The Complete EMI Sessions: 1928-1939

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This seven-disc set is the most comprehensive account of Paul Robeson's art that we're ever likely to see -- the only other significant bodies of his work held by single recording entities are his post-blacklist Vanguard sides, which have made it out on CD in a couple of not-quite-comprehensive compilations, and his 1930s and early-'40s Columbia sides which have been compiled in part by Sony Music. Robeson was American-born but, like a relative handful of distinctive African American performers (including actress Josephine Baker, singer Adelaide Hall, and choreographer Buddy Bradley), he found it easier to pursue his career in Europe in the early to mid-'30s, and much of his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This seven-disc set is the most comprehensive account of Paul Robeson's art that we're ever likely to see -- the only other significant bodies of his work held by single recording entities are his post-blacklist Vanguard sides, which have made it out on CD in a couple of not-quite-comprehensive compilations, and his 1930s and early-'40s Columbia sides which have been compiled in part by Sony Music. Robeson was American-born but, like a relative handful of distinctive African American performers (including actress Josephine Baker, singer Adelaide Hall, and choreographer Buddy Bradley), he found it easier to pursue his career in Europe in the early to mid-'30s, and much of his work in music and film emanated from England until the advent of the Second World War. This collection assembles all 170 sides that he recorded for EMI across 11 years, ranging from stage-generated compositions such as "Ol' Man River" from Show Boat (which featured Robeson in its London cast) to classical, pop, folk, and gospel material. Some of the selection may seem bizarre and even demeaning in a 21st century context, but one must remember that Robeson was aiming to entertain and raise audiences' consciousness with his performances and recordings and -- within strictly proscribed limits determined by his own judgment -- he was willing to cater to public sensibilities of the period; thus, there are pieces here that use words such as "darkie" or "piccaninny" in their texts or titles; he always retained a degree of dignity and often these performances led audiences to question the basis for their own sensibilities; he also gradually altered the words of "Ol' Man River" to embrace a growing sense of dignity and irony in the piece, as his own consciousness evolved. There are also topical songs of the period, and pieces that reflect his fascination with the songs and folk traditions of various European nations (most notably Russia) in whose music he found parallels with African song. And there are songs that represent fragments of notions and projects that were never otherwise realized, such as the goal -- on the part of composer George Gershwin and at least one London producer -- of getting Robeson in the role of Porgy in the opera Porgy and Bess. And there are places here where we see Robeson's talent crossing paths with other African American figures, most notably Duke Ellington on a couple of compositions and actor/composer Clarence Muse (on "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"). The quality of the digital transfers is extraordinary, given the age of most of the material represented, though it also speaks volumes about the power of Robeson's voice as well. The whole box is a rich sonic feast, crossing a multitude of genres and history, accompanied by a well-annotated booklet. And the only complaint that one might reasonably have after listening to all seven CDs is that there couldn't have been more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099921558627
