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Disc 1
01
Jimpson and Group Murderer's Home
00 :52
02 04 :31
03 02 :40
04 04 :02
05
Tangle Eye, Hard Hat, 22, and Little Red When I Went to Leland
03 :06
06
Buzzard and Group I'm Going to Memphis
01 :44
07 03 :47
08
22 and Group John Henry
03 :15
09
Dan Barnes and Group John Old Alabama
03 :06
10
Foots Hollers
01 :33
11
Dobie Red and Group Stewball
03 :07
12 02 :54
13
Tangle Eye, Hard Hat, 22 and Little Red Early In the Morning
04 :47
14
Dobie Red and Group I Got A Bulldog (Well I Wonder)
03 :21
15
22 and Group Dollar Mamie
03 :30
16
Bama Stackalee
04 :09
18
Bull, Foots and Dobie Red Did You Hear About Louella Wallace
02 :39
19
Tangle Eye Tangle Eye's Blues
03 :08
20
22 and Group Rosie
03 :45
21 04 :05
22
Jimpson and Group No More My Lord
02 :53
23 00 :11
Disc 2
01
Floyd Batts Lucky Song
03 :25
02
Clarence Alexander Disability Boogie Woogie
02 :12
03
John Edwards and Group Berta (Previously-unreleased)
04 :03
04
Clyde Jones and Group Poor Lazarus
02 :33
05 02 :45
06 03 :45
07
Ed Lewis and Group Black Gal
03 :35
09
Grover Wells and Group Rosie (Previously-unreleased)
04 :57
10
Bridges Lee Cole Hollers
03 :16
11 02 :27
12
John Dudley Big Road Blues
01 :27
13
Ervin Webb and Group I'm Going Home
03 :28
14
George Golden and Group Berta (Previously-unreleased)
04 :04
15 02 :05
16
Clarence Alexander Prison Blues
02 :28
17
Johnny Lee Moore, Ed Lewis, James Carter, and Henry Mason Tom Devil
05 :20
19
Leroy Campbell and Yancey Sometimes I Wonder
04 :03
20
Henry Ratcliff Look for Me In Louisiana
01 :46
ARTIST
TITLE
Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings: 1947-1959
FORMAT
2CD/BOOK

LABEL
CATALOG #
DTD 037CD DTD 037CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/11/2014

In 1947, '48 and '59, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck -- and, in 1959, a camera -- Lomax documented as best an outsider could the stark and savage conditions of the prison farm, where the black inmates labored "from can't to can't," chopping timber, clearing ground, and picking cotton for the state. They sang as they worked, keeping time with axes or hoes, adapting to their condition the slavery-time hollers that sustained their forbears and creating a new body of American song. Theirs was music, as Lomax wrote, that "testified to the love of truth and beauty which is a universal human trait."

"A few strands of wire were all that separated the prison from adjoining plantations. Only the sight of an occasional armed guard or a barred window in one of the frame dormitories made one realize that this was a prison. The land produced the same crop; there was the same work for blacks to do on both sides of the fence. And there was no Delta black who was not aware of how easy it was for him to find himself on the wrong side of those few strands of barbed wire ... These songs are a vivid reminder of a system of social control and forced labor that has endured in the South for centuries, and I do not believe that the pattern of Southern life can be fundamentally reshaped until what lies behind these roaring, ironic choruses is understood." --Alan Lomax, 1958

"Black prisoners in all the Southern agricultural prisons in the years of these recordings participated in two distinct musical traditions: free world (the blues, hollers, spirituals and other songs they sang outside and, when the situation permitted, sang inside as well) and the work-songs, which were specific to the prison situation, and the recordings in this album represent that complete range of material, which is one of the reasons this set is so important: it doesn't just show this or that tradition within Parchman, but the range of musical traditions performed by black prisoners. I know of no other album that does that." --Bruce Jackson, 2013

124-page hardcover book with 2 CDs. 6.25 inches x 9.5 inches (landscape). Includes slipcase and foil stamping. 44 audio recordings, 12 previously-unreleased, all newly remastered; 77 photographs, many published here for the first time; Essays by Alan Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood, and Bruce Jackson. Produced by Lance Ledbetter, founder of Dust-to-Digital, and Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax Archive.