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The complete EMI sessions, 1928-1939.

Author: Paul Robeson
Publisher: [England?] : EMI Classics, ℗2008.
Edition/Format:   Music CD : CD audio : English
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Paul Robeson, one of the towering musical and cultural figures of the 20th century, was active in many fields apart from music. In his youth he was an outstanding athlete and scholar, and then went on to achieve fame as an actor, singer, recording artist and film star. Later in life he espoused a number of political causes, including the civil rights movement, and despite bitter opposition from the US authorities,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folk songs
Popular music
Spirituals (Songs)
Excerpts
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
Music Type: Songs; Folk music; Popular music; Musical revues & comedies; Motion picture music; Operas
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Robeson
OCLC Number: 275175175
Notes: EMI Classics: 50999 2 15586 2 7 (50999 2 15588 2 5, 50999 2 15590 2 0, 50999 2 15592 2 8, 50999 2 15594 2 6, 50999 2 15596 2 4, 50999 2 15598 2 2, 50999 2 15600 2 6).
Songs in various styles.
Title from container.
Originally released on 78 rpm discs.
Compact discs.
"OpenDisc; insert CD1 into your computer to access the EMI Classics Club: access bonus material, exclusive pre-release listening sessions, and more"--Container.
Biographical notes by Patrick O'Connor, in English with German and French translations (47 p. : ports.) inserted in container.
Performer(s): Paul Robeson, bass; with acc.
Event notes: Principally recorded in London.
Description: 7 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: 1, the 1928-9 sessions. Show boat. Ol' man river / Jerome Kern (Mississippi Chorus; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Orchestra; Herman Fink, conductor). Seem lak' to me / James Weldon Johnson ; Down de lovers' lane / Will Marion Cook (Lawrence Brown, piano; orchestra; Carroll Gibbons, conductor). Scandalize my name ; Sinner, please doan' let dis harves' pass ; Weepin' Mary ; I want to be ready ; My Lord, what a mornin' ; De li'l pickaninny's gone to sleep / trad. ; arr. Harry Burleigh (Lawrence Brown, piano). Git on board, li'l children ; Dere's no hidin' place / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown (Brown, piano). Plantation songs (part 1). So early in the morning ; Carry me back to old Virginia ; Old folks at home ; Goodnight ladies ; Plantation songs (part 2). Away down south in Dixie ; Poor old Joe ; Oh, Susanna ; My old Kentucky home (chorus & orchestra; Carroll Gibbons, conductor). Oh! rock me, Julie ; Oh, didn't it rain / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown (Brown, piano). Mammy / Joseph Tunbridge. Roll away, clouds ; Sonny boy / trad. ; arr. Paul Robeson (chorus & orchestra; Carroll Gibbons, conductor). Say it with songs. Little pal / Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson ; The lonesome road / Nathaniel Shilkret ; Just keepin' on / A. Phillips ; Mighty lak' a rose / Ethelbert Nevin ; Mammy is gone / Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor) --
2, the 1930-31 sessions. Hail de crown / trad. ; arr. Avery Robinson ; Exhortation / Will Marion Cook ; I stood on the ribber Jordan ; Peter go ring dem bells ; Go down, Moses / trad. ; arr. Harry Burleigh (Lawrence Brown, piano). High water / Jim McHardy, J. Keirn Brennan ; Old folks at home (Swanee River) ; Poor old Joe ; My old Kentucky home / Stephen Foster ; Show boat. Ol' man river / Jerome Kern ; River stay 'way from my door / Harry Woods ; Rockin' chair / Hoagy Carmichael (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). Medley of spirituals. I'm rolling and sing-a-ho ; Hail de crown ; Joshua fit de battle ob Jericho ; I got a robe ; Oh Lord I done ; De gospel train ; Black sheep ; Heav'n bells are ringin' ; I'll hear de trumpet sound ; Swing low, sweet chariot ; Walk together, children (Jack Hylton and his orchestra). My heart is where the Mohawk flows tonight / Carson Robison ; The folks I used to know / Max Kester (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). Mary had a baby (Yes, Lord) / trad. ; arr. Hall Johnson ; Lil' gal / Hall Johnson ; Bear de burden ; All God's chillun got wings / arr. Walter White, James Weldon Johnson (Ruthland Clapham, piano). That's why darkies were born / Lew Brown, Ray Henderson ; When it's sleepy time down South / Clarence Muse, Rowe ; Seekin' / Marshall, Hall (Mayfair Orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). 