  • Catalog Number: 15586
  • Sales rank: 124,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat") (3:53)
  2. 2 Seem Lak' to Me, song (3:07)
  3. 3 Down de Lover's Lane (3:03)
  4. 4 Scandalize My Name (2:10)
  5. 5 Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass (2:07)
  6. 6 Weepin' Mary, spiritual (1:43)
  7. 7 I Want to Be Ready, spiritual (1:32)
  8. 8 My Lord, What a Morning (2:52)
  9. 9 De li'l pickaninny's gone to sleep, song (3:30)
  10. 10 Git on Board, L'il Chillen, spiritual (1:17)
  11. 11 There's No Hiding Place (1:00)
  12. 12 Part 1. So Early in the Morning; Carry Me Back to Old Virginia; Old Fol (3:54)
  13. 13 Part 2. Away Down South in Dixie; Poor Old Joe; Oh, Susanna; My Old Ken (4:18)
  14. 14 Oh Rock Me Julie, song (1:35)
  15. 15 Oh! Didn't It Rain (1:22)
  16. 16 Mammy (aka "My Mammy") (3:51)
  17. 17 Roll Away, Clouds (from the musical Virginia) (3:14)
  18. 18 Sonny Boy, song (2:43)
  19. 19 Little Pal (from the film Say It With Song) (3:31)
  20. 20 The Lonesome Road, song (2:45)
  21. 21 Just Keepin' On (3:12)
  22. 22 Mighty Lak' a Rose, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (3:27)
  23. 23 Mammy Is Gone, song (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hail the Crown, spiritual (2:13)
  2. 2 An Exhortation, song (2:11)
  3. 3 I Stood on de Ribber ob Jordan, spiritual (2:57)
  4. 4 Go Down Moses (2:06)
  5. 5 High Water, song (2:36)
  6. 6 Swanee River (3:20)
  7. 7 Old Black Joe, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (3:11)
  8. 8 My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano (3:31)
  9. 9 Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat") (2:50)
  10. 10 River, stay 'way from my door (3:30)
  11. 11 Rockin' Chair (3:33)
  12. 12 Medley of Spirituals (7:47)
  13. 13 My Heart Is Where the Mohawk Flows Tonight, song (3:30)
  14. 14 The Folks I Used to Know, song (2:53)
  15. 15 Mary Had A Baby (2:17)
  16. 16 Lil' Gal, song (3:01)
  17. 17 Bear the Burden in the Heat of the Day (3:32)
  18. 18 That's Why Darkies Were Born, song (from George White's Scandals of 192 (2:41)
  19. 19 When it's Sleepy-Time Down South (3:27)
  20. 20 I Am Seeking for a City (2:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Nearer My God to Thee (4:16)
  2. 2 There is a green hill far away, for voice & piano or organ (4:02)
  3. 3 Mah Lindy Lou (3:17)
  4. 4 Ma Curly-headed Baby (Babby) for voice & piano (3:05)
  5. 5 The Pilgrim's Song, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (2:40)
  6. 6 Roll the Old Chariot Along, spiritual (2:44)
  7. 7 Since You Went Away (3:10)
  8. 8 Wid de Moon, Moon, for voice & piano (3:32)
  9. 9 Got the South in My Soul (3:03)
  10. 10 Hush-a-Bye Lullaby, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (3:19)
  11. 11 Round the Bend of the Road, song (2:57)
  12. 12 Take Me Away from the River, song (3:00)
  13. 13 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (2:51)
  14. 14 On Ma Journey (2:10)
  15. 15 By an' by (2:30)
  16. 16 Were You There when They Crucified My Lord?, spiritual (2:48)
  17. 17 Swing Along (3:22)
  18. 18 Piccaninny Shoes, song (2:54)
  19. 19 In a Narrow Street, song (2:49)
  20. 20 Carry Me Back to Green Pastures (2:57)
  21. 21 Lazy Bones (3:27)
  22. 22 Blue Prelude (2:51)
  23. 23 Paul Robeson Medley, Part 1: Roll de Ole Chariot; Mary Had a Baby; Swin (4:06)
  24. 24 Paul Robeson Medley, Part 2: Carry Me Back; Mighty Lak' a Rose; Round t (4:09)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Fat L'il Feller wid his Mammy's Eyes (2:04)
  2. 2 Shortnin' Bread, song (1:10)
  3. 3 Snowball, song (3:22)
