Bob Dylan has drawn his influences from nearly every style of American music, but it’s no big secret that the biggest influence on Dylan as both a songwriter and as a singer has been the work and iconic image of Woody Guthrie. This two-disc set collects Guthrie performances of all 51 songs connected with Guthrie that Dylan has either recorded or sung in concert to date throughout his career, which means Dylan “selected” these tracks in the most personal sense. The Dylan connection aside, this set makes for a nice anthology of Guthrie’s catalog, and it includes both parts of his majestic “Tom Joad,” “Danville Girl,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” and many, many other true American song classics.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2