Lead Belly* ‎– The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

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Disc One
1-1 Irene (Goodnight Irene)
Harmonica – Sonny Terry
1:53
1-2 The Bourgeois Blues 2:18
1-3 Fannin Street (Mister Tom Hughes Town)
Recorded By – Frederic Ramsey*
3:30
1-4 The Midnight Special
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:03
1-5 John Henry
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterGuitar – Brownie McGheeHarmonica – Sonny TerryWritten-By – Traditional
3:10
1-6 Black Girl (Where Did You Sleep Last Night)
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:07
1-7 Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterVocals – The Oleander QuartetWritten-By – Traditional
1:30
1-8 Take This Hammer
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:15
1-9 Cotton Fields 2:06
1-10 Old Riley
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:58
1-11 Rock Island Line
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:02
1-12 The Gallis Pole
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:45
1-13 Ha-Ha This A Way
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:34
1-14 Sukey Jump
Accordion – Leadbelly
1:04
1-15 Boll Weevil
Recorded By – Frederic Ramsey*
3:07
1-16 Scottsboro Boys 4:32
1-17 Governor O.K. Allen 2:37
1-18 Governor Pat Neff 3:40
1-19 There's A Man Going Around Taking Names 1:24
1-20 On A Monday
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterHarmonica – Sonny TerryWritten-By – Traditional
1:47
1-21 You Can't Lose Me, Cholly 2:37
1-22 Keep Your Hands Off Her
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:51
1-23 We Shall Be Free
Harmonica – Sonny TerryVocals – Cisco Houston, Woody Guthrie
2:34
Disc Two
2-1 Alabama Bound
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterGuitar – Cisco HoustonMandolin – Woody GuthrieVocals – Cisco Houston, Woody GuthrieWritten-By – Traditional
2:17
2-2 Almost Day 1:05
2-3 Fiddler's Dream
Guitar – Cisco HoustonMandolin – Woody GuthrieVocals – Cisco Houston, Woody Guthrie
2:28
2-4 Green Corn
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:15
2-5 Sally Walker
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:40
2-6 Bring Me A Little Water, Silvy
Vocals – Anne Graham
0:48
2-7 Julie Ann Johnson
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
0:41
2-8 Linin' Track
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:11
2-9 Whoa, Back, Buck
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:09
2-10 Shorty George
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:28
2-11 Ham And Eggs
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:42
2-12 Moanin' 1:00
2-13 Out On The Western Plains 1:31
2-14 Noted Rider 2:50
2-15 Meeting At The Building
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
0:59
2-16 Good, Good, Good (Talking, Preaching) / We Shall Walk Through The Valley
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:11
2-17 Ain't You Glad (The Blood Done Signed My Name) 2:19
2-18 I'm So Glad, I Done Got Over
Written-By – Traditional
1:21
2-19 The Hindenburg Disaster 3:22
2-20 Ella Speed
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
5:48
2-21 Haul Away Joe
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:48
2-22 Old Man
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:35
2-23 Sweet Jenny Lee
Recorded By – Frederic Ramsey*Written-By – Walter Donaldson
1:51
2-24 Jean Harlow 1:40
2-25 Laura
Accordion – Leadbelly
1:41
2-26 Queen Mary 4:46
Disc Three
3-1 Good Morning Blues
Harmonica – Sonny Terry
2:24
3-2 Sail On, Little Girl
Written-By – Amos Easton
3:14
3-3 Easy Rider
Bass – Pops FosterGuitar – Brownie McGheeHarmonica – Sonny Terry
2:51
3-4 Poor Howard