  4. 4 Water Boy, folk song (2:40)
  5. 5 Don't You Cry, My Honey, song (3:37)
  6. 6 Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual (3:04)
  7. 7 Scarecrow (3:29)
  8. 8 Wagon Wheels (3:27)
  9. 9 So Shy, song (3:25)
  10. 10 Piccaninny Slumber Song (3:08)
  11. 11 St. Louis Blues, song (3:33)
  12. 12 Mammy's Little Kinky-Headed Boy, song (3:16)
  13. 13 Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day (3:20)
  14. 14 I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreamin', song (2:51)
  15. 15 Banjo Song (3:08)
  16. 16 Paul Robeson Medley No. 2: Lazy Bones; Scarecrow; Fat Li'l Feller; Wago (8:46)
  17. 17 Love Song (3:26)
  18. 18 Congo Lullaby (3:11)
  19. 19 Canoe Song (3:04)
  20. 20 Killing Song (2:26)
  21. 21 Shenandoah, folk song (3:19)
  22. 22 Jes' Mah Song, for voice & piano (2:30)
  23. 23 De Ol' Ark's a-Moverin', spiritual (1:05)
  24. 24 Ezekiel Saw de Wheel (1:20)
  25. 25 Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (2:02)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Honey (Dat's All) (2:20)
  2. 2 Szomorú Vasárnap (Gloomy Sunday) (2:48)
  3. 3 Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat") (2:39)
  4. 4 I Still Suits Me, song (from 1936 film "Show Boat") (2:49)
  5. 5 Sleepy River, for 2 voices & orchestra (3:05)
  6. 6 Lonely Road (for film Song of Freedom) (3:20)
  7. 7 Song of Freedom, song (2:42)
  8. 8 Black Emperor (2:50)
  9. 9 Mam'selle Marie (1:57)
  10. 10 There's No Hiding Place (0:57)
  11. 11 Oh! No, John, folk song (2:16)
  12. 12 Passing By (2:24)
  13. 13 Hammer Song (1:53)
  14. 14 Little David, Play on Your Harp, spiritual (1:35)
  15. 15 My Way, song (for the film Jericho) (2:51)
  16. 16 Golden River, song (for the film Jericho) (2:07)
  17. 17 Ho! Ho! (Wagon Song) (2:14)
  18. 18 Climbing Up (The Mountain Song) (3:14)
  19. 19 Lazin' (from "Big Fella"), song (2:51)
  20. 20 I Don't Know What's Wrong, song (3:22)
  21. 21 Roll Up Sailorman, song (from "Big Fella") (2:17)
  22. 22 You Didn't Oughta Do Such Things, song (2:18)
  23. 23 Deep Desert, song (for the film Jericho) (3:01)
  24. 24 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (2:24)
  25. 25 Minstrel Man (poem) (0:30)
  26. 26 O Grieve You Now My Mother (2:44)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Dere's A Man Goin' Roun' Takin' Names (3:10)
  2. 2 Study War No More, spiritual (2:32)
  3. 3 Work All de Summer (1:36)
  4. 4 Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? (1:07)
  5. 5 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) (3:29)
  6. 6 Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night), folk song (3:26)
  7. 7 Solitude (3:36)
  8. 8 Mood Indigo (3:21)
  9. 9 Summertime (Lullaby) (2:40)
  10. 10 It Take A Long Pull To Get There (3:07)
  11. 11 It Ain't Necessarily So (2:36)
  12. 12 A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (2:23)
  13. 13 Just a-Wearyin' for You, for voice & piano (2:39)
  14. 14 At Dawning for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 29 (2:25)
  15. 15 Eh, Ukhnyem (Song of the Volga Boatmen), folk song (2:50)
  16. 16 Eriskay Love Lilt (2:55)
  17. 17 Encantadora Maria (2:43)
  18. 18 Ride Up in the Chariot, spiritual (1:02)
  19. 19 Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, spiritual (1:19)
  20. 20 Lay Down Late, song (2:29)
  21. 21 After the Battle (2:23)
  22. 22 David of the White Rock (Dafydd y Garreg Wen), folk song (3:28)
  23. 23 Trees, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (2:31)
  24. 24 Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano (2:16)
  25. 25 Loch Lomond (2:39)
  26. 26 Drink To Me Only (3:28)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Down de Lover's Lane (2:30)
