VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Anthology of American Folk Music' (6 CD Box Set)

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Anthology of American Folk Music' (6 CD Box Set)

  • $75.00


In this day of unlimited access to literally thousands of records of music from every corner of the world, it is hard to realize the impact that this project--otherwise known as the "Harry Smith Collection"--had over a whole generation when it appeared in 1952. First of all, there were only a relative handful of "LPs" on the market at the time, and most of them were classical(the 1st Bluegrass LP. for example, wasn't issued until 1956 or 1957). The strangely fascinating booklet that accompanied the original issues(3 separate boxed of 2 LPs each)was an eye-catcher, but it was the music itself that was a revelation--here were 84 examples of forgotten rural American music that were essentially unknown to anyone outside the South. To young collectors & musicians like Mike Seeger, John Cohen, Ralph Rinzler and many others, these recordings provided a catalyst & an impetus to seek out the authors of this wonderful music, and amazingly quite a few of the artists were still living and soon found--people like Mississippi John Hurt, Gus Cannon, Tom Ashley, Dock Boggs and Buell Kazee among others. The music was real in a society that was starting to become increasingly artificial, and really, it changed many people's lives, directly or indirectly. The thing that made this set so special was Harry Smith's impeccable taste--to come up with these 84 tracks out of a collection that numbered some 20,000, amazes me today more than ever. How did the zany & clearly eccentric Smith have the taste, knowledge & boldness to include such gems as J.P. Nester's TRAIN ON THE ISLAND, Ernest Phipps' SHINE ON ME, Floyd Ming's INDIAN WAR WHOOP or the brilliant MINGLEWOOD BLUES by Cannon's Jug Stompers? An equally ambitious project, but with less inspired choices, could have effectively terminated interest in this aspect of American music rather than spurred it on. In reissuing this Anthology, the Smithsonian has done a remarkable job: the look and feel of the original LPs are retained here, with 6 CDs in a box with a reprint of the original booklet of notes. In addition, there is another huge new 68 page booklet of notes, photos and commentary to help document this major work, which includes so many wonderful examples of Blues, Cajun music, Sacred Harp, and old-time songs, ballads & tunes. One of the 6 CDs is an interactive CD-Rom on which you can see some photos, film footage & interviews. Obviously a must for anyone interested in rural American music, and a bargain at the price.

Artists:

  • DICK JUSTICE
  • NELSTONE'S HAWAIIANS
  • HUBERT NELSON
  • JAMES D. TOUCHSTONE
  • CLARENCE ASHLEY
  • COLEY JONES
  • BILL REED
  • BUELL KAZEE
  • CHUBBY PARKER
  • UNCLE ECK DUNFORD
  • ERNEST STONEMAN
  • HATTIE STONEMAN
  • RICHARD BURNETT
  • LEONARD RUTHERFORD
  • PRESTON YOUNG
  • POSEY RORER
  • CAROLINA TAR HEELS
  • DOC WALSH
  • G.B. GRAYSON
  • KELLY HARRELL
  • RAYMOND HUNDLEY
  • EDWARD L. CRAIN
  • WILLIAMSON BROTHERS
  • FRANK HUTCHISON
  • CHARLIE POOLE
  • ROY HARVEY
  • MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT
  • WILLIAM SMITH
  • VERSEY SMITH
  • CARTER FAMILY
  • FURRY LEWIS
  • BENTLY BOYS
  • MASKED MARVEL
  • CHARLEY PATTON
  • UNCLE BUNT STEPHENS
  • JILSON SETTERS
  • JAMES WILLIAM DAY
  • PRINCE ALBERT HUNT
  • TEXAS RAMBLERS
  • DELMA LACHNEY
  • BLIND UNCLE GASPARD
  • ANDREW BAXTER
  • JIM BAXTER
  • ECK ROBERTSON
  • NETTIE ROBERTSON
  • DAPHNE ROBERTSON
  • HOYT MING
  • ROZELLE MING
  • TROY MING
  • HENRY THOMAS
  • JIM JACKSON
  • COLUMBUS FRUGE
  • JOSEPH FALCON
  • CLEOMA BREAUX FALCON
  • OPHY BREAUX
  • BREAUX FRERES
  • CLIFFORD BREAUX
  • CINCINNATI JUG BAND
  • BOB COLEMAN
  • FRANK CLOUTIER
  • VICTORIA CAFE ORCHESTRA
  • REV. J.M. GATES
  • ALABAMA SACRED HARP SINGERS
  • MIDDLE GA SINGING CONVENTION
  • REV. SISTER MARY NELSON
  • JOHN DAVIS
  • CLARENCE NELSON
  • MEMPHIS SANCTIFIED SINGERS
  • BESSIE JOHNSON
  • WILL SHADE
  • ELDER LONNIE MCINTORSH
  • ELDER EDWARDS
  • REV. MOSES MASON
  • BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD
  • BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON
  • ANGELINE JOHNSON
  • ERNEST PHIPPS
  • HIS HOLINESS SINGERS
  • REV. F.W. MCGEE
  • RED ALLEN
  • REV. D.C. RICE
  • CANNON'S JUG STOMPERS
  • GUS CANNON
  • NOAH LEWIS
  • DIDIER HEBERT
  • RICHARD BROWN
  • DOCK BOGGS
  • HUB MAHAFFY
  • ERNEST V. STONEMAN
  • MEMPHIS JUG BAND
  • BEN RAMEY
  • SLEEPY JOHN ESTES
  • YANK RACHELL
  • JAB JONES
  • WILLARD THOMAS
  • JULIUS DANIELS
  • BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON
  • UNCLE DAVE MACON
  • SAM MCGEE
  • TEE WEE BLACKMAN
  • J.P. NESTOR
  • NORMAN EDMONDS
  • KEN MAYNARD

