Prison Songs V. 2: Don'tcha 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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