Long John Baldry Remembering Leadbelly

Remembering Leadbelly
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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Stony Plain Music

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Lining Track
  • Buy for $0.992.Gallows Pole
  • Buy for $0.993.Midnight Special
  • Buy for $0.994.Take This Hammer
  • Buy for $0.995.Rock Island Line
  • Buy for $0.996.Good Morning Blues
  • Buy for $0.997.Go Down Old Hannah
  • Buy for $0.998.Birmingham Jail
  • Buy for $0.999.Here Rattler
  • Buy for $0.9910.Easy Rider Blues
  • Buy for $0.9911.We're In The Same Boat, Brother
  • Buy for $0.9912.John Hardy
  • Buy for $0.9913.Digging My Potatoes
  • Buy for $0.9914.On A Christmas Day
  • Buy for $0.9915.Mary Don't You Weep
  • Buy for $0.9916.We Will Walk Through The Valley
  • Buy for $0.9917.Alan Lomax Interview - (bonus track)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Long John Baldry Interview - (bonus track)

Product Description:

Long John Baldry came of age as a singer during the British blues boom, and it's obvious that his love of the music hasn't left him. As he explains in the interview track at the end, Leadbelly was his first musical inspiration, and here he has his chance to pay homage to the man. In his sixties at the time of this recording, Baldry's voice has improved with age, deepening a little and sounding more gravelly -- just perfect for the grittiness of Leadbelly's songs, which ran the gamut from blues to folk, gospel, and beyond. It's an intelligent selection, ignoring the obvious "Goodnight Irene" and "In the Pines," while keeping defining moments like "Rock Island Line" (the tune that launched skiffle in England), "Birmingham Jail," and "We're in the Same Boat Brother" -- it's remarkable just how familiar so much of the material is. The version of "Gallows Pole" (much better known for its subsequent incarnation as a Led Zeppelin piece) roars with power and urgency, "Lining Track" and "John Hardy" (whose unusual arrangement centers around pump organ) are definitive railroad songs, while the hymns "Mary Don't You Weep" and "We Shall Walk Through the Valley," though springing from an older well, were very much a part of the Huddie Leadbetter repertoire. There's even a children's song, "On a Christmas Day," showing yet another facet of the big man. Add in an interview with Alan Lomax, the folklorist who discovered Leadbelly and helped his career, and you have something that stands as more than a tribute, but a full portrait of a seminal American artist. ~ Chris Nickson

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  • UPC: 772532127523
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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