3, the 1932-3 sessions. Nearer, my God, to thee / Carey ; There is a green hill / Charles Gounod (Herbert Dawson, organ). Ma Lindy Lou / Lily Strickland ; Ma curly-headed baby / George Clutsam (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). Pilgrim's song ; Roll de ole chariot along / trad. ; arr. Ruthland Clapham ; Since you went away / James Weldon Johnson ; Wid de moon, moon, moon / Will Marion Cook (Ruthland Clapham, piano). Got the South in my soul / Ned Washington, Victor Young, Riley ; Hush-a-bye lullaby / Ruthland Clapham ; Round the bend of the road / John Klenner ; Take me away from the river / Parker (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). Swing low, sweet chariot / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown ; On ma journey / Edward Boatner ; Bye and bye ; Were you there? / trad. ; arr. Harry Burleigh (Ruthland Clapham, piano). Swing along / William Marion Cook ; Piccaninny shoes / Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake ; In a narrow street / Warren, Berwick ; Carry me back to green pastures / Harry S. Pepper ; Lazy bones / Hoagy Carmichael ; Blue prelude / Joe Bishop ; Paul Robeson medley (part 1). Roll de ole chariot ; Mary had a baby ; Swing low, sweet chariot ; Heav'n, heav'n ; Paul Robeson medley (part 2). Carry me back to old Virginia ; Mighty lak' a rose ; Round the bend of the river ; River, stay 'way from my door ; Ol' man river (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor) --
4, the 1933-6 sessions. Fat li'l fella wid his mammy's eyes ; Shortnin' bread / trad. ; arr. Gordon ; Snowball / Hoagy Carmichael (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). Water boy / trad. ; arr. Avery Robinson ; Doan' you cry, ma honey / Albert W. Noll ; Steal away / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown (Ruthland Clapham, piano). Scarecrow / Martin, Redmond, Simon ; Wagon wheels / Billy Hill, Peter DeRose ; So shy / Allen Boretz, Walter Samuels ; Piccaninny's slumber song / Murray ; St. Louis blues / William Christopher Handy ; Mammy's little kinky-headed boy / Joseph M. White, Geo Trinkhaus ; Little man, you've had a busy day / Mabel Wayne, Al Hoffman ; I ain't lazy, I'm just dreaming / Dave, Franklin ; The banjo song / Sidney Homer (orchestra; Ray Noble, conductor). Paul Robeson medley no. 2. Lazy bones ; Scarecrow ; Fat li'l feller ; Wagon wheels ; Deep river ; Ma curly-headed baby ; Carry me back to green pastures ; Old folks at home (orchestra; Percival Mackey, conductor). Sanders of the river. Love song ; Congo lullaby ; Canoe song ; Killing song / Mischa Spoliansky (orchestra; Muir Matheson, conductor). Shenandoah / trad. ; arr. Terry ; Jes' mah song / Lily Strickland ; De ole Ark's a-movering / trad. ; arr. James Weldon Johnson ; Ezekiel saw de wheel ; Joshua fit de battle ob Jericho / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown (Brown, voice (Ezekiel, Joshua) and piano). 5, the 1936-7 sessions. Honey (dat's all) / Egbert van Alstyne ; Gloomy Sunday / Rezsö Seress ; Show boat : film version. Ol' man river ; I still suits me / Jerome Kern (orchestra; Clifford Greenwood, conductor; with Elisabeth Welch (I still suits me), chorus (Ol' man river)). Song of freedom. Sleep river ; Lonely road ; Song of freedom ; The Black emperor / Eric Ansell (orchestra; Ansell, conductor; in part with male chorus). Creole song. Mam'selle Marie / David Wendel Guion ; Dere's no hidin' place / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown ; Oh! No, John / trad. ; arr. Sharp ; Passing by / Edward Purcell ; arr. Cochrane ; Hammer song ; Lil' David / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown (Brown, voice (Hammer song, L'il David) and piano). Jericho. My