Woody Guthrie | American Radical Patriot | Vinyl + CD Box Set

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Woody Guthrie was a colossal figure of America's folk heritage, whose simple, lyrically powerful songs inspired generations both musically and socially. In honor of this legendary figure, Rounder Records is proud to present this fully comprehensive limited edition boxed set collection of material recorded "in service" of the U.S. Government. Here are Guthrie's complete Library of Congress interviews and musical performances recorded by Alan Lomax (released in their entirety for the first time); his songs written while employed by the Bonneville Power Administration, including a previously unreleased, minor key version of "Pastures of Plenty"; a set of previously unheard home demonstration recordings of songs made for a late 1940s public health service VD education program; three radio skits, including two for the Office of War Information during the Second World War; and a number of other radio performances made in support of the war effort. Anchoring the set is the 60-page booklet written by Rounder Records co-founder and Executive Producer, Bill Nowlin, which discloses Guthrie's complex relationship with his country as an –American Radical Patriot" (also available as full-length 258-page PDF). It's a sweeping overview both of a transitional period in American history, and of the prolific, multi-faceted life of Woody Guthrie.

 

Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot Book

 

The notes in the 60-page booklet are an edited version of the 258-page complete book, which contains a full transcription of all the songs, radio dramas, and Woody's –musical autobiography," as well as essays on the sinking of the USS Reuben James (including a recent interview with the last-known survivor). Also included are unpublished photographs and artwork by Woody Guthrie. The complete book is available as a PDF on Disc 1 of this package and is accessible through your computer.

 

The 78 disc contains Bob Dylan's 1961 home recording of Guthrie's –VD City" and Guthrie's 1951 home recording of –The Greatest Thing That Man Has Ever Done."

 

Track Listing:

(capitalized titles = song; lower cased titles = spoken word/interview)

 

THE COMPLETE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS RECORDINGS

Discs 1-4

 

Disc 1

1. LOST TRAIN BLUES

2. Growing up in Oklahoma

3. THE RAILROAD BLUES

4. More talk of growing up in Okemah

5. The gang of kids Woody hung around with

6. RYE WHISKEY

8. OLD JOE CLARK

9. Alan Lomax asks for a tune

10. BEAUMONT RAG

11. Alan asks for another one

12. GREEN VALLEY WALTZ (a.k.a.) Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Feet?

13. The troubles and tragedies that fractured Woody's family in Okemah

14. GREENBACK DOLLAR

15. Lomax asks about the boll weevil

16. BOLL WEEVIL

17. Jailhouse songs

18. THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

19. When the great dust storm struck

 

Disc 2

1. The end of the world

2. SO LONG, IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH

3. Dust storms devastate the farmland

4. TALKING DUST BOWL

5. Migrants arrive in California

6. DO RE MI

7. HARD TIMES

8. Songs about hard times

9. BRING BACK TO ME MY BLUE-EYED BOY

10. Songs about outlaws

11. BILLY THE KID

12. Billy the Kid and Pretty Boy Floyd

13. PRETTY BOY FLOYD

14. Jesse James

15. JESSE JAMES AND HIS BOYS

16. Takin' it from the rich and givin' it to the poor

17. JESUS CHRIST

18. Songs about bankers

19. THE JOLLY BANKER

20. Another song about the depradations of the bankers

21. I AIN'T GOT NO HOME

22. Hundreds of thousands made homeless

23. DIRTY OVERHAULS

24. The story of Mary Fagan

25. MARY FAGAN

26. The origins of the song

 

Disc 3

1. Origins of the song, continued

2. CHAIN AROUND MY LEG

3. Let's sing some blues

4. NINE HUNDRED MILES

5. WORRIED MAN BLUES

6. About the –Worried Man Blues"

7. LONESOME VALLEY

8. Railroad blueses

9. WALKIN' DOWN THAT RAILROAD LINE

10. Interlude

11. GOIN' DOWN THE FRISCO LINE

12. Riding the rails

13. GOING DOWN THE ROAD

14. Interlude

15. SEVEN CENT COTTON

16. WISH I'D STAYED IN THE WAGON YARD

17. Interlude

18. DUST BOWL REFUGEE

19. Contractors duping the desperate

20. The dust storm of April 14, 1935

21. DUST STORM DISASTER / FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP*

*Foggy Mountain Top listed as separate track # 22 in package liner notes

 

