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Midnight Special
Midnight Special
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
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No Description Available. Genre: Blues Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 17-JAN-1992


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All Artists: Leadbelly
Title: Midnight Special
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder / Umgd
Release Date: 2/14/1992
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661104426, 011661104440


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Genre: Blues Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 17-JAN-1992

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Leadbelly would be at Carnegie Hall if he was still living.
Paul Metz | 12/19/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first I ever heard of LeadBelly was on an album "Essential Pete Seeger." Whenever I hear Lead Belly sing "Goodnight Irene," or "Matchbox Blues." or "Frankie and Albert," He reminds me of the Weavers. I like the story about how the "Borgeoius Blues," came to birth. That is my favorite Leadbelly song. I've never heard him sing it, But I have heard other artists perform it. I personally don't have any of his other albums. But I'd strongly reccomend it to those who don't know about LeadBelly. I imaging that Leadbelly's fans wont need any encouragement. For anyone who doesn't know, The story of the "Borgeoius Blues came to Pass when Leadbelly was in Washington recording music for the Library of Congress, where my dad used to work. Leadbelly and his family were expelled from a boarding house because they were African-American. Another folk singer who was with him said. LeadBelly, don't worry, Washington is nothing but a Borgeouis Town."
Leadbelly's Best
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a previous reviewer noted, these recordings were made while Leadbelly was still in prison (hence the plea to Governor O.K. Allen to set him free). Probably for this reason, the frequently emotionless (in other contexts) Leadbelly delivers his most heartfelt performances, waxing for John Lomax definitive versions of Midnight Special, Irene and Frankie and Albert (not just for him but for anyone, though Bob Dylan laid down a damn fine version of Frankie and Albert on Good as I Been to You in 1992). The rest of the tracks also are first-rate. Even though presumably out of practice, Leadbelly nevertheless accompanys his powerful vocals with excellent (and distinctive) percussive guitar work (with a bit of slide thrown in). If you are not used to Library of Congress recordings (or any pre-World War II recordings, for that matter), be warned that the sound quality is not up to today's standards. That aside, I think this is one of the best pre-war blues CDs I own, and I own quite a few. (Volume 2, Gwine Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In, is almost as good.)"
Better Than Most Compilations
stemloficationist | Las Vegas, NV | 09/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What makes this CD special are the songs that were recorded while Leadbelly was still in Angola State Prison. Some white-boy from the north came down with his equipment. At first Leadbelly balked, but finally jammed out some tunes. They were done as he sat there in shackles and you can actually hear the prison bloodhounds welping in the background. This setting pumped Leadbelly to put out what I consider to be the greatest versions of those tunes available today. The heart never soars as high and free as when it is being held down tight with shackles and these versions illustrate that. Get this!"