Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3
  • Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3
  • Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3
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Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3

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Few records hit with the impact of the recordings of Harry Smith's Anthology. Released at a time when folk music was largely dominated by academics, and when copyright law was considerably less sophisticated, Smith's six-volume set was an authoritative, exceedingly quirky departure. His take on folk music didn't focus on exotic field recordings from farawaySee more details below

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Few records hit with the impact of the recordings of Harry Smith's Anthology. Released at a time when folk music was largely dominated by academics, and when copyright law was considerably less sophisticated, Smith's six-volume set was an authoritative, exceedingly quirky departure. His take on folk music didn't focus on exotic field recordings from faraway places buried in the Library of Congress archives. Instead, he culled Anthology from his own treasure trove of commercially released recordings, revealing folk music as a popular, not exotic, phenomenon. The three two-record sets gathered here as four CDs are loosely subdivided into the categories "Ballads," "Social Music," and "Songs." Some of the pieces are widely known today in one version or another -- "John Hardy," "John Henry," "Stackalee," "Frankie," and others -- as are some of the performers, including the Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Dock Boggs, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sleepy John Estes. The greater part of the artists and their songs, however, emerged from the shadows on Anthology. And there, hopefully, they shall remain, thanks to this brilliant and extensively annotated reissue of the set. Anthology also remains one of the most influential releases. The cornerstone of the folk revival of the '50s and '60s, it inspired performers like Bob Dylan and Dave Von Ronk, who knew its songs chapter and verse. Over and above that, it presented a vision of American music that had gone largely unheralded. Smith, an eccentric record collector, revealed the country's half-forgotten musical history to itself.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Originally released in 1952 as a quasi-legal set of three double LPs and reissued several times since (with varying cover art), Anthology of American Folk Music could well be the most influential document of the '50s folk revival. Many of the recordings that appeared on it had languished in obscurity for 20 years, and it proved a revelation to a new group of folkies, from Pete Seeger to John Fahey to Bob Dylan. The man that made the Anthology possible was Harry Smith, a notoriously eccentric musicologist who compiled 84 of his favorite hillbilly, gospel, blues, and Cajun performances from the late '20s and early '30s, dividing each into one of three categories: Ballads, Social Music, and Songs. Smith sequenced the three volumes with a great amount of care, placing songs on the Ballads volume in historical order (not to be confused with chronological order) so as to create an LP that traces the folk tradition, beginning with some of the earliest Childe ballads of the British Isles and ending with several story songs of the early 20th century. The cast of artists includes pioneers in several fields, from the Carter Family and Uncle Dave Macon to Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, and the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers. Many of the most interesting selections on the Anthology, however, are taken from artists even more obscure, such as Clarence Ashley, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and Buell Kazee. After the Anthology had been out of print for more than a decade, Smithsonian/Folkways reissued the set in a six-disc boxed set, with the original notes of Harry Smith, as well as a separate book of new reminiscences by artists influenced by the original and a wealth of material for use in CD-ROM drives.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1997
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074009024
catalogNumber:
40090
Rank:
6436

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Henry Lee
  2. Fatal Flower Garden
  3. The House Carpenter  - Clarence Ashley
  4. Drunkard's Special
  5. Old Lady And The Devil
  6. The Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy)
  7. The Wagoner's Lad
  8. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O
  9. Old Shoes And Leggins
  10. Willie Moore
  11. A Lazy Farmer Boy
  12. Peg and Awl  -  Carolina Tar Heels
  13. Omie Wise
  14. My Name Is John Johanna

Disc 2

  1. Bandit Cole Younger
  2. Charles Giteaux
  3. John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man
  4. Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand  -  Curry
  5. Stackalee
  6. White House Blues
  7. Frankie
  8. When That Great Ship Went Down  - William Smith
  9. Engine 143
  10. Kassie Jones
  11. Down On Penny's Farm
  12. Mississippi Boweavil Blues
  13. Got The Farm Land Blues  -  Carolina Tar Heels

Disc 3

  1. Sail Away Ladies
  2. The Wild Wagoner
  3. Wake Up Jacob
  4. La Danseuse
  5. Georgia Stomp  -  Andrew & Jim Baxter
  6. Brilliancy Medley
  7. Indian War Whoop
  8. Old Country Stomp
  9. Old Dog Blue
  10. Saut' Crapaud
  11. Arcadian One-Step
  12. Home Sweet Home
  13. Newport Blues
  14. Moonshiner's Dance (Pt. 1)

Disc 4

  1. You Must Be Born Again
  2. Oh Death, Where Is Thy Sting
  3. Rocky Road
  4. Present Joys
  5. This Song of Love
  6. Judgement
  7. He Got Better Things for You
  8. Since I Laid My Burden Down  -  Edwards' Sanctified Singers
  9. John the Baptist
  10. Dry Bones
  11. John the Revelator
  12. Little Moses
  13. Shine on Me
  14. Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room  - Rev. F.W. McGee
  15. I'm in the Battlefield for My Lord

Disc 5

  1. The Cuckoo  - Clarence Ashley
  2. East Virginia
  3. Minglewood Blues
  4. I Woke Up One Morning In May
  5. James Alley Blues
  6. Sugar Baby
  7. I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground
  8. The Mountaineer's Courtship
  9. The Spanish Merchant's Daughter  -  Stonemans
  10. Bob Lee Junior Blues
  11. Single Girl, Married Girl
  12. Le Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme
  13. Rabbit Foot Blues
  14. Expressman Blues