Track Listing:

  • Disc 1:
  • HENRY LEE- Dick Justice
  • FATAL FLOWER GARDEN- Nelstone's Hawaiians, Hubert Nelson, James D. Touchstone
  • HOUSE CARPENTER- Clarence Ashley
  • DRUNKARD'S SPECIAL- Coley Jones
  • OLD LADY AND THE DEVIL- Bill Reed, Belle Reed
  • BUTCHER'S BOY- Buell Kazee
  • WAGONER'S LAD- Buell Kazee
  • KING KONG KITCHIE KITCHIE KI-ME-O- Chubby Parker
  • OLD SHOES AND LEGGINS- Uncle Eck Dunford, Ernest Stoneman, Hattie Stoneman
  • WILLIE MOORE- Richard Burnett, Leonard Rutherford
  • A LAZY FARMER BOY- Preston Young, Posey Rorer
  • PEG AND AWL- Carolina Tar Heels, Clarence Ashley, Doc Walsh
  • OMMIE WISE- G.B. Grayson
  • MY NAME IS JOHN JOHANNA- Kelly Harrell, Posey Rorer, Raymond Hundley
  • Disc 2:
  • BANDIT COLE YOUNGER- Edward L. Crain
  • CHARLES GITEAU- Kelly Harrell, Posey Rorer, Raymond Hundley
  • JOHN HARDY WAS A DESPERATE LITTLE MAN- Carter Family
  • GONNA DIE WITH MY HAMMER IN MY HAND- Williamson Brothers, Curry
  • STACKALEE- Frank Hutchison
  • WHITE HOUSE BLUES- Charlie Poole, Posey Rorer, Roy Harvey
  • FRANKIE- Mississippi John Hurt
  • WHEN THAT GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN- William Smith, Versey Smith
  • ENGINE 143- Carter Family
  • KASSIE JONES- Furry Lewis
  • DOWN ON PENNY'S FARM- Bently Boys
  • MISSISSIPPI BOWEAVIL (BOLL WEEVIL) BLUES- Masked Marvel, Charley Patton
  • GOT THE FARM LAND BLUES- Carolina Tar Heels, Clarence Ashley, Doc Walsh
  • Disc 3:
  • SAIL AWAY LADY- Uncle Bunt Stephens
  • WILD WAGONER- Jilson Setters, James William Day
  • WAKE UP JACOB- Prince Albert Hunt, Texas Ramblers
  • LA DANSEUSE- Delma Lachney, Blind Uncle Gaspard
  • GEORGIA STOMP- Andrew Baxter, Jim Baxter
  • BRILLIANCY MEDLEY- Eck Robertson, Nettie Robertson, Daphne Robertson
  • INDIAN WAR WHOOP- Hoyt Ming, Rozelle Ming, Troy Ming
  • OLD COUNTRY STOMP- Henry Thomas
  • OLD DOG BLUE- Jim Jackson
  • SAUT CRAPAUD- Columbus Fruge
  • ACADIAN ONE-STEP- Joseph Falcon, Cleoma Breaux Falcon, Ophy Breaux
  • HOME SWEET HOME- Breaux Freres, Clifford Breaux, Ophy Breaux
  • NEWPORT BLUES- Cincinnati Jug Band, Bob Coleman
  • MOONSHINER'S DANCE PART ONE- Frank Cloutier, Victoria Cafe Orchestra
  • Disc 4:
  • YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN- Rev. J.M. Gates
  • OH DEATH WHERE IS THY STING- Rev. J.M. Gates
