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Angola Prisoners' Blues (CD Edition)

Various Artists
Angola Prisoners' Blues (CD Edition)

Angola Prison, officially known as the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is one of the largest maximum security prisons in the country. In the 1950s, LSU English professor Dr. Harry Oster recorded a series of music performances by African American prisoners at the infamous facility. The performances, many by prisoners serving life sentences, are full of despair and raw emotion. Included in this collection are a cappella selections by three female prisoners (Angola housed both male and female prisoners until 1961). Part of the royalties from this collection go to the Inmate Welfare Fund at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Track Listing

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Prisoner's Talking Blues Robert Pete Williams 5:12
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Stagolee Hogman Maxey 3:42
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Electric Chair Blues Guitar Welch 5:12
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Black Night Is Fallin' Hogman Maxey 4:32
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Some Got Six Months Robert Pete Williams 3:46
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I'm Gonna Leave You Mama Guitar Welch 2:50
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I'm Lonesome Blues Robert Pete Williams 4:01
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108
Angola Bound Unkown Artist 5:50
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109
Worried Blues Hogman Maxey 4:16
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Josephine Guitar Welch 5:12
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111
Soldier's Plea Clara Young 2:47
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The Moon Is Rising Odea Mathews 1:59
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I'm Still In Love With You Thelma Mae Joseph 1:44
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I Miss You So Unkown Artist 3:31
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Hello, Sue Butterbeans 0:59
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Fast Life Woman Hogman Maxey 4:07
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Careless Love Otis Webster 2:32
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Have You Ever Heard The Church Bells Ton Roosevelt Charles & Otis Webster 2:38
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61 Highway Guitar Welch 4:25
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Strike At Camp I Roosevelt Charles 9:31
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