Various Artists

Prison Worksongs

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This is the real deal, pressed from field recordings made by Dr. Harry Oster at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Very sparse and ragged recordings featuring a collection of spirituals and work songs, including "John Henry," "Take This Hammer," and "Alberta Let Your Bangs Grow Long" sung by the likes of Big Louisiana, Guitar Welch and Hogman Maxey. An invaluable historical record.