Arlo Guthrie – The Best Of

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Arlo Guthrie is an American folk singer-songwriter, known for singing songs of protest against social injustice, and storytelling while performing songs, following the tradition of his father Woody Guthrie. Guthrie’s best-known work is his debut piece, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”, a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in length that has since become a Thanksgiving anthem. Though several of Guthrie’s records contain hidden gems well worth seeking out, his best-known songs are fairly obvious and easy to assemble on a single greatest-hits package. A hefty chunk of this Best Of record is taken up by the epic “Alice’s Restaurant,” which clocks in at 18-and-a-half minutes. Yet, while it’s a definitive element of late 1960s counterculture, it’s not his best song, either as writer or as performer. For the latter, his version of Steve Goodman’s classic “City of New Orleans” remains the pinnacle of his career; among his own songs, it’s hard to surpass the somewhat lesser-known but equally beautiful “Darkest Hour.” Other highlights here include the rockin’ “Comin’ into Los Angeles” and the comedic “Motorcycle Song.

Label: Warner Bros.
Cat.# RCV1 3117

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