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Angola Prison Worksongs
Various Artists
Angola Prison Worksongs
Genres: Blues, Pop
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Angola Prison Worksongs
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arhoolie Records
Release Date: 10/21/1997
Genres: Blues, Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 096297044827

CD Reviews

Mournful, soulful classic blues
Joe Sixpack -- | Middle America | 01/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Where better to find real blues music than inside a prison? Although myriad earlier folklorists had already mined a various prisonyards for their blues material, these recordings made at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola have a richness and sadness to them that isn't quite conveyed in earlier efforts. Accompanied by work sounds such as shoveling and raking, these people have the same undeniable "authenticity" as the back porch Appalachians so beloved by the Lomaxes, Seegers and other scholars, but with an added layer of misery and hopelessness that makes the music even more compelling. Included in these recordings is the great Robert Pete Williams, who went on to record several excellent albums for the Arhoolie label. Recommended."