Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3

Woody Guthrie

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Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3 Review

by Richie Unterberger

This 27-song collection focuses on Guthrie's topical songs, though not all of the topics are political; there is, for instance, a "Hanukkah Dance" and an excerpt from his variation on the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam," the children's song "Howdjadoo," and the gospel number "I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore." Progressives will find plenty to cheer along with here, though, whether it's a labor anthem like "Farmer-Labor Train" or "Ladies Auxiliary"; there are also a few tunes specifically directed toward the anti-fascism war effort in World War II. Despite the nominal topical anthology theme, this is really just a decent sampling of Guthrie's 1940s recordings (most done for Moe Asch), some of it socially conscious, some not. Some of these are among his better-known songs ("1913 Massacre," "Hard Travelin'," "So Long It's Been Good to Know You"); major folkys like Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry, and Pete Seeger help out occasionally, though it's usually just Guthrie alone with his guitar. The sound quality is good (especially considering that some of these have been transferred from fragile acetates), and the quality of the material and performance is strong; a few of the performances were previously unreleased.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Woody Guthrie 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
2 Woody Guthrie 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
3 Woody Guthrie 01:39 SpotifyAmazon
4 Woody Guthrie 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
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6 Woody Guthrie 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
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8 Woody Guthrie 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
9 Woody Guthrie 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
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12 Woody Guthrie 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
13 Woody Guthrie 03:55 SpotifyAmazon
14 Woody Guthrie 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
15 Woody Guthrie 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
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19 Woody Guthrie 03:13
20 Woody Guthrie 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
21 Woody Guthrie 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
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23 Woody Guthrie 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
24 Woody Guthrie 00:42 SpotifyAmazon
25 Woody Guthrie 03:40
26 Woody Guthrie 05:33 SpotifyAmazon
27 Woody Guthrie 01:24 SpotifyAmazon
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