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Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land: A Centenary Tribute, His 26 Finest



Here is the man who inspired generations of folk-artists, Woody Guthrie, celebrating his centenary with all his most famous songs, including all 12 of the celebrated Dust Bowl Ballads.

Oklahoman Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was the greatest of all American folk balladeers. He was a seminal figure who changed the course of popular music history, and inspired later generations of folk artists, from Pete Seeger and The Weavers and The Kingston Trio, through to Lonnie Donegan and Bob Dylan. Being himself a refugee from the poverty of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, he was able to put over his songs of social significance with real feeling. His uncompromising political stance, his forthright guitar and harmonica playing, his hobo lifestyle and his meaningful songs made him the leading source of inspiration for the 60s folk revival.

This Land Is Your Land, also the title of Retrospective’s collection of his 26 finest recordings, is only the best known of so many Woody Guthrie folk classics. Others included are Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures Of Plenty, Grand Coulee Dam, Hard Travellin’ and many more. Most notable is his heartfelt collection of Dust Bowl Ballads, all 12 of which feature here; great numbers such as Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh) and I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore.

Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land: A Centenary Tribute, His 26 Finest


"Well transferred and embracing a wide range of songs and ballads this is a good single disc selection of Guthrie’s work." Jonathan Woolf,

"Guthrie was one of the early heroes of the American folk song scene whose influence can be discerned even in some current 'roots' performers and here Retrospective have made his DUST BOWL BALLADS album for RCA the centrepiece of this excellent collection. Topical songs about the dispossessed, inspired by Steinbeck's GRAPES OF WRATH were perhaps a surprising choice for a major label like RCA to commisison but this was to be the only time that Guthrie recorded for a major label, reverting to the small but influentional Folkways labels for the rest of his sadly abbreviated career. These powerful songs with their universal concerns still have the ability to evoke parallels with the present day and the message of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND still resonates strongly, the perfect anitdote to super-patriotic flag wavers like GOD BLESS AMERICA" In Tune July 2012