Lead Belly

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

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Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Review

by Bruce Eder

NOTE: This is actually a Weavers double-CD, and if you buy it for the Leadbelly material, make sure that it has the third bonus disc with his stuff on it inside. A dozen songs cut by Leadbelly for Musicraft in 1947 -- not mentioned in any discography -- and forgotten for the next 46 years, all found on tapes in the label owner's garage when he moved to Florida. The singing is good, the material is unique, and it includes his last recording of "If It Wasn't for Dickie," the Irish folk song Leadbelly taught the Weavers that they turned into "Kisses Sweeter than Wine."