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Folkways: The Original Vision


Download links and information about Folkways: The Original Vision by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly. This album was released in 1988 and it belongs to Blues, Rock, World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 01:01:38 minutes.

Artist: Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly
Release date: 1988
Genre: Blues, Rock, World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 26
Duration: 01:01:38
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No. Title Length
1. Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie 0:52
2. Pretty Boy Floyd 3:03
3. Do-Re-Mi 2:34
4. I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore 2:48
5. Jesus Christ 2:41
6. Cotton Fields 2:10
7. Rock Island Line 2:06
8. Grand Coulee Dam 2:13
9. 4, 5, and 9 2:37
10. Will Geer Reading Woody Guthrie (featuring Will Geer) 1:00
11. Hard Traveling 2:34
12. Fannin Street 3:05
13. Philadelphia Lawyer 2:33
14. Hobo's Lullaby 2:28
15. Bourgeois Blues 2:21
16. Gray Goose 1:28
17. Irene 1:56
18. Vigilante Man 3:26
19. Gallis Pole 2:48
20. This Land Is Your Land 2:20
21. Talking Hard Work 3:26
22. Midnight Special 2:05
23. In the Pines 2:10
24. Pastures of Plenty 2:28
25. Car Song 1:53
26. We Shall Be Free 2:33



Folkways: The Original Vision was released in 1988 as a complement to the Columbia album Folkways: A Vision Shared (which featured modern performers doing interpretations of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie songs), which in turn was done to help provide funds for the Smithsonian Institution to incorporate the Folkways Record Company into its archives. Folkways: The Original Vision thus became the debut release on the new Smithsonian Folkways record imprint. This expanded version adds six more tracks and greatly extends the liner notes, making what was an impressive introduction to Guthrie and Leadbelly an even more impressive one. Both of these men had a detailed knowledge of American folk music, but what places them at the edge of modern folk is how both took melodies and motifs from the past and recast them with new lyrics and arrangements, personalizing their songs to particular needs while still retaining the folk lineage of the original tunes. The songs included here (all drawn from Moses Asch's Asch, Disc, and Folkways imprints) will be familiar to most Americans in one version or another, but there are some surprises, like Leadbelly's "4, 5, and 9," which has guitarists Leadbelly and Brownie McGhee and harmonica player Sonny Terry join in a loose blues jam with a jazz rhythm section of Pops Foster on bass and Willie "The Lion" Smith on piano, and the set closer, "We Shall Be Free," which features Leadbelly and Guthrie together, along with Terry again and Cisco Houston, improvising lyrics to a version of Chris Bouchillon's "Talking Blues," originally recorded in the 1920s. Other highlights include Leadbelly's "Gallis Pole" (a furious and dynamic version of "The Maid Freed from the Gallows") and Guthrie's "Hobo's Lullaby" (which was actually written by Goebel Reeves, the so-called "Texas Drifter"). This expanded edition of The Original Vision, Rovi