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  • Summary: The four-disc set includes Woody Guthrie's recordings from the mid-1940s in a definitive collection.
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  1. Paired with an artful book that spins the tale of these sides and their place in Woody's world by Guthrie historian Ed Cray and Rounder co-founder Bill Nowlin, these four CDs are a superb introduction to an artist whose influence extends to Dylan, Springsteen, and, indeed, nearly all American music that followed on his dusty heels.
  2. This is a remarkable and historic set of recordings with an equally remarkable history.
  3. The sound quality is astonishing.
  4. The first disc of the 4-CD trove provides the best comparisons, showcasing the troubadour's most familiar tunes ("This Land Is Your Land," "Pretty Boy Floyd") with vocals and picking that are rich and unblemished.
  5. 86
    This boxset--quite literally a suitcase--highlights four distinct sides of one of the most prolific icons of the pre-dylan era, and introduces both unreleased and released tracks to a new generation in themed installments. History is back in session. [Fall 2009, p.100]
  6. The set is both familiar and fresh-sounding at once.
  7. The overall presentation of My Dusty Road, however, falls far short of the standard achieved by The Asch Recordings.

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