Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 1

Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 1

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The bulk of the best performances by Leadbelly -- whose influence on the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s cannot be overstated -- were recorded during the '40s for Folkways Records founder Moses Asch. Inferior copies and re-recordings of these tunes have appeared over the years, but the original masters have satSee more details below

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The bulk of the best performances by Leadbelly -- whose influence on the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s cannot be overstated -- were recorded during the '40s for Folkways Records founder Moses Asch. Inferior copies and re-recordings of these tunes have appeared over the years, but the original masters have sat in the vaults of Folkways. The three-volume Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy collection shows what we've been missing: the compilers dug out the best available versions of Leadbelly's finest songs and carefully transferred them from the original acetate masters. As the liner notes promise, "these recordings can again be heard the way they sounded in the early 1940s, for in the original masters you can still hear the ringing of the guitar and thumping of the bass." This 34-song first volume is a must for anyone interested in the roots of American folk. It opens with "Irene," which (as "Goodnight Irene") became a national hit for the Weavers less than a year after Leadbelly died on welfare; it includes many more of his most-famous tunes, among them "Rock Island Line," "Cotton Fields," and "Good Morning Blues."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/1996
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074004425
catalogNumber:
40044
Rank:
59103

Tracks

  1. Goodnight Irene
  2. Pick a Bale of Cotton
  3. Good Morning Blues
  4. Grey Goose
  5. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
  6. Take This Hammer
  7. On a Monday
  8. Cotton Fields
  9. Bring Me Li'l Water, Silvy
  10. Moanin'
  11. Laura
  12. Duncan and Brady
  13. Rock Island Line
  14. Big Fat Woman
  15. In New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun)
  16. Chicken Crowing for Midnight
  17. You Can't Lose Me, Cholly
  18. Sally Walker
  19. Ha Ha This A-Way
  20. Yellow Gal
  21. Green Corn
  22. Let It Shine on Me
  23. Meeting at the Building
  24. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
  25. Pigmeat
  26. Blind Lemon
  27. Bottle up and Go
  28. Sukey Jump (Win'jammer)
  29. Old Riley
  30. 4, 5, and 9
  31. No Good Rider
  32. Shorty George
  33. Duncan and Brady
  34. Leaving Blues

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