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Leadbelly Vol 2 1940 - 1943

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01 - Easy rider Listen
02 - New York City Listen
03 - Worried blues Listen
04 - Don`t you love your daddy no more? Listen
05 - You can`t lose-a me Cholly Listen
06 - Grey goose (take 1) Listen
07 - Stew ball Listen
08 - Take this hammer Listen
09 - Can`t you line `em Listen
10 - Ham an` eggs Listen
11 - Ha ha thisaway Listen
12 - Little Sally Walker Listen
13 - Redbird Listen
14 - Christmas song Listen
15 - Skip to my Lou Listen
16 - You can`t lose me Cholly Listen
17 - Take this hammer Listen
18 - Haul away, joe Listen
19 - Rock Island line Listen
20 - Ol` Riley Listen
21 - Corn bread rough Listen
22 - Old man Listen
23 - On a Monday Listen
24 - John Henry Listen
25 - How long Listen
26 - (Good night) Irene (take 1) Listen
27 - (Good night) Irene (alternate take) Listen
28 - Ain`t you glad Listen
29 - Good morning blues Listen

Leadbelly: Vol. 2 Complete recorded titles 17th June 1940 to mid 1943.

Lead Belly, vocal, twelve-string guitar, button accordion.

With contributions by the Golden Gate Quartet, male vocal group; Sonny Terry, harmonica.

Genres: Texas Country Blues, Ballads, Children’s Songs.
Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski.
Detailed discography.

After a series of false starts and blind alleys in the first few years after his release from Angola Penitentiary in 1934, Lead Belly's career had begun, by the beginning of the 1940's to settle comfortably into the activity surrounding the burgeoning urban folk music revival. Although he had severed his ties with John Lomax in 1935, he remained close with Alan Lomax, who continued to record Lead Belly for the Library of Congress as well as arranging for several key commercial sessions.

As Lead Belly was beginning to become recognised he was introduced to a man called Moses Asch. Asch was born in Poland in 1905 into a family with political backgrounds and after moving around Europe the family settled in America. This upbringing had an effect on Asch, fostering a lifelong curiosity and tolerance for ideas outside the mainstream. As such Asch found work in the field of electronics and subsequently founded Asch Records in 1939. In May and July 1941 Asch recorded the first of many sessions with Lead Belly. Exploring a previously unrecorded aspect of Lead Belly's vast repertory he released "Play Parties in Song and Dance", "Work songs of the U.S.A." and a combined "Work and Play Party Songs".

The titles on this CD come from these sessions, containing the first releases of the folk standards Take This Hammer, Rock Island Line and the first recorded instance of Lead Belly accompanying himself on his original instrument, the concertina or button accordion, on the track Corn Bread Rough. In another session Lead Belly recorded the previously unreleased Irene, a track that would posthumously bring him worldwide recognition. An alternative take of Irene is also included with Sonny Terry accompanying on Harmonica.

It is truly unfortunate that on the cusp of commercial acceptance that Lead Belly did not live long enough to witness his dream of popular success.

Further recordings by Lead Belly can be found on Documents DOCD-1018, DOCD-5226, DOCD-5227, DOCD-5228, DOCD-5276, DOCD-5310, DOCD-5311, DOCD-5411, DOCD-5461, DOCD-5568, DOCD-5579, DOCD-5591, DOCD-5592, DOCD-5593, DOCD-5594, DOCD-5595, DOCD-5640, DOCD-5664, DOCD-5659, DOCD-5676.

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