Disc 4

1. Breathing in dust

2. DUST PNEUMONIA BLUES

3. Leaving the Dust Bowl

4. CALIFORNIA BLUES

5. Jimmie Rodgers

6. Migrants arriving in California

7. DO RE MI

8. Refugees pouring into California

9. DUST BOWL REFUGEE

10. California as one of the 48 states

11. WILL ROGERS HIGHWAY

12. The flood that took over 100 lives

13. LOS ANGELES NEW YEAR'S FLOOD

14. A good horse

15. STEWBALL

16. Interlude

17. STAGGER LEE

18. Interlude

19. ONE DIME BLUES

20. Interlude

21. GIT ALONG LITTLE DOGIES

22. Interlude

23. THE TRAIL TO MEXICO

24. GYPSY DAVY

25. Introducing an old song

26. HARD AIN'T IT HARD

 

THE BPA RECORDINGS + WAR EFFORT SONGS

Disc 5

THE BPA RECORDINGS

1. Introduction

2. PASTURES OF PLENTY

3. OREGON TRAIL

4. ROLL ON COLUMBIA

5. NEW FOUND LAND

6. TALKING COLUMBIA

7. ROLL, COLUMBIA, ROLL

8. COLUMBIA'S WATERS

9. RAMBLIN' BLUES

10. IT TAKES A MARRIED MAN TO SING A WORRIED SONG

11. HARD TRAVELIN'

12. THE BIGGEST THING THAT MAN HAS EVER DONE

(a.k.a. The Great Historical Bum)

13. JACKHAMMER BLUES

14. SONG OF THE GRAND COULEE DAM

15. GRAND COULEE DAM

16. WASHINGTON TALKIN' BLUES

17. RAMBLIN' ROUND

18. PASTURES OF PLENTY

19. END OF MY LINE

 

WAR EFFORT SONGS

20. SINKING OF THE REUBEN JAMES

21. TAKIN' IT EASY

22. RECKLESS TALK

 

WAR EFFORT SONGS + THE V.D. SONG DEMOS + –THE LONESOME TRAVELER"

Disc 6

WAR EFFORT SONGS

1. THE GIRL IN THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

2. Labor for Victory

3. FARMER-LABOR TRAIN

4. Jazz in America, No. 93

5. WHOOPY TI-YI, GET ALONG, MR. HITLER

6. Jazz in America, No. 116

7. SALLY, DON'T YOU GRIEVE

8. Narrator

9. DIG A HOLE

 

THE V.D. SONG DEMOS

10. VD AVENUE

11. Intro

12. THE VEEDEE BLUES

13. Intro

14. BLESSED AND CURST

15. A CASE OF VD

16. VD SEAMAN'S LETTER

17. VD CITY

18. VD DAY

19. A CHILD OF VD

20. V.D. GUNNER'S BLUES

21. BROOKLYNE TOWNE

22. Narrator

 

–THE LONESOME TRAVELER"

23. THE BIGGEST THING THAT MAN HAS EVER DONE

(a.k.a. The Great Historical Bum)

24. THE OLD CRACKED LOOKING GLASS

25. HARD TIMES IN THE DURANT JAIL

26. EMPTY BOXCAR, MY HOME

27. THE BIGGEST THING THAT MAN HAS EVER DONE

 

DVD: ROLL ON COLUMBIA

 

THE SONGS

1. OREGON TRAIL

2. IT TAKES A MARRIED MAN TO SING A WORRIED SONG

3. HARD TRAVELIN'

4. GRAND COULEE DAM

5. ROLL ON, COLUMBIA

6. THE BIGGEST THING THAT MAN HAS EVER DONE (a.k.a. The Great Historical Bum)

7. JACKHAMMER BLUES

8. PASTURES OF PLENTY

9. TALKING COLUMBIA

10. RAMBLIN' ROUND

11. WASHINGTON TALKIN' BLUES

 

78 RPM RECORD

 

VD CITY

Sung by Bob Dylan, 1961 Minnesota hotel recordings

 

THE BIGGEST THING THAT MAN HAS EVER DONE

(a.k.a. The Great Historical Bum)

Woody Guthrie 1951 home recording