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Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs & Ballads
     

Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs & Ballads

 
Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs & Ballads is -- beginning to end -- the strongest collection of such field-recorded material focused on work songs available, as of its release in 1998. In addition to recordings of chain-gang work songs, other raw, moving material heard on this compilation includes moans, a congregational shout that borders on the ecstatic,

Overview

Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs & Ballads is -- beginning to end -- the strongest collection of such field-recorded material focused on work songs available, as of its release in 1998. In addition to recordings of chain-gang work songs, other raw, moving material heard on this compilation includes moans, a congregational shout that borders on the ecstatic, and sprirtuals that swell with harmony and emotion. State Penitentiary and State Farm prisoners sing work songs that may sound familiar, since many were adopted by blues artists. This treasure of a recording captures unequaled passion, pain and strength; it is absolutely essential for fans of not only early blues, but early roots music of any kind.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0018964151027
catalogNumber:
1510

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dock Reed   Track Performer
James Baker   Track Performer
Henry Reed   Track Performer
Vera Hall   Track Performer
Jimmie Strothers   Track Performer
Ernest Williams   Track Performer
Kelly Pace   Track Performer
Arthur Bell   Track Performer
Wash Dennis   Track Performer
Austin Coleman   Track Performer
Jeff Webb   Track Performer
Frank Jordan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bob Carlin   Reissue Producer
Alan Lomax   Engineer,Liner Notes
Bruce Jackson   Cover Photo
Wayne D. Shirley   Introduction
Harold Spivacke   Engineer
Ruby Pickens Tartt   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
John A. Loam   Engineer

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