Various Artists: Giants of the Folk Tradition, Vol. 1 [Box]

Audio Samples

>Looky Looky Yonder / Black Betty / Yellow Woman's Doorbells - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Poor Howard / Green Corn - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Da Blues - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Gallis Pole, The - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Bourgeois Blues, The - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Noted Rider - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Big Fat Woman - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Borrow Love and Go - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Bring Me Little Water Silvy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Julie Ann Johnson - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Line Tin - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Whoa, Back, Buck! (Back Band) - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>John Hardy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Hey Lolly Lolly - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Buffalo Skinners - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>John Henry - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Gypsy Davy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Worried Man Blues - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>More Pretty Girls Than One - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Going Down the Road (I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way) - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Ranger's Command - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Poor Boy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Lonesome Day - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Pretty Boy Floyd - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Hard, Ain't It Hard - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Gallows Tree (Gallows Pole) - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Lowlands - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Fox, The - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Maybe She Go - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Midnight Special - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Deep River - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Chilly Winds - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Greensleeves - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Devilish Mary - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Take This Hammer - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Sail Away Ladies - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Lass of Low Country - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Timber - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Pretty Horses - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie

Track List

>Looky Looky Yonder / Black Betty / Yellow Woman's Doorbells - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Poor Howard / Green Corn - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Da Blues - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Gallis Pole, The - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Bourgeois Blues, The - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Noted Rider - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Big Fat Woman - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Borrow Love and Go - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Bring Me Little Water Silvy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Julie Ann Johnson - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Line Tin - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Whoa, Back, Buck! (Back Band) - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>John Hardy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Hey Lolly Lolly - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Buffalo Skinners - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>John Henry - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Gypsy Davy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Worried Man Blues - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>More Pretty Girls Than One - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Going Down the Road (I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way) - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Ranger's Command - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Poor Boy - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Lonesome Day - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Pretty Boy Floyd - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Hard, Ain't It Hard - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Gallows Tree (Gallows Pole) - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Lowlands - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Fox, The - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Maybe She Go - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Midnight Special - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Deep River - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Chilly Winds - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Greensleeves - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Devilish Mary - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Take This Hammer - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Sail Away Ladies - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Lass of Low Country - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Timber - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie
>Pretty Horses - Lead Belly/Odetta/Woody Guthrie

Album Notes

Originally released as 3 separate CDs: Leadbelly's IN THE SHADOW OF THE GALLOWS POLE, Woody Guthrie's EARLY MASTERS, and Odetta's AT THE GATE OF THE HORN.

Personnel includes: Leadbelly (vocals, acoustic guitar); Woody Guthrie (vocals, acoustic guitar); Odetta (vocals, acoustic guitar); Sonny Terry (vocals, harmonica); Cisco Houston (vocals).

Giants of the Folk Tradition is a budget box set that includes complete albums by Leadbelly (In the Shadow of the Gallows Pole), Woody Guthrie (Early Masters), and Odetta (At the Gate of Horn), all of which have been released in single-disc versions by Tradition Records. The three albums actually work kind of well together, and it is interesting to compare Leadbelly's driving version of "Gallis Pole" with Odetta's more refined reading of the same song. All three of these artists, although they took different routes to the river, helped establish American folk music as both a viable art and a commercial possibility. ~ Steve Leggett



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