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Lead Belly - Lead Belly Sings for Children (1999)

10-03-2015, 11:41
Music | Blues | Folk | Country

Lead Belly - Lead Belly Sings for Children (1999)

Artist: Lead Belly
Title Of Album: Lead Belly Sings for Children
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre: Blues, Country Blues, Folk
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 01:02:10 min
Total Size: 146 mb
WWW: amazon

AMG Review:
A dozen of these 28 songs were first issued on the 1960 Folkways album Negro Folk Songs for Young People. But this is not so much a CD expansion of that album as a lengthy compilation of children-friendly performances from the 1940s that uses Negro Folk Songs for Young People as its core. The additional tracks were recorded by Moses Asch of Folkways in 1941-1948, and include five of the six songs released on the 1941 album Party Songs/Sings & Plays, and a previously unreleased radio broadcast of "Take This Hammer." While many of these are simple tunes that can easily be picked up by young kids for singing along to, like "Skip to My Lou" and "Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn)," a bunch of these are classic folk songs of equal appeal to all age groups. Some of them are particularly identified with Leadbelly's interpretations, such as "Rock Island Line," "John Henry," "Cotton Fields," "Midnight Special," "Pick a Bale of Cotton," and "Take this Hammer"; other familiar standards like "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Sally Walker" are also aboard. As the liner notes explain, Leadbelly didn't limit the repertoire of his performances for children solely to simple tunes, also putting in blues and folk songs that you wouldn't think of as kids' tunes, like "Good Morning Blues." The result is a disc that is simply a good Leadbelly album, whether listened to by kids or others.

Lead Belly - Lead Belly Sings for Children (1999)
1. Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie, Crack Corn)
2. Boll Weevil
3. By and By When the Morning Comes
4. Christmas Is A-Coming
5. Cotton Fields
6. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
7. Good Morning Blues
8. Grey Goose
9. Ha Ha This A-Way
10. John Henry
11. Julie Ann Johnson
12. Little Boy, How Old Are You?
13. Midnight Special
14. More Yet
15. Old Man
16. Pick a Bale of Cotton
17. Pig Latin Song
18. Polly Wee (The Frog Song)
19. Red Bird
20. Rock Island Line
21. Sally Walker
22. Skip to My Lou
23. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
24. Take This Hammer
25. We're in the Same Boat, Brother
26. When a Man's a Long Way from Home
27. Whoa Back Buck
28. You Can't Lose Me, Cholly

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