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Leadbelly Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box)

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Leadbelly: Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box)

(2015/Smithsonian) 108 tracks.
Even if you do not know him as a singer, his music has become an integral part of American folk music heritage and his songs memorable. Not least because they were picked up and was covered by music greats, such as the Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison, Nirvana, Odetta, Little Richard, Pete Seeger, Frank Sinatra and Tom Waits.

The beautifully designed book with 5 CDs contains wonderful color illustrations, black and white photographs and prints of original covers and documented an exciting time between departure and past - a musical tribute to a great songwriter.

Contains 16 previously unreleased tracks.

(2015/Smithsonian) 108 tracks.



Leadbelly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box) CD 1
1: Irene (Goodnight Irene)
2: The Bourgeois Blues
3: Fannin Street (Mister Tom Hughes Town)
4: The Midnight Special
5: John Henry
6: Black Girl (Where Did You Sleep Last Night)
7: Pick a Bale of Cotton
8: Take This Hammer
9: Cotton Fields
10: Old Riley
11: Rock Island Line
12: The Gallis Pole
13: Ha-Ha This a Way
14: Sukey Jump
15: Boll Weevil
16: Scottsboro Boys
17: Governor OK Allen
18: Governor Pat Neff
19: There's a Man Going Around Taking Names
20: On a Monday
21: You Can't Lose Me, Cholly
22: Keep Your Hands Off Her
23: We Shall Be Free (with Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston)
Leadbelly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box) CD 2
1: Alabama Bound
2: Almost Day
3: Fiddler's Dram
4: Green Corn
5: Sally Walker
6: Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy
7: Julie Ann Johnson
8: Linin' Track
9: Whoa, Back, Buck
10: Shorty George
11: Ham and Eggs
12: Moanin'
13: Out on the Western Plains
14: Noted Rider
15: Meeting at the Building
16: We Shall Walk Through the Valley Good, Good, Good (Talking, Preaching)
17: Ain't You Glad (The Blood Done Signed My Name)
18: I'm So Glad, I Done Got Over
19: The Hindenburg Disaster
20: Ella Speed
21: Haul Away Joe
22: Old Man
23: Sweet Jenny Lee
24: Jean Harlow
25: Laura
26: Queen Mary
Leadbelly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box) CD 3
1: Good Morning Blues
2: Sail On, Little Girl
3: Easy Rider
4: Poor Howard
5: Duncan and Brady
6: How Long, How Long
7: TB Blues
8: Jim Crow Blues
9: Pigmeat
10: John Hardy
11: Outskirts of Town
12: 4, 5, and 9
13: In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
14: Red Cross Store Blues
15: Diggin' My Potatoes
16: Blind Lemon
17: When a Man's a Long Way from Home
18: Alberta
19: Excerpt from "The Lonesome Train"
20: National Defense Blues
21: Hitler Song (Mr Hitler)
22: Big Fat Woman
23: Been So Long (Bellevue Hospital Blues)
Leadbelly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box) CD 4
1: Wnyc- Folk Songs Of America- Lead Belly
2: Wnyc- Folk Songs Of America- Lead Belly And The Oleander Quartet
3: If It Wasn't for Dicky
4: What's You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire (with Anne Graham)
5: Rock Me (Hide Me in Thy Bosom) (with Anne Graham)
6: Packin' Trunk Blues
7: Leaving Blues
8: How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
9: One Dime Blues
10: I'm Going to Buy You a Brand New Ford
11: Jail-house Blues
12: Shout On
13: Come and Sit Down Beside Me
14: Red River
Leadbelly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box) CD 5
1: Yes, I Was Standing in the Bottom
2: Ain't Going Down to the Well No More (version 2)
3: Everytime I Go Out
4: Go Down, Old Hannah
5: Black Betty
6: Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (with Bessie Smith)
7: Stewball
8: Ain't It a Shame to Go Fishin' on a Su
9: Relax Your Mind
10: Princess Elizabeth
11: Silver City Bound
12: The Titanic
13: House of the Rising Sun
14: It's Tight Like That
15: Diggin' My Potatoes
16: Springtime in the Rockies
17: Backwater Blues
18: Didn't Old John Cross the Water
19: De Kalb Blues
20: They Hung Him on the Cross (version 1)
21: They Hung Him on the Cross (version 2)
22: In the World


Artikeleigenschaften von Leadbelly: Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box)

  • Interpret: Leadbelly

  • Albumtitel: Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Blues

  • Title Smithsonian Folkways Collection (5-CD-Box)
  • Release date 2015

  • SubGenre Blues - General

  • EAN: 0093074020128

  • weight in Kg 1.640

Artist description "Leadbelly"

Lead Belly

5. The Midnight Special (& The Golden Gate Quartet)

6. Western Plain (When I Was A Cowboy)

7. Rock Island Line

A major figure in the American folk revival, Louisiana songster Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter was the principal source for songs that still resonate with contemporary audiences: Goodnight Irene; Pick A Bale Of Cotton, Cotton Fields, The Midnight Special, Ella Speed, Rock Island Line, Alabama Bound, and Take This Hammer, among others. Like A.P. Carter, he transformed dimly-remembered songs from the past into enduring staples of the folk song repertoire.

