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Every Tone a Testimony [sound recording]

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Liner notes:
Catalotti, Robert  Search this
Hughes, Langston 1902-1967  Search this
Dodson, Annie Grace Horn 1904-1975  Search this
Brown, Enoch  Search this
Skipper, Doretha 1926-  Search this
McIver, Lawrence  Search this
Amerson, Rich  Search this
Hunter, Janie  Search this
Tucker, Joech  Search this
Dunbar, Scott  Search this
Bontemps, Arna Wendell 1902-1973  Search this
Terry, Lucy  Search this
Washington, Dorothy  Search this
Wheatley, Phillis 1753-1784  Search this
Tubman, Harriet 1820?-1913  Search this
Dee, Ruby  Search this
Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1817?-1895  Search this
Davis, Ossie 1917-2005  Search this
West, Kinsey  Search this
Remond, Sarah Parker 1826-1887?  Search this
Reed, Dock  Search this
Hall, Vera 1906-1964  Search this
Walker, Margaret 1915-1998  Search this
Work, John W (John Wesley) 1901-1967  Search this
Ferguson, Mary  Search this
Washington, Booker T. 1856-1915  Search this
McGhee, Brownie 1915-1996  Search this
Terry, Sonny  Search this
Johnson, Fenton  Search this
Cotten, Elizabeth  Search this
Randolph, Percy  Search this
Wells-Barnett, Ida B. 1862-1931  Search this
Asch, Moses  Search this
DuBois, W.E.B (William Edward Burghardt) 1868-1963  Search this
Johnson, James Weldon 1871-1938  Search this
Leadbelly 1885-1949  Search this
Cullen, Countee 1903-1946  Search this
Johnson, James P (James Price) 1894-1955  Search this
Robeson, Paul 1898-1976  Search this
McKay, Claude 1890-1948  Search this
Brown, Sterling Allen 1901-1989  Search this
Broonzy, Big Bill 1893-1958  Search this
Pierce, Billie 1907-1974  Search this
Pierce, De De 1904-1973  Search this
Brooks, Gwendolyn 1917-2000  Search this
Jackson, David  Search this
Nicholas, Big Nick 1922-1997  Search this
Miller, John  Search this
Johnson, Juanita  Search this
Spann, Otis 1930-1970  Search this
Muddy Waters 1915-1983  Search this
Ribot, Marc  Search this
Burke, Solomon  Search this
King, Martin Luther Jr. 1929-1968  Search this
Seale, Bobby 1936-  Search this
Davis, Angela Y (Angela Yvonne) 1944-  Search this
Fabio, Ronald  Search this
Fabio, Sarah Webster 1928-  Search this
Wallace, Wayne  Search this
Giovanni, Nikki  Search this
Sanchez, Sonia 1934-  Search this
Baraka, Amiri 1934-2014  Search this
Bluiett, Hamiet  Search this
Cortez, Jayne  Search this
Boudreaux, Joseph 1941-  Search this
Reed, Ishmael 1938-  Search this
Arrested Development (Musical group)  Search this
Children of East York School  Search this
Jubilee Singers  Search this
Inmates of Ramsey or Retrieve  Search this
Gospel Tones (Vocal group)  Search this
Realtones  Search this
Freedom Singers  Search this
Golden Eagles (Musical group)  Search this
Dunbar, Paul Laurence 1872-1906  Search this
Davis, Gary 1896-1972  Search this
Physical description:
2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Americans  Search this
African American  Search this
Musical sound recordings
United States
New York
South Carolina
North Carolina
Chapel Hill (N.C.)
New Orleans (La.)
Washington (D.C.)
Albany (Ga.)
Birmingham (Ala.)
United States--Northeast
Akron (Ohio)
Rochester (N.Y.)
Atlanta (Ga.)
