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Friday, June 22, 2018

Arlo Guthrie - Amigo (1976 us, outstanding folk rock, 2011 digipak remaster)

For his next album, Amigo, however, he stuck with L.A. session musicians. The disc contained more originals than usual, among them "Victor Jara," an account of the death of the Chilean singer/songwriter who was slaughtered in his country's CIA-backed military coup in 1973 that was later covered by Christy Moore, and "Patriot's Dream," which later served as a title song for an album by Jennifer Warnes. When Amigo was released in September 1976, it garnered strong reviews from rock critics because it rocked more than Guthrie's albums usually did, notably on a cover of the relatively unknown Rolling Stones song "Connection." But the positive notices did not help sales. That fall, Guthrie joined Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue for some shows, leading to an appearance in Dylan's film Renaldo and Clara, shot during the tour.

Another of the originals on Amigo was a song called "Darkest Hour," a poetic and personal statement by Guthrie, who was questioning his spiritual ideas at this time. In 1977, he formally converted to Roman Catholicism. - He later explored Hinduism and Buddhism, adopting a more ecumenical view of religion.
by William Ruhlmann

1. Guabi, Guabi - 2:30
2. Darkest Hour - 4:07
3. Massachusetts - 3:13
4. Victor Jara (Adrian Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie) - 4:20
5. Patriot's Dream - 2:55
6. Grocery Blues - 2:11
7. Walking Song (Leah Kunkel) - 3:10
8. My Love - 2:46
9. Manzanillo Bay (Rabbit MacKay) - 4:25
10.Ocean Crossing - 3:25
11.Connection (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 2:41
All songs by Arlo Guthrie

*Arlo Guthrie - Vocals, Guitar
*Russ Kunkel - Drums
*Bob Blaub - Bass
*Waddy Wachtel - Guitar
*Jai Winding - Keyboards
*Gayle Levant - Harp
*Milt Holland - Percussion
*Rick Jeager - Drums
*Leah Kunkel - Electric Piano, Vocals
*Linda Ronstadt - Vocals
*James Taylor - Voiceorgan
*Nick DeCaro - Strings Arragements
*Bill Green - Guitar

1967  Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant 
1968  Arlo Guthrie - Arlo
1969  Arlo Guthrie - Running Down The Road 
1970  Arlo Guthrie - Washington County (2004 digipak remaster)
1972  Arlo Guthrie ‎- Hobo's Lullaby
1973  Arlo Guthrie - Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys (2005 remaster)
1974  Arlo Guthrie - Arlo Guthrie (2005 digipak remaster)

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