Lead Belly

Memorial, Vols. 3 & 4

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Leadbelly originally recorded these 19 sides for Moses Asch's Folkways label, but when Folkways was placed in bankruptcy, they were subsequently released by Herbert Harris' Stinson Records instead (Harris had been a former partner of Asch in an earlier label enterprise called Asch-Stinson Records). Now, of course, the masters of these songs reside with the Smithsonian Folkways group, which has also issued these tracks in its legacy series. It's all vintage Leadbelly, and includes his signature recordings of "Grey Goose," the impressive "Bourgeois Blues," and a thundering version of "The Gallis Pole."

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