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Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Leadbelly Legacy 1
Leadbelly
Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Leadbelly Legacy 1
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
 
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Forty years after his death, Lead Belly?s songs and style have continued to influence folk, blues, and rock artists including Neil Young, William Styron, Ben Harper, Keb? Mo, Dionne Farris, and the late Kurt Cobain (Nirvan...  more »

      
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All Artists: Leadbelly
Title: Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Leadbelly Legacy 1
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 2/20/1996
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074004425

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Forty years after his death, Lead Belly?s songs and style have continued to influence folk, blues, and rock artists including Neil Young, William Styron, Ben Harper, Keb? Mo, Dionne Farris, and the late Kurt Cobain (Nirvana). Between 1941 and 1947 Lead Belly recorded some of his best music in Moses Asch?s tiny New York studio. The only surviving Asch masters of Lead Belly are now part of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. For the first time in almost 50 years these original acetates have been carefully remastered and newly annotated. 34 tracks, including Irene, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down, and Rock Island Line. Originally released as a tribute to Lead Belly after his death in 1948, this reissue includes many out-takes and previously unreleased and alternate versions. Extensive notes include Lead Belly?s own song commentary. Annotated by Jeff Place. Compiled by Jeff Place, Anthony Seeger and Kip Lornell. "The soul expressed! is full-fledged and sublime." ?New England Folk Almanac

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The roots of quite a lot...
ewomack | MN USA | 07/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lead Belly is one of the best in American music - he's right up there with Woody Guthrie (if not above him, which is more than arguable) in influence and importance for the formation of 20th century music. Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) was supposedly "discovered" and recorded in prison by John Lomax (the recordings on this CD were recorded by Moses Asch in the 1940s). He also is said to have sung his way into being pardoned (during his second term in prison after being convicted of murder) by the then governor of Texas. He never became a star, but many of his songs have been re-recorded by popular artists (probably the best-known examples are the covers of "Goodnight, Irene" by the Weavers and "Midnight Special" by Credence Clearwater Revival).This collection is a great starting point for Lead Belly's music. It includes some of his most memorable songs: "Irene", "Grey Goose", "Cotton Fields", "Sylvie", "Rock Island Line", "Green Corn". The recording quality is great considering the age of the recordings. Included are plenty of Lead Belly playing his legendary 12-string guitar along with some a capella tracks. The CD booklet has a good biography and extensive track notes, along with quotes from Lead Belly himself about selected songs. If you're curious about Lead Belly this CD is a great introduction to his music. If you want more, this series has 2 additional excellent volumes."
1st of 3 in Smithsonian's Lead Belly Legacy series
ewomack | 11/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"(67') This is the first of three volumes in the Smithsonian's Lead Belly Legacy series, probably the best set for just listening to Lead Belly play and sing. All three CDs are taken from Moses Asch's original studio masters (as opposed to most other available compilations on reprint labels, which are made from secondary sources); the other two are Vol. 2 "Bourgeois Blues" SF40045 (72'), and Vol. 3 "Shout On" SF40105 (70'). As usual, the Smithsonian provides extensive and authoritative notes."
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michael cockram | interzone | 01/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After hearing kurt cobain cover where did you sleep last night on the unplugged album I thought it only right that I go and check out the original. I am glad I did - this record has the intense emotion I liked in nirvana, the same kind of difficult subject matter mixed with a knowing pop tune. I reject all other rock bands - william burroughs said something about rock'n'roll was rubbish - if you want to hear real soul listen to leadbelly.. I can see why kurt loved this guy, shame none of my friends can.."