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Live In Sydney

by Arlo Guthrie

BRAND NEW LIVE DOUBLE CD - Recorded June '04 in Sydney, Australia. Arlo's first solo release in almost 10 years. Great new songs and stories as well as treasured favorites.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Chilling of the Evening
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2. Oklahoma Hills
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3. Intro To St James Infirmary
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4. St James Infirmary
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5. 40 years of Songs
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6. When The Ship Comes In
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7. The Motorcycle Song - An Education
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8. Derroll Adams
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9. Portland Town
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10. Byrds Of Paradise
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11. Haleiwa Farewell (Haleiwa Blues)
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12. Technology/LA Story
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13. Coming In To Los Angeles
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14. Disk Two: Green Green Rocky Road
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15. Intro To Darkest Hour
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16. Darkest Hour
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17. Last To Leave
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18. Steve Goodman
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19. City Of New Orleans
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20. A Poster With Janis Joplin
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21. Me And Bobby McGee
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22. My Old Friend
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23. This Land Is your Land
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24. Remembering Alice
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25. Highway In The Wind
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Album Notes
Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease. He grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, all of whom were significant influences on Arlo's musical career. Guthrie gave his first public performance at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world during the 1960s.

Arlo practically lived in the most famous venues of the "Folk Boom" era. In New York City he hung out at Gerdes Folk City, The Gaslight and The Bitter End. In Boston's Club 47, and in Philadelphia he made places like The 2nd Fret and The Main Point his home. He witnessed the transition from an earlier generation of ballad singers like Richard Dyer-Bennet and blues-men like Mississippi John Hurt, to a new era of singer-song writers such as Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Joan Baez, and Phil Ochs. He grooved with the beat poets like Allen Ginsburg and Lord Buckley, and picked with players like Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. He learned something from everyone and developed his own style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a crowded community of singer-songwriters and political-social commentators.

Arlo Guthrie's career exploded in 1967 with the release of "Alice's Restaurant", whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of "Alice's Restaurant", directed by Arthur Penn.

With songs like "Alice's Restaurant", too long for radio airplay; "Coming into Los Angeles", banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans", Guthrie was no One-Hit-Wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a hit in the usual sense.

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances.

Today Arlo spends nearly ten months of the year on the road, and is frequently accompanied by his son Abe. On special occasions, his daughter Sarah Lee and her husband Johnny Irion contribute acoustic guitar and supporting vocals. Abe has shared the stage with his father for over 15 years, playing keyboards and providing additional vocals. His daughter Cathyaliza heads the business office in Nashville, and daughter Annie heads the main office in Sebastian, Florida. Together they provide the business and logistical support for the Guthrie family.

Arlo recently created a program of symphonic arrangements of his own songs and other American classics, "An American Scrapbook". By the end of 2004 Arlo will have performed over 40 concerts with 27 different symphony orchestras throughout the US since 1998. The show at Boston's Symphony Hall, conducted by Keith Lockhart, was recorded and aired on PBS' Evening at Pops. The 4th of July celebration in 2001 with the Pops attracted an audience of over 750,000 people and was broadcast live by A&E.

Alongside his thriving performing career, Guthrie launched his own record label Rising Son Records in 1983. RSR, in addition to Arlo's complete catalogue of music RSR includes recordings by Abe's band, Xavier, Sarah Lee's debut album "Sarah Lee Guthrie" and Johnny Irion's recording "Unity Lodge". Their latest release is called "Entirely Live" and their latest (2004) recording "Exploration" is due soon. Arlo is also heard on a soon to be re-release "This Land is Your Land" alongside the voice of his father Woody Guthrie. The album has won several awards including a 1997 Grammy nomination as "Best Musical Album for Children".

The latest release from RSR is "Banjoman" Arlo and Hans Theessink co-produced this tribute to their late friend Derroll Adams enlisting the help of Donovan, Dolly Parton, Billy Connelly, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and others. In addition to these projects, Guthrie also has plans to record an album of his orchestrated material as soon as possible.

Coming soon! There are many projects in production; The November 2003 Tribute to Harold Leventhal at Carnegie Hall with Arlo and family, The Weavers (Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Erik Darling), Peter, Paul and Mary, Theodore Bikel and Leon Bibb was filmed and is scheduled for theatrical release late in 2004; Arlo's show recorded live in Sydney, Australia in June 2004 may be available late in 2004 as a DVD. There are many other projects on the way or near completion.

Arlo's other wide-ranging activities have included acting roles on the ABC series "Byrds of Paradise" and on the USA network series "Renegade". He has written and published The Rolling Blunder Review, a popular newsletter, since 1986, and is the author of an award-winning children's book "Mooses Come Walking" illustrated by Alice May Brock.

In 1991 Arlo purchased the old Trinity Church. It was Thanksgiving 1965 that events took place at the church which inspired Arlo to write the song "Alice's Restaurant". Named for his parents, The Guthrie Center is a not-for-profit interfaith church foundation dedicated to providing a wide range of local and international services. Its outreach programs include everything from providing HIV/AIDS services to baking cookies with a local service organization; an HD walk-a-thon to raise awareness and money for a cure for Huntington's Disease, and offering a place simply to meditate. The Guthrie Foundation is a separate not-for-profit educational organization that addresses issues such as the environment, health care, cultural preservation and educational exchange.


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John Holbrook

Arlo Going on 60 - Mellow and Marvelous
This is a great concert recording technically and it is a very accurate representation of Arlo's road show these days. I've seen him once a year for most of the last 30 years and this is what he gives his audience night after night. Arlo is mellowing in his late 50's but there is a charming guy where the wise ass used to be. The encore story about Alice's Restaurant and his kids is worth the price of the CD.

Complete with new songs and old classics its a damn good listen.From the opening track till the closing number i was hanging on every word. Great stories and great music, its a must.

Lisa from Australia

I bought this for my boyfriend and he loves it!
My boyfriend just loves this CD.. he was at the concert and often talks about what an amazing night it was. He says the CD captures Arlo's performance brilliantly.

sonny huffman

sorta super, more or less great
some things, some songs, some people just get better as time passes on. i think this covers arlo, the cd, and the work and thoughts behind it. never fade away.

G brooks

Good songs - shame about the waffle
Most of the songs on this album are very very good - a nice mix of Arlo's songs & song other by his dad, Dylan, Steve Goodman & others. But about 40% Of the album is intros and mid-song natter - this stuff may be OK to listen to once, actually at a concert, but by the time you've heard it twice at home it may well drive you nuts!

Arlo's still a fine songwriter & musicain, though. Worth having

Judy Templar

This is one of Arlo's best!!!
This cd illustrated Arlo's diversity. I love his instrumentals, especially the harmonica. Me and Bobby McGee is one of my favorites alond with Last to Leave. I have almost all Arlo's CD's and this one now ranks as my favorite.

Brennen Smith

Awsome. I had the priveledge of seeing Arlo perform most of these songs prior to buying the CD. It's worth every penny snd more. Thanks, Arlo.

Alasdair M.

I love the album.
I love the CD "Live In Sydney", and I love how Arlo calls it "He's Only Mostly Dead". My favorite song on disc 1 is "Oklahoma Hills", and my favorite song on disc 2 is "Darkest Hour".