Negro Sinful Songs, sung by Lead Belly, Accompanying himself on the Twelve-String Guitar
5 record set
Very good to very good plus, Some Near Mint
This came from my father in laws personal collection. He had a story he used to tell my husband about meeting Lead Belly. My late father in law was a penniless engineering student at Columbia University in New York during the Great Depression. He was 28 years old in 1939 when this recording was released. He supported himself in part by playing trumpet in dance club orchestras. His interest in music led him to study acoustics and sound engineering, and shortly before the War, he was working in a studio where Lead Belly was doing some recordings.
At some point between takes, Dad and Lead Belly crossed paths in a hallway and spoke at length. Dad wasn't actually involved in Lead Belly's recording, but he was in the building at the same time. Dad said that he'd heard Lead Belly was arrested not long afterwards. That would put the date around 1939, which is when this recording was released.
I am not an expert on records, but I tried to look everything over as carefully as possible. I looked up how to grade records and I would say that the entire set is at minimum Very Good. Some of the records I would even go so far as to say they were Very Good Plus if not Near Mint. I try to list my items accurately and honestly, but my opinion may be different from your. Please keep that in mind when bidding.
The front and back covers are in good shape with normal shelf wear, nothing horrible. The spine is tight and intact. The interior sleeve pages are tight, clean and in very good condition, no rips, tears, stains etc.. The Lyric insert booklet is in very good condition.
Includes 5 records and an insert with lyrics.
I believe this is considered a first edition of his first commercial recording.
Book-style album with brown linen binding and pictorial boards, containing 5 brown sleeves containing records.
Pamphlet, by ethnographer Alan Lomax, includes lyrics and descriptions of songs.
Musicraft Album No.31.
Printed in U.S.A
Side A- Appears in good condition. No visible scratches.
Side B - Mild abrasions(might be part of the pressing- S shaped), NOT scratches
Sides A&B No defects visible
Sides A&B looks like may have mild abrasions on outside edges, possibly from an automatic record changer
Side A - no defects visible
Side B has a shallow scratch (check the photo, it is the last one)
Side A & B No defects visible
Contents of albums:
Frankie and Albert
Looky Looky Yonder
Yallow Women's Door Bells
Ain't Goin' Down to the well no mo'
Go down old Hannah
Poor Howard (six string guitar)
The Boll Weevil
De Kalb Blues
The Gallis Pole
The Bourgeois Blues
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I do have cats and a dog.