Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Packin' Truck
2:58
2 Death Letter Blues
6:10
3 The Bourgeois Blues
3:26
4 Easy Rider
3:15
5 T.B. Blues
3:10
6 I'm On My Last Go Round
3:10
7 Good Morning Blues
2:26
8 How Long Blues
2:12
9 Roberta
3:10
10 Backwater Blues
2:59
11 Grasshopper In My Pillow
2:50
12 The National Defense Blues
3:34
13 Beeky Deem, She Was a Gamblin' Girl
3:06
14 The Gallis Pole
3:10
15 Frankie And Albert
6:12
16 Rock Island Line
2:39
17 Midnight Special
3:07
18 Take This Hammer
3:01
19 Goodnight Irene
2:35
20 John Henry
2:16
21 John Hardy
4:17
22 Black Gal (Where Did You Sleep Last Night?)
3:04
23 In New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun)
3:19
24 Stewball
2:33

Credits

CD 1

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1943-08) (track 8)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1944-10-27) (track 11)
San Francisco, California, United States (1945-02-15) (track 16)
acoustic guitar:
clarinet, percussion, piano, tenor saxophone and trumpet:
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (1945-02-15) (track 16)
guitar:
Lead Belly (1940-06-15) (tracks 6, 16)
Lead Belly (1943-08) (track 8)
Lead Belly (1944-10-27) (track 11)
Lead Belly (1945-02-15) (track 16)
guitar arranger:
harmonica:
Sonny Terry (1943-08) (track 8)
piano arranger:
James P. Johnson (1927) (track 10)
arranger:
Huddie William Ledbetter (tracks 7, 14)
Alan Lomax (track 3)
John Lomax (track 3)
background vocals:
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (1945-02-15) (track 16)
composer:
Leroy Carr (track 8)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 4, 19)
Bessie Smith (1927) (track 10)
guest harmonica:
Sonny Terry (1943-08) (track 8)
guest zither:
Paul Mason Howard (track 11)
guest vocals:
lyricist:
Leroy Carr (track 8)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 19)
Bessie Smith (1927) (track 10)
performer:
Sonny Terry (1943-08) (track 8)
vocals:
Lead Belly (1940-06-15) (tracks 6, 16)
The Golden Gate Quartet (1940-06-15) (track 16)
Lead Belly (1943-08) (track 8)
Lead Belly (1944-10-27) (track 11)
Lead Belly (1945-02-15) (track 16)
writer:
Huddie William Ledbetter (tracks 7, 16, 16)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 11, 14–15, 17)
publisher:
Lodlow Music (track 19)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 11681) (track 19)
arrangements:
Midnight Special (Harry Belafonte) (track 17)
Midnight Special (Travellers) (track 17)
Midnight Special (Van Morrison) (track 17)
The Midnight Special (CCR) (track 17)
cover recording of:
How Long, How Long Blues (1943-08) (track 8)
Rock Island Line (1945-02-15) (track 16)
is based on:
You’re My Baby (track 15)
is the basis for:
Goodnight, Irene (Raffi adaptation) (track 19)
Roll on Columbia (track 19)
wossaproblem (track 10)
later parody versions:
Rock Island Line (Freberg Parody) (tracks 16, 16)
later translated versions:
Bonsoir Lily (track 19)
Des filles et des garçons (Good Night Irene) (track 19)
later versions:
Back Door Blues (track 11)
Backwater Blues (Dylan Arrangement) (track 10)
Backwater Blues (Leadbelly Arrangement) (track 10)
C. C. Rider (Chuck Willis version) (track 4)
C. C. Rider (Jerry Lee Lewis version) (track 4)
Der Galgen (track 14)
Frankie & Albert (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track 15)
Frankie and Johnny (traditional song, version of "Frankie and Albert") (track 15)
See See Rider (Ma Rainey version) (track 4)
recording of:
Backwater Blues (Leadbelly Arrangement) (track 10)
Backwater Blues (track 10)
Death Letter Blues (Leadbelly) (track 2)
Frankie and Albert (traditional song with the lyrics from "You’re My Baby" added, post-1912) (track 15)
Good Morning Blues (track 7)
Goodnight Irene (track 19)
Midnight Special (track 17)
The Gallis Pole (track 14)
Grasshoppers in My Pillow (1944-10-27) (track 11)
Rock Island Line (1948) (track 16)
version of:
Backwater Blues (track 10)
Frankie and Albert (traditional song without the lyrics from "You’re My Baby", first published 1904) (track 15)
The Maid Freed From the Gallows (traditional song - not the Led Zep arrangement) (track 14)