Folkways: The Original Vision [Bonus Tracks]

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Folkways: The Original Vision was released in 1988 as a complement to the Columbia album Folkways: A Vision Shared which featured modern performers doing interpretations of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie songs, which in turn was done to help provide funds for the Smithsonian Institution to incorporate the Folkways Record Company into its archives. Folkways: The Original Vision thus became the debut release on the new Smithsonian Folkways record imprint. This expanded version adds six more tracks and greatly extends the liner notes, making what was an impressive introduction to Guthrie and Leadbelly an even more impressive one. Both of these men had a detailed knowledge of American folk music, but what places them at the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Folkways: The Original Vision was released in 1988 as a complement to the Columbia album Folkways: A Vision Shared which featured modern performers doing interpretations of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie songs, which in turn was done to help provide funds for the Smithsonian Institution to incorporate the Folkways Record Company into its archives. Folkways: The Original Vision thus became the debut release on the new Smithsonian Folkways record imprint. This expanded version adds six more tracks and greatly extends the liner notes, making what was an impressive introduction to Guthrie and Leadbelly an even more impressive one. Both of these men had a detailed knowledge of American folk music, but what places them at the edge of modern folk is how both took melodies and motifs from the past and recast them with new lyrics and arrangements, personalizing their songs to particular needs while still retaining the folk lineage of the original tunes. The songs included here all drawn from Moses Asch's Asch, Disc, and Folkways imprints will be familiar to most Americans in one version or another, but there are some surprises, like Leadbelly's "4, 5, and 9," which has guitarists Leadbelly and Brownie McGhee and harmonica player Sonny Terry join in a loose blues jam with a jazz rhythm section of Pops Foster on bass and Willie "The Lion" Smith on piano, and the set closer, "We Shall Be Free," which features Leadbelly and Guthrie together, along with Terry again and Cisco Houston, improvising lyrics to a version of Chris Bouchillon's "Talking Blues," originally recorded in the 1920s. Other highlights include Leadbelly's "Gallis Pole" a furious and dynamic version of "The Maid Freed from the Gallows" and Guthrie's "Hobo's Lullaby" which was actually written by Goebel Reeves, the so-called "Texas Drifter". This expanded edition of The Original Vision
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074000021
  • Catalog Number: 40000
  • Sales rank: 42,033

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lead Belly Primary Artist, Track Performer
Woody Guthrie Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals, Track Performer
Cisco Houston Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Brownie McGhee Guitar
Pops Foster Bass
Anne Graham Vocals
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Woody Guthrie Arranger, Composer
Alan Lomax Composer, Adaptation
Goebel Reeves Composer
Moses Asch Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
David Glasser Mastering
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
John A. Lomax Adaptation
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Jeff Place Annotation
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes, Annotation
Guy Logsdon Annotation
Eric Conn Mastering
Traditional Composer
Frederic Ramsey Jr. Engineer
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