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Dust Bowl Ballads Vinyl

Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads Sung By Woody Guthrie
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Black Rooster

  • 1976
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  • Manufactured in the EU Virgin Vinyl 140 gram - limited 500 copies
  • Tracks 1-12 Recorded 4/26/1940 New York City
  • Tracks 13 & 14 Recorded 5/3/1940

Dust Bowl Ballads is an album by Woody Guthrie, recorded for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey in 1940. It was Guthrie's first commercial recording and the most successful album he made. It is considered to be the first or one of the very first concept albums.

The Dust Bowl Ballads was originally released as two three-disc collections of 78 rpm records. Twelve sides, including the double-sided "Tom Joad", were included in this release, but two of the thirteen songs, "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Dust Bowl Blues" were left out due to length. All tracks were recorded at Victor studios in Camden, New Jersey on April 26, 1940, except "Dust Cain't Kill Me" and "Dust Pneumonia Blues" which were recorded on May 3. In 1964, during the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, a reissue including all tracks from the sessions was released in LP format by Folkways Records after RCA refused Guthrie's request to re-issue the album. The complete Dust Bowl Ballads remains available on compact disc through the Smithsonian Institution's Folkways Collection.

The songs on Dust Bowl Ballads are semi-autobiographical, chronicling Guthrie's experience as a so-called "Okie" during the Dust Bowl era, where Guthrie witnessed the economic hardship that many migrant workers faced in California. Like many of Guthrie's later recordings, these songs contain an element of social activism, and would be an important influence on later musicians, including Pete SeegerBob DylanBruce SpringsteenPhil Ochs and Joe Strummer.

A1

The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster)

 

A2

I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore

 

A3

Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues

 

A4

Vigilante Man

 

A5

Dust Can't Kill Me

 

A6

Dust Pneumonia Blues

 

A7

Pretty Boy Floyd

 

B1

Blowin' Down This Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way)

 

B2

Tom Joad (Part 1)

 

B3

Tom Joad (Part 2)

 

B4

Dusty Old Dust

 

B5

Dust Bowl Refugee

 

B6

Do Re Mi

 

B7

Dust Bowl Blues

 

B8

Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know You)

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CD 
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CD
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CD 
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Cassette
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Very Good (VG) 

Vinyl
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CD
Quite a few light scuffs/scratches, or several more-pronounced scratches. This has obviously been played, but not handled as carefully as a VG+. 

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Cassette
Sleeve will contain more wear, marks, and/or indentations than a VG+. May have slight fading, a small tear/rip, or some writing. Shell may have heavier marks and wear than VG including plastic discoloration. Should play with some stronger hiss or degradation, but not enough to overpower music.

Good (G), Good Plus (G+) 

Vinyl 
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CD 
There are a lot of scuffs/scratches. However it will still play through without problems. This has not been handled with much care at all. 

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Cassette
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Poor (P), Fair (F)

Vinyl 
Generally worth 0-5% of the Near Mint price. The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged, split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and writing. The LP cover barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully split, crinkled, and written upon.  

CD 
The CD (if it is included) may or may not play some or all of the tracks. See the seller's comments for details.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: Very worn. It may have obvious writing on it, it may be ripped/torn, or significantly faded, or water damaged.

Cassette 
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