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King of the 12 String Guitar
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
Leadbelly is a folk musician by association not art. He was a bluesman, pure and simple: a howler, an astonishingly prolific composer, and a murderously driving guitar slinger. His catalogue is immense, and though the comp... more »
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Leadbelly is a folk musician by association not art. He was a bluesman, pure and simple: a howler, an astonishingly prolific composer, and a murderously driving guitar slinger. His catalogue is immense, and though the complete Folkways Leadbelly Legacy series is probably the best way to get a picture of his importance, this single disc of early 1930s field recordings, made shortly after Leadbelly left prison, has some crucial tracks and rare, alternate takes like "Packin' Truck Blues," "Roberta 1 & 2," "You Don't Know My Mind," and "Pigmeat." --Roy Francis Kasten
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William G. (Swapster) from DAHLONEGA, GA
Reviewed on 9/5/2009...
In todays fast pace,fast food world sitting and listening to someone named Leadbelly can be like a slap in the face or a good cold drink of water after doing work on the chain gang all day--this man was unusual--if you ever wondered what started the blues music I don't think you're going to be disappointed in letting your imagination share in this old timers songs--not only can he play--some of the words can reach out and touch an inner cord in any sympatheic soul.......
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Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 08/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""King Of The 12-String Guitar" is not the definitive Huddie Ledbetter-collection, of course...Leadbelly recorded literally hundreds of sides. And it isn't quite the best single-disc compilation of his either (that would be "The Best Of Leadbelly" from Cleopatra, or "Take This Hammer" from the "When The Sun Goes Down"-series).
But this 1991 CD offers a dozen and a half excellent early waxings, most of them alternate takes and other previously unissued sides, which makes "King Of The 12-String Guitar" a very interesting purchase for collectors, especially if their collection is lacking a little something in the "early Leadbelly"-section.
Newcomers should find these gritty 30s recordings to their liking as well, though. Huddie Ledbetter's best-known songs are largely missing, sure, but there is a lot of other great stuff on this 56-minute disc: "Packin' Trunk Blues", "Four Day Worry Blues", "Death Letter" (not the Son House-number), and many more.
Collectors who already have "Leadbelly's Last Sessions", and either Smithsonian/Folkways' "Leadbelly Legacy" series or Catfish's "The Definitive Leadbelly", will want this CD for the numerous rarities, but it can also be enjoyed as simply a good slice of Leadbelly in his prime."
A good choice to round out a collection
blind joe death | planetary surface | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard of Leadbelly from Nirvana's "Unplugged" album. Kurt Cobain called the songster his "favorite performer." Although I don't think THAT highly of Leadbelly, I do believe that he is a great performer with some very catchy songs. His compositions are simple, soothing, and distinctive.I would recommend this album if you are...
...a fan of Led Zeppelin III, particularly "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper"
...a fan of acoustic guitars
...a fan of REAL folk music, not the 60s stuff
...a fan of early Blues
...a music lover looking to expand your collectionThis is the only Leadbelly CD I've listened to, so I can't tell you if this is his best. What I can tell you is that this site listed "King of the 12-String Guitar" as Leadbelly's most essential recording."