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By Alan Sculley
For The Register-Guard
DEC 15, 2017
Various artists, “Woody Guthrie The Tribute Concerts: Carnegie Hall 1968; Hollywood Bowl 1970” — This three-CD set expands on the original 1972 albums that documented two all-star concerts for Guthrie held in the wake of the folk/protest song pioneer’s death in 1967. The Carnegie Hall concert featured a who’s who from the ’60s folk scene, including Guthrie’s son, Arlo, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Bob Dylan and others. The show, done all acoustic (except for Dylan), is a bit reverential, but well worth hearing. Several of those stars return for the Hollywood Bowl show. Dylan is absent, but Joan Baez is featured. Unlike Carnegie Hall, this show features a full band on quite a few songs and additional accompaniment on some others. This adds color and muscle to the songs without obscuring Guthrie’s lyrics, whose spirit and messages ring true today.