  • ROCKY ROAD- Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  • PRESENT JOYS- Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  • THIS SONG OF LOVE- Middle GA Singing Convention
  • JUDGEMENT- Rev. Sister Mary Nelson, John Davis, Clarence Nelson
  • HE GOT BETTER THINGS FOR YOU- Memphis Sanctified Singers, Bessie Johnson, Will Shade
  • SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN- Elder Lonnie McIntorsh, Elder Edwards, Bessie Johnson
  • JOHN THE BAPTIST- Rev. Moses Mason
  • DRY BONES- Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  • JOHN THE REVELATOR- Blind Willie Johnson, Angeline Johnson
  • LITTLE MOSES- Carter Family
  • SHINE ON ME- Ernest Phipps, His Holiness Singers
  • FIFTY MILES OF ELBOW ROOM- Rev. F.W. McGee, Red Allen
  • IN THE BATTLEFIELD FOR MY LORD -Rev. D.C. Rice
  • Disc 5:
  • COO COO BIRD- Clarence Ashley
  • EAST VIRGINIA- Buell Kazee
  • MINGLEWOOD BLUES- Cannon's Jug Stompers, Gus Cannon, Noah Lewis
  • I WOKE UP ONE MORNING IN MAY- Didier Hebert
  • JAMES ALLEY BLUES- Richard "Rabbit" Brown
  • SUGAR BABY- Dock Boggs, Hub Mahaffy
  • I WISH I WAS A MOLE IN THE GROUND- Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  • MOUNTAINEER'S COURTSHIP- Ernest V. Stoneman, Hattie Stoneman
  • SPANISH MERCHANT'S DAUGHTER- Ernest V. Stoneman, Hattie Stoneman, Uncle Eck Dunford
  • BOB LEE JUNIOR BLUES- Memphis Jug Band, Will Shade, Ben Ramey
  • SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL- Carter Family
  • LE VIEUX SOULARD ET SA FEMME- Cleoma Breaux, Joseph Falcon
  • RABBIT FOOT BLUES- Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • EXPRESSMAN BLUES- Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell, Jab Jones
  • Disc 6:
  • POOR BOY BLUES- Willard Thomas
  • FEATHER BED- Cannon's Jug Stompers, Noah Lewis, Gus Cannon
  • COUNTRY BLUES- Dock Boggs
  • 99 YEAR BLUES- Julius Daniels
  • PRISON CELL BLUES- Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN- Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • C'EST SI TRISTE SANS LUI- Cleoma Breaux, Joseph Falcon
  • WAY DOWN THE OLD PLANK ROAD- Uncle Dave Macon, Sam McGee
  • BUDDY WON'T YOU ROLL DOWN THE LINE- Uncle Dave Macon, Sam McGee
  • SPIKE DRIVER BLUES- Mississippi John Hurt
  • K.C. MOAN- Memphis Jug Band, Will Shade, Tee Wee Blackman
  • TRAIN ON THE ISLAND- J.P. Nestor, Norman Edmonds
  • LONE STAR TRAIL- Ken Maynard
  • FISHING BLUES- Henry Thomas