As charming as ever...maybe funnier...and needed more than ever.
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I was not aware that there was someone singing take-offs of Joni Mitchell. Thank you. Thank you also for making it clear that this is not the original. More's the pity.
Don't buy this. It is dull and lacks the fire of the original recording. Though it will hurt, buy the original version for $9.99. It's clear Arlo wants our money and as a fan of the orginial song I need my fix.
A GOOD rendition, OF A GREAT SONG by A LEGENDARY FOLK ARTIST…
I find that it is a compliment to Mr. Guthrie and particularly to his song that opinions expressed here some 40 years after the release of the original (MASACREE
AT ALICE’S) remain as passionate and divisive as were the times. For me the original release that I listened to as a young man, COMPLETELY defined my generation, my war, my government and my career. In less than twenty minutes of righteous humor, Arlo also managed to express a singularity of enormous cultural complexity the likes of which we will never experience again. It is through trial, terror and censorship that we own the right of criticism. The fault here is
not w/ the artist or his creation nor his delivery; it lies exclusively at the feet of corporate greed and deception. iTunes just picked the wrong Artist, the wrong song, and the wrong customer base to mess with. If they were smart they would lose the frills and sell both versions at the single song rate. The songs deserve
a five, the marketing genius gets a 0.
arlo guthrie alice's restaurant live
I'm proud to say I grew up in Western Mass and this song is a tradition. I travel a lot and all over the world you'd be surprized at how may folks know about Alice and the restaurant. It's a great icebreaker when I say I'm from the Berkshires.
Terrible. Just terrible.
I've grown up with Alice's Restaurant Massacre. My parents would play it every Thanksgiving. I downloaded this 40th Anniversary version and it is just terrible. No comparison to the original 1969 recording. Guthrie sounds like he's just punching his timecard on this one. Spend the $9.99 and get the 1969 version... I wound up doing both because I just can't play this version for my family. Terrible.
Alice's Restaurant Massacree-40th Anniversary
By Arlo Guthrie
This is a great Thanksgiving tradition at our house. Love It!!!
This is a newer version of the song. Not the one I wanted.
Alice's Restaurant Massacre - 40th Anniversary
This is not the entire album as shown but just the single title cut. It's okay but stay with the original version if buying and don't be expecting the other 4 songs.
just not as good as the original
By Evan NYC
I'd like to start by saying that I love Arlo Guthrie, and that I grew up hearing the original "Alice's Resturaunt Massacree" from the moment I first popped out into this world. Ok, maybe that's an exageration, but you get the gist. That being said, something's missing from this recording; the spontaneity of Arlo's delivery on the original is, for the most part, absent, almost as if he's done it so many times, (which in fact, he obviously has,) that he's not really present for much of it. If you happen to see Alice, call her over; alas, I think I'd like to send this one back.