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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 WilliamsMouse On The Hill
2.K.C. DouglasCasey Jones
3.Lead BellyJohn Hardy
4.John JacksonRailroad Bill
5.Memphis Slim/Willie DixonStewball
6.Sonny Terry/Brownie McgheeJohn Henry
7.Snooks EaglinSt. James Infirmary
8.Cephas And WigginsStaggerlee
9.Convicts At The Ramsey State FarmLost John
10.Josh WhiteBetty And Dupree
11.Josh WhiteOld Riley
12.Jazz Gillum,Memphis Slim,The Race Of The Jim Lee & Katy Adam
13.Pink AndersonThe Titanic
14.Big Bill BroonzyFrankie And Johnny
15.Earl Taylor & The Stony Mt. BoysWhite House Blues
16.John JacksonLouis Collins
17.Woody GuthrieBad Lee Brown
18.Horace SprottLuke And Mullen
19.Dave Van RonkDuncan And Brady
20.Lead BellyGallis Pole
21.Pink AndesonBoll Weevil
22.Josh White Jr.Delia's Gone