Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Label
Smithsonian Folkways
Running length
34 tracks
Running time
77:17

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Leadbelly - Irene 4:39 8,762
2 Leadbelly - Pick a Bale of Cotton 3:02 31,119
3 Leadbelly - Good Morning Blues 2:53 38,838
4 Leadbelly - Grey Goose 3:00 9,373
5 Leadbelly - In the Pines 2:11 13,032
6 Leadbelly - Take This Hammer 2:53 12,249
7 Leadbelly - On a Monday 2:12 10,924
8 Leadbelly - Cotton Fields 2:10 11,031
9 Leadbelly - Bring a Little Water Sylvie 0:54 3,228
10 Leadbelly - Moanin' 1:05 6,399
11 Leadbelly - Laura 1:39 5,724
12 Various Artists - Duncan and Brady 3:02 10
13 Leadbelly - Big Fat Woman 1:11 22,599
14 Leadbelly - Rock Island Line 2:36 38,074
15 Leadbelly - Chicken Crowing for Midnight 1:08 2,894
16 Leadbelly - You Can't Lose Me Cholly 2:57 2,989
17 Leadbelly - New Orleans (The Rising Sun Blues) 1:56 5,881
18 Leadbelly - Sally Walker 2:43 4,077
19 Leadbelly - Ha Ha This a Way 1:38 2,266
20 Leadbelly - Yellow Gal 3:10 12,351
21 Leadbelly - Green Corn 1:15 7,844
22 Leadbelly - Let it Shine on Me 3:32 4,220
23 Leadbelly - Meeting at the Building 1:04 4,278
24 Leadbelly - In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down 3:31 3,888
25 Leadbelly - Pigmeat 2:17 291
26 Leadbelly - Blind Lemon 3:03 5,250
27 Leadbelly - Bottle Up and Go 1:13 6,734
28 Leadbelly - Sukey Jump 1:06 3,005
29 Leadbelly - Old Riley 2:03 756
30 Leadbelly - 4, 5, and 9 2:38 3,784
31 Leadbelly - No Good Rider 1:32 2,899
32 Leadbelly - Shorty George 3:04 9,967
33 Leadbelly - Duncan and Brady (Acapella) 1:10 2,065
34 Leadbelly - Leaving Blues 2:50 11,480

About this album

Forty years after his death, Lead Belly’s songs and style have continued to influence folk, blues, and rock artists including Neil Young, William Styron, Ben Harper, Keb’ Mo, Dionne Farris, and the late Kurt Cobain (Nirvana). Between 1941 and 1947 Lead Belly recorded some of his best music in Moses Asch’s tiny New York studio. The only surviving Asch masters of Lead Belly are now part of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. For the first time in almost 50 years these original acetates have been carefully remastered and newly annotated. 34 tracks, including Irene, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down, and Rock Island Line. Originally released as a tribute to Lead Belly after his death in 1948, this reissue includes many out-takes and previously unreleased and alternate versions. Extensive notes include Lead Belly’s own song commentary. Annotated by Jeff Place. Compiled by Jeff Place, Anthony Seeger and Kip Lornell. “The soul expressed is full-fledged and sublime.” — New England Folk Almanac

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