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Wednesday, Mar 16 2016 | 06:37
Image: 1602945 Recordings of 1950s folk-blues-gospel music from inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Death Is Not The End reissue on vinyl Dr. Harry Oster's collection of recordings from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, originally released in 1959. For a brief period, the American South was full of musicologists keen to record and archive the great and expansive tradition of folksong. The context of these particular recordings conveys the contrast between the stark dignity of the performers and the unpleasant circumstances through which they found their way into Angola. Here amongst them appears one of Angola's most notable blues players Robert Pete Williams, having served time for murder in the 1950's and going on to enjoy a fruitful and expansive recording career. For the most part though these voices belong to otherwise unknown inmates such as Tom Dutson, Andy Mosely, Roosevelt Charles and Robert 'Guitar' Welch.

1. A. Mosely & Robert Pete Williams - I'm on My Way
2. Robert Pete Williams - Church on Fire with the Word of God
3. Robert Welch - What Shall I Do
4. Angola Quartet - Brother Norah
5. Tom Dutson & Robert Pete Williams - Little School Song
6. Robert Pete Williams Dyin' Soul
7. Roosevelt Charles - Let My People Go
8. Robert Pete Williams - So Much Is Happenin' in the News
9. Tom Dutson & R.P. Williams - Dig My Grave with a Silver Spade
10. Andy Mosely & Hogman Maxey - Brother Mosely Crossed the Water
11. Angola Quartet - I'm Stranded on the Banks of Ole Jordan
12. Robert Pete Williams - I'm Going Back with Him When He Comes
13. Congregation Rev. Benjamin E. Osbourne - That Old Ship of Zion
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