Prison Songs, Vol. 1: Murderous Home ()


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In the late '40s, ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax went to Parchman Farm in Mississippi to record African-American prisoners. This penitentiary was renowned for its anachronistically harsh conditions, and it's something of a miracle that Lomax was allowed in to document the music in the first place. Most of the material was recorded while the men were actually at work, and reflects the rhythms of chopping trees, splitting fireweed, chopping weeds, and other such tasks. The liner notes make much of how the subjugation and misery ...

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  1. The Murderer's Home
  2. No More, My Lord
  3. Old Alabama
  4. Black Woman
  5. Jumpin' Judy
  6. Whoa Buck
  7. Prettiest Train
  8. Old Dollar Mamie
  9. It Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad
  10. Rosie
  11. Levee Camp Holler
  12. What Makes a Work Song Leader?
  13. Early in the Mornin'
  14. How I Got in the Penitentiary
  15. Tangle Eye Blues
  16. Stackerlee
  17. Prison Blues
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