Friday, February 17, 2012

PRISON SONGS: Historical Recordings from Parchman Farm 1947-48

Prison Songs #1 - Murderous Home

S'il y a du rythme dans ces 'prison songs', c'est bien parce que la rythmique, justement, est ici à nulle autre pareille, c'est la frappe des marteaux et des pioches sur les cailloux. Les enregistrements (de très grande qualité en regard de l'époque) présentés ici sont tous issus de la tristement célèbre Parchman Farm, un des deux centres de détention des Etats-Unis uniquement réservés aux nègres. Ces titres furent en leur temps rassemblés par l'immense Alan Lomax, ethnologue musical qui se fit toute sa vie passeur de la voix des pauvres...

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01-The Murderer's Home-Group, Jimpson
02-No More, My Lord-Jimpson
03-Old Alabama-B.B. & Group
04-Black Woman-B.B. & Group
05-Jumpin' Judy-Group, Hard Hair, Red, Tangle Eye
06-Whoa Buck-CB
07-Prettiest Train-Twenty Two
08-Old Dollar Mamie-Twenty Two
09-It Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad-Twenty Two
10-Rosie-Axe Gang, CB
11-Levee Camp Holler-Bama
12-What Makes a Work Song Leader? [Interview] CB
13-Early in the Mornin'-, Hard Hair, Red
14-How I Got in the Penitentiary [Interview] - Bama, Lomax
15-Tangle Eye Blues-Tangle Eye
17-Prison Blues-Alex

Prison Songs #2 - Don'tcha Hear Poor Mother Calling'

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)

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01.HOLLIE DEW, BULL & GROUP WITH HOES.Don'tcha Hear Poor Mother Calling
02.22 & GROUP WITH HOES.John Henry, Intro
03.22 & GROUP WITH HOES.John Henry
04.BAMA.Strongest Man I Ever Saw
07.BAMA.I'm Goin' Home
08.22 & BULL BAMA.More Lies
09.BULL & GROUP.O'berta
10.CURRY CHILDRESS.Disability Boogie Woogie
11.22 & GROUP WITH HOES.O Rosie
12.REDFOOTS Dobie.Hollers
13.22 & GROUP WITH HOES.Stewball
15.TANGLE EYE.Katy Left Memphis
16.DOBIE RED.About Prison Singers
17.88 & GROUP WITH AXES.Rosie
18.TANGLE EYE.High Rollin' Sergeant
19.JOHNSON Goerge.Garbage Man
20.22 & GROUP WITH AXES.When I Went To Leland
21.JOHNSON George.Prodigal Son
22.PERCY WILSON & GROUP.I'm Goin' To Memphis

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