Lead Belly's Last Sessions Box set
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Towards the end of the disks Leadbellys wife Martha sings with him. In all due respect to Martha she sort of slows the momentum of this collection down. Though I'm sure Leadbelly always encouraged people to sing along with his songs, and he can be heard doing so here.
The brightest gem of this collection may be listening to Leadbelly laugh at his own singing on the funny classic, Diggin' My Potatoes. Or being able to hear him slap his knee in time on Salty Dog.
Summary: Sping for it. Its something you won't find on any other collection.
And a motherlode of music it is. While the first CD is comprised of accapella field hollers and spirituals, the other three are filled with some of the most incredible guitar work you'll ever hear, bar none. As Huddie (pronounced Hyoo-dee) himself explains to the listener, he learned guitar "sittin' by the bass-side of the piana" in honky-tonks on Shreveport, Louisiana's Fannin Street. Therefore his aggressive 12-string guitar style is informed by a rollicking boogie-woogie barrelhouse/ragtime feel, that often sounds like several guitarists at once. This is best exemplified in his own ode to Fannin Street, "Cry For Me", and the rag "Easy, Mr. Tom", which has enjoyed many permutations, "Hot Dog" by Blind Lemon Jefferson and "Cannonball Rag" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band among them. As Leadbelly comments as the tune ends, "It's so easy when you know how."
Leadbelly knew some thousand songs, and this collection is merely the tip of the iceberg.Read more ›
it's Leadbelly singing and talking through his knowledge of American music.
he sings children s songs,blues of course and it's hearing his voice which makes a strong
impression.LeadBelly is one of the most important artists ever.that's just a fact.
it reaches even into our age with Kurt Cobain covering him.
4 CD's.I listened straight through.
my fav story is about a woman who's locked up in a psych ward,very sick.
then her husband comes to visit,brings a guitar,plays her a blues and she gets well.
music can heal seems to be Leadbelly's message.
he tells stories from his life like this and you have like a 100 songs.
I would get this no matter what.
if you play guitar or singer/songwriter yourself,you have to hear this before you
make your next move.
this puts things in perspective.
I would pay whatever.this is the best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a charm. This collection of ledbellys lets you in, makes you right at home getting to know the brilliant ledbelly.Published 3 months ago by aksparrows
Lead Belly's Last Sessions is the cornerstone for any collection of American folk music, and contains the roots of all folk, rock, blues and country music. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Robert Bradford
I bought the original LP's about 50 years ago and retired them with my 33 1/3
turntable. How wonderful to re-hear these songs which never appear in any
Intimate, relaxed and informal, this is a 60-year old Leadbelly running through his vast repertoire and having a real ball in the process. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by pressurerising
I love the song Silver City Bound on this box set. It is intense, beautiful and deeply moving as great blues can be. Read morePublished on June 26, 2000 by Jostein Berntsen