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Paul Robeson's Transatlantic Concert

Paul Robeson's Transatlantic Concert (Topic 10T17, 1957)

Paul Robeson's Transatlantic Concert
Paul Robeson

Topic Records 10T17 (10" LP, UK, 1957)

Paul Robeson's Transatlantic Concert (Topic 10T17, ca. 1960/61)
Paul Robeson's Transatlantic Concert (La Gloria GLP 604)

La Gloria Records GLP 604 (12" LP, New Zealand, 1960s)
(album cover picture found in The Durbeck Archive)

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As Paul Robeson was refused a passport to travel to Europe, the concert on side 1 was performed live in a studio in New York on May 16, 1957, and broadcast to the audience at St Pancras Town Hall, London;
Side 2 is a studio recording.

Musicians

Paul Robeson, vocals;
Winifred Harrison, piano (side 1);
Alan Booth, piano (side 2)

Tracks

Side 1: Transatlantic ConcertSide 2: Studio Recordings
  1. Water Boy
  2. Scandalize My Name
  3. Lullaby
  4. All Through the Night
  5. Messages of Greeting
  6. Ol' Man River
  1. My Curly Headed Baby
  2. Star Vicino
  3. Song of Freedom
  4. Schlof mein Kind
  5. Kevin Barry
  6. No More

Track 1 Negro convict song;
Track 3 Franz Schubert;
Track 4 trad. Welsh song;
Track 6 Jermome Kern;
Track 7 George H. Clutsam;
Track 8 Salvator Rosa;
Track 9 Bedřich Smetana;
Track 10 Jewish lullaby, arr. Brown;
Track 12 Negro anti-slavery song, arr. Brown

> Folk Music > Records > Paul Robeson: Robeson's Here!

Paul Robeson: Robeson's Here!

Paul Robeson: Robeson's Here! (Topic TOP32)

Robeson's Here!
Paul Robeson

Topic Records TOP32 (EP, UK, 1958)

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Musicians

Paul Robeson, vocals;
Alan Booth, piano

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Goin' Home
  2. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
  1. Eriskay Love Lilt
  2. Curly Headed Baby

Track 1 words Arms Fisher, music largo from Antonin Dvorak's Symphony “From the New World”;
Track 2 words Alfred Tennyson, music Roger Quilter;
Track 3 words trad. Hebridaen, music Margaret Kennedy-Fraser;
Track 4 George H. Clutsam

> Folk Music > Records > Paul Robeson: Freedom Songs

Paul Robeson: Freedom Songs

Paul Robeson: Freedom Songs (Topic TOP62)

Freedom Songs
Paul Robeson

Topic Records TOP62 (EP, UK, 1961)

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Musicians

Paul Robeson, vocals;
Alan Booth, piano

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Joe Hill
  2. The Wilno Ghetto Song
  1. Jerusalem
  2. Whirlwinds of Danger
  3. Chi Lai

Track 1 words Alfred Hayes, music Earl Robinson;
Track 2 words anon., music Gubutik;
Track 3 words William Blake, music Hubert Parry;
Track 4 arr. Waldemar Hille;
Track 5 music Nien Erh

Review

This review is from Gramophone, June 1961:

I see that Topic, the label mostly concerned with raw folk material, has issued two EPs of Paul Robeson (TOP62 and 63) in Freedom Songs and Songs of Liberty (notice the nice differentiation!) in the course of which he sings in English, Yiddish, Polish, Norwegian and Chinese, and on TOP60, Stan Kelly, variously accompanied by accordion, guitar or piano by Leon Rosselson, plunges us back into the grim Victorian era with bitter cynical humour against landlords. It doesn't need great powers of perception to determine the political colours of these performances, which seem to me to be rather out-of-date in the Affluent Society and the Welfare State; I prefer my Robeson, too, when he is not singing about workers marching for freedom and that sort of thing. There is no denying the majesty, if I may use the term in this connection, of his voice, however; at 63, it is as resonant and masterly as ever.

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Paul Robeson: Songs of Liberty

Paul Robeson: Songs of Liberty (Topic TOP63)

Songs of Liberty
Paul Robeson

Topic Records TOP63 (EP, UK, 1961)

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Musicians

Paul Robeson, vocals;
Alan Booth, piano

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Four Rivers
  2. A Mighty Fortress
  1. The House I Live In
  2. Hymn for Nations

Track 1 words J. Meyers, E. Elison, music J. Garnay;
Track 2 sung in English and Norwegian; words anon., music J.S. Bach;
Track 3 words Lewis Allan, music Earl Robinson;
Track 4 words Josephine Bacon, music from Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Review

This review is from Gramophone, June 1961:

I see that Topic, the label mostly concerned with raw folk material, has issued two EPs of Paul Robeson (TOP62 and 63) in Freedom Songs and Songs of Liberty (notice the nice differentiation!) in the course of which he sings in English, Yiddish, Polish, Norwegian and Chinese, and on TOP60, Stan Kelly, variously accompanied by accordion, guitar or piano by Leon Rosselson, plunges us back into the grim Victorian era with bitter cynical humour against landlords. It doesn't need great powers of perception to determine the political colours of these performances, which seem to me to be rather out-of-date in the Affluent Society and the Welfare State; I prefer my Robeson, too, when he is not singing about workers marching for freedom and that sort of thing. There is no denying the majesty, if I may use the term in this connection, of his voice, however; at 63, it is as resonant and masterly as ever.