12/21/08

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant - 1967


Yes, this album is completely devoid of psych
and is mostly folk with just a bit of rock,
but it's still brilliant terms of both lyrics
and comedy! A lot of the time it doesn't
sound like a musician trying to be funny,
it sounds more like a comedian playing guitar
and at other times seems like your uncle just got
really drunk and started rambling on
about some funny story which wasn't meant
to be funny, but what makes it so genius
is that he actually knows he's being funny!

It's not all funny though.
There are still other songs on it which are
pretty serious, but still equally good!

For those of you who don't know,
Arlo is the son of Woody Guthrie who was a
major influence on Bob Dylan's earlier works,
so just from that you can get some sense of
where this music is coming from.

About half of this album is just one song.
An epic tale known only as Alice's Restaurant
which strangely doesn't even have much to do
with the eighteen minute long story which is only
even considered a song because of the guitar
and drums in the background playing quietly
and also because of the main chorus which isn't
even played that often. The song was never recorded
in a studio and just five minutes into it will show why, heh.
I've also heard that there was a movie made
based off of this song, but I've yet to see it sadly.

All in all, even if you don't like folk,
you should still download this if you're in need
of a good laugh. Trust me, it'll work.


Track Listing

1. Alice's Restaurant Massacre - 18:37

2. Chilling Of The Evening - 3:05

3. Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag - 2:16

4. Now And Then - 2:24

5. I'm Going Home - 3:18

6. The Motorcycle Song - 2:51

7. Highway In The Wind - 2:42

7 comments:

Chase The Drummer said...

I recently got the chance to see the film 'Alice's Restaurant' for the first time and although it can get pretty slow at times, it was still a really good movie and any fan of Arlo should definitely see it should they ever get the chance. It's exactly like the song, just longer and with more filler.

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