Portraits: The First Recordings
CAT # 11661-1718-2
1. Going Down the River 2. 61 Highway 3:10 3. Wished I Was in Heaven Sitting Down 4. When the Train Comes Along 5. Shake 'Em on Down 2:38 6. Worried Mind 7. Woke Up this Morning with My Mind on Jesus 8. You Done Told Everybody 6:08 9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning 10. What's the Matter Now? 11. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 12. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me 13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (instrumental) 14. You're Gonna Be Sorry
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These are the first recordings of the great Mississippi Fred McDowell, made in September 1959 by Alan Lomax. Joyful, sad, erotic, and unbeatable -- these are blues with a pulse you can hear a mile across the dark of the Mississippi delta. Many songs are released here for the first time, including several that Fred never again recorded. The Portrait Series: Throughout his career Alan Lomax worked extensively with some of the greatest artists in folk music, many of which he was the first to record. The Portrait Series focuses in depth on those brilliant artists and heroes of traditional music. Remastered to 20-bit digital from the original field recordings.
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