Happy whatever day this is. By now, I am probably coming to grips with the fact that my vacation is over. Not sure how much blog work I got during this time, although I had such a great time sitting in Vondelpark listening to songs for the blog year, I am sure I will do this again. I bought this was the version of “City of New Orleans” which was Arlo Guthrie’s only Top 40 hit. It was $5 and what was then, the upper bound of purchases for this site. Damn you, inflation. Damn you I say.
Recently, I saw Alice’s Restaurant on TCM and was reminded of the younger Guthrie. Pretty good movie. I had seen it before. Does a good job portraying the events of the song, Arlo’s last days with Woody, and the dysfunctional relationship between Alice and Ray. I particularly liked the scene at the Group W bench. Anyway, as I said, I was reminded of the young Arlo and went to pull this album from my pile for selection this month.
Released in 1972, on Reprise Records, this was Guthrie’s 5th record, not counting the soundtrack to the movie above. This features songs written by Arlo as well as ones written by his father, Bob Dylan, Hoyt Axton, and Jimmie Davis. Also, of course, there is the Steve Goodman penned- “City of New Orleans” which was mentioned above. There is a whole slew of guest musicians including Axton, Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson, Jim Keltner, Spooner Oldham, Linda Ronstadt, and Clarence White. But alas, Poor Arlo. You have fell victim to the lackadaisical attitude I gained during the build up to my vacation, which ends shortly. So I am going to call this a good album without getting to much deeper on the subject. Which it probably deserves ( the deeper introspection that is).
For a sample, I went with the Dylan penned “When The Ship Comes In”.