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Free and Equal Blues

Until he sang for Joseph McCarthy in 1950, this silky-smooth folk balladeer was the toast of Manhattan’s left-wing intelligentsia. White’s burnished voice and mellow guitar are underrepresented on CD, so this 26-song collection from his ’40s heyday is welcome. Unfortunately, Free and Equal Blues has more than its share of forgettable antiwar tunes and Popular Front agitprop. There’s better material out there — some of White’s mid-’40s Decca albums. Let’s have it. B

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