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Leadbelly Legacy Vol.2: Bourgeois Blues - Leadbelly

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Genre: Folk - American Folk / Artist: Leadbelly / Audio CD released 1999-10-01 at Smithsonian Folkways

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      19.07.2009 14:23
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      Can become a bit too much if listened in one go

      Bourgeois Blues is the 2nd volume of Lead Belly songs, Lead Belly is one of the daddies of American folk music, a true character having been in prison more times than most, one of the convictions for murdering a relative in a fight over a woman and famously boasting of "making it" with as many as 12 different women a night in his youth. This temperamental artist's career began to take off when he was given a chance as a labourer in the Great Depression and began to become accustomed with folk music, being taught by his boss. His scarred voice, hard life lyrics and exquisite guitar playing are just some of the great things his work has going for it, a real social commentator the artist was as comfortable singing about people like Hitler and Abe Lincoln as he was rocking out classics like Easy Rider, Jim Crow Blues and John Henry. Despite being re-mastered from the archives, the recordings are still pretty worn out sounding, I don't think that this helps you catch the intricacy of the guitar playing as a live rendition at the time would because it tends to blur the notes together a bit. I really think this musician is excellent but I have to say that 27 songs at once is quite a lot to take in and I prefer to play one or two thrown in on a playlist with other artists, I appreciate the music more that way. It also pays to learn a little bit of black American slang of the 1900-1945 period, otherwise you could be forgiven to think that some of the songs were mostly gibberish sang in a strong southern drawl! 1 Fannin Street 2 Bourgeois Blues 3 Easy Rider 4 Alabama Bound 5 Don't You Love Your Daddy No More 6 Gallis Pole 7 Leavin' Blues 8 Midnight Special 9 T.B. Blues 10 Linin' Track 11 Julie Ann Johnson 12 John Henry 13 Jim Crow Blues 14 Jim Crow #2 15 Good Morning Blues #2 16 Abraham Lincoln 17 Army Life 18 Hitler Song 19 Careless Love 20 Haul Away Joe 21 How Do You Know/ Don't Mind The Weather 22 Skip To My Lou 23 Red Bird 24 Out On The Western Plains 25 Cowboy Song 26 You Can't Mistreat Me 27 Diggin' My Potatoes 28 John Hardy

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Fannin Street
    2 Bourgeois Blues
    3 Easy Rider
    4 Alabama Bound
    5 Don't You Love Your Daddy No More
    6 Gallis Pole
    7 Leavin' Blues
    8 Midnight Special
    9 T.B. Blues
    10 Linin' Track
    11 Julie Ann Johnson
    12 John Henry
    13 Jim Crow Blues
    14 Jim Crow #2
    15 Good Morning Blues #2
    16 Abraham Lincoln
    17 Army Life
    18 Hitler Song
    19 Careless Love
    20 Haul Away Joe
    21 How Do You Know/ Don't Mind The Weather
    22 Skip To My Lou
    23 Red Bird
    24 Out On The Western Plains
    25 Cowboy Song
    26 You Can't Mistreat Me
    27 Diggin' My Potatoes
    28 John Hardy