This double-disc (listed as Vols. 10-11) collection is part of Document Records' field recordings series, and while it features a half-dozen or so unaccompanied vocal tracks, the greater share of the program is taken up by a series of interviews with ex-slaves Laura Smalley and Harriet Smith, conducted by John Henry Faulk in 1941, which undoubtedly will hold some appeal for scholars and historians. The musical selections are intriguing, and include the mock folk epic "The Grey Goose," sung by "Lightning" Washington, and an intimate, haunting version of the lullaby "Go to Sleep, Little Baby," sung by Lester Powell. The set closes with five of the nine tracks (most of which are about unions or union organizing) that John Handcock, a sharecropper from Brinkley, AR, recorded in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 1937.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2