3/15/2005 01:42:00 PM|||peter patnaik|||Looking at the to be uploaded list of tracks, I'm going to have to do more than three a day. Today's batch is a particurly good one, ranging from the late 20's to the early 90's. The Frank Hutchinson tracks are my favorite from this bunch, but the Bob Dylan version is surprisingly good even though I originally dismissed much of his work post-Desire.
Charles and Cindy sent me these wonderful tracks first by Long "Cleve" Reed and Little Harvey Hull which is the same version as the Mississippi John Hurt track posted yesterday. David Miller was a pre-war country singer who recorded as early as 1924, after only starting to play guitar in the early 20s after he was blinded while serving in the Army. His version focuses more the police role in tracking Stagolee down.
Long "Cleve" Reed and Little Harvey Hull - Original Stack O' Lee Blues
David Miller - That Bad Man Stackolee
Chris Houston sends in the wonderful Bob Dylan track and writes this:
In the early 90s, Dylan had more or less been in a rut for over a decade, and had seemingly lost the inspiration that had first driven him to pick up a guitar. Dylan's solution? Recording two consecutive albums full of the traditional folk and blues songs he had listened to as a youth, featuring only Dylan's guitar, harmonica and vocals. "Stack A Lee" is one of the many highlights from the second of these albums, "World Gone Wrong", and it is easy to see why these songs reinvigorated Dylan and helped him to reconnect with the great musician and songwriter that he still was.
Bob Dylan - Stack A Lee
Daniel Bluestein sends in two wonderful versions of the ballad, one with vocals and one instrumental by Frank Hutchison. He writes this about Frank Hutchison:
He played with the guitar lying on his lap and "...got a lot of his blues knowledge from a disabled black singer-guitarist named Bill Hunt, who had been around Logan County since Hutchison's boyhood."
Frank Hutchison - Stackalee
Frank Hutchison - Stackalee (instrumental)
The last version was sent in by Joshua Guthman of Molinillo and its a dirty dirty toast version of the ballad, that rivals the Nick Cave version in blood shed and vulgarity.
Toast - Stackolee|||111091495859444180|||Stagolee Was A Bully3/15/2005 03:08:39 PM|||RedDwarf|||Excellent downloads as usual, with an all Stagolee week being a great idea!3/15/2005 05:59:46 PM|||Frank Garrison|||hey, you should find Beanland's Stag-a-Lee somewhere.
http://www.beanland.net3/15/2005 08:10:37 PM|||Andy|||This Stagolee week thing was a great idea. To think that I only knew about the "popular" version... Thanks so much for the in-depth look at this musical tradition.
I was wondering if you could let me know what decades the following versions are from -
Wilson Pickett's3/15/2005 08:30:54 PM|||peter patnaik|||hutchison's is from 27, i think.
pickett is from 68
and i'm not sure about the toast, it sounds more recent, though.3/16/2005 08:29:34 AM|||Chris|||I think that toast is from the mid-'60s.