The Definitive Leadbelly

The Definitive Leadbelly

by Lead BellyLead Belly


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Although he has often been labeled a blues artist, Lead Belly had a much wider palette than that, and routinely sang spirituals, work songs, folk ballads, and children's pieces, and he had an amazing affinity for material that would later find its way into the pop world. Songs like "Goodnight Irene," "Midnight Special," "Gallows Pole," "Rock Island Line," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," and "Black Betty," whether he actually wrote them or simply adapted them (which is probably the case), have all had an enduring musical impact, to say nothing of his driving 12-string guitar style, which wasn't exactly pretty but sure was effective. This three-disc set is a wonderful introduction to Lead Belly's legacy. It doesn't include his later Folkways recordings, but does have a wide sampling of his ARC tracks and several live cuts from various concerts along with multiple takes of "Midnight Special" and "Rock Island Line," plus fine performances of "Grasshopper in My Pillow," "Alberta," "Fannin' Street," "Bourgeois Blues," and "Ain't Going Down to the Well No More."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Snapper Music
UPC: 0636551050623
catalogNumber: 506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lead Belly   Primary Artist
Huddie Ledbetter   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Bumble Bee Slim   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Composer
Lead Belly   Composer
Doc Watson   Composer
Lenny Kravitz   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Paul Campbell   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Keith Briggs   Liner Notes
Ernest Lawlars   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Hurt   Composer

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