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Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection [Box]

Track List

>Irene (Goodnight Irene)
>Bourgeois Blues, The
>Fannin Street (Mister Tom Hughes Brown)
>Midnight Special, The
>John Henry
>Black Girl (Where Did You Sleep Last Night)
>Pick A Bale Of Cotton
>Take This Hammer
>Cotton Fields
>Old Riley
>Rock Island Line
>Gallis Pole, The
>Ha-Ha This A Way
>Sukey Jump
>Boll Weevil
>Scottsboro Boys
>Governor O.K. Allen
>Governor Pat Neff
>There's A Man Going Around Taking Names
>On A Monday
>You Can't Lose Me, Cholly
>Keep Your Hands Off Her
>We Shall Be Free
>Alabama Bound
>Almost Day
>Fiddler's Dram
>Green Corn
>Sally Walker
>Bring Me A Little Water, Silvy
>Julie Ann Johnson
>Linin' Track
>Whoa, Back, Buck
>Shorty George
>Ham and Eggs
>Moanin'
>Out On the Western Plains
>Noted Rider
>Meeting At the Building
>Good, Good, Good (Talking, Preaching)/We Shall Walk Through the Valley
>Ain't You Glad (The Blood Done Signed My Name)
>I'm So Glad, I Done Got Over - (previously unreleased)
>Hindenburg Disaster, The
>Ella Speed
>Haul Away Joe
>Old Man
>Sweet Jenny Lee
>Jean Harlow
>Laura
>Queen Mary
>Good Morning Blues
>Sail On, Little Girl
>Easy Rider
>Poor Howard
>Duncan and Brady
>How Long, How Long
>T.B. Blues
>Jim Crow Blues
>Pigmeat
>John Hardy
>Outskirts of Town
>4, 5 and 9
>In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
>Red Cross Store Blues
>Diggin' My Potatoes
>Blind Lemon
>When a Man's a Long Way From Home
>Alberta
>Excerpt From "The Lonesome Train"
>National Defense Blues
>Hitler Song (Mr. Hitler)
>Big Fat Woman
>Been So Long (Bellevue Hospital Blues) - (previously unreleased)
>Wnyc-Folk Songs of America-Lead Belly: Grey Goose/Boll Weevil/Yellow Gal/Ha-Ha This a Way/Leaving Blues/Irene (Outro)
>Wnyc-Folk Songs of America-Lead Belly and the Oleander Quartet: Almost Day/Blues In My Kitchen, Blues In My Dining Room/I Went Up On the Mountain/Good Morning Blues/Baby, Don't You Love Me No More/T.B. Blues/Irene (Outro)
>If It Wasn't For Dicky
>What's You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire
>Rock Me (Hide Me In Thy Bosom)
>Packin' Trunk Blues
>Leaving Blues
>How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
>One Dime Blues
>I'm Going To Buy You A Brand New Ford
>Jail-House Blues
>Shout On
>Come and Sit Down Beside Me
>Red River
>Yes, I Was Standing In the Bottom
>Ain't Going Down To the Well No More [Version 2]
>Everytime I Go Out
>Go Down, Old Hannah
>Black Betty
>Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
>Stewball
>Ain't It A Shame To Go Fishin' On A Sunday
>Relax Your Mind
>Princess Elizabeth
>Silver City Bound
>Titanic, The
>House Of The Rising Sun
>It's Tight Like That
>Diggin' My Potatoes
>Springtime In the Rockies
>Backwater Blues
>Didn't Old John Cross the Water
>Dekalb Blues
>They Hung Him On the Cross [Version 1]
>They Hung Him On the Cross [Version 2]
>In The World

Album Reviews:

Paste (magazine) - "Across 108 tracks, 16 of which were previously unreleased, we primarily hear two instruments: a 12-string Stella guitar and Lead Belly's weathered and beautiful voice. The recordings sound surprisingly crisp given their age..."