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:36
3-5 Duncan And Brady
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
4:06
3-6 How Long, How Long
Harmonica – Sonny TerryWritten-By – Leroy Carr
2:13
3-7 T.B. Blues
Written-By – Victoria Spivey
3:43
3-8 Jim Crow Blues 3:30
3-9 Pigmeat
Guitar – Brownie McGhee
2:33
3-10 John Hardy
Accordion – LeadbellyWritten-By – Traditional
2:43
3-11 Outskirts Of Town
Harmonica – Sonny TerryWritten-By – Roy Jordan, William Weldon
2:40
3-12 4, 5 And 9
Bass – Pops FosterGuitar – Brownie McGheeHarmonica – Sonny TerryPiano – Willie "The Lion" Smith
2:20
3-13 In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)
Written-By – Don Raye, Leroy Carr
3:29
3-14 Red Cross Store Blues 3:09
3-15 Diggin' My Potatoes
Bass – Pops FosterGuitar – Brownie McGheeHarmonica – Sonny TerryPiano – Willie "The Lion" SmithVocals – Brownie McGheeWritten-By – Bill Broonzy*
2:34
3-16 Blind Lemon 1:39
3-17 When A Man's A Long Way From Home 2:57
3-18 Alberta 3:11
3-19 Excerpt From "The Lonesome Train"
Written-By – Earl Robinson, Millard Lampell
3:11
3-20 National Defense Blues
Bass – Pops FosterGuitar – Brownie McGheeHarmonica – Sonny TerryPiano – Willie "The Lion" Smith
3:13
3-21 Hitler Song (Mr. Hitler) 4:31
3-22 Big Fat Woman
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:10
3-23 Been So Long (Bellevue Hospital Blues) 2:44
Disc Four - Radio
W.N.Y.C. - Folk Songs Of America - Lead Belly (14:42)
4-1 Grey Goose, Boll Weevil, Yellow Gal, Ha-Ha This A Way, Leaving Blues, Irene (Outro)
W.N.Y.C. - Folk Songs Of America - Lead Belly And The Oleander Quartet (14:45)
4-2 Almost Day, Blues In My Kitchen, Blues In My Dining Room, I Went Up On The Mountain, Good Morning Blues, Baby, Don't You Love Me No More, T.B. Blues, Irene (Outro)
4-3 If It Wasn't For Dicky 2:15
4-4 What's You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire
Vocals – Anne GrahamWritten-By – Traditional
2:12
4-5 Rock Me (Hide Me In Thy Bosom)
Vocals – Anne GrahamWritten-By – Thomas A. Dorsey
2:19
4-6 Packin' Trunk Blues 2:35
4-7 Leaving Blues 2:58
4-8 How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
Written-By – Gene Austin, Roy Bergere
3:26
4-9 One Dime Blues
Written-By – Lemon Jefferson*
2:25
4-10 I'm Going To Buy You A Brand New Ford 1:40
4-11 Jail-House Blues 1:13
4-12 Shout On
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:09
4-13 Come And Sit Down Beside Me 1:02
4-14 Red River
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:14
Disc Five - Last Sessions
5-1 Yes, I Was Standing In The Bottom
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:41
5-2 Ain't Going Down To The Well No More (Version 2) 1:23
5-3 Everytime I Go Out 1:25
5-4 Go Down, Old Hannah
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
4:58
5-5 Black Betty
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:53
5-6 Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Vocals – Bessie SmithWritten-By – Jimmy Cox
3:42
5-7 Stewball
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:34
5-8 Ain't It A Shame To Go Fishin' On A Sunday 1:22
5-9 Relax Your Mind 4:05
5-10 Princess Elizabeth 3:33
5-11 Silver City Bound 6:01
5-12 The Titanic 5:11
5-13 House Of The Rising Sun
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
2:24
5-14 It's Tight Like That
Written-By – H. Whittaker*, T. Dorsey*
3:09
5-15 Diggin' My Potatoes
Written-By – Bill Broonzy*
3:57
5-16 Springtime In The Rockies
Written-By – Woolsey*, Sauer*
3:02
5-17 Backwater Blues
Written-By – Bessie Smith
3:23
5-18 Didn't Old John Cross The Water
Arranged By – Huddie LedbetterWritten-By – Traditional
1:56
5-19 De Kalb Blues 3:51
5-20 They Hung Him On The Cross (Version 1) 2:26
5-21 They Hung Him On The Cross (Version 2) 2:49
5-22 In The World 2:02

