RELEASE
1959
LABEL
Storyville

Album Review

Ford "Snooks" Eaglin's first released recordings, the ones collected here, suggested to the world that Eaglin was a great lost country blues player when he was, in fact, an excellent electric guitar player and a gospel-influenced singer who much preferred playing R&B with a band. When folklorist Harry Oster heard Eaglin busking with his guitar on a street in the French Quarter in 1958, he whisked him over to Louisiana State University and recorded the tracks collected here, either assuming that Eaglin was a folk artist or possibly even asking him to portray one for the sake of the recording. Either way, New Orleans Street Singer was a revelation when it was released by Folkways Records a year later in 1959, presenting to the world a gifted guitar player and a naturally soulful singer who brought a kind of jazzy New Orleans feel and groove to the folk-blues standards he was covering. The album is no less a revelation in the 21st century, although hindsight allows listeners to realize that the folk stance was probably more Oster's preference than Eaglin's. The guitar work is quick and fluid, with lead bursts that surprise and delight, continually settling on unexpected but highly effective chordal resolves, and the singing throughout is steady and informed, sounding a bit like Ray Charles, with tinges of both gospel and jazz phrasing. In Eaglin's hands traditional fare like "Mama, Don't You Tear My Clothes" (a variant of "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down") become reborn and re-formed into definitive versions.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Albertahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. That's All Righthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Malaguenahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. When They Ring Them Golden Bellshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Remember Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Fly Right Back Babyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. I Don't Knowhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Mean Old Worldhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. I Must See Jesushttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. She's One Black Rathttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Don't You Lie to Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Well, I Had My Fun (Goin' Down Slow)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Brown Skin Womanhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Mama, Don't You Tear My Clotheshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Who's Been Foolin' Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. When Shadows Fallhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. One More Drinkhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. I Got a Womanhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Come Back, Babyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Trouble in Mindhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. I Got My Questionnairehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. The Drifter Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Every Day I Have the Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. A Thousand Miles from Homehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. I'm Looking for a Womanhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-orleans-street-singer/id965205851?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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