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Author Topic: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings  (Read 11159 times)

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Offline banjochris

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #45 on: August 17, 2011, 10:01:28 AM »
Thanks for the info, dj. And I think you're right, but the Victor engineers sure managed it (especially with bass) on the Morton sides.

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #46 on: August 17, 2011, 03:47:12 PM »
I've been thinking I should revisit the ARC recordings.  I have done this many times, but I always have concluded I did not like them.  Leadbelly seems to shout too much.  Perhaps the mike is just too close.

The recordings I recall listening to are the following:

http://www.amazon.com/Leadbelly/dp/B0000024W1/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_14

http://www.amazon.com/King-12-String-Guitar-Leadbelly/dp/B0000027DD/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1313172361&sr=1-1

I just bought the 2nd album. After comparing the two, I can attest that there is actually extremely little overlap between them, since almost all the titles duplicated between the two (like a quarter of them) are in fact alternate takes. Looks like Sony specifically designed the album not to duplicate the Columbia release.

Together I think that those two albums contain all the Leadbelly ARC material that's ever been released. It may well be all that survives.

Offline alyoung

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #47 on: August 18, 2011, 08:11:28 AM »
My understanding is that the Document LPs came first, then Rounder cherry-picked the best of the LofC recordings for its set. So when Document put out its CDs it followed its declared practice of not duplicating material available elsewhere, and issued only the material that was not on the Rounder set. And that's why they are "remaining" -- the remaining tracks not issued on Rounder. FWIW, I've got the LPs and intend to stick with them unless some one can tell me that CD sound repro is dramatically better.   

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #48 on: August 18, 2011, 08:25:47 AM »
Welcome Alan Young.

From your post above I'm fairly certain that you must be the author of The Pilgrim Jubilees (2001) and Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life (1997).

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #49 on: August 19, 2011, 08:29:04 AM »
Y'all got me. Quick as that. That was my first post. To whom do I have the pleasure....?
« Last Edit: August 19, 2011, 05:06:48 PM by alyoung »

Offline Rivers

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #50 on: August 20, 2011, 04:08:46 PM »
Hey Al, Mark here, formerly of Laingholm NZ, now in Austin TX, great to see you on here.

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #51 on: May 09, 2012, 11:30:06 AM »
Hello People  :)

Only just joined so sorry if I cover anything already covered.

I some time ago worked out what I'm sure are the matrix numbers missing from volume four and five & Six of the Rounder Library Of Congress Recordings: -

The Titanic (Volume Four)
01 - Blind Lemon Blues - [123-A]
02 - Mr Tom Hughes' Town - [246-B-1]
03 - Shreveport Jail - [250-B-1]
04 - Don't You Love Me No More - [143-A]
05 - Henry Ford Blues - [143-B]
06 - Julie Ann Johnson - [44-B-2]
07 - Angola Blues (So Doggone Soon) - [51-A]
08 - Dallas And Fort Worth Blues - [130-A]
09 - Mary Don't You Weep - [131-A]
10 - Easy Mr Tom - [134-A]
11 - I Ain't Bothered A Bit - [134-B]
12 - Boll Weevil - [135-A]
13 - Titanic - [136-A]
14 - Red Cross Sto' - [138-B]
15 - Fo' Day Worry Blues - [140-B]
16 - Hesitation Blues - [141-A-1]
17 - Take Me Back - 141-A-2]
18 - Tight Like That - 142-A]
19 - Sail On Little Girl - [4470-A-1]

(Note: - The Numbers After Each Song Title Are The Matrix Numbers Assigned By The Library Of Congress)

RECORDIND DATES & PLACES
Track 1 was recorded at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, 1st July 1934
Track 2 was recorded at the State farm, Tucker, Arkansas, 1st October 1934
Track 3 was recorded at Bellwood Prison Camp, Atlanta, Georgia, 12th December 1934
Tracks 4 & 5 were recorded in Wilton, Connecticut, 20th January 1935
Track 6 was recorded in Wilton, Connecticut, 21st January 1935
Track 7 to 18 were recorded in Wilton, Connecticut, 13th February 1935
Track 19 was recorded in Washington, DC, 23rd August, 1940