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Notes

Discs packaged inside a 140-page, 12" book.

1-1: also known as "Irene, Goodnight"; from Folkways 2004, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; recorded possibly August 1943
1-2: from Folkways 2034, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; recorded May 1944
1-3: also known as "Cry to Me"; from Folkways 2942, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40068, 1994; recorded 1949
1-4: from archive reel #3613/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; recording date unknown
1-5: from Folkways 31030, 1971/ Smithsonian 40105, 1998; recorded October 1948
1-6: also known as "In the Pines"; from Folkways 2014, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; recorded possibly Summer 1947
1-7: from Folkways 2004, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; from "Folk Songs of America," WNYC; recorded Fall 1941
1-8: also known as "This Old Hammer Killed John Henry"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; matrix SC-101; Smithsonian acetate 1431; recorded January 1942
1-9: also known as "The Cotton Song"; from Folkways 2014, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; recorded Summer 1947
1-10: also known as "In Dem Long Hot Summer Days," "Hey Rattler," "Old Rattler"; from Folkways 2014; recorded Summer 1947
1-11: from Folkways 2014, 1956/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; recorded January 1942
1-12: also known as "Maid Freed from the Gallows," "Hangman," "Gallows Pole," "Gallows Tree"; from Folkways 31030, 1971/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; recorded October 1948
1-13: from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; possibly matrix SC26; Smithsonian acetate 270; recorded January 9, 1942
1-14: from Folkways 2014, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; recorded possibly Summer 1947
1-15: from Folkways 2492, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40068, 1994; recorded October 1948
1-16: from Library of Congress disc 4473A3; recorded August 23, 1940, in Washington, D.C.
1-17: also known as "Angola Blues" from LOC-124-B2; recorded July 1, 1934, at Angola Prison
1-18: also known as "Sweet Mary," "Oh Mary," "Going Back Home to Mary," "If I Had You Governor"; from Folkways 31030, 1971/ Smithsonian Folkways 40105, 1998; recorded from WNYC, October 1948
1-19: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; recording date unknown
1-20: also known as "Almost Done," "I Got Stripes"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 133; matrix 258; shellac disc; recorded August 1943
1-21: from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 1432; matrix MA-80; shellac disc; recorded July 1941
1-22: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; recorded ca. May 1944
1-23: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; recorded ca. May 1944
2-1: from Folkways 31019, 1968/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Disc 6045; Smithsonian acetate 132; matrix D669; recorded ca. October 1946
2-2: also known as "Chicken Crowing for Midnight," "Christmas Song," "Christmas Is a Coming," from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 259; aluminum-based acetate disc; recording date unknown
2-3: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; Smithsonian acetate 385; matrix D674; recorded ca. October 1946
2-4: from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; matrix D674; Smithsonian acetate 276; recorded possibly in June 1946
2-5: also known as "Little Sally Walker"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 1430; matrix SC 27; shellac disc; recorded January 9, 1942
2-6: also known as "Sylvie"; from Folkways 2004, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; from "Folk Songs of America," WNYC: March 20, 1941
2-7: from Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Asch 561-1; Smithsonian acetate 387; matrix SC275; recorded October 1943
2-8: also known as "Line 'Em"; from Folkways 2488, 1962; recorded May 1944
2-9: from Folkways 31030, 1971/ Smithsonian Folkways 40105, 1998; recorded October 1948
2-10: from Folkways 2014, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; "Folk Songs of America," WNYC: February 27, 1941; Smithsonian acetate 381
2-11: also known as "Make It on the Side of the Road"; from "Folk Songs of America," WNYC: March 20, 1940; Smithsonian acetate 382
2-12: from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; acetate 270; recorded January 11, 1941
2-13: from Disc 3002; matrix SC-270; recorded October 1943
2-14: also known as "Noted Rider Blues," "No Good Rider"; matrix SC-271; Smithsonian acetate 217; aluminum-based acetate disc; recorded October 1943
2-15: also known as "All Over This World"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; matrix SC-273; Smithsonian acetate 684; recorded September 1, 1943
2-16: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; matrix SC-273; recorded October 1934
2-17: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; Asch 343-2; matrix SC-262; recorded ca. August 1943
2-18: previously unreleased; from Smithsonian acetate 387; recorded possibly October 1943
