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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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This Land Is Your Land
This land is your land and this land is my land From California to the New York island From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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.
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    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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  1. Apr 14, 2017
    To summarize Woody Guthrie in two words, witty and charming. Guthrie usually deals with themes such as communism, the working class, being onTo summarize Woody Guthrie in two words, witty and charming. Guthrie usually deals with themes such as communism, the working class, being on the road and assorted characters while still maintaining a light-hearted perspective and a healthy sense of humour. Guthrie's music is almost the closest you'll ever get to true authenticity and honesty. He is raw yet gentle, humourous yet sincere, innocent yet aware.
    One of the reasons why Woody Guthrie is regarded so highly is because he played a central role in the
    60's Folk Movement even before it was a thing. How? Well he was a the key inspiration for the big artist at the time, namely Bob Dylan, Joan Baez etc. If you ask most folk artist at the time who was their hero, Woody was the guy.
    He set a standard, that most folk artists used to evaluate their own work. This collection offers you an opportunity to peer in the past and at the fundamentals of folk. Woody is an important figure in music, so for goodness sake appreciate him and his often overlooked legacy.

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