Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Daddy I’m Coming Back to You (take 3)
3:00
2 Shorty George (take 2)
3:06
3 Fannin Street
2:40
4 Frankie and Albert - First Half
2:53
5 Frankie and Albert - Completion
3:09
6 De Kalb Blues
2:53
7 Looky Looky Yonder / Black Betty / Yellow Women’s Door Bells (On a Monday)
3:01
8 The Bourgeois Blues
3:16
9 Poor Howard / Green Corn
3:13
10 The Boll Weevil
3:08
11 The Gallis Pole
3:03
12 Ain't Goin’ Down to the Well No Mo’ / Go Down Old Hannah
3:17
13 Pick a Bale of Cotton
3:04
14 Whoa Back, Buck
3:09
15 Midnight Special
3:07
16 Alabama Bound
3:07
17 Rock Island Line
2:39
18 Good Morning Blues
2:55
19 Leaving Blues
3:06
20 T.B. Blues
3:11
21 Red Cross Store Blues
3:09
22 Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On
3:18
23 Roberta
3:01
24 Alberta
3:11
25 I’m on My Last Go‐Round
3:13

Credits

CD 1

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1935-01-23) (track 24)
New York, New York, United States (1935-02-05) (tracks 1–2)
New York, New York, United States (1939-04-01) (tracks 3–12)
New York, New York, United States (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–25)
tap dancing:
Lead Belly (1939-04-01) (track 9)
guitar:
Lead Belly (1935-01-23) (track 24)
Lead Belly (1935-02-05) (tracks 1–2)
Lead Belly (1939-04-01) (tracks 3–6, 8–11)
Lead Belly (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–16, 18–25)
arranger:
Huddie William Ledbetter (tracks 2, 4–5, 7, 11, 13, 15–18, 21)
Alan Lomax (track 8)
John Lomax (track 8)
Victoria Spivey (1929) (track 20)
composer:
Huddie William Ledbetter (tracks 7, 7–8, 19)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 7)
Robert Hoffman (Wrote "I'm Alabama Bound") (1909) (track 16)
Jimmie Rodgers (country music pioneer, died in 1933) (1931) (track 20)
lead vocals:
Lead Belly (1935-01-23) (track 24)
Lead Belly (1935-02-05) (tracks 1–2)
Lead Belly (1939-04-01) (tracks 3–12)
Lead Belly (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–25)
lyricist:
Huddie William Ledbetter (tracks 7, 19)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 7)
Jimmie Rodgers (country music pioneer, died in 1933) (1931) (track 20)
performer:
The Golden Gate Quartet (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–17)
vocals:
Willie Johnson (Bass and baritone singer) (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–17)
William "Highpockets" Langford (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–17)
Henry Owens (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–17)
Orlandus Wilson (1940-06-15) (tracks 13–17)
writer:
Huddie William Ledbetter (tracks 1–3, 6, 9–10, 12, 12, 14, 17–18, 22–23, 25)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 4–5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15)
Walter Roland (1933) (track 21)
Huddie William Ledbetter (1935) (tracks 24, 24)
publisher:
arrangements:
Midnight Special (Van Morrison) (track 15)
Midnight Special (Travellers) (track 15)
Midnight Special (Harry Belafonte) (track 15)
The Midnight Special (CCR) (track 15)
cover recording of:
I'm Alabama Bound (1940-06-15) (track 16)
Red Cross Store Blues (1940-06-15) (track 21)
Rock Island Line (1940-06-15) (track 17)
T.B. Blues (1940-06-15) (track 20)
is based on:
You’re My Baby (tracks 4–5)
later parody versions:
Rock Island Line (Freberg Parody) (track 17)
later translated versions:
later versions:
Der Galgen (track 11)
Frankie & Albert (Bob Dylan arrangement) (tracks 4–5)
Frankie and Johnny (traditional song, version of "Frankie and Albert") (tracks 4–5)
medley including a recording of:
Ain’t Going Down to the Well No More (1939-04-01) (track 12)
Black Betty (1939-04-01) (track 7)
Go Down Old Hannah (1939-04-01) (track 12)
Green Corn (1939-04-01) (track 9)
Looky Looky Yonder (1939-04-01) (track 7)
On a Monday (1939-04-01) (track 7)
Poor Howard (1939-04-01) (track 9)
partial recording of:
Frankie and Albert (traditional song with the lyrics from "You’re My Baby" added, post-1912) (1939-04-01) (tracks 4–5)
recording of:
Alberta (1935-01-23) (track 24)
Daddy I'm Coming Back to You (1935-02-05) (track 1)
Shorty George (1935-02-05) (track 2)
De Kalb Blues (1939-04-01) (track 6)
Fannin Street (1939-04-01) (track 3)
The Boll Weevil (1939-04-01) (track 10)
The Bourgeois Blues (1939-04-01) (track 8)
The Gallis Pole (1939-04-01) (track 11)
Alberta (1940-06-15) (track 24)
Good Morning Blues (1940-06-15) (track 18)
I'm on My Last Go Round (1940-06-15) (track 25)
Leaving Blues (1940-06-15) (track 19)
Midnight Special (1940-06-15) (track 15)
Pick a Bale of Cotton (1940-06-15) (track 13)
Roberta (1940-06-15) (track 23)
Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On (1940-06-15) (track 22)
Whoa Back, Buck (1940-06-15) (track 14)
version of:
Boll Weevil (traditional) (track 10)
Frankie and Albert (traditional song without the lyrics from "You’re My Baby", first published 1904) (tracks 4–5)
The Maid Freed From the Gallows (traditional song - not the Led Zep arrangement) (track 11)

Release Group

part of: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order (Lead Belly compilation series) (number: 1)