Album Notes

Recording information: ` (01/09/1942); Angola Prison (01/09/1942); San Francisco (01/09/1942); Washington, D.C. (01/09/1942); WNYC (01/09/1942); ` (01/11/1941); Angola Prison (01/11/1941); San Francisco (01/11/1941); Washington, D.C. (01/11/1941); WNYC (01/11/1941); ` (01/1942); Angola Prison (01/1942); San Francisco (01/1942); Washington, D.C. (01/1942); WNYC (01/1942); ` (02/06/1941); Angola Prison (02/06/1941); San Francisco (02/06/1941); Washington, D.C. (02/06/1941); WNYC (02/06/1941); ` (02/15/1945); Angola Prison (02/15/1945); San Francisco (02/15/1945); Washington, D.C. (02/15/1945); WNYC (02/15/1945); ` (03/13/1941); Angola Prison (03/13/1941); San Francisco (03/13/1941); Washington, D.C. (03/13/1941); WNYC (03/13/1941); ` (03/20/1941); Angola Prison (03/20/1941); San Francisco (03/20/1941); Washington, D.C. (03/20/1941); WNYC (03/20/1941); ` (04/23/1944); Angola Prison (04/23/1944); San Francisco (04/23/1944); Washington, D.C. (04/23/1944); WNYC (04/23/1944); ` (05/1944); Angola Prison (05/1944); San Francisco (05/1944); Washington, D.C. (05/1944); WNYC (05/1944); ` (06/1946); Angola Prison (06/1946); San Francisco (06/1946); Washington, D.C. (06/1946); WNYC (06/1946); ` (06/22/1937); Angola Prison (06/22/1937); San Francisco (06/22/1937); Washington, D.C. (06/22/1937); WNYC (06/22/1937); ` (07/01/1934); Angola Prison (07/01/1934); San Francisco (07/01/1934); Washington, D.C. (07/01/1934); WNYC (07/01/1934); ` (07/01/1943); Angola Prison (07/01/1943); San Francisco (07/01/1943); Washington, D.C. (07/01/1943); WNYC (07/01/1943); ` (07/1941); Angola Prison (07/1941); San Francisco (07/1941); Washington, D.C. (07/1941); WNYC (07/1941); ` (08/1943); Angola Prison (08/1943); San Francisco (08/1943); Washington, D.C. (08/1943); WNYC (08/1943); ` (09/01/1943); Angola Prison (09/01/1943); San Francisco (09/01/1943); Washington, D.C. (09/01/1943); WNYC (09/01/1943); ` (09/1948-10/1948); Angola Prison (09/1948-10/1948); San Francisco (09/1948-10/1948); Washington, D.C. (09/1948-10/1948); WNYC (09/1948-10/1948); ` (09/23/1940); Angola Prison (09/23/1940); San Francisco (09/23/1940); Washington, D.C. (09/23/1940); WNYC (09/23/1940); ` (10/1943); Angola Prison (10/1943); San Francisco (10/1943); Washington, D.C. (10/1943); WNYC (10/1943); ` (10/1946); Angola Prison (10/1946); San Francisco (10/1946); Washington, D.C. (10/1946).

Editor: Carla Borden.

Introduction by: Robert Santelli.

Photographers: Jean Evans; Sean Killeen; Berenice Abbott; Wah Mong Chang; Michael Barnes ; Blanding Sloan; Bernard Hoffman.

Born in 1888, Huddie Ledbetter was the son of a sharecropper; he was born on a Louisiana plantation and learned to play guitar after long days working on his father's farm. After he struck out on his own at the age of 16, Ledbetter's life was full of adventures, both good and bad and including a murder conviction, but while in prison he picked up the nickname Lead Belly, and after writing a handful of great songs (and learning a hundred more) that he made his own with his passionate vocal style that melded blues and folk styles and his distinctive 12-string guitar work, he was freed and became one of the most influential folk artists in American music. Lead Belly recorded literally hundreds of songs over the course of his career (including a number of archival sessions recorded for the Library of Congress), and his music would influence a striking array of artists, from Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Odetta to Van Morrison, John Fogerty, and Kurt Cobain. The Smithsonian Folkways Collection is a five-disc box set that represents the first attempt to offer a career-spanning overview of the career of a giant of American music, including 108 tracks, 16 of which see their first release on this collection. ~ Mark Deming



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