Monday, November 24, 2008

This is a song about Alice

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s Arlo Guthrie with a couple variations on “Alice’s Restaurant”.

The first is a version recorded live on a WBAI radio show in February 1967. This take rambles on a bit more than the version recorded for his debut LP in July 1967. The tightening up that happened in those few months helped a lot. The playing is good though and it’s nice to hear a different take on a classic. Sorry about the sudden cut off at the end, I guess the tape ran out.

The second variation is a quite a different story. The music is pretty much the same but the story is more of a sequel – this song is not about Alice or the restaurant even though the story does start out there and then the chorus comes around again at the end. This one was also recorded for the Bob Fass show on WBAI, this time in May 1967. I do like the piano.


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