50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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Arlo Guthrie, 'Alice's Restaurant'
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Arlo Guthrie, 'Alice's Restaurant'22/50

Arlo Guthrie, 'Alice's Restaurant'

No one captured hippie politics better than Woody's 20-year-old son on the title cut, an autobiographical tall tale that for 18 minutes reduced pacifist anti-authoritarianism to a diffident, confident, skillfully timed cops-and-longhairs routine. The B side cuts four forgettable song poems with two more jokes, one of them "The Motorcycle Song," not yet the comic turn it became. NB: Guthrie re-recorded the entire album 30 years later. The new "Alice" is four minutes longer – and four minutes funnier.

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