  2. 2 Lullaby (2:07)
  3. 3 Night (2:54)
  4. 4 The Little Black Boy (2:20)
  5. 5 Dear Old Southland, for voice & orchestra (2:57)
  6. 6 Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (o (2:27)
  7. 7 The Blind Ploughman, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (2:09)
  8. 8 The Cobbler's Song (from the operetta Chu Chin Chow) (2:42)
  9. 9 Oh, Could I in Song Tell My Sorrow for voice & piano (or orchestra) (1:53)
  10. 10 Love at My Heart, song (2:09)
  11. 11 Nothin', song (2:24)
  12. 12 The Rosary, for voice & piano (1:40)
  13. 13 A Perfect Day, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (2:36)
  14. 14 Absent (2:12)
  15. 15 Dark eyes ("Ochi chornye," "Black Eyes"), folk song (2:33)
  16. 16 Oh Promise Me (2:39)
  17. 17 Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (3:42)
  18. 18 Sylvia for voice & piano (or orchestra) (2:02)
  19. 19 She Is Far from the Land (2:52)
  20. 20 Thora, ballad for voice & piano (3:29)
  21. 21 Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2 (2:24)
  22. 22 Sea fever, for voice & piano (2:12)
  23. 23 Who is this so weak and helpless (Tune: Ebenezer (Ton Y Botel)) (New En (2:33)
  24. 24 Hen wlad fy nhadau (Land of My Fathers, Welsh National Anthem) (2:26)
  25. 25 Deep River, spiritual (2:30)
  26. 26 Lord God of Abraham; Baal Chorus (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Robeson Primary Artist, Vocals
Lawrence Brown Piano, Vocals
Jack Hylton Conductor
Ray Noble Conductor
Carroll Gibbons Conductor
Elisabeth Welch Vocals
Herman Finck Conductor
Muir Mathieson Conductor
Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Clifford Greenwood Conductor
Walter Goehr Conductor
Ronnie Munro Conductor
Percival Mackey Conductor
Eric Ansell Conductor
Lawrence D. Brown Piano, Vocals
Mayfair Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Van Phillips Conductor
Ruthland Clapham Piano
Mississippi Chorus Choir, Chorus
Dowson Herbert Organ
Ernest Irving Conductor
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Arthur Somervell Arranger
Charles Villiers Stanford Arranger
Paul Robeson Arranger
Eubie Blake Composer
Herb Ellis Engineer
Langston Hughes Composer
Lawrence Brown Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Dennis Collins Liner Note Translation
William Blake Text
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Noble Sissle Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Dudley Buck Arranger
Harry (Henry) Thacker Burleigh Arranger
Barney Bigard Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Arthur "Babe"Clarke Engineer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Walter White Arranger
Victor Young Composer
Ethelbert Nevin Composer
Hall Johnson Arranger
William J. Dickson II Engineer
Angus McBean Cover Photo
Walter Legge Producer
Walter Goehr Arranger
Clarence Muse Composer
Avery Robinson Arranger
Walter Samuels Composer
Michael Carr Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
Alexander Alexandrov Arranger
Unspecified Enemies Composer
Rosa Newmarch Arranger
Traditional Composer
Eric Ansell Composer
Lawrence D. Brown Arranger
Alexander Hoffmann Composer
J. Keirn Brennan Composer
Spoken Wordz Composer
William Dickson Engineer
Harry Fleming Engineer
Edward Gower Engineer
Patrick O'Connor Liner Notes
F. Rennie Engineer
F.C. Bulkley Engineer
Marjory Kennedy-Fraser Arranger
Harold Davidson Engineer
James Weldon Johnson Arranger
Eckhardt van den Hoogen Liner Note Translation
Douglas Larter Engineer
Ruthland Clapham Arranger
Edward Fowler Engineer
J. H. Ellis Engineer
A.V. Alexandrov Arranger
Andrew Walter Remastering
Ernest Irving Arranger
C.C. Blyton Engineer
George Dillnutt Engineer
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