Lead Belly

Leadbelly ("Irene Goodnight") [Blues Encore]

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This represents a solid two years of Leadbelly's recordings for Capitol, Folkways, and Disc. With the exception of four tracks with Bunk Johnson (available on an American Music CD), this is his complete output from this important period, with sessions recorded in Hollywood, San Francisco, and New York City. The typical eclectic mix of blues, children's songs, folk tunes, and field hollers makes this a nice cross section of the man's best work. Part of a multi-volume set, this also makes a nice stand-alone collection.