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The Albums Collection 1954-62
The Albums Collection 1954-62

Styles: Blues, Gospel, Folk
Catalogue Number: ACFCD7512
Odetta Holmes, generally simply known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, who acquired a reputation as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". She was mainly seen as an American folk artist, although her repertoire encompassed blues spirituals and jazz. She was a key figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and influenced many of the emerging artists of that time, like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin. Martin Luther King Jr. called her the "queen of American folk music". Beginning her career in musical theatre, she got involved with folk music and became popular club performer in the mid-1950s, and made her first 'live' recording in 1954, eventually enjoying a performing career which lasted over half a century. This great-value 122-track 5-CD set focuses on the formative first decade or so of her recordings career, when she established her reputation and became a high-profile artist. It comprises the complete content of nine of her albums for Tradition, Vanguard and RCA - "The Tin Angel" (with Larry Mohr), "Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues", "At the Gate of Horn Tradition", "My Eyes Have Seen Vanguard", "Ballad For Americans and Other American Ballads", "Odetta and The Blues", "Live At Carnegie Hall", "Sometimes I Feel Like Cryin'" and "Odetta At Town Hall. It also includes singles released during the era which were not on albums, notably her 'live' TV performance with Harry Belafonte on "Hole In My Bucket" which was aUK hit in 1961. It's a great showcase for a highly distinctive and influential talent.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 John Henry Odetta
2 Old Cotton Fields at Home  Odetta
3 The Frozen Logger  Odetta
4 Run, Come See Jerusalem  Odetta
5 Old Blue Odetta
6 Water Boy Odetta
7 Santy Anno Odetta
8 I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago/The Biggest Thing Odetta
9 Riding in My Car Odetta
10 No More Cane on the Brazos Odetta
11 Payday at Coal Creek Odetta
12 Buked and Scorned Odetta
13 Rock Island Line  Odetta
14 Santy Anno Odetta
15 If I Had a Ribbon Bow Odetta
16 Muleskinner Blues Odetta
17 Another Man Done Gone Odetta
18 Shame and Scandal Odetta
19 Jack o' Diamonds Odetta
20 Buked and Scorned Odetta
21 Easy Rider Odetta
22 Joshua Odetta
23 Hound Dog Odetta
24 Glory, Glory Odetta
25 Alabama Bound Odetta
26 Been in the Pen Odetta
27 Deep Blue Sea Odetta
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 God's Gonna Cut You Down Odetta
2 Spiritual Trilogy: Oh, Freedom, Come and Go With Me, I'm on My W Odetta
3 He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Odetta
4 Sail Away Ladies, Sail Away Odetta
5 The Gallows Pole Odetta
6 Lowlands Odetta
7 The Fox Odetta
8 Maybe She Go Odetta
9 The Lass from the Low Countree Odetta
10 Timber Odetta
11 Deep River Odetta
12 Chilly Winds Odetta
13 Greensleeves Odetta
14 Devilish Mary Odetta
15 All the Pretty Little Horses Odetta
16 The Midnight Special Odetta
17 Take This Hammer Odetta
18 Poor Little Jesus Odetta
19 Bald Headed Woman Odetta
20 Motherless Children Odetta
21 I Know Where I'm Going Odetta
22 The Foggy Dew Odetta
23 I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain/Water Boy Odetta
24 Ox-Driver Song Odetta
25 Down on Me Odetta
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Saro Jane Odetta
2 Three Pigs Odetta
3 No More Cane on the Brazos Odetta
4 Jumpin' Judy Odetta
5 Battle Hymn of the Republic Odetta
6 Ballad for Americans Odetta
7 This Land Odetta
8 On Top of Old Smokey Odetta
9 Hush Little Baby Odetta
10 Dark as a Dungeon Odetta
11 Great Historical Bum Odetta
12 Payday at Coal Creek Odetta
13 Going Home Odetta
14 Pastures of Plenty Odetta
15 Hard, Oh Lord Odetta
16 Believe I'll Go Odetta
17 Oh, Papa Odetta
18 How Long Blues Odetta
19 Hogan's Alley Odetta
20 Leavin' This Morning Odetta
21 Oh, My Babe Odetta
22 Yonder Comes the Blues Odetta
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor Odetta
2 Weeping Willow Blues Odetta
3 Go Down, Sunshine Odetta
4 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Odetta
5 If I Had a Hammer Odetta
6 Red Clay Country Odetta
7 When I Was a Young Girl Odetta
8 Gallows Pole Odetta
9 God's A-Gonna Cut You Down Odetta
10 John Riley Odetta
11 John Henry Odetta
12 Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho Odetta
13 All The Pretty Little Horses Odetta
14 Prettiest Train Odetta
15 Meeting at the Building Odetta
16 No More Auction Block Odetta
17 Hold On Odetta
18 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Odetta
19 Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down Odetta
20 A Hole in the Bucket Odetta
21 House of the Rising Sun Odetta
22 Gonna Take My Time Odetta
23 Stranger Here Odetta
24 Misery Blues Odetta
25 I've Been Living with the Blues Odetta
Disk 5:
Track Title Artist
1 Empty Pocket Blues Odetta
2 Be My Woman Odetta
3 Poor Man Odetta
4 I Just Can't Keep from Cryin' Odetta
5 If I Had Wings Odetta
6 Special Delivery Odetta
7 Darlin' Baby Odetta
8 Let Me Ride Odetta
9 The Fox Odetta
10 Santy Anno Odetta
11 Devilish Mary Odetta
12 Another Man Done Gone Odetta
13 Children's Trilogy Odetta
14 He Had a Long Chain On Odetta
15 He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Odetta
16 Take This Hammer Odetta
17 Ox Driver Odetta
18 Hound Dog Odetta
19 Carry It Back to Rosie Odetta
20 What Month Was Jesus Born In? Odetta
21 The Frozen Logger Odetta
22 Timber Odetta
23 Freedom Trilogy: Oh Freedom/ Come and Go with Me/ I'm on My Way Odetta
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