Big Fella 396

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Review Text This 21-track, 75-minute import compilation contains recordings made by Paul Robeson between September 14, 1928, and October 1, 1941, which is when he was in his prime as a singer and at the height of his international fame. In fact, these recordings were almost all made in England when Robeson was starring in the West End or making films. Six of the tracks come directly from his work in such movies as Big Fella and The Proud Valley. Two are dialogue excerpts, including Robeson's recitation of the poem "The Little Black Boy" from William Blake's Songs of Innocence. Robeson sings many plantation songs, some in medley form, usually backed by a full orchestra, his dramatic bass lending the songs considerable weight. The one non-English cut is "King Joe (St. Louis Blues)," a tribute to boxer Joe Louis on which Robeson is accompanied by Count Basie & His Orchestra. By now, even Robeson's popular Victor recordings are hard to come by, but this material is rare even within his unjustly neglected catalog, and its appearance is therefore all the more welcome. ~ William Ruhlmann

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Medley - 9:32
  2. 2. High Water - 3:31
  3. 3. My Heart Is Where the Mohawk Flows Tonight - 3:23
  4. 4. Plantation Songs Medley - 8:57
  5. 5. River, Stay 'Way from My Door - 3:26
  6. 6. Little Piccaninny's Gone to Sleep - 3:24
  7. 7. When It's Sleepy Time Down South - 3:22
  8. 8. Hail the Crown - 2:08
  9. 9. Love Song - 3:21
  10. 10. Killing Song - 2:19
  11. 11. Black Emperor - 3:44
  12. 12. I Don't Know What's Wrong - 3:15
  13. 13. Lazin' - 3:44
  14. 14. You Didn't Oughta Do Such Things - 2:17
  15. 15. Encantadora Maria - 3:38
  16. 16. David of the White Rock - 3:22
  17. 17. Thora - 3:22
  18. 18. Love at My Heart - 2:03
  19. 19. Ebenezer - 2:26
  20. 20. King Joe (Joe Louis Blues) - 6:29
  21. 21. Little Black Boy - 2:15

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