Various Artists / Smithsonian Folkways
Album: Smithsonian Folkways   Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists   Added:May 2005

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-07-04 Pull Date: 2005-09-05
Week Ending: Sep 4 Aug 28 Aug 21 Aug 14 Aug 7 Jul 31 Jul 24 Jul 17
Airplays: 2 2 4 1 2 1 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 23, 2024: Traditions
We Shall Be Free, Bourgeois Blues
4. Dec 30, 2014: Eclectic Erudition week 14 Fall 2014
Jesus Christ
2. Oct 11, 2021: Best of Everything reaired from 6/5/14
Will Geer Reading Woody Guth
5. Jun 05, 2014: Eclectic Erudition reaired via radio q 10-11-21
Will Geer Reading Woody Guth
3. Mar 06, 2020: Traditions
Irene, Bourgeois Blues, Hobo's Lullaby, Do-Re-Mi, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bring Me a Little Water, Syl
6. Mar 19, 2011: Music Casserole
Bourgeois Blues

Album Review
Alex Dunn
Reviewed 2005-06-28
Best of the best Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie compilation. Even if you don’t play folk, you might give this a quick listen anyway. Guthrie’s lyrics are overtly political, while Lead Belly mostly sticks to more personal and allusive material, with the exception of “Bourgeois Blues” (#15). I liked 2, 3, 15, 17, 23. 26.

1)LB: Raw and elemental
2)WG: “…as far as you may roam, you will never find a outlaw, driving a family from their home”
3)WG: California ain’t so hot without the do-re-mi.
4)WG: Ain’t got no home in this world anymore.
5)WG: The cops and soldiers nailed him in the air, and they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.
6)LB: Cotton picking.
7)LB: Rock Island Line.
8)WG: Grand Coulee Dam (pro-dam)
9)LB: Bucket blues. Nice groove, odd lyrics.
10)Weird interlude: Spoken word reading explaining WG’s philosophy.
11)WG: Hard-traveling. Great tune.
12)LB: About the red-light district where LB got his start.
13) WG: Cowboy vs. lawyer. Guess which one gets shot.
14)WG: Hobo’s lullaby.
15)LB: Bourgeois (!) Blues. Damn yuppies.
16)LB: Hypocritical preacher.
17)LB: LB’s classic.
18)WG: Vigilante = bad.
19)LB: Finger pickin’. Old English folk song.
20)WG: This land is your land.
21)WG: Talking song about work.
22)LB: Another classic: midnight special.
23)LB: Sad, classic tune.
24)WG: About migrant laborers.
25)WG: Fun children’s song.
26)WG/LB: Duet. Great lyrics. “You shall be free when the good Lord sets you free.”


Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Lead Belly Bring Me a Little Water, Syl
2. Woody Guthrie Pretty Boy Floyd
3. Woody Guthrie Do-Re-Mi
4. Woody Guthrie I Ain't Got no Home in this
5. Woody Guthrie Jesus Christ
6. Lead Belly Cotton Fields
7. Lead Belly Rock Island Line
8. Woody Guthrie Grand Coulee Dam
9. Lead Belly 4, 5, and 9
10. Will Geer Will Geer Reading Woody Guth
11. Woody Guthrie Hard Traveling
12. Lead Belly Fannin Street
13. Woody Guthrie Phiadelphia Lawyer
14. Woody Guthrie Hobo's Lullaby
15. Lead Belly Bourgeois Blues
16. Lead Belly Gray Goose
17. Lead Belly Irene
18. Woody Guthrie Vigilante Man
19. Lead Belly Gallis Pole
20. Woody Guthrie This Land Is Your Land
21. Woody Guthrie Talking Hard Work
22. Lead Belly Midnight Special
23. Lead Belly In the Pines
24. Woody Guthrie Pastures of Plenty
25. Woody Guthrie Car Song
26. Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie We Shall Be Free