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Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
Elizabeth Cotten
Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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This complete reissue of Elizabeth Cotten's first LP is best known for containing the original recording of her classic Freight Train. The breadth of her repertoire and endearing style have captivated generations of guita...  more »

      
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All Artists: Elizabeth Cotten
Title: Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: 2/14/1992
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Blues, Traditional Folk, North America, Appalachian
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074000922, 093074000946

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This complete reissue of Elizabeth Cotten's first LP is best known for containing the original recording of her classic Freight Train. The breadth of her repertoire and endearing style have captivated generations of guitarists and fans of traditional American music. Freight Train includes guitar and banjo accompanied songs and tunes and features Mike Seeger's updated notes that include comments on Cotten's life, musical style, and song lyrics.

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Move Over John Hurt
J. Christmas | New Brunswick, NJ | 02/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These phenomenal songs were recorded by Mike Seeger in Elizabeth Cotten's bedroom. Elizabeth Cotten had stopped playing guitar for over twenty years when the Seeger family "discovered" her (she was working as their maid!)Cotten's completely "by ear" playing is among the most subtle and harmonically nuanced in "roots folk music". Strangely, she does not get anywhere near the attention of Mississipi John Hurt, though she is a far better and more interesting guitar player (this is not to knock John Hurt, who is also great.) Cotten was able to pick up everything from blues, to ragtime, to the UNC "graduation march" just by listening. At risk of sounding cliched, I believe she was a genius who was never fully able to realize her potential. But at least we have these wonderful songs to give us a sense of it."
A folk heroine
Alexander Howard | 08/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A simple but distinctive picking style. Great singing. Music imbued with the blues."
An American Treasure
R. Cousineau | New York USA | 12/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What can I say? Elizabeth Cotten was one of the best guitar players of all time and almost no one knows about her.I have enormous respect for all the great guitarists from all genres of modern music and to my ears no one comes close,except maybe Mississippi John Hurt, to her fluid and gentle approach to the guitar.Even the great John Fahey was in awe of her natural talent on their shared instrument.
And to think this was recorded in her bedroom instead of a studio gives this disc a refreshing sound,just like she was sitting on her bed and playing just for you.Great just to listen to and essential to anyone who is a fan of acoustic guitar playing at its finest.
Freight Train is not just a classic song but it sounds like it has always been here like the mountains and the sky.There are stories of the Grateful Dead whenever they were passing through the area she lived in always making it an essential stop to visit her to talk and play with this mostly unknown treasure.I love this disc and everything about it.Essential and highly recommended."