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Each of the major areas of music that Alan Lomax researched is documented on the very, very large Alan Lomax Collection series on Rounder. This sampler album has a short introduction to Lomax's philosophy as he conveyed it to Charles Kuralt before his death. From there, the collection moves into a quartet of tracks from the Southern Journey years, with some basic folk songs as well as the then-undiscovered Bessie Jones from the Georgia Sea Islands and the rather rare sacred harp singing style. One track is provided as an example of Prison Songs -- one of the first projects undertaken by Lomax and his father. Five more come from The Caribbean Collection primarily in ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Each of the major areas of music that Alan Lomax researched is documented on the very, very large Alan Lomax Collection series on Rounder. This sampler album has a short introduction to Lomax's philosophy as he conveyed it to Charles Kuralt before his death. From there, the collection moves into a quartet of tracks from the Southern Journey years, with some basic folk songs as well as the then-undiscovered Bessie Jones from the Georgia Sea Islands and the rather rare sacred harp singing style. One track is provided as an example of Prison Songs -- one of the first projects undertaken by Lomax and his father. Five more come from The Caribbean Collection primarily in Trinidad, hitting upon everything from straightforward calypso to East Indian bhajans. Another five tracks hailing from the time in Great Britain and its territories follow, with the singing in Scots and Gaelic being some of the last remaining examples at the time, and starting the folk revolution in Scotland, Ireland, and England to a degree. A quartet of tracks from Spain follow, featuring more than the well-known flamenco, and they are followed by a clump of tracks from his Italian journey, showcasing a very wide range of music with diverse and isolated cultural influences. Another four tracks come from the World Library series that Lomax actually didn't record, but spearheaded the creation of nonetheless. Here, there's a Romanian doina, a bit of gamelan, a Japanese folk song, and an Iroquois dance. From here, the album uses the Iroquois as a point of return to the American South, with Lomax's attempt to revive the traditions fed by the Mississippi River basin that were in a rut and fading in the late '70s. Four pieces come from an upcoming series on Rounder featuring some of the larger names in folk music who were found by Lomax, and the final track comes from Lomax's own ballad opera composition, "The Martins and the Coys," a piece of WWII propaganda featuring his friend Woody Guthrie. With the vast breadth of material covered and touched by Alan Lomax in his long career, it's not surprising that Rounder is able to produce over 100 albums of his material. What is surprising is that they're able to produce a single album standing as a basic look at all of the work. As such, this album does a good job of giving a taste of the various forms and cultures of music that Lomax recorded, and gives the listener a good chance to decide which series to focus on more heavily as desired.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661170025
  • Catalog Number: 1700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alan Lomax Speaking to Charles Kuralt, 1991 Interview (0:25)
  2. 2 I'm Going Home - Ervin Webb & Group (2:10)
  3. 3 The Girl I Left Behind - Everett Blevins (2:50)
  4. 4 The Titanic - Emma Ramsay (2:23)
  5. 5 Sherburne - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (1:44)
  6. 6 Early in the Mornin' - Little Red (2:06)
  7. 7 Roll, Roll, Roll and Go (1:18)
  8. 8 Luce-O, Luce Mauvais (1:46)
  9. 9 Sambo Caesar - Cyprus Smith (1:41)
  10. 10 War - Growling Tiger & Lord Airey (1:58)
  11. 11 Religious Bhajan - Ram Gopaul (1:43)
  12. 12 Tha Mulad, Tha Mulad - Annie Nicholson (1:15)
  13. 13 As I Roved Out - Seamus Ennis (1:55)
  14. 14 The Sister's Lament - Flora McNeill (1:25)
  15. 15 The Four Loom Weaver - Ewan MacColl (1:36)
  16. 16 The Jovial Tradesman - Bob Copper & Ronald Cooper (1:41)
  17. 17 Jota Manchega - The Jesus Ordonez Orchestra (2:37)
  18. 18 Fandango de Comares - Inez Munoz (2:03)
  19. 19 Saeta (2:20)
  20. 20 Pastores de Bormujo - Campanilleros De Bormujo (1:36)
  21. 21 La Partenza - Genoese Longshoremen (2:39)
  22. 22 O Giglio È Beni Constrastatu - Maria, Antonia & Giuseppe Pingitore (1:08)
  23. 23 Stornello - Eugenio Pila (1:44)
  24. 24 Canto Di Carrettiere - Domenico Lanza (1:43)
  25. 25 Ballo del Tamburo - Aristide Pasquale (1:51)
  26. 26 Ma Uitai Spre Rasarit - Maria Lataretu (2:24)
  27. 27 Essahi Oiwake - Fisherman (1:15)
  28. 28 Gendèr Wayang - Ubud Gamelan (1:16)
  29. 29 Rain Dance - George Buck (0:31)
  30. 30 John Henry - Sid Hemphill (2:22)
  31. 31 Devil's Dream - Sid Hemphill (1:02)
  32. 32 Ten Pound Hammer - S.C. Ditch Diggers (1:16)
  33. 33 Mâlheureuse Nègre - Darby (1:28)
  34. 34 My Son David - Jeannie Robertson (2:44)
  35. 35 Hawkins County Jail - Hobart Smith (2:38)
  36. 36 61 Highway - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:06)
  37. 37 Low Down Dirty Blues - Son House (2:21)
  38. 38 Bound to Lose - Lily May Pearson (1:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seamus Ennis Vocals, Track Performer
Ewan MacColl Vocals, Track Performer
Woody Guthrie Track Performer
Pete Seeger Track Performer
Bob Cooper Track Performer
Tom Glazer Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Alan Lomax Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Charles Kuralt Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bessie Jones Vocals
Ronald Cooper Track Performer
Son House Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sid Hemphill Track Performer
John Davis Vocals
Margaret Johnson Track Performer
Spencer Moore Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Hobart Smith Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Cyril Balfour Vocals, Track Performer
Ron Copper Vocals
Ram Gopaul Fiddle, Cymbals, Drums, Track Performer
C. Jemmot Vocals
Domenico Lanza Vocals, Track Performer
Inez Munoz Guitar, Castanets, Lute, Vocals, Track Performer
Eugenio Pila Vocals, Track Performer
Jeannie Robertson Vocals, Track Performer
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers Vocals, Track Performer
Alston Vidale Vocals, Track Performer
Cleveland Benoit Vocals, Track Performer
Darby Vocals
Bella Allen Track Performer
R. Allen Track Performer
Twenty Two Track Performer
Ubud Gamelan Track Performer
Ervin Webb Vocals
Ervin Webb & Group Track Performer
Bob Copper Vocals
Tangle Eye Track Performer
Paul Charles Vocals, Track Performer
Emma Ramsay Vocals
Everett Blevins Mandolin
Julian Carey Vocals
Genoese Longshoremen Vocals
R.R. Hammond Stick, Vocals
Flora McNeill Vocals
Cheery Noel Vocals
Cyprus Smith Leader
Technical Credits
Louis Jordan Composer
Alvin Lee Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Alan Lomax Producer, Engineer
Marius C. Barbeau Engineer
Dallas Bartley Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Steve Rosenthal Remastering
Norman Whitfield Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Phil Klum Mastering
Andrew L. Kaye Liner Notes
Matthew Barton Liner Notes
M. Christian Composer
Cyril Balfour Contributor
C. Jemmot Contributor
Anna L. Chairetakis Liner Notes
Gideon d'Arcangelo Producer
Alston Vidale Contributor
Peter Kennedy Engineer
Traditional Composer
Leo Hickman Composer
Paul Charles Contributor
Julian Carey Contributor
R.R. Hammond Contributor
Cheery Noel Contributor
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