Memphis (Tenn.)
compiled, annotated and produced by Robert H. Cataliotti
Recorded in: Birmingham (Ala.), Albany (Ga.), Washington (D.C.), Texas, New Orleans (La.), Louisiana, Chapel Hill (N.C.), North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, New York, United States.
Table of contents:
The struggle / L. Hughes (0:22) -- Field call / A.G.H. Dodson (1:15) -- Complaint call / E. Brown (0:40) -- Intro and Kneebone Bend / L. McKiver, D. Skipper (2:51) -- Brother Terrapin, slow train to Arkansas / R. Amerson (1:56) -- Jack and Mary and three dogs / J. Hunter (5:53) -- Buck dance / J. Tucker (1:19) -- I'm goin' up north / Children of East York School (1:22) -- Pharaoh's host got lost / L. McKiver (1:32) -- Bars fight / L. Terry (read by A. Bontemps) (1:23) -- Earl of Dartmouth / P. Wheatley (read by D.F. Washington) (0:49) -- I wonder where my brother gone / A.G.H. Dodson (1:17) -- Narrative / H. Tubman (read by D.F. Washington) (0:59) -- Speech at Akron Convention / S. Truth (read by R. Dee) (2:05) -- Singing slaves / F. Douglass (read by O. Davis) (1:03) -- Steal away to Jesus / K. West (1:50) -- What to the slave is the Fourth of July? / F. Douglass (read by O. Davis) (2:36) -- Why slavery is still rampant / S.P. Parker (read by R. Dee) (1:47) -- Free at last / D. Reed and V.H. Ward (1:33) -- When Malindy sings / P.L. Dunbar (read by M. Walker) (3:48) -- There's a great camp meeting / Fisk Jubilee Singers (2:01) -- Atlanta Exposition address / B.T. Washington (1:16) -- John Henry / B. McGhee and S. Terry (4:03) -- Banjo player / F. Johnson (read by A. Bontemps) (0:44) -- Boatman dance / E. Cotten (1:42) -- Shine / P. Randolph (1:03) -- Chopping in the new ground / Inmates of Ramsay or Retrieve State Farms, TX (1:37) -- Lynching, our national crime / I.B. Wells-Barnett (read by R. Dee) (3:43) -- A recorded autobiography / W.E.B. Du Bois (2:33) -- Listen Lord, a prayer / J.W. Johnson (read by M. Walker) (2:55) -- My heart is fixed / G. Davis (2:04) -- The Titanic / Lead Belly (4:04) -- Heritage / C. Cullen (2:58) -- Jungle drums / J.P. Johnson (2:32). No more auction block / P. Robeson (2:09) -- Negro speaks of rivers / L. Hughes (0:43) -- If we must die / C. McKay (0:57) -- Ma Rainey / S. Brown (2:06) -- Backwater blues / B.B. Broonzy (2:47) -- Married man blues / B. and D.D. Pierce (5:11) -- For my people / M. Walker (5:41) -- Children of the poor, sonnet 2 / G. Brooks (0:47) -- Body and soul / G. Nicholas (3:48) -- How He delivered me / J. Johnson & the Gospel Tones (2:39) -- Long distance call / M. Waters (6:58) -- Cry to me / S. Burke (2:13) -- Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around / SNCC Freedom Singers (2:31) -- Birmingham 1963 - Keep moving / M.L. King, Jr. (3:42) -- Black Panther Party platform / B. Seale (2:59) -- Interview (excerpt) / A. Davis (1:05) -- Together to the tune of Coltrane's "Equinox" / S.W. Fabio (1:40) -- Nikki-Rosa / N. Giovanni (1:12) -- Liberation/poem / S. Sanchez (0:34) -- Dope / A. Baraka (4:48) -- Village of Brooklyn, Illinois / H. Bluiett (3:30) -- For the poets / J. Cortez (3:56) -- Shotgun Joe / Golden Eagles (5:19) -- St. Louis woman / I. Reed (1:26) -- People everyday / Arrested Development (3:27)
Track information:
