Weekly Vinyl – Leadbelly

28 Feb

This is not a collection of legendary blues-man Lead Belly, Huddie Ledbetter, singing his many songs. This is a soundtrack from a movie about his life.
I have not seen this movie, but I have enjoyed the album. The album is a nicely packaged, easy to listen to, well produced compilation of a selection of this great man’s body of work. The album is technically very well put together but it lacks the soul that an original recording of Lead Belly would have. I have no idea why the producers did not include even one original recording. There are quite a few recordings of the man in his prime.
The music sounds too clean, too earnest, too modern. It is blues/folk music from the 40s redone for a 1970s sensibility. The more I listen to it the more I am start to distrust the music and question the wisdom of owning this album.
Time to turn it off and save it for another day.


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