Last Sessions!

Last Sessions!

by Lead Belly
     
 

Last Sessions! contains 88 of the 96 or so songs Leadbelly recorded between September 27 and November 5 at Frederick Ramsey, Jr.'s apartment in 1948, recordings that would turn out to be -- save for a live show later that November -- his last, and the only ones he ever preserved on magnetic tape. TheSee more details below

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Last Sessions! contains 88 of the 96 or so songs Leadbelly recorded between September 27 and November 5 at Frederick Ramsey, Jr.'s apartment in 1948, recordings that would turn out to be -- save for a live show later that November -- his last, and the only ones he ever preserved on magnetic tape. The tape medium allowed for between-song comments by the singer, and adds to the intimacy of these sessions, which feature a truly remarkable range of folk pieces, from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, ballads, children's songs, and a scattering of blues. Leadbelly apparently forgot to bring a guitar to one of these casual recording dates, so there is an unusual amount of unaccompanied singing here, which isn't a problem, really, and only further illustrates Leadbelly's complete familiarity with his large repertoire (he is rumored to have known well over a thousand songs). Smithsonian Folkways released the complete recordings from the Ramsey sessions as a four-disc box set called Leadbelly's Last Sessions in 1994, and while this slightly truncated three-disc version from Comet Records is fine, there is really no reason not to just get the Smithsonian Folkways set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Universe Italy
UPC:
8026575140226
catalogNumber:
140
Rank:
340365

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. New Iberia
  2. Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
  3. John Henry
  4. Salty Dog
  5. National Defense Blues
  6. Easy, Mr. Tom
  7. Relax Your Mind
  8. Bottle Up and Go
  9. Bottle Up and Go
  10. Polly Wolly Wee
  11. Pig Latin Song
  12. Hawaiian Song
  13. Drinkin' Lum y a Alla
  14. The Grey Goose
  15. Silver City Bound
  16. The Titanic
  17. Death Letter Blues
  18. Mary Don't You Weep
  19. He Never Said a Mumbling Word
  20. He Never Said a Mumbling Word
  21. Yes, I'm Going Down to Louisiana
  22. I Ain't Going Down to the Well No More
  23. Ain't Goin' Down to the Well No Mo'
  24. Miss Liza Jane
  25. Dog Latin Song
  26. Leaving Blues
  27. Blue Tail Fly
  28. Nobody in This World Is Better Than Us

Disc 2

  1. Black Betty
  2. Midnight Special
  3. Boll Weevil
  4. Careless Love
  5. Easy Rider
  6. Cry for Me
  7. I Ain't Gonna Drink Anymore
  8. Ain't Going to Drink No More (De Kalb Blues)
  9. Birmingham Jail
  10. Old Riley
  11. Julie Ann Johnson
  12. It's Tight Like That
  13. 4, 5 & 9
  14. Good Morning Babe, How Do You Do?
  15. Jailhouse Blues
  16. You Know I Got to Do It
  17. Well, You Know I Had to Do It
  18. Goodnight Irene
  19. 25 Cent Dude
  20. How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  21. Hello Central
  22. Hesitation Blues
  23. I'll Be Down on the Last Bread Wagon
  24. Looky Looky Yonder
  25. Jolly O' the Ransom
  26. Bring Me Li'l Water, Silvy
  27. Mistreatin' Mama
  28. I'm Going Back Down in Louisiana
  29. I Don't Know You, What Have I Done

Disc 3

  1. Somebody's Diggin' My Potatoes
  2. Springtime in the Rockies
  3. Chinatown
  4. Rock Island Line
  5. Rock Island Line
  6. Backwater Blues
  7. Sweet Mary
  8. Goodnight Irene
  9. Easy, Mr. Tom
  10. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
  11. I'm Alone Because I Love You
  12. In New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun)
  13. Mary Don't You Weep
  14. Talk About Fannin Street
  15. Fannin Street
  16. Sugared the Beer
  17. Didn't Old John Cross the Water
  18. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  19. Bully of the Town
  20. Sweet Jenny Lee
  21. Yellow Gal
  22. He Was the Man
  23. We're in the Same Boat, Brother
  24. We're in the Same Boat, Brother
  25. Leaving Blues
  26. Old Man
  27. Shorty George
  28. Stewball
  29. Ain't It a Shame to Go Fishin' on a Sunday
  30. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
  31. I Want to Go Home

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