Disc 6

  1. Poor Boy Blues
  2. Feather Bed
  3. Country Blues
  4. 99 Years Blues
  5. Prison Cell Blues
  6. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
  7. C'est Si Triste Sans Lui
  8. Way Down The Old Plank Road
  9. Buddy Won't You Roll Down The Line
  10. Spike Driver Blues
  11. K.C. Moan
  12. Train On The Island
  13. The Lone Star Trail
  14. Fishin' Blues

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannon's Jug Stompers   Track Performer
Sleepy John Estes   Guitar,Track Performer
Mississippi John Hurt   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jim Jackson   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Blind Willie Johnson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Memphis Jug Band   Track Performer
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Thomas   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,Quills
Carter Family   Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Rev. D.C. Rice   Vocals
Masked Marvels   Track Performer
Dock Boggs   Banjo,Vocals
Buell Kazee   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Gus Cannon   Banjo,Vocals,Jug
Ernest V. Stoneman   Harmonica,Track Performer
Sam McGee   Guitar
North Carolina Ramblers   Track Performer
Ramblin' Thomas   Vocals,Track Performer,Bottleneck Guitar
Elijah Avery   Guitar
Tewee Blackman   Guitar,Vocals
Cleoma Breaux   Track Performer
Richard Rabbit Brown   Track Performer
Charlie Burse   Guitar
A.P. Carter   Vocals
Sara Carter   Autoharp,Vocals
Joseph Falcon   Track Performer
Roy Harvey   Guitar
Frank Hutchison   Track Performer
Bessie Johnson   Tambourine,Vocals
Coley Jones   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jab Jones   Piano,Jug
Noah Lewis   Harmonica
Elders McIntorsh & Edwards' Sanctified Singers   Bass,Vocals
Clarence Nelson   Vocals
Rev. Sister Mary M. Nelson   Track Performer
Charlie Poole   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Yank Rachell   Mandolin,Vocals
Ben Ramey   Kazoo,Vocals
Will Shade   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Versey Smith   Tambourine,Vocals,Track Performer
Vol Stevens   Banjo,Mandolin
Sally Sumler   Vocals
Ashley Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Will Weldon   Guitar
Clifford Breaux   Guitar,Vocals
Ophy Breaux   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Buster Carter   Track Performer
Posey Rorer   Fiddle
Preston Young   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Carolina Tar Heels   Track Performer
Uncle Eck Dunford   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Garley Foster   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
G.B. Grayson   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Kelly Harrell   Vocals,Track Performer
Bascom Lamar Lunsford   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Ken Maynard   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Reed   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Eck Robertson   Track Performer
Leonard Rutherford   Fiddle,Track Performer
Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers   Track Performer
Reverend J.M. Gates   Track Performer
Andrew Baxter   Fiddle,Track Performer
Cleoma Breaux Falcon   Guitar,Vocals
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers   Vocals,Track Performer
Rev. Moses Mason   Track Performer
Dick Justice   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
James Touchstone   Guitar,Vocals
Bently Boys   Track Performer
Julius Daniels   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Angeline Johnson   Vocals
Joseph Alfred Stegall   Guitar
Arnold Williamson   Fiddle,Vocals
Curry   Track Performer
Clarence Ashley   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Columbus Frugé   Track Performer
Victoria Cafe Orchestra   Track Performer
Williamson Brothers   Track Performer
Richard Burnett   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Nelstone's Hawaiians   Track Performer
Bill & Belle Reed   Track Performer
Chubby Parker   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Edward L. Crain   Track Performer
Uncle Bunt Stephens   Track Performer
Jilson Setters   Track Performer
Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers   Fiddle
Delma Lachney   Fiddle,Track Performer
Blind Uncle Gaspard   Track Performer
Breaux Fréres   Track Performer
Cincinnati Jug Band   Track Performer
Frank Cloutier   Track Performer
Memphis Sanctified Singers   Track Performer
Ernest Phipps   Vocals
Didier Hébert   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
J.P. Nestor   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew & Jim Baxter   Track Performer
Hattie Stoneman   Track Performer
Rev. D.C. Rice & His Sanctified Congregation   Track Performer
Middle Georgia Singing Convention   Track Performer
Stonemans   Track Performer
Norman Edmonds   Fiddle
Rev. F.W. McGee   Track Performer
William Smith   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peter Stampfel   Liner Notes
Dock Boggs   Composer
Eric Von Schmidt   Liner Notes
Richard Brown   Composer
John Fahey   Liner Notes
Moses Asch   Liner Notes
David Glasser   Mastering
Charlie Parker   Composer
Charlie Pilzer   Mastering
Jeff Place   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Annotation
Yank Rachell   Composer
Will Shade   Composer
Greil Marcus   Liner Notes
Uncle Eck Dunford   Composer
Pete Reiniger   Mastering
Eck Robertson   Composer
Neil V. Rosenberg   Liner Notes
Michael Maloney   Producer
Mary Monseur   Producer
Kip Lornell   Liner Notes
Amy Horowitz   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
Philip Coady   Producer
Evelyn Esaki   Art Direction
Steve Moreland   Producer
Scott Stowell   Art Direction
Harry Smith   Producer
Luc Santé   Liner Notes
Jennie Mae Clayton   Composer
Jilson Setters   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jon Pankake   Liner Notes
Luis Kemnitzer   Liner Notes
Chuck Pirtle   Liner Notes
Jim Baxter   Composer
Gus Cannon & His Jug Stompers   Composer
Willard Thomas   Composer
Rev. D. C. Rice   Composer
Ernest Phillips   Composer
Clayton Shade   Composer
T. Roberts   Composer

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