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Odyssey of Paul Robeson


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Audio CD, February 17, 1998
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1. Part I.: John Henry - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
2. Part I.: On My Journey - Harriet Wingreen
3. Part I.: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Alan Booth
4. Part I.: Balm In Gilead - Alan Booth
5. Part I.: Star Vicino - Lawrence Brown
6. Part I.: O'Isis And Osiris - Alan Booth
7. Part I.: Prayer And Death' - Lawrence Brown
8. Part II.: Spoken Exerpt From 1952 Paul Robeson Birthday Celebration, Hartford Avenue Baptist... - Paul Robeson
9. Part II.: Every Time I Feel The Spirit - Lawrence Brown
10. Part II.: No More Auction Block For Me - Lawrence Brown
11. Part II.: The House I Live In' - Lawrence Brown
12. Part II.: Joe Hill' - Lawrence Brown
13. Part III.: Ol Man River' - Lawrence Brown
14. Part III.: Szivenem - Alan Booth
15. Part III.: Jerusalem - Alan Booth
16. Part III.: Deep River - Alan Booth
17. Part III.: Curly Headed Baby - Lawrence Brown
18. Part III.: Water Boy' - Lawrence Brown
19. Part III.: All Through The Night - Judy Ruben
20. Part III.: Danny Boy' - Lawrence Brown
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Classics
  • ASIN: B00000239N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This collection of Robeson songs is a remarkable remastering of his old tapes, many of which, in posession of his son, had not been heard publicly in decades. Of all the Robeson CDs available, this is by far technically the best, and contains a large variety of material, beautifully sung. It is immediately clear upon hearing this why his amazing voice and presence were so revered. Recommended to all.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Doug Myers on January 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I own a number of Paul Robeson CDs and this is one my favorites. Frankly, many recordings of Robeson have a low or even poor sound quality - not surprising given the time period when many of the recordings were made. This is a shame, as they don't do justice to the incredible instrument of his voice. When I first played this CD I was stunned by the sound quality - it is that good. On that basis alone I could recommend this CD. The song selection is excellent, too. One of my favorite selections on this CD is 'John Henry'. 'Balm in Gilead' and 'Star Vicino' are both incredibly spiritual and moving songs. This CDs' rendition of 'Water Boy' is by far the best of all his recordings of that particular song. You can tell that Robeson had a lot of fun in singing 'Curly Headed Baby' and 'Oh No John' - they both sparkle.
I highly recommend this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loren D. Morrison on December 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I'm not much of a technical or sound quality expert. What I am. however, is someone who knows what he likes, and I like the music of Paul Robeson which is included on __ THE ODYSSEY OF PAUL ROBESON __..

According to the included program notes, all of the songs on the CD are from the private collection of his son, Paul Robeson, Jr., and are being released for the first time.

It (the CD) is broken into 4 sections, Parts I and III are from studio recordings made between 1953 and 1958, a period during which he was banned from concert hall appearances due to the blacklisting which was all too common in the "McCarthy era."

Part II is taken in its entirety from a 1952 Paul Robeson performance at a Civil Rights meeting in Chicago.

Part IV is made up of selections from live concert tour performances in the late 1950's, after the U.S. Supreme Court had ended his 8 year confinement within the borders of the continental United States. It was these new tours which restored his career that had been almost non-existent during the years he was blacklisted.

The music itself covers a range extending from Gospel to Political to Classical to Hasidic to a Shakespearean speech and just about every genre in between.

Particularly memorable in my opinion are his "old Man River," "John Henry." "Joe Hill," "Water Boy," and "Danny Boy," which are just a few of the 28 songs and spoken segments on the CD. In my opinion, any one of them is worth the price of the CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Hyatt on March 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm afaid that this CD is, in my opinion, little better than "Man and his Beliefs." I have seven of Paul Robeson's CD's (compiled long after his death), and this is one of the two that don't impress me one little bit.
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