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen (Volume Five)
01 - Ho day - [48-A-1]
02 - One Dollar Bill Baby – [48-A-2]
03 – Aint Goin’ Down To The well No more – [48-B]
04 – Shorty George – [150-A]
05 – Ha Ha Thisaway – [151-A]
06 – Were De Sun Dun gone – [153-A]
07 – Bring Me A Li’l water Sylvy – [153-B]
08 – Monkey Men – [995-A]
09 – I Ain’t Gonna Ring Dem Yallow Womens Do’ Bells – [995-B-1]
10 – Rock Island line – [995-B-2]
11 – Billy The weaver – [157-B-2]
12 – Ain’t Goin To drink No Mo – [996-B]
13 – New York City – [997-A]
14 – The Hindenburg Disaster – [998-B-1]
15 - The Hindenburg Disaster – [998-B-2]
16 – Git On Board – [2021-B]
17 – Outshine The Sun – [2502-A-2]
18 – Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen – [2503-A-1]
19 – Little John Henry – [2503-A-2]


Track 18 Features Vocals By Ledbelly & Martha Ledbetter.

(Note: - The Numbers After Each Song Title Are The Matrix Numbers Assigned By The Library Of Congress)

RECORDING PLACES AND DATES
Tracks 1 & 2 Were Recorded In Wilton, Connecticut, 1st March 1935
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 11 Were Recorded In Wilton, Connecticut During March 1935
Tracks 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 & 15 Were Recorded In Washington, DC, 22nd June 1937
Track 16 Was Recored In New York Sometime During December 1938
Tracks 17, 18 & 19 Were Recorded In New York 26th December 1938

Go Down Old Hannah (Volume Six)
01 - T.B. Blues – [4469-A-2]
02 - How Long? – [4469-A-3]
03 - When The Train Comes Along – [4469-A-4]
04 - Monologue On Square Dances Or Sookey Jumps – [4469-B-(a)]
05 - Monologue On The Blues – [4470-A-(a)]
06 - Amazing Grace – [4470-B-3] or [4470-B-5]
07 - Old Time Religion – [4471-B-8]
08 - Stand Your Test In Judgement – [4471-B-9]
09 - Christmas (monologue) – [4472-A-4]
10 - John Henry – [4472-A-5]
11 - John Hardy – [4472-B-1]
12 - Go Down Old Hannah – [50-B]
13 - Oh, Something On My Mind – [4471-B-3]
14- How Long? – [4471-B-4]
15 - Swing Low Sweet Chariot – [4471-B-5]
16 - Ain't Gonna Study War No More – [4471-B-6]
17 - Join The Band – [4471-B-7]
18 – Prayer – [4472-A-3]

Note: - Although I Have Been Able To Work Out Where Most Of The Tracks Come From, Amazing Grace Was Recorded Twice During The Same Session, I Am unable To determine Which One Of The two Versions Recorded Was Used On This CD.

(Note: - The Numbers After Each Song Title Are The Matrix Numbers Assigned By The Library Of Congress)

RECORDING PLACES AND DATES
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 Were Recorded In Washington, DC, 23rd August 1940
Track 12 Was Recorded In Wilton, Connecticut, During March 1935

I am also at the moment trying to list all the recordings that have been released by Leadbelly and where they can be found. If anyone is interested in what I've been working on or think they have any unreleased or very rare recordings by Leadbelly please get in touch. I'm always happy to hear from fellow music lovers  :) ;) :)
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Offline CF

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #52 on: April 11, 2014, 07:07:15 PM »
JSP released a second 4 volume Leadbelly collection in February & it's supposed to have stuff never released on CD so maybe it's some of those titles that are only on the Document LPs. Hope so.

http://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Leadbelly-Selected-Sides-1934-1948-Volume-2-4CD-163405
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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #53 on: April 20, 2014, 09:04:03 AM »
Anyone tried to figure out whether some of these tracks are indeed new to CD yet? I haven't but several titles aren't ringing a bell with me from my Leadbelly collection. Not that that means anything, and there's so many titles in his discography.

Offline CF

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Re: Leadbelly's Library of Congress Recordings
« Reply #54 on: April 20, 2014, 09:16:02 AM »
Andrew, nope, looks like JSP are being dishonest here, all titles on the set are available on either the Document or the Rounder releases
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