Various Artists - Murder Theft And Devlish Deeds (Music CD)

Release Date: 26 January 2009
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This single disc compilation collects songs by many legends of traditional folk and blues whose lyrics concern grisly murders and other crimes. From lover killing (Bascom Lamar Lunsford's "Banks of the Ohio" and Ethel Water's "Miss Otis Regrets") to frontier justice (Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd") to presidential assassination (Kelly Harrell and the Virginia String Band's "Charles Giteau"), crimes large and small are covered here in the lively and often wry narrative style of early classic folk and blues artists. While the decades, artists, and genres covered are quite disparate, the collection reaffirms folk and blues's place in the darker parts of the early popular imagination long before the Sopranos and slasher movies took over.
Release Date: 26 January 2009

1. Cast Iron Arm - Peanuts Wilson
2. Vigilante Man - Guthrie, Woody
3. Frankie And Johnny - Crumit, Frank
4. Dying Crapshooter's Blues - McTell, 'Blind' Willie
5. Bonnie Farday Aka Babylon - Niles, John Jacob
6. Bad Lee Brown Aka Cocaine Blues - Guthrie, Woody
7. Henry Lee - Justice, Dick
8. Bandit Cole Younger - Crain, Edward.L.
9. Pretty Boy Floyd - Guthrie, Woody
10. John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man - Carter Family
11. Banks Of The Ohio - Lunsford, Bascom Lamar
12. Stack O' Lee - Hurt, 'Mississippi' John
13. Pretty Polly - Boggs, Dock
14. John Henry - Lewis, Walter 'Furry'
15. Jesse James - Riddle, Almeda
16. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today) - Waters, Ethel
17. Stealin' Stealin' - Memphis Jug Band
18. Me And The Devil Blues #2 - Johnson, Robert
19. Omie Wise - Grayson, G.B.
20. Charles Giteau - Harrell, Kelly & The Virginia String Band
21. Billy The Kid - Guthrie, Woody
22. Gallis Pole - Leadbelly
23. Prison Cell Blues - Carr, Leroy

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Catalogue No: PSALM233