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Lead Belly's Last Sessions - 96 Tracks (4CD) Box set

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Disc: 1
1. Yes, I Was Standing In The Bottom
2. Yes, I'm Going Down To Louisiana
3. I Ain't Going Down To The Well Nomore
4. Dick Ligger's Holler
5. Miss Liza Jane
See all 35 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. New Iberia
2. Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
3. John Henry
4. Salty Dog
5. National Defense Blues
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Midnight Special
2. Boll Weevil Song
3. Careless Love
4. Easy Rider
5. Cry for Me
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Somebody's Diggin' My Potatoes
2. Springtime in the Rockies
3. Chinatown
4. Rock Island Line
5. Backwater Blues
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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(1948 'Folkways') (249:17/96) Nahezu 100 Songs auf 4 CDs, dazu ein 24-seitiges Büchlein. Kommt im Schuber / beautiful 4-CD set w/ 24-page booklet.Medium 1
  1. Yes, I Was Standing In The Bottom
  2. Yes, I'm Going Down To Louisiana
  3. I Ain't Going Down To The Well No More
  4. Dick Ligger's Holler
  5. Miss Liza Jane
  6. Dog Latin Song
  7. Leaving Song
  8. Go Down, Old Hannah
  9. Blue Tail Fly
  10. Nobody In This World Is Better Than Us
  11. We're In The Same Boat, Brother
  12. Looky, Looky Yonder
  13. Jolly O' The Ransom
  14. Old Ship Of Zion
  15. Bring Me A Little Water, Silvy
  16. Mistreatin' Mamma
  17. Black Betty
  18. Ain't Going Down To The Well No More
  19. I'm Going Back Down In Louisiana
  20. I Don't Know You, What Have I Done
  21. Rock Island Line
  22. Old Man, Will Your Dog Catch A Rabbit?
  23. Shorty George
  24. Stewball
  25. Bottle Up And Go
  26. You Know I Got To Do It
  27. Ain't It A Shame To Go Fishin' On A Sunday
  28. I Ain't Gonna Drink Anymore
  29. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
  30. My Lindy Lou
  31. I'm Thinking Of A Friend
  32. He Never Said A Mumbling Word
  33. I Don't Want No More Of Army Life
  34. In The World
  35. I Want To Go Home
Medium 2
  1. New Iberia
  2. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
  3. John Henry
  4. Salty Dog
  5. National Defense Blues
  6. Easy, Mr. Tom
  7. Relax Your Mind
  8. Bottle Up And Go
  9. Polly Wolly Wee
  10. Pig Latin Song (2nd version)
  11. Hawaiian Song
  12. Drinkin' Lum Y A Alla
  13. The Grey Goose
  14. Silver City Bound
  15. The Titanic
  16. Death Letter Blues
  17. Mary Don't You Weep
  18. He Never Said A Mumbling Word

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A must have but, but not necessarily a definative collection 16 April 2003
By B. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These four disks are recorded on analog audio tape. The only ones existing of Leadbelly. (all other leadbelly recordings are straight to vinyl) The recodings were made in the living room of a folk song collector, on two or three seperate nights. Since the first night leadbelly didn't bring his guitar he sings acapella most of the first disk. The other three disks have his 12 string accompanyment. The improved sound quality becomes very apparent here. Unlike most of his records you can hear all 12 strings! It sounds beautiful. Another benefit of these being on audio tape is that Leadbelly can potentially play a song much longer than in prior recording. However he seldom does. Being more informal than a recoding studio it also gives insight as to what Leadbelly's set list may have been like at a concert or everyday party. Though these individual song versions may not be the definative versions, or Leadbelly at his best, all these songs are gems and a must have for any folk collection. Also be warned that due to the informal nature of these recordings, songs are at times cropped in the beginning or end due to the tape running out.

Towards the end of the disks Leadbellys wife Martha sings with him. In all due respect to Martha she sort of slows the momentum of this collection down. Though I'm sure Leadbelly always encouraged people to sing along with his songs, and he can be heard doing so here.

The brightest gem of this collection may be listening to Leadbelly laugh at his own singing on the funny classic, Diggin' My Potatoes. Or being able to hear him slap his knee in time on Salty Dog.