2-19: from the Library of Congress Collection discs 998-B1 and 2; recorded June 22, 1937
2-20: from Library of Congress 125B2; recorded July 1, 1934, at Angola Prison
2-21: from Folkways 7027, 1951/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Smithsonian acetate 170; recording date unknown
2-22: also known as "Old Man, Will Your Dog Catch a Rabbit"; from Folkways 7027, 1951/ Smithsonian Folkways 40105, 1998; matrix SC-106; recorded January 1942
2-23: from Folkways 2492, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40068, 1994; recorded October 1948
2-24: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010; recorded ca. May 1944
2-25: from Folkways 2004, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; recorded 1947
2-26: from Library of Congress recording 997-B; recorded June 22, 1937 in Washington, D.C.
3-1: from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 1617; matrix SC-263; recorded August 1943
3-2: also known as "You Can't Mistreat Me"; from Folkways 31046, 1976/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; recording date unknown
3-3: from Folkways 2034, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; recorded June 1946
3-4: from "A Lead Belly Memorial, Vol. 4"; Stinson 51, 1962
3-5: also known as "Brady"; from Folkways 2014, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 258; recording date unknown
3-6: also known as "How Long Blues"; from Asch 343-1; from Smithsonian Folkways 40105, 1998; Smithsonian acetate 1615; matrix SC-260; recorded August 1943
3-7: from Folkways 2034, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; recorded May 1944
3-8: from Folkways 2034, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Smithsonian acetate 384; recording date unknown
3-9: also known as "Pigmeat Papa"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 291; matrix D308; recorded possibly Summer 1947
3-10: from Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Smithsonian acetate 2939; recording date unknown
3-11: from Folkways 2488, 1962/ Smithsonian Folkways 40010, 1989; Smithsonian acetate 546; matrix 97; recorded April 25, 1944)
3-12: also known as "Hollywood and Vine"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40001, 1989; Smithsonian acetate 293; matrix D384; recorded ca. June 1946
3-13: also called "When the Sun Goes Down"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 638; recording date unknown
3-14: from "A Leadbelly Memorial"; Stinson 48, 1952
3-15: from Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Smithsonian acetate 294; matrix D385; 10" shellac disc; recorded ca. June 1946
3-16: from Folkways 2014, 1950/ Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 317; recorded possibly Summer 1947
3-17: from Folkways 7533, 1960/ Smithsonian Folkways 45047, 1999; recorded February 15, 1945 in San Francisco
3-18: from "A Leadbelly Memorial, Vol. 3"; Stinson 48, 1952
3-19: also known as "Abraham Lincoln"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40045, 1997; Smithsonian acetate 282; recording date unknown
3-20: from Smithsonian Folkways 40021, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 292; matrix D386; recorded ca. 1946
3-21: from Folkways 2034, 1953/ Smithsonian Folkways 40021, 1996; Smithsonian acetate 258; recorded May 1944
3-22: also known as "Big Fat Mama"; from Smithsonian Folkways 40044, 1996; matrix SC-271; from Disc 660; recorded 1944
3-23: previously unreleased; Smithsonian acetate 185; recording date unknown
4-1: from Smithsonian acetate 381-102
4-2: from Smithsonian acetate 377-101
4-3: from "America Tells Its Stories," WNYC: February 18, 1941; Smithsonian acetate 398
4-4: from "America Tells Its Stories," WNYC: February 18, 1941; Smithsonian acetate 398
4-5: from "America Tells Its Stories," WNYC: February 18, 1941; Smithsonian acetate 398
4-6: from "America Tells Its Stories," WNYC: February 27, 1941; Smithsonian acetate 381-101
4-7: from Folkways 31046; recorded March 13, 1941
4-8: from "Folk Songs and Work Songs," WNYC: undated; Smithsonian acetate 376
4-9: also known as "Fore-Day Blues"; from "Folk Songs and Work Songs," WNYC: undated; Smithsonian acetate 376
4-10: from "Folk Songs and Work Songs," WNYC: recorded 1942; from Smithsonian acetate 376
4-11: also known as "It Was Early One Morning"; from Folkways 31030/ Frederic Ramsey tape 448; from WNYC: recorded October 1948
4-12: also known as "Honey, I'm All Out and Down"; from Folkways 31030; from WNYC: recorded October 1948
4-13: also known as "All for You"; from Folkways 31030/ Frederic Ramsey tape 453; from WNYC: recorded October 1948
4-14: also known as "Red River Blues," "Blood Red River"; from WNYC: recorded November 7, 1940; Smithsonian acetate 266

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  • Barcode: 093074020128
  • Other (ISBN): 9780970494252
  • Rights Society: BMI
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Monkeyman64

Monkeyman64

January 20, 2017
Track Infos for Disc 5 are missing. Track Infos for Disc 5 are missing.
MacSpikes

MacSpikes

April 3, 2015
Another wish for this to be issued on vinyl!
DiscoJoints

DiscoJoints

March 4, 2015

For the Life of me I can't understand how or why this was not issued on Vinyl.