The Wheatones of 1962 -- Ragged But Right LP
Original 1962 private pressing on no label (catalog # F-W-1).
Wheaton College girls singing group, all female vocals with folk guitar on some songs. Features "Green Leaves of Summer", "River Nile", "Gospel Train", "Adam and Eve", "Mood Indigo", "Quitcha", "Blues Medley", "Lover Man", etc.
Remarkably though are two stand-out tracks which are stunning solo pieces credited to Judith Sapadin (she sings solo, plays guitar and arranged the pieces.) She performs an incredible raw version of the vintage blues song "Black Girl", also known as "In the Pines" and "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"
Nirvana made this song famous in 1993, and Kurt Cobain attributed authorship to Lead Belly, who had recorded the song several times, beginning in 1944, but the version performed by Leadbelly and covered by Nirvana does not differ substantially from other variants of the song. This song has been recorded or notably performed by the likes of (according to wikipedia):
* Peg Leg Howell * Bill Monroe * Lead Belly * Nathan Abshire * Pete Seeger * The Louvin Brothers
* The Kossoy Sisters * Bob Dylan * The New Christy Minstrels * Joan Baez * Doc Watson * Roscoe Holcomb
* Jackson C. Frank * Clifford Jordan * The Four Pennies * The Pleazers * Grateful Dead * John Phillips
* Long John Baldry * Dave Van Ronk * Link Wray * The Osborne Brothers * Gene Clark * Charlie Feathers
* Blood on the Saddle * Mark Lanegan * Nirvana * Dolly Parton * Odetta * R. Crumb
* Ralph Stanley & Jimmy Martin * Bill Smog * Josh White
The other Judy Sapadin song on this album is a very interesting and unconventional arrangement of "They Call the Wind Mariah" (here just called "Mariah") from Paint Your Wagon, again with guitar, this time with rather haunting group back-up vocals.
FYI Judith Sapadin was a college sophomore when she recorded these songs, and it appears that she is the girl standing in the center of the cover photo, with one knee raised, wearing the rather strangely cut-off shorts.
The Wheatones of 1962 -- Black Girl
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ENDS Jan 07, 2010 16:18:32 PST