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Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 4

Woody Guthrie

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Album Review

This fourth and final volume of recordings Woody Guthrie made for Folkways and other small independent labels is just as remarkable as its predecessors. This time around, the focus is primarily on cowboy/Western music, and Guthrie — who is accompanied by Cisco Houston on many of the 26 tracks — proves himself a master of the genre. The program mixes well-known traditional material ("Go Tell Aunt Rhody, "Whoopie Ti Yi Yo, Get Along Little Doggies," "Red River Valley," and "Chisholm Trail") with equally strong Guthrie originals such as "Little Darling (At My Window Sad and Lonely)," "Ranger's Command," and "Dead or Alive (Poor Lazarus)." About a third of the tracks have never previously been released, among them the charming "Return of Rocky Mountain Slim and Desert Rat Shorty," a home recording on which Woody and Cisco make fun of radio ads for music songbooks. The sound quality is first rate, particularly considering the acetate-disc sources of this material. Also excellent is the 36-page accompanying booklet, which completes the biographical sketch started on volumes one through three and includes extensive notes on each track.

Customer Reviews

American Treasure

The first review has got to be a great example of the current state of music and art education in the US. Woody Guthrie is such an important voice in American music - in fact the world's musical heritage. Many of the best musicians in America today owe a huge debt to Woody's legacy - I'm sure many would directly credit him as an influence. Listen to the Mermaid Ave. albums from Wilco and Billy Bragg as a great example. Besides, who buys an album called "Buffalo Skinners", recorded in the 40's, and issued by The Smithsonian and expects pop music?

Good Album, Great Artist

Haha, Alternative, you have no clue do you?

Outstanding

These recordings are priceless, a brilliant example of of where our music came from and in my opinion, should go back to.

Biography

Born: July 14, 1912 in Okemah, OK

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Woody Guthrie was the most important American folk music artist of the first half of the 20th century, in part because he turned out to be such a major influence on the popular music of the second half of the 20th century, a period when he himself was largely inactive. His greatest significance lies in his songwriting, beginning with the standard "This Land Is Your Land" and including such much-covered works as "Deportee," "Do Re Mi," "Grand Coulee Dam," "Hard, Ain't It Hard," "Hard Travelin'," "I...
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