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Murder, Theft and Devlish Deals

  • 1. Cast Iron Arm - Peanuts Wilson
    2. Vigilante Man - Woody Guthrie
    3. Frankie and Johnny - Frank Crumit
    4. Dying Crapshooter's Blues - Blind Willie McTell
    5. Bonnie Farday aka Babylon - John Jacob Niles
    6. Bad Lee Brown aka Cocaine Blues - Woody Guthrie
    7. Henry Lee - Dick Justice
    8. Bandit Cole Younger - Edward L. Crain
    9. Pretty Boy Floyd - Woody Guthrie
    10. John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man - The Carter Family
    11. Banks of the Ohio - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
    12. Stack O' Lee
    13. Pretty Polly - Furry Lewis
    14. John Henry
    15. Jesse James - Almeda Riddle
    16. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) - Ethel Waters
    17. Stealin', Stealin' - Memphis Jug Band
    18. Me and the Devil Blues, Pt. 2 - Robert Johnson
    19. Omie Wise - G.B. Grayson
    20. Charles Giteau - Kelly Harrell & The Virginia String Band
    21. Billy the Kid - Woody Guthrie
    22. Gallis Pole, The - Leadbelly
    23. Prison Cell Blues - Leroy Carr
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 233

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Dave Henderson.
    This single disc compilation collects songs by many legends of traditional folk and blues whose lyrics concern grisly murders and other crimes. From lover killing (Bascom Lamar Lunsford's "Banks of the Ohio" and Ethel Water's "Miss Otis Regrets") to frontier justice (Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd") to presidential assassination (Kelly Harrell and the Virginia String Band's "Charles Giteau"), crimes large and small are covered here in the lively and often wry narrative style of early classic folk and blues artists. While the decades, artists, and genres covered are quite disparate, the collection reaffirms folk and blues's place in the darker parts of the early popular imagination long before the Sopranos and slasher movies took over.

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (pp.104-105) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Righteous have brought together a collection of loosely themed songs held together by their sheer individual greatness. It's tongue in one cheek, whiskey in the other, an enduring mix of irony and hardship."
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