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Definitive Leadbelly

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he has often been labeled a blues artist, Lead Belly had a much wider palette than that, and routinely sang spirituals, work songs, folk ballads, and children's pieces, and he had an amazing affinity for material that would later find its way into the pop world. Songs like "Goodnight Irene," "Midnight Special," "Gallows Pole," "Rock Island Line," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," and "Black Betty," whether he actually wrote them or simply adapted them (which is probably the case), have all had an enduring musical impact, to say nothing of his driving 12-string guitar style, which wasn't exactly pretty but sure was effective. This three-disc set is a wonderful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he has often been labeled a blues artist, Lead Belly had a much wider palette than that, and routinely sang spirituals, work songs, folk ballads, and children's pieces, and he had an amazing affinity for material that would later find its way into the pop world. Songs like "Goodnight Irene," "Midnight Special," "Gallows Pole," "Rock Island Line," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," and "Black Betty," whether he actually wrote them or simply adapted them (which is probably the case), have all had an enduring musical impact, to say nothing of his driving 12-string guitar style, which wasn't exactly pretty but sure was effective. This three-disc set is a wonderful introduction to Lead Belly's legacy. It doesn't include his later Folkways recordings, but does have a wide sampling of his ARC tracks and several live cuts from various concerts along with multiple takes of "Midnight Special" and "Rock Island Line," plus fine performances of "Grasshopper in My Pillow," "Alberta," "Fannin' Street," "Bourgeois Blues," and "Ain't Going Down to the Well No More."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 636551050623
  • Catalog Number: 506
  • Sales rank: 95,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grasshoppers in My Pillow (2:47)
  2. 2 Tight Like That (3:11)
  3. 3 C.C. Rider (2:58)
  4. 4 Well You Know I Had to Do It (2:54)
  5. 5 Alberta (3:07)
  6. 6 Sweet Mary Blues (2:57)
  7. 7 New Orleans (3:15)
  8. 8 New York City (3:02)
  9. 9 Baby, Don't You Love Me No More? (2:53)
  10. 10 Thirty Days in the Work House (2:32)
  11. 11 You Cain' Loose-A-Me Cholly (2:59)
  12. 12 Midnight Special (2:04)
  13. 13 I'm Leavin' on the Midnight Train (4:18)
  14. 14 Fannin' Street (3:26)
  15. 15 Goodnight Irene (1:53)
  16. 16 Pick a Bale of Cotton (1:45)
  17. 17 Black Girl (2:09)
  18. 18 Turn Yo' Radio On (2:12)
  19. 19 Children's Blues (2:27)
  20. 20 John Henry (4:01)
  21. 21 Corn Bread Rough (2:07)
  22. 22 Can't You Line 'Em (2:56)
  23. 23 Ella Speed (2:45)
  24. 24 Tell Me Baby (2:56)
  25. 25 Go Down, Old Hannah (4:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Somebody's Diggin' My Potatoes (3:59)
  2. 2 Dancing With Tears in My Heart (2:45)
  3. 3 Salty Dog (3:01)
  4. 4 Whoa Back Up (2:12)
  5. 5 Sukey Jump (1:06)
  6. 6 How Long (4:33)
  7. 7 Eagle Rock Rag (2:46)
  8. 8 Laura (1:40)
  9. 9 Big Fat Woman (1:11)
  10. 10 My Friend Blind Lemon (3:05)
  11. 11 Easy Mr. Tom (2:04)
  12. 12 New Black Snake (3:11)
  13. 13 Matchbox Blues (3:03)
  14. 14 Death Letter Blues, Pt. 1 (3:00)
  15. 15 Death Letter Blues, Pt. 2 (3:00)
  16. 16 Bourgeois Blues (5:36)
  17. 17 We're in the Same Boat, Brother (2:20)
  18. 18 Jean Harlow (2:28)
  19. 19 Howard Hughes (3:02)
  20. 20 Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea (1:33)
  21. 21 When I Was a Cowboy (2:15)
  22. 22 T.B. Blues (3:09)
  23. 23 Alabama Bound (3:05)
  24. 24 Shout On (Honey I'm All Out and Down) (2:11)
  25. 25 He Never Said a Mumbling Word (2:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 It Was Early One Morning (2:25)
  2. 2 Good Morning Blues (2:53)
  3. 3 Tom Hughes Town (3:04)
  4. 4 Bull Cow (2:44)
  5. 5 Looky Look Yonder (2:59)
  6. 6 The Blood Done Sign My Name (2:20)
  7. 7 Tell Me Baby, What Was Wrong With You (3:16)
  8. 8 Birmingham Jail (Down in the Valley) (1:50)
  9. 9 Red Cross Store Blues (3:07)
  10. 10 Sail on, Little Girl, Sail On (3:16)
  11. 11 Roberta (2:59)
  12. 12 Jim Crow Blues (2:25)
  13. 13 Gray Goose (1:57)
  14. 14 I'm on My Last Go-Round (3:12)
  15. 15 Stewball (2:25)
  16. 16 Spring Time in the Rockies (3:04)
  17. 17 Ain't Going Down to the Well No More (1:06)
  18. 18 Take This Hammer (2:15)
  19. 19 Rock Island Line (2:36)
  20. 20 Midnight Special (3:05)
  21. 21 Sylvie - Huddie Ledbetter (0:59)
  22. 22 I'll Be Down on the Last Bread Wagon (3:21)
  23. 23 Chinatown (1:07)
  24. 24 I'm Alone Because I Love You (2:53)
  25. 25 Leaving Blues (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lead Belly Primary Artist
Huddie Ledbetter Track Performer
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Bumble Bee Slim Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
Blind Lemon Jefferson Composer
Lead Belly Composer
Doc Watson Composer
Paul Carrack Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Joe Jackson Composer
Lenny Kravitz Composer
Count Basie Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
Mary Travers Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Paul Campbell Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
John Herald Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Raksin Composer
Ralph Rinzler Composer
Johnny Rivers Composer
Sonny Terry Composer
Noel Paul Stookey Composer
Bob Yellin Composer
Keith Briggs Liner Notes
Ernest Lawlars Composer
Joe Young Composer
Traditional Composer
John Hurt Composer
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