Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions (4-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 3/95, p.118
3 Stars - Good - "...though these were his last recordings, they were his first made on magnetic tape and the medium's fidelity communicates a greater intimacy than was achieved on his many other recordings..."
Vibe - 12/99, p.158
Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Yes, I Was Standing in the Bottom
  • Buy for $0.992.Yes, I'm Going Down to Louisiana
  • Buy for $0.993.I Ain't Going Down to the Well No More
  • Buy for $0.994.Dick Ligger's Holler
  • Buy for $0.995.Miss Liza Jane
  • Buy for $0.996.Dog Latin Song
  • Buy for $0.997.Leaving Blues
  • Buy for $0.998.Go Down, Old Hannah
  • Buy for $0.999.Blue Tail Fly
  • Buy for $0.9910.Nobody in This World Is Better Than Us
  • Buy for $0.9911.We're in the Same Boat, Brother
  • Buy for $0.9912.Looky, Looky Yonder
  • Buy for $0.9913.Jolly O' the Ransom
  • Buy for $0.9914.Old Ship of Zion
  • Buy for $0.9915.Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy
  • Buy for $0.9916.Mistreatin' Mamma
  • Buy for $0.9917.Black Betty
  • Buy for $0.9918.Ain't Goin Down to the Well No More
  • Buy for $0.9919.I'm Going Back Down in Louisiana
  • Buy for $0.9920.I Don't Know You, What Have I Done
  • Buy for $0.9921.Rock Island Line
  • Buy for $0.9922.Old Man, Will Your Dog Catch a Rabbit?
  • Buy for $0.9923.Shorty George
  • Buy for $0.9924.Stewball
  • Buy for $0.9925.Bottle up & Go
  • Buy for $0.9926.You Know I Got to Do It
  • Buy for $0.9927.Ain't It a Shame to Go Fishin' on a Sunday
  • Buy for $0.9928.I Ain't Gonna Drink Anymore
  • Buy for $0.9929.Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues - (previously unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9930.My Lindy Lou
  • Buy for $0.9931.I'm Thinking of a Friend
  • Buy for $0.9932.He Never Said a Mumbling Word
  • Buy for $0.9933.I Don't Want No More of Army Life
  • Buy for $0.9934.In the World
  • Buy for $0.9935.I Want to Go Home

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.New Iberia
  • Buy for $0.992.Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
  • Buy for $0.993.John Henry
  • Buy for $0.994.Salty Dog
  • Buy for $0.995.National Defense Blues
  • Buy for $0.996.Easy, Mr. Tom
  • Buy for $0.997.Relax Your Mind
  • Buy for $0.998.Bottle up and Go
  • Buy for $0.999.Polly Wolly Wee
  • Buy for $0.9910.Pig Latin Song - (alternate take)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Hawaiian Song
  • Buy for $0.9912.Drinkin' Lum y a Alla
  • Buy for $0.9913.The Grey Goose
  • Buy for $0.9914.Silver City Bound
  • Buy for $0.9915.The Titanic
  • Buy for $0.9916.Death Letter Blues
  • Buy for $0.9917.Mary Don't You Weep
  • Buy for $0.9918.He Never Said a Mumbling Word

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Midnight Special
  • Buy for $0.992.Boll Weevil Song
  • Buy for $0.993.Careless Love
  • Buy for $0.994.Easy Rider
  • Buy for $0.995.Cry For Me
  • Buy for $0.996.Ain't Going to Drink No More (De Kalb Blues)
  • Buy for $0.997.Birmingham Jail
  • Buy for $0.998.Old Riley
  • Buy for $0.999.Julie Ann Johnson
  • Buy for $0.9910.It's Tight Like That
  • Buy for $0.9911.4, 5 & 9
  • Buy for $0.9912.Good Morning Babe, How Do You Do?
  • Buy for $0.9913.Jail House Blues
  • Buy for $0.9914.Well, You Know I Had to Do It
  • Buy for $0.9915.Irene
  • Buy for $0.9916.25 Cent Dude
  • Buy for $0.9917.How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  • Buy for $0.9918.Hello Central
  • Buy for $0.9919.Hesitation Blues
  • Buy for $0.9920.I'll Be Down on the Last Bread Wagon

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Somebody's Diggin' My Potatoes - (previously unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.992.Springtime in the Rockies
  • Buy for $0.993.Chinatown
  • Buy for $0.994.Rock Island Line
  • Buy for $0.995.Backwater Blues
  • Buy for $0.996.Sweet Mary
  • Buy for $0.997.Irene
  • Buy for $0.998.Easy, Mr. Tom
  • Buy for $0.999.In the Evening, When the Sun Goes Down
  • Buy for $0.9910.I'm Alone Because I Love You
  • Buy for $0.9911.House of the Rising Sun
  • Buy for $0.9912.Mary Don't You Weep
  • Buy for $0.9913.Talk About Fannin Street
  • Buy for $0.9914.Fannin Street
  • Buy for $0.9915.Sugared the Beer
  • Buy for $0.9916.Didn't Old John Cross the Water
  • Buy for $0.9917.Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • Buy for $0.9918.Bully of the Town
  • Buy for $0.9919.Sweet Jenny Lee
  • Buy for $0.9920.Yellow Gal
  • Buy for $0.9921.He Was the Man
  • Buy for $0.9922.We're in the Same Boat, Brother
  • Buy for $0.9923.Leaving Blues

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Leadbelly (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Recorded between September and November, 1948. Originally released on Folkways (241/2941, 242/2942). Includes liner notes by Frederic Ramsey, Jr. Moses Asch, Sean Killeen, Anthony Seeger, Jeff Place and Matt Walters.
Legend has it that when Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter was shown one of the first commercially available tape recorders--as opposed to the then-standard disc-cutting machines--in the fall of 1948, he immediately sat down in front of it for a marathon impromptu recording session. This fact comes across on the first of these discs taken from those tapes: most of its 35 tracks are traditional blues hollers without even his trademark 12-string guitar for accompaniment.
The other three discs are jam-packed with songs, fragments, and often fascinating conversations. Rather than edit the material--which the listener can do quite nicely with a programmable CD player and blank cassettes--the archivists at Smithsonian/Folkways wisely chose to release these four hours of material exactly as it was recorded. As a result, the sound quality is occasionally a bit dodgy, but the historical import and musical quality of these recordings are undeniable.

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