Lead Belly's Easy Rider was originally released in 1953, compiled by Folkways' founder Moses Asch from recordings from the early-to-mid-'40s. The material largely focuses on Lead Belly's observations of hate and discrimination that permeated the culture at the time. "Bourgeois Blues" and "Jim Crow," for example, address the discrimination he and others incurred, while "Hitler Song" serves as a condemnation of anti-Semitism.
The packaging for this new vinyl reissue has been lovingly redesigned using the original prints, materials, and photographs. The music has been remastered from the original analog master tapes by Grammy-winning sound engineer, Pete Reiniger. So enjoy this classic music in its original format, down to the iconic black, textured, tip-on jacket and always-detailed liner notes book.