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Various Artists / Classic African-American Ballads
Album:Classic African-American Ballads Collection:Blues
Artist:Various Artists Added:07/2006
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2006-07-09 Pull Date:2006-09-10 Charts:Blues
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Album Review
Decca
Reviewed 2006-07-10 
Fabulous collection of black ballads (story songs) composed in the heyday of the tradition (1890-1920). Songs range from protests against white oppression to blues ballads to commentary on current events, tales of the working man, crime, and love gone wrong. Take the time to read the fascinating notes about the songs and the history of the art form. Each track is a true gem – although all are just plain too short – and each deserving of play. This CD is an amazing slice of American history and fantastic music. I love this. Love it, I say.
All vocals are male, by the way. No FCCs. Play is all, folks!

1. Light mid, sweet guitar & cool kinda rough vox. Applause at end.
2. A capella, midtempo Casey Jones. Lazily liquid voice.
3. Toe-tapping w/good droning accordion & Leadbelly vocals.
4. Midtempo & bluesy w/nasally vocals & smooth guitar work.
5. Downtempo duet w/cool jazzy overtones. So smooth...
6. Solid harmonica & guitar, vocal duet, a classic blues strut.
7. Downtempo classic. Great guitar break & understated vocals.
8. Vox/guitar/harmonica. Folksy toe-tapping Staggerlee. Great harp
9. Downtempo prison work song. Call-response vox. Haunting.
10. Honey-smooth vox, guitar. A relaxed folk tale of love & crime.
11. Starts slow, gets bouncy. A prison escape song by Leadbelly.
12. Slick organ/vox/harp/guit. Driving midtempo, churchy blues.
13. Surprisingly jaunty song about the Titanic w/class commentary.
14. Midtempo folk classic for guitar & warm vocal.
15. Fast, fast bluegrass jam for strings & high, nasally vox. Yee haw
16. Lazy w/great strings & odd, nasally voice. Applause at end.
17. Midtempo folk by Woody Guthrie. About killing his wife.
18. Powerful, downtempo a capella track.
19. Midtempo guitar/vox w/ a catchy melody.
20. Fast, frantic strings/vox. Almost trips over itself.
21. Midtempo toe-tapper w/ gruff vox & nicely driving guitar.
22. A more modern, jazzy sound. Relaxed. My least fav. track.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Warner Williams Mouse On The Hill
2.K.C. Douglas Casey Jones
3.Lead Belly John Hardy
4.John Jackson Railroad Bill
5.Memphis Slim/Willie Dixon Stewball
6.Sonny Terry/Brownie Mcghee John Henry
7.Snooks Eaglin St. James Infirmary
8.Cephas And Wiggins Staggerlee
9.Convicts At The Ramsey State Farm Lost John
10.Josh White Betty And Dupree
11.Josh White Old Riley
12.Jazz Gillum,Memphis Slim, The Race Of The Jim Lee & Katy Adam
13.Pink Anderson The Titanic
14.Big Bill Broonzy Frankie And Johnny
15.Earl Taylor & The Stony Mt. Boys White House Blues
16.John Jackson Louis Collins
17.Woody Guthrie Bad Lee Brown
18.Horace Sprott Luke And Mullen
19.Dave Van Ronk Duncan And Brady
20.Lead Belly Gallis Pole
21.Pink Andeson Boll Weevil
22.Josh White Jr. Delia's Gone