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Leadbelly, the essential DOUBLE CD
Taken from the Document Catalogue, this double CD concentrates mainly on Leadbelly�s prowess as a blues musician. Leadbelly�s fast repertoire has all too often regarded simply as a stereotypical folk musician. In fact he was an all-rounder, also known as a Songster. Like Leadbelly his blues performances were intense and powerful his ability to play slide guitar, ragtime or low down blues, often on his thundering Stella twelve-string guitar ranks him among the best bluesmen from Texas, including his close friend Blind Lemon Jefferson.



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Leadbelly and Josh White 1937 - 1946

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Lead Belly, vocal, 12-string guitar.
Josh White, vocal, guitar.

With contributions by;
Paul Howard Mason, zither.
Brownie McGhee, vocal, guitar.
Sonny Terry, harmonica.
Willie "The Lion" Smith, piano.
"Pops" Foster, bass.
Pete Seeger, vocal, banjo.
And others.

Genres: Blues, guitar; 12-string guitar; Folk.
Informative booklet notes by Dave Moore.
Detailed discography.

Leadbelly kicks off with an Untitled song (from the 1937 Library of Congress session) about the 1898 Spanish American War, which transformed the U.S.A. into a world power. The track "Ain't Going Down" is from the live New York radio station WNYC Leadbelly session introduced by Woody Guthrie. In another radio session 2 months later Leadbelly recorded "Don't Lose Your Daddy" and "You Can't Lose Me Charlie". With the entry of the U.S.A. into World War 2, Leadbelly recorded supportive songs such as "Uncle Sam Says", "If You Want To Do Your Part", "Hitler Song" and "Dear Mr. President/President Roosevelt". Leadbelly also contributed to the war effort by performing for the Armed Forces Radio Service a version of "Rock Island Line". Continued...




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Blues, Blues Christmas 1925 - 1955

Various artists
Double album with full colour 20 page booklet by Jeff Harris. 
Detailed discography
  
The idea of Christmas themed blues and gospel numbers stretches back to the very dawn of the recorded genres. “Hooray for Christmas” exclaims Bessie Smith to kick off her soon to be classic “At The Christmas Ball”, which inaugurated the Christmas blues tradition when it was recorded in November 1925 for Columbia. A year later, circa December 1926, the gospel Christmas tradition was launched when the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers recorded “Silent Night, Holy Night” for Paramount Records. After these recordings it was off to the races with numerous Christmas blues numbers recorded by singers of all stripes, a pace that continued as blues evolved into R&B and then rock and roll. Continued...



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Leadbelly Vol 1 1939 - 1940
DOCD-5226 Leadbelly Complete Recorded Works 1939 1947 Volume 1 (1st April 1939 to 15th June 1940). Lead Bellys Commercial recordings. Blues and ballads Lead Belly, vocal twelve-string guitar Includes performance by The Golden Gate Quartet Booklet Notes Ken Romaowski Detailed discography In early 1939, Lead Belly was involved in a fight with another man whom he allegedly stabbed 16 times with a knife. The judge saw fit to give Lead Belly a sentence of one year (due to the fact that in between sentencing, reports Lead Belly had apprehended a bank robber and held him until the police had arrived. To help meet Lead Belly's legal costs, Alan Lomax arranged a session with the fledgling Musicraft label. On April 1s,t 1939, Lead Belly stepped into the studio and recorded material for what was to become a five disc album (five 78 rpm records) titled "Negro Sinful Songs sung by Lead Belly". Even though Lead Belly had recorded over two hundred titles for the Library of Congress, he was virtually unknown to the record buying public. But with this album Lead Belly was to find his own attentive audience in the budding urban folk scene. Continued...



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Leadbelly Vol 2 1940 - 1943
DOCD-5227 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, Childrens 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. Continued...



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Leadbelly Vol 3 1939 - 1947
DOCD-5228 Leadbelly: Vol. 2 Complete recorded titles c. October 1943 to 25th April 1944 Leadbelly, vocal, twelve-string guitar, tap dancing, speech, button accordion, piano. With contributions by Josh White, guitar; Sonny Terry, harmonica. Genres: Texas Country Blues, Ballads, Childrens Songs Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski. Detailed discography. Although John and Alan Lomax were responsible for Leadbelly's discovery, it was Moses Asch who gave Huddie room for professional growth through extensive recording, contact with the urban folk revival and most importantly by keeping Leadbelly's songs available to the public. Asch grew up in an ideologically, progressive Jewish household, which left him with a lifelong intellectual curiosity and an empathy for proletarian concerns. By the 1920's he became interested in radio and folk music, eventually combining the two to form Asch Records in 1939. At the beginning of the 40's Asch struck a business relationship with Leadbelly which spawned frequent and numerous recordings. Continued...



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Too Late Too Late Vol 3 1927 - 1960's



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Leadbelly Vol 4 1944



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Leadbelly Vol 5 1944 - 1946
DOCD-5311 LeadBelly Vol. 5 27th October 1944 to October 1946 Lead Belly, vocal, 12-swtring guitar. With contributions by Sonny Terry, harmonica; Willie The Lion Smith, piano; Brownie McGhee, guitar; George Pops Foster, stand-up bass, Woody Guthrie, vocal, guitar; Cisco Houston, vocal guitar. Genres: Country Blues, Texas Blues, Songster, 12-string Guitar, Americana, Folk. Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski. Detailed discography. The recordings on this CD come from the final years of Lead Belly's career which include a live radio session with children and other contemporary artists such as Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry, Cisco Houston, Brownie McGhee, Willie 'The Lion' Smith and George 'Pops' Foster. Continued...



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Too Late Too Late Vol 5 1927 - 1964
DOCD-5411 Too Late, Too Late Vol. 5 (1927 1964) Leroy Carr / Big Maceo / Jimmy Blythe / John 'Big Nig' Bray / Cow Cow Davenport / Rev. Lonnie Farris / Scrapper Blackwell / Elizabeth Johnson / Lonnie Johnson / Lead Belly / James 'Jack of All Trades' McCain / Blind Willie McTell / Sister Morgan / Frank Stokes / Montana Taylor / Sonny Terry / Henry Townsend Genres: Country Blues, Pre-War Blues, Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Chicago Blues, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Blues Revival, Harmonica Blues, Blues Guitar, Chicago Blues, East Coast Blues, Field Recordings, Folk Revival, Folk-Blues, Folksongs, Piano Blues, Piedmont Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Regional Blues, Songster, St. Louis Blues. As is the case with each of the CDs in this series, Vol. 5 of Too Late, Too Late has valuable alternate takes, newly discovered titles, and unissued material. Quite a few major names are represented, with ten of the 24 selections being released for the first time. Continued...



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