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Angola Prison Worksongs
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Description Dr. Harry Oster made these remarkable recordings in 1959 at the Angola State prison in Louisiana. Male and female inmates sing while performing routine jobs which range from cutting wood, to hoeing, cleaning the highways, washing laundry with a rubboard, and operating a sewing machine. Some of the singers, such as Robert Pete Williams, Roosevelt Charles, Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey, and Odea Mathews, became known from their recordings on the album Angola's Prisoners' Blues (Arhoolie CD 419). This CD includes all of the original Arhoolie LP 2012 plus four previously unissued selections, including two by the remarkable storyteller, Emanuel Dunn (who was not a prisiner).
Track Listing Berta - sung by Big Louisiana (Rodney Mason), Rev. Rogers & Roosevelt Charles
Take This Hammer - sung by Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Andy Mosely
Stewball - sung by Rev. Rogers, Big Louisiana & Joe Smith
Five Long Years For One Man - sung by Odea Mathews
Alberta Let Your Bangs Grow Long - sung by Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Andy Mosely
I Had Five Long Years - sung by James Russell
Early In The Mornin' - sung by Johnny Butler
All Teamed Up In Angola's Mule Lot - sung by Roosevelt Charles, Arthur Davis & Big Louisiana
I Got A Hurtin' In My Right Side - sung by Willy Rafus and work gang
Let Your Hammer Ring - sung by Big Louisiana, Willy Rafus & Arthur Davis
Cleaning This Highway - sung by Willy Rafus, Andy Mosely & Johnny Butler
John Henry - sung by Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Robert Pete Williams
Something Within Me - sung by Odea Mathews
Jesus Cares - sung by Murry Macon
Working On The Levee Part 1 (Good Morning Captain) - sung by Emanuel Dunn
Working On The Levee Part 2 - sung by Emanuel Dunn
Take This Hammer - sung by Big Louisiana
Pickin' Cotton All Day Long - sung by two sisters, Creola and Ceola Scott
My Mule "Grey" (A Plowing Song) - sung by Emanuel Dunn
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Label ARH - Arhoolie
Number 448
Subsidiary Artists: Big Louisiana (Rodney Mason)
Rev. Rogers
Roosevelt Charles
Guitar Welch
Hogman Maxey
Andy Mosely
Joe Smith
Odea Mathews
James Russell
Johnny Butler
Arthur Davis
Willy Rafus
Murry Macon
Emanuel Dunn
Creola and Ceola Scott
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