101 The Struggle / Langston Hughes
102 Field Call / Annie Grace Horn Dodson
103 Complaint Call / Enoch Brown
104 Intro and Knee Bend / Doretha Skipper, Lawrence McIver
105 Brother Terrapin, Slow Train to Arkansas / Rich Amerson
106 Jack and Mary and Three Dogs / Janie Hunter
107 Buck Dance (excerpt) / Joech Tucker, Scott Dunbar
108 I'm Goin' Up North / Children of East York School
109 Pharaoh's Host Got Lost / Lawrence McIver
110 Bar Fights / Arna Wendell Bontemps, Lucy Terry
111 Earl of Dartmouth (excerpt) / Dorothy Washington, Phillis Wheatley
112 I Wonder Where My Brother Gone / Annie Grace Horn Dodson
113 Narrative (excerpt) / Dorothy Washington, Harriet Tubman
114 Speech at Akron Convention / Ruby Dee, Sojourner Truth
115 Singing Slaves / Frederick Douglass, Ossie Davis
116 Steal Away to Jesus / Kinsey West
117 What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (excerpt) / Frederick Douglass, Ossie Davis
118 Why Slvery is Still Rampant (excerpt) / Ruby Dee, Sarah Parker Remond
119 Free At Last / Dock Reed, Vera Hall
120 When Malindy Sings / Margaret Walker, Paul Laurence Dunbar
121 There's A Great Camp Meeting / Jubilee Singers, John W. (John Wesley) Work, Mary Ferguson
122 Atlanta Exposition Address / Booker T. Washington
123 John Henry / Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry
124 Banjo Player / Arna Wendell Bontemps, Fenton Johnson
125 Boatman Dance / Elizabeth Cotten
126 Shine / Percy Randolph
127 Chopping in the New Ground / Inmates of Ramsey or Retrieve
128 Lynching, Our National Crime / Ruby Dee, Ida B. Wells-Barnett
129 A Recorded Autobiography / Moses Asch, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) DuBois
130 Listen Lord, A Prayer / Margaret Walker, James Weldon Johnson
131 My Heart is Fixed / Gary Davis
132 The Titanic / Lead Belly
133 Heritage / Countee Cullen
134 Jungle Drums / James P. (James Price) Johnson
201 No More Auction Block / Paul Robeson
202 The Negro Speaks of Rivers / Langston Hughes
203 If We Must Die / Claude McKay
204 Ma Rainey / Sterling Brown
205 Backwater Blues / Bill Broonzy
206 Married Man Blues / Billie Pierce, De De Pierce
207 For My People / Margaret Walker
208 The Children of the Poor, Sonnet 2 / Gwendolyn Brooks
209 Body and Soul / David Jackson, Big Nick Nicholas, John Miller
210 How He Delivered Me / Gospel Tones (Vocal group), Juanita Johnson
211 Long Distance Calls / Otis Spann, Muddy Waters
212 Cry To Me / Realtones, Marc Ribot, Solomon Burke
213 Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around / Freedom Singers
214 Birmingham 1963 - Keep Moving / Martin Luther, Jr. King
215 Black Panther Party Platform / Bobby Seale
216 Interview (excerpt) / Angela Yvonne Davis
217 Together to the Tune of Coltrane's "Equinox" (excerpt) / Ronald Fabio, Sarah Webster Fabio, Wayne Wallace
218 Nikki-Rosa / Nikki Giovanni
219 liberation/poem / Sonia Sanchez
220 Dope / Imamu Amiri Baraka
221 The Village of Brooklyn, Illinois 62059 (excerpt) / Hamiet Bluiett
222 For the Poets / Jayne Cortez
223 Shotgun Joe / Golden Eagles (Musical group), Joseph Boudreaux
224 St. Louis Woman / Ishmael Reed
225 People Everyday / Arrested Development (Musical group)
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