Saturday, September 06, 2008

by ericbkk #7

Arlo Guthrie - Arlo (1968)





















Reprise released Guthrie's second LP, Arlo, in October 1968. It was a live album recorded at the Bitter End nightclub in Greenwich
Village, and it featured more of Guthrie's zany humor, along with original songs. Overshadowed by Alice's Restaurant, it peaked at
number 100 in Billboard, although it got to number 40 in rival Cash Box magazine.
Arlo is backed by Bob Arkin on bass, Stan Free on piano and harpsichord, and Ed Shaughnessy on tabla and drums.


Track Listings
1. Motorcycle Song
2. Wouldn't You Believe It
3. Try Me One More Time
4. John Looked Down
5. Meditation (Wave upon Wave)
6. Standing at the Threshold
7. Pause of Mr. Claus

Arlo Guthrie was still prone to long story-songs and occasional humorous introductory monologues on his second outing. Three of the
seven tracks last for longer than five minutes, though none remotely approach "Alice's Restaurant" in epic length. Recorded live at the Bitter End, it shows Guthrie starting to adapt more wholeheartedly to folk-rock instrumentation, with a full if subdued band including drums and keyboards. The songs are nothing major, and the jokes aren't as funny as they were in the late 1960s, but it's an agreeable, pleasant, intelligent album. "The Motorcycle Song" should please those looking for more comic narratives, as should "The Pause of Mr. Claus," most of which is actually a spoken monologue that does finally lead up to fairly funny punchlines. In a more purely musical vein, he touched (mildly) upon ragga-rock on "Meditation (Wave Upon Wave)," with tabla by Ed Shaughnessy. It may not have been a great record, but Arlo Guthrie was managing to establish himself as a folk-rock talent with an identity quite distinct from
his famous father, not an easy feat. : ~ Richie Unterberger


Arlo Guthrie - Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
12th August,2006
















Tracks:
Mr Tambourine Man
Darkest Hour
St James Infirmary
Coming into Los Angeles
City of New Orleans
In Times Like these
Highway in the Wind

Arlo Guthrie- vocals, guitar
Gordon Titcomb- mandolin, pedal steel
Abe Guthrie- keyboards
Krishna Guthrie- drums

Broadcast on Iain Anderson Show, BBC Radio Scotland,14 Sept.'06.

DL Single MP3 file @ 128 kbps, 30 min.


Still Available:
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant (1967)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Freg said...

Lovely to hear Arlo's "Motorcycle Song" again -- it had been a long time.

Thanks!

08 September, 2008 05:03  
Anonymous Brian Andrew Marek said...

I'd forgotten what a wonderful album "Arlo" is - I remember checking it out of the public library when I was a kid!

10 September, 2008 13:44  

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