Lead Belly's Last Sessions

Lead Belly's Last Sessions

Lead Belly SFW40068

Spontaneous, intimate, spellbinding recordings from 1948. Four discs contain 96 songs and include the two remaining unissued tracks from the Last Sessions, plus Lead Belly's best-known songs such as Midnight Special, Goodnight Irene, and Rock Island Line. The 24-page booklet contains rare photos, articles, original documentation, technical notes, biography, bibliography, and discography. Produced and annotated by Frederic Ramsey, Jr. Reissue compiled and annotated by Anthony Seeger, Matt Walters and Jeff Place. "Rich in tone and pungent with history and personality." — Goldmine

Year Released 1994
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1995 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Music; American Folk; Blues
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Instrument(s) Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Blues; Folk songs--United States
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101 Yes, I Was Standing in the Bottom Lead Belly 1:40
102 Yes, I'm Going Down in Louisiana (Version 1) Lead Belly 0:42
103 Ain't Going Down to the Well No More Lead Belly 1:23
104 Dick Ligger's Holler Lead Belly 0:43
105 Liza Jane Lead Belly 2:08
106 Dog Latin Song Lead Belly 0:52
107 Leaving Blues Lead Belly 0:31
108 Go Down, Old Hannah Lead Belly 4:59
109 The Blue Tailed Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn) Lead Belly 2:20
110 Nobody in This World is Better Than Us Lead Belly 1:26
111 We're in the Same Boat, Brother Lead Belly 2:18
112 Looky Looky Yonder Lead Belly 1:33
113 Jolly O the Ransom Lead Belly 0:57
114 Old Ship of Zion Lead Belly 1:51
115 Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy Lead Belly 1:27
116 Mistreatin' Mama Lead Belly 1:24
117 Black Betty Lead Belly 1:52
118 Ain't Going Down to the Well No More Lead Belly 2:45
119 Yes, I'm Going Down in Louisiana (Version 2) Lead Belly 0:28
120 I Don't Know You, What Have I Done? Lead Belly 3:11
121 Rock Island Line Lead Belly 1:03
122 Old Man, Will Your Dog Catch a Rabbit? Lead Belly 1:29
123 Shorty George Lead Belly 0:46
124 Stewball Lead Belly 2:34
125 Bottle Up and Go Lead Belly 1:25
126 You Know I Got to Do It Lead Belly 0:52
127 Ain't It a Shame to Go Fishin' on Sunday Lead Belly 1:21
128 DeKalb Blues (Ain't Gonna Drink No More) (Version 1) Lead Belly 2:37
129 Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues Lead Belly 2:18
130 My Lindy Lou Lead Belly 1:08
131 I'm Thinking of a Friend Lead Belly 3:22
132 He Never Said a Mumbling Word Lead Belly 2:28
133 Gee, But I Want to Go Home (Army Life) Lead Belly 3:59
134 In the World Lead Belly 2:01
135 I Want to Go Home Lead Belly 1:26
201 New Iberia Lead Belly 3:08
202 Dancing with Tears in My Eyes Lead Belly 3:11
203 John Henry Lead Belly 4:59
204 Salty Dog Lead Belly 3:29
205 National Defense Blues Lead Belly 3:30
206 Easy, Mr. Tom Lead Belly 2:08
207 Relax Your Mind Lead Belly 4:09
208 Bottle Up and Go Lead Belly 3:36
209 Polly Wolly Wee Lead Belly 1:45
210 Pig Latin Song Lead Belly 2:10
211 Hawaiian Song Lead Belly 2:15
212 Drinkin' Lum Y A Alla Lead Belly 1:50
213 The Gray Goose Lead Belly 2:17
214 Silver City Bound Lead Belly 6:01
215 The Titanic Lead Belly 5:14
216 Death Letter Blues Lead Belly 3:30
217 Oh, Mary Don't You Weep Lead Belly 3:28
218 He Never Said a Mumbling Word Lead Belly 2:49
301 The Midnight Special Lead Belly 2:11
302 Boll Weevil Lead Belly 3:06
303 Careless Love Lead Belly 6:29
304 Easy Rider Lead Belly 3:00
305 Fannin Street (Mr. Tom Hughes' Town)(Cry to Me) Lead Belly 3:31
306 DeKalb Blues (Ain't Going to Drink No More) (Version 2) Lead Belly 3:54
307 Birmingham Jail Lead Belly 2:56
308 Old Riley Lead Belly 1:46
309 Julie Ann Johnson Lead Belly 1:11
310 It's Tight Like That Lead Belly 3:12
311 4, 5 and 9 Lead Belly 4:53
312 Good Morning Babe, How Do You Do? Lead Belly 0:41
313 Jail House Blues Lead Belly 4:31
314 Well, You Know I Had to Do It Lead Belly 2:56
315 Irene (Goodnight Irene) (Version 1) Lead Belly 1:22
316 Story of the 25 Cent Dude Lead Belly 2:20
317 How Come You Do Me Like You Do? Lead Belly 3:24
318 Hello Central, Give Me Long Distance Phone Lead Belly 5:29
319 Hesitation Blues Lead Belly 2:17
320 I'll Be Down on the Last Bread Wagon Lead Belly 3:35
401 Digging My Potatoes Lead Belly 4:00
402 Springtime in the Rockies Lead Belly 3:02
403 Chinatown Lead Belly 1:12
404 Rock Island Line Lead Belly 1:57
405 Backwater Blues Lead Belly 3:27
406 Governor Pat Neff (Sweet Mary) Lead Belly 3:12
407 Irene (Goodnight Irene) (Version 2) Lead Belly 2:44
408 Easy, Mr. Tom Lead Belly 2:16
409 In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down Lead Belly 2:54
410 I'm Alone Because I Love You Lead Belly 2:54
411 House of the Rising Sun Lead Belly 2:23
412 Oh, Mary Don't You Weep Lead Belly 1:58
413 Talk About Fannin Street Lead Belly 3:41
414 Fannin Street (Mr. Tom Hughes' Town) Lead Belly 3:36
415 Sugar'd Beer Lead Belly 1:40
416 Didn't Old John Cross the Water? Lead Belly 2:01
417 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Lead Belly 3:19
418 Bully of the Town Lead Belly 2:08
419 Sweet Jenny Lee Lead Belly 1:54
420 Yellow Gal Lead Belly 2:04
421 He Was the Man Lead Belly 3:48
422 We're in the Same Boat, Brother Lead Belly 4:16
423 Leaving Blues Lead Belly 2:36
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