The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie In Performance 1949
CAT # 11661-1167-25
1. Intro: How Much? How Long? 15:02 2. Black Diamond 4:51 3. I Was There And The Dust Was There 6:56 4. The Great Dust Storm 3:35 5. Folk Singers And Dancers 5:28 6. Talking Dust Bowl Blues 2:16 7. Tom Joad 6:17 8. Columbia River 1:47 9. Pastures Of Plenty 2:39 10. Grand Coulee Dam 3:33 11. Told By Mother Bloor 1:42 12. 1913 Massacre 4:32 13. Quit Sending Your Inspectors 2:33 14. Goodbye Centralia 3:11 15. A Cowboy Of Some Kind 1:20 16. Dead Or Alive 3:42 17. Jesus Christ Has Come! 1:35 18. Jesus Christ 3:46
In 2001, The Woody Guthrie Archives received two spools of wire recordings from a live Woody Guthrie performance held in Newark, New Jersey in 1949. With the help of many talented recording engineers, the Woody Guthrie Foundation transferred this rare live performance from a delicate wire recording to digital audio, and, with state-of-the-art technology, restored it to near-perfection. This rare Guthrie recording is a fluke of sorts in that its existence is linked somewhat ironically to the fortuitous collection of `folklore on what today is considered an outmoded and virtually obsolete recording technology: wire recordings. The two wire recordings on which these historic performances were found were lost for more than half a century. Discovered in a storage closet in the Florida home of Paul Bravemian, the wire recordings were donated to the Woody Guthrie Archives in 2001.
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