The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie In Performance 1949

Woody Guthrie

The Live Wire Woody Guthrie In Performance 1949
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    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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