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