7 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the psychedelic '60s, Arlo Guthrie, son of folk titan Woody Guthrie, emerged as a puckish counterculture icon, largely on the merit of this album and its far-flung title track. Clocking in at 18-plus minutes and eating up the first side of the original vinyl LP, Alice's Restaurant became a staple of freeform radio in the '60s and '70s, a side-splittingly funny, shaggy-dog story that rambled over the Vietnam War, military draft, police harassment, and longhairs running afoul of the legal system. Guthrie's superb comedic timing—complete with spaced-out lapses—remains every bit as funny now as it was in 1967. The remaining half-dozen tracks show an ambitious sweep of musical styles, ranging from ragtime-tinged jug band tunes and delicate folk to acid rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the psychedelic '60s, Arlo Guthrie, son of folk titan Woody Guthrie, emerged as a puckish counterculture icon, largely on the merit of this album and its far-flung title track. Clocking in at 18-plus minutes and eating up the first side of the original vinyl LP, Alice's Restaurant became a staple of freeform radio in the '60s and '70s, a side-splittingly funny, shaggy-dog story that rambled over the Vietnam War, military draft, police harassment, and longhairs running afoul of the legal system. Guthrie's superb comedic timing—complete with spaced-out lapses—remains every bit as funny now as it was in 1967. The remaining half-dozen tracks show an ambitious sweep of musical styles, ranging from ragtime-tinged jug band tunes and delicate folk to acid rock.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
443 Ratings

443 Ratings

Tokyo D ,

I agree, "album only" is cheap.

While I have to give this 3 stars as an essential song from the genre and from Arlo, it is really disappointing to see the title track as album only. It's really the only song worth having on this album and the whole reason someone would buy the album. How is this different than having to buy the album to get one song on the CD?? Woody would hang his head in shame at this. ;)

jg1 ,

Alice's Restaurant

I agree with the other disappointed customers. Charging for a full album price for what is essentially one song is a cheap trick. I will bet you that you have lost far more 99 cent purchases than you will gain in ten dollar album sales. Whoever decided to charge full album price for Alices Rest needs to spend less time with his or her financial statements and more time with real people.
JG

jlairdstunes ,

Joining the chorus asking for relief...album only BAAAD!!

Even charging $1.98 or 2.98 for the awesome title tune would be O.K. in my book.

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