Various Artists

Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train and Testify!

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With the impressive girth of Alan Lomax's collection of field recordings and the immediate accessibility of so many of these recordings, choosing a single disc to satiate those curious of the historical significance of Lomax's recordings is near impossible. Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train might not be the most logical place to start unless the listener is interested particularly in the unique music of Louisiana, but there are some very important documents here in the context of folk music, most notably the interview with Jelly Roll Morton at the end of the collection. Many of the tracks here are absolutely ferocious and upbeat a cappella ring shouts, but some early zydeco also appears here, as well as early Leadbelly recordings and musical contributions by Morton. What Lomax caught on tape over his long career of traveling is absolutely unbelievable, and Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train is certainly no exception -- a priceless window into a time when music was a way of life, a style of communication, a working man's companion, and a celebratory, interactive way to pass the time.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Joe Washington Brown / Sampson Brown / Austin Coleman 01:55 Amazon
2
Joe Washington Brown / Sampson Brown / Austin Coleman 01:17 Amazon
3
Joe Washington Brown / Sampson Brown / Austin Coleman 02:03 Amazon
4
Joe Washington Brown / Sampson Brown / Austin Coleman 04:32 Amazon
5
Sam Ballard 02:04 Amazon
6
Sam Ballard 03:59 Amazon
7
Alan Lomax 01:06 Amazon
8 Ernest Lafitte / Paul Junius Malveaux 01:25 Amazon
9 Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance 01:49 Amazon
10
Cleveland Benoit / Darby Hicks 04:24 Amazon
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Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance 01:41 Amazon
12
Joe Massie 01:31 Amazon
13
Joe Massie 01:21 Amazon
14
Ernest Lafitte / Paul Junius Malveaux 02:24 Amazon
15
Edward Ducrest / Fred Milburn / Anderson Moss 02:18 Amazon
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Edward Ducrest / Fred Milburn / Anderson Moss 01:42 Amazon
17
Lead Belly 04:41 Amazon
18
Lead Belly 07:05 Amazon
19
Octave Amos / Charles Gobert / Wilson "Stavin Chain" Jones 02:26 Amazon
20
John Bray 03:34 Amazon
21
Joe Harris 02:33 Amazon
22
Jelly Roll Morton 04:53 Amazon
23
Jelly Roll Morton 07:54 Amazon
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