Leadbelly The Legend of Leadbelly: The Tradition Years

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Empire Musicwerks

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.De Kalb Blues
  • Buy for $0.992.Looky, Looky Yonder / Black Betty / On A Monday (Yellow Women's Doorbells)
  • Buy for $0.993.Bourgeois Blues
  • Buy for $0.994.Medley
  • Buy for $0.995.Gallows Pole
  • Buy for $0.996.How Long - (featuring Sonny Terry)
  • Buy for $0.997.Goodnight Irene
  • Buy for $0.998.No Good Rider
  • Buy for $0.999.Big Fat Woman
  • Buy for $0.9910.Bottle Up And Go (Borrow Love And Go)
  • Buy for $0.9911.John Hardy (version 1 - accordion)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Bring Me Lil' Water Sylvie
  • Buy for $0.9913.Julie Ann Johnson
  • Buy for $0.9914.Linin' Track (Line 'Em)
  • Buy for $0.9915.Whoa Back Buck
  • Buy for $0.9916.Roberta
  • Buy for $0.9917.Black Gal (Where Did You Sleep Last Night?)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Yellow Gal
  • Buy for $0.9919.When The Boys Were On The Western Plain
  • Buy for $0.9920.Pretty Flowers In My Backyard
  • Buy for $0.9921.In New Orleans
  • Buy for $0.9922.John Hardy - (version 2)
  • Buy for $0.9923.I've A Pretty Flower - (Pretty Flowers version 2, featuring Josh White)

Product Description:

Leadbelly's official discography is pretty confusing, a mixture of live radio shows, field recordings for Alan Lomax, one-off studio sessions for small labels, casual sessions for Moses Asch, more professionally supervised sessions for Columbia Records, a handful of early 78s, and the occasional recorded live set from a college or coffee house performance. The licensing for some of these recordings has been sold time and time again, leading to countless collections that feature roughly the same songs and poor to zero annotation. The miracle in all of this is the remarkable consistency of what Leadbelly recorded, and his body of work -- scattered and disorganized as it is -- is a valuable archive of early 19th century American work songs, lining chants, blues pieces, children's melodies and all manner of folk material. This set from Tradition includes the recordings Leadbelly did in New York City in 1939 for Musicraft Records, a session set up by Lomax to help pay for Leadbelly's legal bills (he was awaiting trial on an assault charge at the time and was later sentenced to eight months incarceration). The Musicraft material was eventually released on Stinson Records, and several times since on different labels, including Tradition Records. Also presented here are a scattering of recordings Leadbelly did for Asch in the early '40s, which were in turn leased by Asch to other labels. The sound isn't bad on these tracks, and Legend of Leadbelly: The Tradition Years isn't really a bad buy as long as you know what you're getting (and haven't already bought the same sides on another CD under a different title from a different label with a different photo on the front). ~ Steve Leggett

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  • Sales Rank: 125,465
  • UPC: 654545083327
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