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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Arlo Guthrie - Washington County (1970 us, marvelous folk rock, 2004 digipak remaster)

Some of the cream of Los Angeles's better roots rock players supported Guthrie on his first album of the 1970s, including Ry Cooder, Chris Ethridge, Richie Hayward, Doug Dillard, Clarence White, and Hoyt Axton. Occasionally, he went back to purer folk arrangements, with the banjo-driven instrumental title track and the cover of father Woody Guthrie's "Lay Down Little Doggies." But for the most part, it was in the newly emerging singer/songwriter mold, mellow yet committed. 

While the results had Guthrie continue his process of more comfortably integrating contemporary rock into his music, it's also a little too low-energy on the whole in its mildly countrified singer/songwriter folk-rock. "Gabriel's Mother Hiway Ballad #16 Blues," "If You Would Just Drop By," and "I Want to Be Around" are all above average for the genre, but some of the other material was blander. 

The highlight, actually, was one of the few non-originals, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Percy's Song" (which Dylan himself had not released at that point). Few have picked up on it, but it's one of the better Dylan interpretations, Guthrie's reading a fine vehicle for the slightly weary contemplation of the lengthy lyric, given a sympathetic light string arrangement. 
by Richie Unterberger

1. Introduction - 3:22
2. Fencepost Blues - 3:11
3. Gabriel's Mother's Highway Ballad #16 - 6:25
4. Washington County - 1:59
5. Valley To Pray - 2:46
6. Lay Down Little Doggies (Woody Guthrie) - 3:21
7. I Could Be Singing - 3:20
8. If You Would Just Drop By - 4:24
9. Percy's Song (Bob Dylan) - 4:58
10.I Want To Be Around - 2:46
All Music and Lyrics by Arlo Guthrie except where indicated

*Arlo Guthrie - Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Autoharp, Harp, Vocals
*Hoyt Axton - Bass Vocals
*Ry Cooder - Bottleneck Guitar
*Doug Dillard - Banjo
*Chris Ethridge - Bass
*Richard Hayward - Drums
*John Pilla - Guitar, Autoharp, Harmony Vocals
*Gary Walters - Bass
*Clarence White - Electric Guitar

1967  Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant 
1968  Arlo Guthrie - Arlo 

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  1. Thanks for sharing your music (both Arlo Guthrie)! I have only Alice´s restaurant. Nice music.
    Thanks a lot!
    Longaticum 87

  2. Thank you for this one. I have searched everywhere I can imagine for Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Massacree without luck. If you ever come across it, I would love to hear it. Thank You again

  3. thanks so much for this, is there a password?