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5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspired!!, 29 Mar. 2002
After hearing the first two tracks on the radio I took the risk of buying this CD and have been overjoyed to find that the rest of it is equally spine tingling and inspired. The hollering and echoing of these almost-spirituals together with the beat of the prisoners' hammers make you feel that you're out there working with them on the chain gang!! The first 17 tracks are definitely Alan Lomax field recordings. The remaining 6 tracks, blues with accompanying harmonica/ guitar/ electric guitar I think may be add-ins (? not Lomax?) but are nevertheless high quality and fit in well as part of this CD. We are indebted to Alan Lomax for making these field recordings in the Mississippi and Louisiana State Penitentiaries back in 1947/8. On the downside, it's a pity that the notes are scanty and give no clue to the prisoners/ artists that appear. If you like the blues or if you like gospel you'll love this!!