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The Definitive Leadbelly: 60th Anniversary Edition (4CD) [CD+DVD, Box set, Special Edition]

Leadbelly Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set, Special Edition
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B001QU9RNY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Good Morning Blues
2. If It Wasn't For Dicky
3. Leavin' In The Morning
4. Uncle Sam Says
5. Hitler Song
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rock Island Line
2. Roberta
3. House Of The Rising Sun
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
5. Fannin' Street
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Cow Cow Yicky Yea/ Out On The Western Plain
2. Noted Rider/ Big Fat Woman/Borrow Love & Go
3. John Hardy
4. Meeting At The Building/Talking Preaching/We Shall Walk Through The Valley
5. John Henry
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. DVD: Featuring interviews with musicologists and rare footage of Leadbelly performing live

Product Description

"Definitive" is a mighty claim when it comes to an artist of Leadbelly's stature, but the three-disc DEFINITIVE LEADBELLY box lives up to its title. Over the course of its 75 tracks, this collection hits all the sweet spots in the seminal folk/blues trailblazer's sprawling catalog, from staples like "C.C. Rider", "Goodnight Irene", and "Good Morning Blues",to lesser-known tunes, all mastered with excellent sound quality for recordings that date back to the pre-war era. INCLUDES ADDITIONAL DVD ENTITLED "TALKIN' LEADBELLY"

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb! 4 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's a brave move to call something `Definitive' when the artist has recorded so much and has such a variety of styles but this box set pretty much does it. With almost 90 tracks that cover the spectrum of Leadbelly's output taking in Blues, Cowboy songs, Folk, Work songs, Prison songs and just about anything else you can think of - there's even a song on here of him demonstrating his dancing skills!!

The sound has obviously had a lot of time spent on it so you can hear his imperious voice and stunning musicianship and the notes explain a lot about the myth and the reality of the man. The design is well thought out and there are quite a few pictures I'd never seen before. I didn't even know footage of Leadbelly existed so to have him performing three songs which are included on the DVD is a revelation and the little news film of him and Lomax shows what life must have been like for a Southern black man back in those days. The price of this box means that it's great for new fans of Leadbelly as all of the classics are included as well as old fans as there's just so much stuff that you wouldn't find on any other release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadbelly 25 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A cracking collection from one of the most important artists in Blues and who was a great influence on many UK artists from Lonnie Donegan forwards into the 60's
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible 9 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
had a few random leadbelly tracks already & woz looking for a good introductory album...couldn't ask for more than this. over 80 fantastic tracks. buy it, it's a steal, what more can i say!!! ps: was amazed @ amount of leadbelly covers i know whose originals are on this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got LEADBELLY - worth the wait!!!! 13 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I got this for Christmas & opened it to find a four CD Muddy Waters set! Amazon promptly gave me a credit note. I wrote to the record label that produce this set and the Muddy Waters one, to let them know about the packaging issue (I see I'm not the only person to have got this mis-packaged set), sort of expected a 'thank you' letter but no response of any sort. Anyway re-ordered from Amazon to find the price had gone up!! However in spite of all that, it's a great CD set and well worth the wait. Hopefully for future purchasers they have sorted out the correct CDs into the correct package!!
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