Summary: Sping for it. Its something you won't find on any other collection.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The sweetest from the Sweet Singer of the Swamplands 22 Jan. 2003
By H. Brumfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prior to this record, Huddie Ledbetter was confined to the limitations of the recording technology of the day. This resulted in an abundance of two-to-three minute long gems (as much as would fit on an acetate disc) which, while brilliant, obscured the essence of Leadbelly's artistry as a "songster". Fortunately for us and the evolution of popular music as a whole, shortly before this giant of a man (who survived having his throat cut, being shot at by the chain-gang boss as he escaped with ball-and-chain in hand, a suicide attempt as a last resort from prison, and the finicky tastes of New York high society which regarded him as little more than an amazing novelty) succumbed to Lou Gehrig's Disease, new technology was introduced that allowed him to loosen up and let the music flow naturally.
And a motherlode of music it is. While the first CD is comprised of accapella field hollers and spirituals, the other three are filled with some of the most incredible guitar work you'll ever hear, bar none. As Huddie (pronounced Hyoo-dee) himself explains to the listener, he learned guitar "sittin' by the bass-side of the piana" in honky-tonks on Shreveport, Louisiana's Fannin Street. Therefore his aggressive 12-string guitar style is informed by a rollicking boogie-woogie barrelhouse/ragtime feel, that often sounds like several guitarists at once. This is best exemplified in his own ode to Fannin Street, "Cry For Me", and the rag "Easy, Mr. Tom", which has enjoyed many permutations, "Hot Dog" by Blind Lemon Jefferson and "Cannonball Rag" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band among them. As Leadbelly comments as the tune ends, "It's so easy when you know how."
Leadbelly knew some thousand songs, and this collection is merely the tip of the iceberg. It includes some of his best-known work, "Goodnight Irene", "Grey Goose", "Midnight Special", and his version of "Easy Rider" ("rider" was slang for girlfriend). It also includes his interpretations of the work of Stephen Foster (of "Camptown Races" fame, and the first "pop star"), some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies, "Springtime in the Rockies" and "I'm Alone Because I Love You". "Salty Dog" finds him clapping the beat between guitar strums. He even sings a whole song in pig-latin (after explaining what pig-latin is). Also included is "Sweet Mary", written for Governor Pat Neff, which won him a pardon from prison ("If I had you Gov'na Neff like you got me/ I'd wake up in the mornin' I'd set you free...")

Occasionally he pauses to take a drink or serve up an anecdote to set up a song, strumming a chord to tune as he speaks. You feel as though you're in the room with him, watching his roughened hands play across the strings.
Sadly, perhaps his greatest known song, popularized by Nirvana, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" (also called "In the Pines"), is missing from this collection. But apparently Kurt Cobain was introduced to Leadbelly through Last Sessions, and it was one of his favorite albums. Also regrettably missing is "John Hardy", the outlaw ballad rocked up by Uncle Tupelo.
Leadbelly is unique among much early blues music, which seems to often be perceived as depressing. Leadbelly's work is uplifting, joyous, funny (and fun), and perfect for inspiring a good mood. There's nothing stale about it-- it's as vibrant as the day it was set to tape. As Leadbelly sings, "Somebody should ask you people who made up this song/ Tell 'em Huddie Ledbetter done been here and gone..."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Essential, but not the best set for casual listening 11 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
(4 CDs: 64'/60'/63'/64') I entirely agree that this is indeed essential Lead Belly. However, I would point out to the unwary buyer that these are not commercial studio takes; they were recorded by Frederic Ramsey Jr. in his home, in a room set up as a makeshift studio. Sound is not a problem, but the CDs contain some talk - not only Lead Belly's introductions to the songs, as he frequently gave on his recordings, but there is also some lengthier discussion, including with the other people in the room. In addition, several "songs" are mere fragments. All this is invaluable to any serious folk music fan, but on the other hand it can be quite distracting for casual listening. These are CDs that you will want to play in order to study them...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thank God this was recorded 12 July 2011
By pressurerising - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Intimate, relaxed and informal, this is a 60-year old Leadbelly running through his vast repertoire and having a real ball in the process. True, not all the performances are complete songs, the first disc is unaccompanied singing, and there's plenty of the between-song chat that formed part of Leadbelly's act. But when he gets going on the guitar, with that voice, time just stands still. Nothing else like it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great rare re-issue 8 Mar. 2013
By L. J. Parish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the original LP's about 50 years ago and retired them with my 33 1/3
turntable. How wonderful to re-hear these songs which never appear in any
other collections
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