Lead Belly – Leadbelly’s Last Sessions Part One
Vinyl rip in 24-bit / 96kHZ and redbook | FLAC | no cue or log (vinyl) | artwork, booklet scans
1.2 GB (24/96) + 282 MB (RB) | HF,RS,FF | Blues | Folkways FA 2941 A/B
These field recordings were done over the course of three evenings in September of 1948, just nine months before he died from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Recorded in he and his wife Martha’s NYC apartment by Fredric Ramsey Jr., they had no idea these would be the last, as he was only 61 at the time. The songs are all one-takes, and appear in the order they were recorded, with only some extraneous dialogue removed to conserve space. Plenty is included however, and contains lively descriptions and personal anecdotes that are (among other things) a rare first-person glimpse into early 20th-century African American experience.