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Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 1

Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 1

Forty years after his death, Lead Belly’s songs and style have continued to influence folk, blues, and rock artists including Neil Young, William Styron, Ben Harper, Keb’ Mo, Dionne Farris, and the late Kurt Cobain (Nirvana). Between 1941 and 1947 Lead Belly recorded some of his best music in Moses Asch’s tiny New York studio. The only surviving Asch masters of Lead Belly are now part of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. For the first time in almost 50 years these original acetates have been carefully remastered and newly annotated. 34 tracks, including Irene, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down, and Rock Island Line. Originally released as a tribute to Lead Belly after his death in 1948, this reissue includes many out-takes and previously unreleased and alternate versions. Extensive notes include Lead Belly’s own song commentary. Annotated by Jeff Place. Compiled by Jeff Place, Anthony Seeger and Kip Lornell. "The soul expressed is full-fledged and sublime." — New England Folk Almanac

Track Listing

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Irene (Goodnight Irene) Lead Belly 1:54
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102
Pick a Bale of Cotton Lead Belly 1:32
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103
Good Morning Blues Lead Belly 2:26
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104
The Grey Goose Lead Belly 1:26
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105
Black Girl (In the Pines) Lead Belly 2:09
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106
Take This Hammer Lead Belly 2:17
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107
On a Monday Lead Belly 1:49
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108
Cotton Fields Lead Belly 2:09
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109
Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy Lead Belly 0:52
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110
Moaning Lead Belly 1:03
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111
Laura Lead Belly 1:44
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112
Duncan and Brady (Brady) Lead Belly 4:09
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113
Rock Island Line Lead Belly 2:05
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114
Big Fat Woman Lead Belly 1:13
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115
House of the Rising Sun Lead Belly 1:55
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116
Chicken Crowing for Midnight (Christmas Song) Lead Belly 1:06
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117
You Can't Lose Me, Cholly Lead Belly 2:39
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118
Sally Walker Lead Belly 2:42
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119
Ha-Ha This a Way Lead Belly 1:36
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120
Yellow Gal Lead Belly 1:19
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121
Green Corn Lead Belly 1:18
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122
Let it Shine on Me Lead Belly 3:31
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123
Meeting at the Building Lead Belly 1:02
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124
In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down Lead Belly 3:32
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125
Pigmeat Lead Belly 2:35
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126
Blind Lemon Lead Belly 1:42
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127
Bottle Up and Go Lead Belly 1:55
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128
Sukey Jump (Win'jammer) Lead Belly 1:07
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129
Old Riley (Hey Rattler) Lead Belly 2:01
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130
4, 5 and 9 Lead Belly 2:36
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131
Noted Rider (No Good Rider) Lead Belly 2:08
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132
Shorty George Lead Belly 1:31
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133
Duncan and Brady (Brady) Lead Belly 1:08
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Leaving Blues Lead Belly 2:21
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