Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacree [live ’67]

• “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree [live ’67]” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to Tenafly Viper.

8.7 “Excellent Folk from the USA”

From his debut album “Alice’s Restaurant” (Reprise Records RS-6267) released in September, 1967, just a few weeks before his Daddy died. Ol’ Woody got to hear a demo version, which is pleasing.

On this evidence, it seems Arlo had inherited some of that famous old Guthrie dry wit.

With a deadpan delivery, he protests against the Vietnam War draft, with a comically exaggerated, but nevertheless true story from his own life.

It’s the only live song on the album and, with an 18-minute runtime, takes up the entirety of side 1. Well, if a story’s worth telling…

You can check out my favoured album reviews for 1967 here.

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