The Alan Lomax Collection: Prison Songs, Vol. 1 - Murderous Home
Alan Lomax & Various Artists
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||The Murderer's Home||Jimpson & Group||0:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||No More, My Lord||Jimpson & Axe Gang||2:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Old Alabama||B.B. & Group||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Black Woman||B.B. & Group||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jumpin' Judy||Tangle Eye, Fuzzy Red, Hard Hair, & Group||4:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Whoa Buck||C.B.||3:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prettiest Train||'22'||3:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Old Dollar Mamie||'22' & Group||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad||'22' & Group||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rosie||C.B. & Axe Gang||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Levee Camp Holler||Bama||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What Makes a Work Song Leader?||Bama||2:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Early in the Mornin'||22, Hard Hair, Little Red & Tangle Eye||4:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||How I Got in the Penitentiary||Bama||1:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tangle Eye Blues||Tangle Eye||3:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Stackerlee||Bama||4:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prison Blues||Alex||2:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
O Brother, Here Thou Art.
Back in the 1970's, when I was a quiet and bookish middle school kid, I brought this collection, titled "Negro Prison Songs," home from the public library (where I also discovered John Cage for the first time, but that'll be another review). For a white country boy, this music *stirred* me. The song "Rosie" has stayed in my mind for thirty years - I first came to understand *longing* through this song. These are chants from the meat of the heart, making the singer a free man for the time he sings. Forget Johnny Cash. Forget Biggie and Tupac. Here is real music that breaks the chains of the imprisoned soul from men who *really* knew prison life.
Just incredible. "Early in the Mornin'" gives me goose bumps everytime... There's nothing more to say....it's just great
What Could The Kids Today Could Learn
I've always felt that the only music worth listening to was music borne of pain, longing, and hope. This music like that of Leadbelly, Josh White and many other "bluesmen". contains all three elements of what I consider great music. Imagine having been borne into a life of despair with no hope of anything changing for the better. That's what this music represents. Yet at the same time there also exists a glimmer of hope for the future if not here then in another existence. I only wish the kids today who gripe and whine about their trifling disappointments could hear and better yet grasp the meaning of "hard times" as can be heard in these songs.
Born: January 15, 1915 in Austin, TX
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s