The Essential Odetta

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the title leads one to believe this is a best-of of sorts, in fact it's a straight pairing of two live concerts from the early '60s that were originally released as Odetta at Carnegie Hall and At Town Hall. It's still a worthy representation of Odetta in good form, accompanied throughout by Bill Lee on bass, and covering a variety of traditional folk songs, spirituals, and later compositions such as "If I Had a Hammer." Be aware that the CD reissue of this title omits a few tracks from each LP, although the double-LP version has everything.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the title leads one to believe this is a best-of of sorts, in fact it's a straight pairing of two live concerts from the early '60s that were originally released as Odetta at Carnegie Hall and At Town Hall. It's still a worthy representation of Odetta in good form, accompanied throughout by Bill Lee on bass, and covering a variety of traditional folk songs, spirituals, and later compositions such as "If I Had a Hammer." Be aware that the CD reissue of this title omits a few tracks from each LP, although the double-LP version has everything.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707434423
  • Catalog Number: 43/44
  • Sales rank: 88,736

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Odetta Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Lomax Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Maynard Solomon Producer
Vera Hall Composer
Ruby Pickens Tartt Composer
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