.
Muze PNote Opening with "This Land Is Your Land," it becomes immediately noticeable throughout the first disc that, although there is still a certain amount of hiss and scratch present (these recordings did, after all, sit in a basement for 60 years), Guthrie's voice and guitar are brighter, more immediate. Two versions of "Going Down the Road," one a collaborative effort with Houston and Terry, the other with only Houston, are lively and poignant, and other staples such as "The Sinking of the Reuben James" and "Pretty Boy Floyd" feel more like intimate coffeehouse recordings than, as they did before, distant and flat. "Bad Repetation" (sic), the first of the never-heard songs, ends disc one, a clever, uptempo indictment of a male suitor's paying the price for his misbehavior. Of the songs on disc two, again many have become standards of the Guthrie and general folk song repertoire, interpreted by countless artists over the years: "Stewball," "Worried Man Blues," "John Henry," etc. Here they come alive as if a layer of grime has been wiped off the surface. Similarly, the topical songs that populate disc three and the collaborations on the final disc, while not altering the actual Guthrie story in any major way, do allow listeners to move in a little closer and experience the music as it was performed during those 1944 days. "Guitar Rag," a previously unreleased instrumental featuring Guthrie and Houston on guitars and Terry on harmonica, is truly thrilling, a pure sampling of what it would have been like to watch these three greats sitting around jamming casually. And "Sonny's Flight," which closes out the package and has also never before been issued, is a terrific stomping folk-blues that places Terry's harmonica front and center. My Dusty Road is a significant find, even if it doesn't rewrite the Woody Guthrie tale. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

Producer: Herbert Harris; Moses Asch; Bill Nowlin (Reissue); Michael Creamer (Reissue); Scott Billington (Reissue)

Engineer: Herbert Harris; Moses Asch; Herbert Harris

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Cowboy Songs On Folkways
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Songs
Muze Music Compilations Hills Of Home-25 Years Of Folk
Muze Music Compilations Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Muze Music Compilations That's Why We're Marching-Worl
Muze Music Compilations Child's Celebration Of Folk Music
Muze Music Compilations Smithsonian Folkways-American
Muze Music Compilations Smithsonian Folkways Children'
Muze Music Compilations Treasury Of Library Of Congres
Muze Music Compilations Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack
Muze Music Compilations There Is No Eye: Music For Pho
Muze Music Compilations Daddy-O Daddy! Rare Family Son
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations Folk Hits Of The 60's
Muze Music Compilations Classic Folk Music
Muze Music Compilations Real Folk / Various
Muze Music Compilations Folkways:original Vision
Muze Music Compilations Classic Railroad Songs From Smithsoni
Muze Music Compilations Child's Celebration Of Folk Music
Muze Music Compilations Classic African American Ballads From
Muze Music Compilations Classic Labor Songs From Smithsonian
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Americana
Muze Music Compilations Classic Protest Songs From Smithsonia
Muze Music Compilations Pickin Grinnin:great Folk Songs F
Muze Music Compilations Nick Drake's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Folk Legends
Muze Music Compilations Songs Of The Spanish Civil War
Muze Music Compilations Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need
Muze Music Compilations Classic American Ballads

Associated Artists and Works

Daddy-O Daddy: Rare Family Songs Of Woody Guthrie ~ Artists, Various
Elliot, Jack
Elliott, Ramblin' Jack
Farrar, Jay
New Multitudes [Deluxe Edition] [Digipak] ~ Farrar, Jay
Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie [ ~ Mitchell, Elizabeth
Seeger, Pete
Seeger, Pete (Folk Singer)
Pete Remembers Woody [Digipak] ~ Seeger, Pete (Folk Singer)
Seeger, Pete (Folk)
Pete Remembers Woody [Digipak] ~ Seeger, Pete (Folk)
The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie ~ Various Artists
Daddy-O Daddy!: Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie ~ Various Artists
Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Gut ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/05/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 6111622
Music Label Name Label : Rounder Select
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00011661116221

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.88)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "The sound quality is astonishing....Fingerpicked melodic fills emerge from surface noise, vocals step up to shake your hand."

Dirty Linen (p.56)
- "[T]hese cuts sound amazing....Treasure it for the crystal-clear songs."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Guthrie,Woody
Product attributeLabel:   Philo Records/rounder Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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