Huddie William Ledbetter was born January 20 or 23, 1888 or 1889, near Mooringsport, Louisiana. Primarily raised in Bowie County, Texas, he displayed remarkable musical talent at an early age, teaching himself how to play the concertina. Although details of his early years are sketchy, he may have been playing guitar and piano in Shreveport taverns, dance halls and brothels as early as 1903. After marrying Aletta Henderson in 1908, the couple eventually moved to Dallas's Deep Ellum neighborhood, where Ledbetter partnered with Blind Lemon Jefferson. He also acquired a 12-string guitar, which became his primary instrument. 

Probably bi-polar, Ledbetter was prone to fits of violent behavior. After moving to Harrison County, Texas, in 1915, he was arrested following a fight over a woman or for attacking a woman who refused his advances. Three days after beginning his sentence, he escaped from a Harrison County chain gang. Resettling in De Kalb, Texas, under an assumed name, Ledbetter allegedly killed his cousin's husband in a fight over another woman. In 1918 he was incarcerated in Sugarland, a prison farm southwest of Houston, where he likely earned his nickname 'Lead Belly.' He was pardoned and released seven years later, reportedly after writing a song appealing to Governor Pat Morris Neff for his freedom. In 1930 he was arrested in Mooringsport for assaulting a white man with a knife. Barely escaping a lynching from an angry mob, he was tried, convicted and sentenced to Angola State Penitentiary for six to ten years.

In 1933 Warden L.A. Jones allowed John A. Lomax and his son Alan to record prisoners' work songs at Angola. For four days the Lomaxes listened to and recorded male and female inmates. On the fifth day, Ledbetter entertained the visitors. The folklorists were deeply impressed by his vast repertoire and powerful guitar work. When John Lomax asked to return to Angola in July 1934, he specifically asked about 'Lead Belly'. The Lomaxes arrived shortly before he was to be paroled.

Released on August 1, Ledbetter moved to Shreveport and lobbied the elder Lomax for a job. Lomax agreed to hire him as chauffeur on his next field trip. During a visit to the Cummins Prison Farm in Gould, Texas, Lomax recorded seven inmates singing 'The Rock Island Line.' A quick study, Ledbetter learned the song and added it to his own repertoire. Later that year he gave a concert at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in conjunction with a Lomax lecture. On New Year's Day 1935, Lomax brought Ledbetter to New York City, where his notoriety garnered press attention. He made his first commercial recordings for ARC, but they sold poorly. The following month Alan Lomax interviewed him extensively for a book titled 'Negro Folk Songs As Sung By Lead Belly.'

Following a series of concerts along the northeastern United States, Lomax sent Ledbetter and his new wife, Martha Promise, back to Shreveport. Sensing he'd been exploited, Ledbetter successfully sued Lomax for money he thought he was owed, formally ending their association.

Returning to New York in January 1936, Ledbetter performed at the Apollo Theater. Despite his popularity among New York's white intelligentsia, Ledbetter's rustic persona didn't resonate with savvy Harlem audiences.

In March 1939, Manhattan detectives arrested Ledbetter for slashing an acquaintance who allegedly made advances toward Martha. Facing prison time at Riker's Island, the singer turned to Alan Lomax for help. Lomax arranged a recording session with Musicraft to help pay his attorney. Upon his release after serving eight months, Lomax took responsibility for his affairs. In June 1940 he brokered a contract with Victor Records, which produced 26 masters, including nine titles with the popular Golden Gate Quartet. Midnight Special, a traditional song Ledbetter likely rewrote while incarcerated at Sugarland, came from these sessions.

During the next two years Ledbetter was an active part of New York's nascent folk scene, appearing on Lomax's radio show and entertaining at cabarets. In summer 1944 he left for California, hoping to find film work. Tex Ritter, already a popular western actor and recording artist, arranged a recording session for Capitol. Songwriter Paul Mason Howard accompanied him on dolceola, a cranky turn-of-the century hybrid instrument that placed a keyboard onto a zither. Western Plain (When I Was A Cowboy) was one of the earliest songs in Ledbetter's repertoire; this spirited record would not be released during his lifetime, although it influenced Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, and many others to record it. With its descriptive introduction, the Capitol version of Rock Island Line was the likely source for Lonnie Donegan's 1955 skiffle hit.

Although he worked fairly regularly along the West Coast, the film offers never materialized and the Ledbetters were back in Manhattan by early 1946. Radio performances and recording sessions for Moe Asch brought in a little income, but the bulk of his earnings came from college performances. In early May 1949 he flew to Paris for a series of concerts. Having difficulty walking, he visited a French physician who diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable, progressive nerve disease. Returning to the United States, he continued performing until mid-July when he entered New York City's Bellevue Hospital. He died there December 6, 1949.


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