Classic African American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways ()


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The African American ballads collected on this intriguing set from Smithsonian Folkways don't differ in obvious ways from the British ballad tradition, with the songs in both streams dealing frequently with death, often from romance gone awry, and several of the selections here ("Mouse on the Hill," "Stewball," "St. James Infirmary," "Gallis Pole") are actually British or Irish in origin. A case could be made that the black ballad tradition in America has a bit more humor to it, more improvisation, and that the singer is ...

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  1. Mouse on the Hill
  2. Casey Jones
  3. John Hardy
  4. Railroad Bill
  5. Stewball
  6. John Henry
  7. St. James Infirmary
  8. Staggerlee (Stackolee)
  9. Lost John
  10. Betty and Dupree
  11. Old Riley
  12. The Race of the Jim Lee and Katy Adam
  13. The Titanic
  14. Frankie and Johnny
  15. White House Blues
  16. Louis Collins
  17. Bad Lee Brown
  18. Luke and Mullen
  19. Duncan and Brady
  20. Gallis Pole
  21. Boll Weevil
  22. Delia's Gone
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