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VA - Murderer's Home

Death Is Not The End

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Further excavations from Mississippi State Penitentiary, 1974 -

"I ain't got long, I aint got long, in this murd'er's home..."

Fresh off the heels from the first drop on Death Is Not The End, the Angola Prison Spirituals cassette, the label make another mark with this brilliant compilation of old-time prison music from the South of the USA.

This time along, this edition of 100 cassettes comes in the form of the Alan Lomax compiled 'Murderers' Home' LP - a collection of work songs and field hollers performed by inmates of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman Farm) in 1947.

Originally released in 1957 on the UK's Pye Nixa label, many of these recordings also found their way onto the 1958 LP 'Negro Prison Songs', released by US label Tradition."These songs belong to the musical tradition which Africans brought to the New World, but they are also as American as the Mississippi River.
They were born out of the very rock and earth of this country, as black hands broke the soil, moved, reformed it, and rivers of stinging sweat poured upon the land under the blazing heat of Southern skies, and are mounted upon the passion that this struggle with nature brought forth. They tell us the story of the slave gang, the sharecropper system, the lawless work camp, the chain gang, the pen." - Alan Lomax

Superb stuff, highly recommended - perfect tape music.

Limited to 100 cassettes.

Side A:
Jimpson - Road Song (Murderer's Home)
Jimpson - No More, My Lawd
Unknown Artist  - Katy Left Memphis
B.B - Old Alabama
B.B. - Black Woman
Tangle Eye, Fuzzle Red And Hard Hair - Jumpin' Judy
C.B. - Whoa Buck
22 - Prettiest Train
22 - Old Dollar Mamie
22 - It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad
Side B:
C.B. - Rosie
Bama - Leveee Camp Holler
22, Little Red, Tangle Eye & Hard Hair - Early In The Morning
Tangle Eye - Tangle  Eye Blues
Bama - Stackerlee
Alex - Prison Blues
Bob And Leroy - Sometimes I Wonder
Bob And Leroy - Bye Bye Baby

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