“Songs To Grow On For Mother And Child” by Woody Guthrie - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1953Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

This compilation was first issued in 1953 according to both “Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1948-1991” by Martin Popoff and “Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie” by Robert Santelli, Emily Davidson. Other sources say 1956. None of the 13 tracks have previously appeared in Woody's album discography which gives it grounds for "A-list" status; only under some doubt as to the age of the recordings. It's likely that those date from 1947 onwards - many of these were released as single sides on Moe Asch's Cub label in 1948 and 1949. With all that in mind, I use my discretion to include the LP in the “A-list”. In their 9th April 1949 edition Billboard reviewed the Cub Records 10” “Grow, Grow, Grow” / “Swimmy, Swim”: “This unusual material is an honest attempt to create new disk entertainment for tots in the 1 and a half to 3 year old group. It’s rhythmic and repetitious, and while it strings together words a child can naturally associate with each other, it doesn’t burden him with a contrived story. Guthrie has a down to earth folk quality that’s just right for the material. The words are printed on the back of the envelope which also boasts the recommendation of Parents magazine.” Sadly, I’m missing “Grow Grow Grow” (presumably a reprise of “Green-y Grass Grass”) and can therefore only rate the album as far as 12 of the original 13 tracks. If anyone knows where I could purchase an MP3 copy please do let me know ; - )

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A1 [01:37] 4.5.png Woody Guthrie - Grass-y, Grass, Grass (Woody Guthrie) Folk
A2 [01:56] 4.0.png Woody Guthrie - Swim-y, Swim, Swim (Woody Guthrie) Folk
A3 [01:26] 3.2.png Woody Guthrie - Little Sack Of Sugar (Woody Guthrie) Folk
A4 [01:14] 2.5.png Woody Guthrie - Rattle My Rattle (Woody Guthrie) Folk
A5 [02:21] 3.5.png Woody Guthrie - I Want My Milk (Woody Guthrie) Folk
A6 [00:00] 0.0000.png Woody Guthrie - Grow, Grow, Grow (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B1 [01:14] 2.9.png Woody Guthrie - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B2 [01:37] 3.4.png Woody Guthrie - 1 Day, 2 Days, 3 Days Old (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B3 [01:38] 1.6.png Woody Guthrie - Wash-y, Wash Wash (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B4 [01:43] 2.3.png Woody Guthrie - I’ll Eat You, I’ll Drink You (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B5 [02:10] 3.7.png Woody Guthrie - Make A Blobble (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B6 [01:47] 3.0.png Woody Guthrie - Who’s My Pretty Baby (Woody Guthrie) Folk
B7 [02:32] 4.0.png Woody Guthrie - Write A Word (Woody Guthrie) Folk

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