Lead Belly Sings for Children
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||More Yet||Lead Belly||1:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Boil Weevil||Lead Belly||3:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Little Boy, How Old Are You?||Lead Belly||0:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Skip to My Lou||Lead Belly||2:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Red Bird||Lead Belly||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sally Walker||Lead Belly||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ha Ha This-A-Way||Lead Belly||1:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Grey Goose||Lead Belly||1:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Christmas Is A-Coming||Lead Belly||1:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmie, Crack Corn)||Lead Belly||2:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Polly Wee (The Frog Song)||Lead Belly||1:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When a Man's a Long Way from Home||Lead Belly||1:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When a Man's a Long Way from Home||Lead Belly||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Good Morning Blues||Lead Belly||2:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||By and By When the Morning Comes||Lead Belly||1:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Every Time I Feel the Spirit, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, They Hung Him On the Cross||Lead Belly||3:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Swing Low, Sweet Chariot||Lead Belly||1:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rock Island Line||Lead Belly||1:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cotton Fields||Lead Belly||2:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Old Man||Lead Belly||2:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||John Henry||Lead Belly||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Julie Ann Johnson||Lead Belly||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Whoa Back Buck||Lead Belly||2:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Can't Lose Me, Cholly||Lead Belly||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Midnight Special||Lead Belly||2:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pick a Bale of Cotton||Lead Belly||1:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Take This Hammer||Lead Belly||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||We're In the Same Boat, Brother||Lead Belly||2:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
A dozen of these 28 songs were first issued on the 1960 Folkways album Negro Folk Songs for Young People. But this is not so much a CD expansion of that album as a lengthy compilation of children-friendly performances from the 1940s that uses Negro Folk Songs for Young People as its core. The additional tracks were recorded by Moses Asch of Folkways in 1941-1948, and include five of the six songs released on the 1941 album Party Songs/Sings & Plays, and a previously unreleased radio broadcast of "Take This Hammer." While many of these are simple tunes that can easily be picked up by young kids for singing along to, like "Skip to My Lou" and "Blue-Tailed Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn)," a bunch of these are classic folk songs of equal appeal to all age groups. Some of them are particularly identified with Leadbelly's interpretations, such as "Rock Island Line," "John Henry," "Cotton Fields," "Midnight Special," "Pick a Bale of Cotton," and "Take this Hammer"; other familiar standards like "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Sally Walker" are also aboard. As the liner notes explain, Leadbelly didn't limit the repertoire of his performances for children solely to simple tunes, also putting in blues and folk songs that you wouldn't think of as kids' tunes, like "Good Morning Blues." The result is a disc that is simply a good Leadbelly album, whether listened to by kids or others.
Every kid should buy this for their parents!
Amazing!! What a voice!! Music to rock out to on the way to school. Fun music!!
Ahh, this is what they mean when they say 'that's the real thing.'
Leadbetter really gives from himself here. Though those who are looking mainly for smooth blues licks should not focus on this album, those who can really appreciate pure, unadulterated generosity in a performance will love this. I think Lead Belly's genious really comes out when you hear his touch on some of these old classics, like Skip to My Lou, Sally Walker and Jimmy Crack Corn. That being said, there are some original songs here like Grey Goose, Good Morining Blues, and Boil Weevil that really prove that all the praise he's ever got as a performer was due in full and then some. Be careful, though, this album is addictive!
Born: January 20, 1888 in Mooringsport, LA
Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s