The Best of the Vanguard Years (Odetta album)

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The Best of the Vanguard Years
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Greatest hits album by Odetta
Released 1999
Genre Folk, blues
Length 68:41
Label Vanguard
Producer Tom Vickers
Odetta chronology
Blues Everywhere I Go
(1999)
The Best of the Vanguard Years
(1999)
Livin' with the Blues
(2000)
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Review scores
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The Best of the Vanguard Years is a compilation album by American folk singer Odetta, originally released in 1999.

The focus of the material is the music Odetta performed when recording for the Vanguard label.

Track listing[edit]

All songs Traditional unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Midnight Special" – 3:21
  2. "Cotton Fields" (Lead Belly) – 3:21
  3. "Special Delivery Blues" – 2:37
  4. "Rambling Round Your City" (Woody Guthrie) – 4:02
  5. "Cool Water" (Bob Nolan) – 3:04
  6. "Down on Me" – 2:55
  7. "I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain/Water Boy" (Robinson) – 6:53
  8. "Saro Jane" – 2:46
  9. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Julia Ward Howe) – 3:51
  10. "If I Had a Hammer" (Lee Hays, Pete Seeger) – 1:53
  11. "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" – 2:20
  12. "Meetin' at the Building" – 2:35
  13. "No More Auction Block" – 2:17
  14. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" – 3:22
  15. "Spoken Introduction: He Had a Long Chain On" (Jimmy Driftwood) – 6:22
  16. "Another Man Done Gone" (Vera Hall, Alan Lomax, John Lomax, Ruby Pickens Tartt) – 2:31
  17. "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" – 2:05
  18. "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" – 3:21
  19. "Livin' with the Blues" – 3:39
  20. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (Cox) – 2:12
  21. "House of the Rising Sun" – 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Samuel Charters – compilation liner notes
  • David Gahr – photography
  • Jeff Zaraya – engineer