- Released: January 21, 1992
- Label: Vanguard Records
- 1.Let Me Ride
- 2.The Fox
- 3.Santy Anno
- 4.Devilish Mary
- 5.Another Man Done Gone
- 6.Children's Trilogy
- 7.He Had a Long Chain On
- 8.He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
- 9.Take This Hammer
- 10.Ox Driver
- 11.Hound Dog
- 12.Carry It Back to Rosie
- 13.What Month Was Jesus Born in?
- 14.The Frozen Logger
- 16.Freedom Trilogy: Oh Freedom / Come And Go With Me / I'm On My Way
Personnel: Odetta (vocals, guitar); Bill Lee (acoustic bass).
Includes original release liner notes by Maynard Solomon.
Having begun her career on the coffeehouse circuit in the '50s, singer-guitarist Odetta Gordon was always at her best in front of an appreciative audience, and this 16-track, 52-minute album recorded at New York City's Town Hall in late 1962 is among the highlights in her long career.
Backed only by her own acoustic guitar and the solid yet unobtrusive bass work of Bill Lee--filmmaker Spike Lee's father--Odetta performs folk standards, blues classics, work songs, and spirituals, all with a quiet, proud reserve rather akin to that of Paul Robeson. While there's a playful undertone to a couple of the blues tunes, the stirring passion of the set's pointed closer, "Freedom Trilogy," reminds listeners of the strong ties between the collegiate folk revival of the early '60s and the concurrent civil rights movement. While never stridently political, the songs on ODETTA AT TOWN HALL definitely get their point across.