Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant (1967)


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Title: Alice's Restaurant
Artist: Arlo Guthrie
Genre: Folk
Released: 1967

1 - Alice's Restaurant Massacree - 18:38
2 - Chilling of the Evening - 3:05
3 - Ring-Around-a-Rosy Rag - 2:16
4 - Now and Then - 2:24
5 - I'm Going Home - 3:18
6 - The Motorcycle Song - 2:51
7 - Highway in the Wind - 2:42

Alice's Restaurant is the debut album by Arlo Guthrie released in September 1967 by Reprise Records. It features one of his most famous songs, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree". A steady seller, the album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 album chart on the week of March 2, 1968.

In 1996, Guthrie recorded the same material live for the album Alice's Restaurant: The Massacree Revisited.

A local Philly radio DJ, Pierre Robert, has made it a Thanksgiving tradition to play Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie every year. He has done for decades and now for some folks it is a tradition to listen to him playing the vinyl version of the song as much as it is to have turkey & stuffing.

Robert usually plays the song at 10AM, noon, and 2PM. Yep, the full original 18 minute song played live on the air by an actual DJ off of a vinyl record.

He has been with WMMR 93.3 in Philly since 1981 and, besides creating a new Philly tradition, he himself has become part of the local pop culture thanks to his throwback hippie-like vibes. If you're lucky enough you just might spot his "Minerva" VW van rolling around town.