CD Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6 (1947) (CD 867354),
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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6 (1947)

  • 1. Yellow Gal
    2. You Can't Lose Me Cholly
    3. Laura
    4. Good Morning Blues
    5. Leaving Blues
    6. Big Fat Woman
    7. Gray Goose
    8. Pick a Bale of Cotton
    9. Take This Hammer
    10. Bring Me a Little Water Silvy
    11. Morning
    12. Meeting at the Building
    13. We Shall Walk Through the Valley
    14. Irene, Goodnight
    15. Cotton Song
    16. Ha Ha This Way
    17. Sukey Jump (Win'jammer)
    18. Black Girl
    19. Rock Island Line
    20. Blind Lemon
    21. Borrow Love and Go
    22. On a Monday (I'm Almost Done)
    23. Shorty George
    24. Duncan (And Brady)
    25. Old Riley
    26. Leavin' Blues (Leavin' in the Morning)
    27. Pigmeat
    28. If It Wasn't For Dickey
    29. Black Betty / Old Man / On A Monday
    30. Turn Yo' Radio On
    31. No Good Rider
    32. Howard Hughes
    33. New York City
    34. Gallis Pole, The
    35. I'm Leavin' on the Morning Train
    36. Jean Harlow
    37. Good Mornin' Blues
    38. Eagle Rock Rag - (live)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5568

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth (Compilation)

    Personnel includes: Leadbelly (vocals, guitar, piano); Sonny Terry (harmonica).
    Recorded in new York, New York in 1947.
    The Austrian reissue label Document Records released the first five volumes of its series of the commercial recordings of Leadbelly in chronological order in 1994, taking the story up to 1946. Three years later comes the sixth volume, covering recordings made in 1947. Except for the final, barely audible live recording of "Eagle Rock Rag" made on September 6, 1947, these tracks were cut for record company owner Moses Asch (soon to found Folkways), with the discographical information incomplete. Most of them are re-recordings of songs Leadbelly recorded for Asch or another label earlier, which may indicate that, at this relatively late point in his career, he had committed most of his repertoire to disc and was repeating himself or, as annotator Ken Romanowski and others have suggested, the singer may have been recutting songs at Asch's behest because Asch had lost control of the masters to the earlier versions when he went bankrupt and he wanted replacements. In any case, the result is that this album presents good versions of many Leadbelly favorites including "Gray Goose," "Pick a Bale of Cotton" (with backup vocals by the Oleander Singers), "Bring Me a Little Water Silvy (Sylvie)" (a duet with Anna Graham), "Irene, Good Night" (actually a copy of the earlier version for Asch, except that it fades out early), "Rock Island Line," and "The Gallis Pole." Among the few newly recorded songs are "Laura" and "Sukey Jump (Win' Jammer)." Also notable is "If It Wasn't for Dicky," the tune of which was borrowed by the Weavers for their song "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine." Although the singer was only two years away from his death due to the paralyzing effects of Lou Gehrig's disease, he shows no evidence of its onset here, performing in his usual enthusiastic manner and even pausing to explain the contexts of his work and gospel songs. The sound quality is generally good, although some tracks have audible surface noise. ~ William Ruhlmann

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