Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
Released: Jul 2012
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
On the short list of the most important American songwriters ever, Woody Guthrie is best known for "This Land Is Your Land," an anthem taught to American children to inculcate national pride, though the version here features stanzas not taught in school -- specifically, lyrics about governmental hypocrisy and the country's class struggle. This comprehensive collection includes Guthrie's most important, as well as his most fun, songs. You can practically hear Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Phil Ochs -- everybody -- being born in this music.