way ; Golden river / Michael Carr, Jimmy Kennedy (chorus and orchestra; Clifford Greenwood, conductor). King Solomon's mines. Ho! Ho! (Wagon song) ; Climbing up (Mountain song) / Mischa Spoliansky (chorus and orchestra; Eric Ansell, conductor). Big fella. Lazin' ; I don't know what's wrong ; Big fella. Roll up, sailorman ; You didn't oughta do such things / Eric Ansell (orchestra; Ansell, conductor). Jericho. Deep desert / Michael Carr, Jimmy Kennedy (orchestra; Van Phillips, conductor). Sometimes I feel like a motherless child / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown ; Minstrel man [spoken, unacc.] ; The wanderer / trad. ; arr. Palmgren (Lawrence Brown, piano) --
6, the 1937-8 sessions. Dere's a man goin' round takin' names / Lawrence Brown ; No more / traditional ; Work all de summer / trad. ; coll. & arr. Gilbert ; Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel? / traditional (Lawrence Brown, piano). Silent night, holy night / Franz Gruber ; arr. Crampton ; All through the night / trad. ; arr. Arthur Somervell ; Solitude / Duke Ellington, Eddie DeLange, Irving Mills ; Mood indigo / Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Barney Bigard (orchestra; Ronnie Munro, conductor). Porgy and Bess. Summertime (Lullaby) ; It take a long pull to get there ; It ain't necessarily so ; A woman is a sometime thing / George Gershwin (orchestra; Carroll Gibbons, conductor). Just a-wearyin' for you / Carrie Jacobs-Bond ; At dawning / Charles Wakefield Cadman ; Song of the Volga boatmen / trad. ; arr. Dudley Buck (orchestra; Walter Goehr, conductor). An Eriskay love-lilt / trad. ; arr. Marjory Kennedy-Fraser ; Encantadora Maria / Edward Kilenyi (orchestra; Ronnie Munro, conductor). Goin' to ride up in de chariot ; Every time I feel de spirit ; Lay down late / trad. ; arr. Lawrence Brown ; After the battle / Modest Mussorgsky ; David of the white rock / traditional (Lawrence Brown, piano). Trees / Oscar Rasbach ; Songs my mother taught me : op. 55, no. 4 / Antonín Dvořák ; Loch Lomond / trad. ; arr. Walter Goehr ; Drink to me only with thine eyes / J.W. Calcott (orchestra; Ronnie Munro, conductor). 7, the 1939 sessions. Down de lovers' lane / Will Marion Cook ; The moor of Peter the Great. Lullaby (sung in Russian and English) / Alexander Grechaninov ; Night : Russian folk song / trad. ; arr. Alexander Alexandrov ; Songs of innocence. The little black boy [spoken; unacc.] / William Blake (Lawrence Brown, piano). Dear old Southland / Turner Layton ; Jerusalem / Hubert Parry ; The blind ploughman / Robert Coningsby Clarke ; Chu chin chow. The cobbler's song / Frederic Norton ; Oh, could I but express in song / Leonid Malashkin ; Love at my heart / Libbie, Davidson, Carpenter ; Nothin' / Turner Layton ; The rosary / Ethelbert Nevin ; A perfect day / Carrie Jacobs-Bond ; Absent / John W. Metcalf ; Black eyes / trad. ; arr. Rosa Newmarch ; Robin Hood. Oh, promise me / Reginald de Koven ; Plaisir d'amour / Jean Paul Martini ; Sylvia / Oley Speaks ; She is far from the land : Irish folk song / arr. Charles Villiers Stanford ; Thora / Stephen Adams (orchestra; Walter Goehr, conductor). Now sleeps the crimson petal / Roger Quilter ; Sea fever / John Ireland ; The proud valley. Ebenezer / Thomas John Williams ; The proud valley. Land of my fathers / James James (Lawrence Brown, piano). Deep river / trad. ; arr. Ernest Irving ; Elijah. Lord God of Abraham ; Baal chorus / Felix Mendelssohn (orchestra; Ernest Irving, conductor; with chorus (Elijah)).

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Paul Robeson, one of the towering musical and cultural figures of the 20th century, was active in many fields apart from music. In his youth he was an outstanding athlete and scholar, and then went on to achieve fame as an actor, singer, recording artist and film star. Later in life he espoused a number of political causes, including the civil rights movement, and despite bitter opposition from the US authorities, he vigorously fought discrimination, not only against black people but also the under-privileged of all races and creeds.

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