Dust Bowl Ballads

Label
RCA Camden
Release date
13 Jun 2010
Running length
26 tracks
Running time
75:02

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dust Pneumonia Blues 9:13 20,661
2 I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore 2:48 11,562
2 The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster) 3:21 15,090
3 Talking Dust Bowl Blues 3:28 36,976
3 Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues 2:41 9,989
4 Vigilante Man 3:22 43,136
4 Pretty Boy Floyd 4:33 62,482
5 Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good To Know You) 3:09 4,411
5 Dust Cain't Kill Me 2:54 1,871
6 Dust Bowl Blues 3:29 21,179
7 Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way) 3:04 7,010
8 Tom Joad - Part I 3:25 3,861
8 Blowin' Down This Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way) 2:59 1,082
9 Tom Joad - Part II 3:30 3,540
9 Tom Joad Part I 3:26 877
10 Do Re Mi 3:02 39,419
10 Tom Joad Part II 3:27 665
11 Dust Bowl Refugee 4:26 10,914
12 I Ain't Got No Home 2:45 45,759
14 Dust Can't Kill Me 2:55 12,689
14 Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been God To Know Yuh) 3:05 1,308

About this album

Dust Bowl Ballads is an album by Woody Guthrie, recorded for Victor Records during Guthrie’s time in New York City in 1940. It was Guthrie’s first commercial recording and the most successful album he made. It is sometimes considered the first concept album.

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. In 1964, during the American folk music revival of the 1950’s and 1960’s, a reissue including all tracks from the sessions was released in LP format. The complete Dust Bowl Ballads remains available on compact disc. All tracks were recorded at RCA 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.

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 Seeger, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

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