Prison Songs V. 2: Don'tcha Hear Poor Mother Calling?

Alan Lomax Collection

Prison Songs V 2 Dontcha Hear Poor Mother Calling
  • CAT # 11661-1715-2

    1. Don't You Hear Po' Mother Callin'? - Hollie Dew, Bull & group 1:23
    2. John Henry - "22" & group
    3. Strongest Man I Ever Saw - Tall tale by Bama
    4. Well, I Wonder - Dobie Red & group
    5. Lies - Bama, Dobie Red
    6. I'm Goin' Home - Bama 2:05
    7. More Lies - Bama, "22" & Bull
    8. O 'Berta - Bull & group
    9. Disability Boogie Woogie - Curry Childress
    10. O Rosie - "22" & group
    11. Hollers - Dobie Red, Foots
    12. Stewball - "22" & group with axes
    13. Fox Chase - Curry Childress, C.B. Banks
    14. Katy Left Memphis - Percy Wilson
    15. About Prison Singers - Interview with Dobie Red
    16. Rosie - "88" & group
    17. High Rollin' Sergeant - Tangle Eye
    18. Garbage Man - Toast by George Johnson
    19. When I Went to Leland - "22" & group
    20. Prodigal Son - George Johnson
    21. I'm Goin' to Memphis - Percy Wilson & group

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These songs belong to the musical tradition which Africans brought to the New World, but they are also as American as the Mississippi River. They were born out of the very rock and earth of this country, as black hands broke the soil, moved, reformed it, and rivers of stinging sweat poured upon the land under the blazing heat of Southern skies, and are mounted upon the passion that this struggle with nature brought forth. They tell us the story of the slave gang, the sharecropper system, the lawless work camp, the chain gang, the pen.' --Alan Lomax This is a complete album's worth of previously unreleased material from the same field recordings that yielded the legendary album, Negro Prison Songs. (Reissued in its entirety as Prison Songs V. 1: Murderous Home; Rounder 1714.)

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