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Negro Prison Blues & Songs


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Audio CD, July 19, 1994
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  2. No More, My Lawd 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. Black Woman 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Jumpin' Judy 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Whoa Buck 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Prettiest Train 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Old Dollar Mamie 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Rosie 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Levee Camp Holler 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. What Makes A Work Song Leader? 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
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16. Stackerlee 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Prison Blues 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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20. Penitentiary Blues 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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22. They'll Miss Me When I'm Gone 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Rock Me Mama 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B000002NQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Ann Hussey on July 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I wish anybody had mentioned this about this album before I bought it, so I'm telling you: this edition has been post-processed with a reverb that surely wasn't there when Lomax recorded it. Sometimes it's not especially intrusive, but sometimes it's aggressively metallic and artifical. Serves me right for trying to cheap out, and failing to listen to the clips. If this bugs you as it does me, do yourself what I'm going to do next time, buy the Rounder edition of "Prison Songs (Historical Recordings From Parchman Farm 1947-48)".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent recording with almost no context. The liner notes (all of two paragraphs) don't say anything about when the songs were recorded of how Lomax got access to the prisoners. The sound is excellent.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. shively on April 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoyed how authentic this CD recording was. My favorite songs were " Whoa Buck " and " Old Dollar mamie " These songs both describe how prison negro's thought of themselves.

Over all I think this album is really the songs they sang. My grandpa used to be a prison guard and when I played this album for him he stood up, grabbed a broom and started beating our Black lab.. Apparently this CD brought back fond memories of when he dished out lessons to the inmates.

I would recomend this album to any one who wishes to revist the good ole days or learn the music their grandparents sang.. Which ever side of the law you're on you can truly enjoy this album.
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Format: Audio CD
The reverb on this recording is good old fashioned-echo. It comes from using a single mike in a large, empty room. Not scratchy acetate, that's for sure. The sound is as "authentic" as the late-50s would give you.
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