Library of Congress Recordings

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Woody Guthrie: Library of Congress Recordings
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Studio album by
RecordedMarch 21 and 27, 1940
ProducerAlan Lomax
Woody Guthrie chronology
Woody Guthrie: Library of Congress Recordings
Dust Bowl Ballads
Professional ratings
Review scores
Amazon.com3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

The Library of Congress Recording Sessions refers to a March 1940 session of recordings Woody Guthrie made in Washington, D.C., for Alan Lomax. They were catalogued in the United States Library of Congress. They are notable as the first recordings made of Woody Guthrie. They contain several traditional songs and three of Guthrie's best known songs, "So Long It's Been Good To Know You", "Talking Dust Bowl Blues" and "Do-Re-Me". The session is also interesting for Guthrie's autobiographical memories of Oklahoma, riding the freight trains and observations on life and America's great depression in conversation with Lomax.

These were not intended to be commercial recordings, but some tracks were later released on an Elektra Records three-LP set titled Woody Guthrie: Library of Congress Recordings in 1964.[3][4]

Rounder Records released the recordings in 1988 on both LP and compact disc.

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Other
1. Lost Train Blues Traditional
2. Railroad Blues Traditional
3. Rye Whiskey Traditional
4. Old Joe Clark Traditional
5. Beaumont Rag Traditional
6. Texas Oil Field Traditional
7. Greenback Dollar Traditional
8. Boll Weevil Song Traditional
9. So Long, It's Been Good to Know You Guthrie
10. Talking Dust Bowl Blues Guthrie
11. Do Re Mi Guthrie
12. Hard Times Guthrie
13. Pretty Boy Floyd Guthrie
14. They Laid Jesus Christ in His Grave Guthrie
15. Jolly Banker Guthrie
16. I Ain't Got No Home Guthrie
17. Dirty Overhalls Guthrie
18. Chain Around My Leg Guthrie
19. Worried Man Blues Traditional
20. Lonesome Valley Guthrie
21. Walking Down That Railroad Line Guthrie
22. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad Guthrie
23. Dust Storm Disaster Guthrie
24. Foggy Mountain Top Traditional
25. Dust Pneumonia Blues Guthrie
26. California Blues Guthrie
27. Dust Bowl Refugee Guthrie
28. Will Rogers Highway Guthrie
29. Los Angeles New Year's Flood Guthrie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Woody Guthrie: Library Of Congress Recordings., 1964. Elektra Records, Retrieved on February 13, 2008
  4. ^ Allmusic. Library Of Congress Recordings. Retrieved on February 13, 2008.