Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Odetta - Odetta At The Gate Of Horn 1957
This is a classic Folk release.
Odetta plays her guitar and on most of the songs, she's accompanied by an acoustic bass played by Bill Lee (film director Spike Lee's father). Her voice is something you'll never forget
An exceptional 15-track compilation released on Rykodisc's Tradition imprint (also available as part of a box set with similar compilations by Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie), AT THE GATE OF HORN is a long-overdue reappraisal of the work of Odetta Gordon. The singer/guitarist is so closely identified with the late-'50s/early-'60s collegiate folk revival that her music has often been dismissed, or simply forgotten, in the decades since.
Focusing on her striking versions of traditional folk tunes, sung in a clear, deep voice and most often backed only with her acoustic guitar and the occasional bass work of Bill Lee, AT THE GATE OF HORN offers one surprise after another. "Gallows Tree," a variant of a traditional British folk tune best known to modern audiences as Leadbelly's "Gallis Pole," is a stunning, doomy opener, and Odetta's version of the lullaby "All the Pretty Horses" is simply beautiful. In between these tracks are 13 other pure folk gems.
A1. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands 1:53
A2. Sail Away Ladies, Sail Away 2:21
A3. The Gallows Pole 2:52
A4. Lowlands 2:36
A5. The Fox 1:48
A6. Maybe She Go 1:47
A7. The Lass From The Low Countree 4:33
A8. Timber 3:10
B1. Deep River 3:00
B2. Chilly Winds 2:43
B3. Green Sleevs 2:48
B4. Devilish Mary 1:52
B5. All The Pretty Little Horses 2:59
B6. The Midnight Special 2:34
B7. Take This Hammer 3:27