Immortal Classics #2


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Review Text Collectables Records' Woody Guthrie album Immortal: Golden Classics, Pt. 2 is a reissue of Olympic Records' 1973 collection Immortal, its contents in turn licensed from Folkways Records. Guthrie made an extensive series of informal recordings for record company owner Moses Asch starting in April 1944 and continuing for the next several years. He simply would show up, either alone or in the company of his friends including Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry, and perform selections from his vast repertoire of originals and traditional folk songs, eventually committing hundreds of tracks to disc. On this nine-song selection from that archive, Guthrie, often with Houston providing high harmony, takes on familiar folk songs including "John Henry," "The House of the Rising Sun," and "I Ride an Old Paint." Terry adds harmonica on "Jack Hammer Blues." Although most of the songs are credited to Guthrie as songwriter, this is largely traditional material, and none of Guthrie's great songs are included. So it must be considered a minor entry in his recorded catalog, just a collection of off-the-cuff performances of old folk songs, done with more enthusiasm that effectiveness. ~ William Ruhlmann

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  1. 1. Brown Eyes (With Cisco Houston) - 3:00
  2. 2. Jack Hammer Blues (With Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry) - 3:38
  3. 3. John Henry - 3:44
  4. 4. House of the Rising Sun, Number 5 - 3:57
  5. 5. Little Black Train - 3:30
  6. 6. Who's Going to Shoe Your Pretty Feet - 3:30
  7. 7. Bed on the Floor (With Cisco Houston) - 2:26
  8. 8. Danville Girl, Number 2 (With Cisco Houston) - 3:21
  9. 9. Ride Old Paint (With Cisco Houston) - 3:55

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