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Leadbelly: Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs (Xtra 1064)

Max Jones, Melody Maker, 21 December 1968

"LEADBELLY is a hard name" says Woody Guthrie, "and the hard name of a harder man." The late Woody is quoted (from the book, American Folksong) on the sleeve of Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs, subtitled "With Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry," and his sentence tells us something vital about the self-styled King Of The 12 String Guitar.

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