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Sings for Children

  • 1. More Yet
    2. Boll Weevil
    3. Little Boy, How Old Are You?
    4. Skip to My Lou
    5. Red Bird
    6. Sally Walker
    7. Ha-Ha This-a-Way
    8. Grey Goose
    9. Christmas Is a-Coming
    10. Blue Tailed Fly (Jimmie, Crack Corn)
    11. Polly Wee (The Frog Song)
    12. Pig Latin Song
    13. When a Man's a Long Way From Home
    14. Good Morning Blues
    15. By and by When the Morning Comes
    16. Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / They Hung Him On The Cross
    17. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    18. Rock Island Line
    19. Cotton Fields
    20. Old Man
    21. John Henry
    22. Julie Ann Johnson
    23. Whoa Back Buck
    24. You Can't Lose Me, Cholly
    25. Midnight Special
    26. Pick a Bale of Cotton
    27. Take This Hammer
    28. We're in the Same Boat, Brother
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45047

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Leadbelly (vocals, 12-string guitar); Oleander Quartet (vocals).
    Engineers include: Moses Asch, Frederic Ramsey, Jr.
    Recorded between 1941 and 1948. Includes liner notes by Jeff Place.
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    If the concept of a children's album fills you with unpleasant thoughts of Raffi or Barney the Dinosaur, fear not--LEADBELLY SINGS FOR CHILDREN is a delightful alternative.
    Originally compiled in the '50s, some years after Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter's death, these 1941-1948 tracks highlight the playful folk side of Leadbelly's music. Many traditional folk songs, such as "Skip to My Lou" and "Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn)" are thought of as kiddie music now, but to Leadbelly, they were no less important than supposedly more "adult" fare like his classic "Midnight Special" and the handful of gospel standards here. Hearing them collected together like this, the common bonds of these songs are self-evident. Even silly tunes like "The Pig Latin Song" have a depth and richness to them. LEADBELLY SINGS FOR CHILDREN is the rare children's album that'll get a lot of play even in kid-free homes.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.80) - "...this is a treat for all ages, especially when the songs include not only kids' tunes like 'Skip to My Lou' and 'Blue-Tailed Fly' but spirituals, blues, and work songs....This is as timeless as American music gets."
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