Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Arlo Guthrie - 1967-10-01 - Alice's Restaurant Live - New York

Arlo Guthrie
The Bitter End Cafe, New York, NY

Soundboard recording, good quality
Available in both lossless (Flac) and mp3 (@ 320 k) versions

Here is a Genuine Thanksgiving Classic, Arlo Guthrie performing Alice's Restaurant Massacree. Awhile back someone in a conversation was referring to the lack of holiday-type songs for Thanksgiving. Of course, I said, well there is the quite remarkable Alice's Restaurant, and he replied, that no, that doesn't count as a traditional Thanksgiving song. Well, I don't know about in your household, but certainly in mine, Alice's Restaurant is definitely a traditional holiday festivity, we always play it every Thanksgiving, and always enjoy it very much. And hey, the song is now 45 years old, so that should certainly qualify it as a traditional classic song, shouldn't it? It is certainly a comedy classic. Anyway, so here it is, just for the Holidays, and just in case you were somehow tired of the original album version, here is a somewhat different live version (clocking in at over 26 min.), to change things up a bit. In fact, just to give you even more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I've included an additional, earlier live version that also is somewhat different (I'm sure every live version is necessarily different from any other), to enjoy all over again. So, here is the incomparable Arlo Guthrie, from way back in 1967, with not one but 2 versions of this beloved Thanksgiving classic. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving!

01. The Motorcycle Song/
02. Alice's Restaurant Massacree/
03. The Pause Of Mister Claus/
04. Closing Remarks
Bonus track: Alice's Restaurant (another version, from 1967-2-27 FM NY, WBAI Radio Broadcast)

Originally obtained from The Midnight Cafe Much Thanks Matt!

mp3: Arlo_Guthrie_1967-10-01_NY_mp3.rar

FLAC: http://depositfiles.com/files/0dzg59iy6


Larry said...

Great post, but what struck me was the photo. I was there when it was taken. I was 15, and skipped school to head into Manhattan where they were filming the trailer for Alice's Restaurant at a midtown studio (as announced on WBAI). We all sat around the table out of frame as a very stoned Arlo talked about the movie, then he started singing the Chorus and the camera pans back, revealing a crowd of revelers eating Thanksgiving dinner, sometime in April, as I recall. It's on the DVD release.
Thanks for a little piece of my past,

DickGreenleaf said...

Whick of the 2 versions of Alice is the one from Boston(as in the heading of the post)? Was this the show at Club 47 or the festival held in March 67 at the Boston Armory? Thanks

DickGreenleaf said...

OOOPS, that Which, not Whick

BBKron said...


actually, the OOOPs is on me, as there is no version from Boston posted here (don't know why it says Boston in the title label?), as both of these are from new York, the first from 10-01-67, Bitter End, and the 2nd from 2-27-67 WBAI Broadcsat, as indicated in the post. Funny, but neither I nor any other blog reader noticed the mistake in the title label. Sorry about that, but I have fixed it now. Thanks.