Woody the Agitator
CAT # 11661-1165-1
1. I'm Gonna Join That One Big Union (You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union) 2:29 2. Hangknot, Slipknot 2:32 3. Gonna Roll the Union On 2:37 4. The Ludlow Massacre 3:32 5. Harriet Tubman's Ballad part 1 3:24 6. Harriet Tubman's Ballad part 2 3:09 7. Sally Don't You Grieve 2:23 8. Tear the Facists Down 2:05 9. When the Yanks Go Marching In 2:42 10. You Can Hear My Whistle Blow 2:23 11. Union Burying Ground 3:05 12. You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union 2:43
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Woody Guthrie's strong patriotism was often manifested in songs of protest, in particular with union organization and the rights of those who lived in America's margins. Here are twelve of those songs, including the previously unreleased 'Tear the Fascists Down' and 'You Can Hear My Whistle Blow.' Guitarist/singer Cisco Houston and harmonica player Sonny Terry accompany Woody on many tracks.
'These recordings are treasures. To sit and listen, is to sit with Woody and his crew. And you become a part of that crew, and you hear how they listen to each other's voices, how they lean in to connect their rhythms and harmonies. It's achingly human, simple and direct yet full of spirited words and ideas. You can hear so much; the man, his friends, his words, his times, his passions, his angers, his family, his government, his home, his road.
'It's very, very strange. The more time goes by, the clearer Woody's voice gets.'
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