Art of Field Recording, Vol. 1 [4 CD Box]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although he's not exclusively a folklorist or musicologist by profession, Art Rosenbaum has been making field recordings since his teenage years. The four-CD, 110-track box set Art of Field Recording, Vol. 1, as big as it is, has just a portion of the folk music he's documented between 1956 and 2007. It's divided into four separate thematic discs, one a "survey" or sampling of the breadth of what he's recorded; one devoted to religious songs; one for blues; and one comprised of instrumental and dance tunes. If nothing else, the sheer size and variety of this anthology is impressive; if it doesn't include every last strain of American folk music, it certainly covers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although he's not exclusively a folklorist or musicologist by profession, Art Rosenbaum has been making field recordings since his teenage years. The four-CD, 110-track box set Art of Field Recording, Vol. 1, as big as it is, has just a portion of the folk music he's documented between 1956 and 2007. It's divided into four separate thematic discs, one a "survey" or sampling of the breadth of what he's recorded; one devoted to religious songs; one for blues; and one comprised of instrumental and dance tunes. If nothing else, the sheer size and variety of this anthology is impressive; if it doesn't include every last strain of American folk music, it certainly covers more of them than almost any comparable collection. There's country blues, gospel, fiddle music, fife and drum, a cappella vocal, Mexican corrido, and pieces on which the primary or sole accompaniment is pump organ or mouth bow. The Gospel Supremes' "Do, Lord, Remember Me" verges on classic-style soul music, yet many other performances, if not exactly amateur, are certainly casual snapshots of common folk playing music for their own edification rather than out of any professional ambition. A few names here and there will be familiar to the folk or blues specialist, like Scrapper Blackwell, Yank Rachell, and Buell Kazee. But mostly these are performers working wholly outside of the commercial music business, even including an a cappella vocal of a children's ballad by Rosenbaum's father which Art Rosenbaum rightly acknowledges might not be to everyone's taste in his liner notes. As wide-ranging as it is, and as decent for the most part as the sound quality is, how does it stack up against some similarly ambitious folk collections from the decades preceding this 2007 release? To be truthful, it's not as compelling or exotic as the anthologies overseen by the likes of Alan Lomax and Harry Smith, who had the good fortune to be able to collate much of the earliest such folk music recorded in the U.S. The styles contained in this box have now been documented by many releases -- not just Lomax's and Smith's -- and the plaintive homespun nature of many of these performances will be of more academic interest than entertainment value to many listeners, even some folk enthusiasts. Taken as a whole which does admittedly take about five hours, however, it does impress with its mosaic of American folk forms, as well as present those forms as more of a living, breathing presence than those mustier if mightier field recordings of greater vintage. It's also enhanced by the 96-page booklet, in which Rosenbaum's unpretentiously informative liner notes are complemented by numerous photos and drawings.
New York Times - Ben Ratliff
...it’s a gold mine, an ark. There are string bands, acoustic blues, ring shouts, "hambone" chants, Sacred Harp and Georgia Sea Island singing, the "lined-out" hymnody of Southern churches, unaccompanied fiddlers and banjoists and jew’s-harpists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • UPC: 880226000820
  • Catalog Number: 8

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down - Rev. Willie Mae Eberhard
  2. 2 Fred Adams - Ray Rhodes
  3. 3 Billy in the Low Ground - Gordon Tanner
  4. 4 Frankie and Johnnie/Twenty Froggies Go to School - Margaret Kimmett
  5. 5 Cup of Faith/Beaudoin Quadrille - Fidel Martin
  6. 6 The Drowsy Sleeper - Mary Lomax
  7. 7 Little Red Rooster - Myers Sisters
  8. 8 Tony Gave a Picnic - Ralph Sheckel
  9. 9 Mama Whoopin’ the Blues - Neal Pattman
  10. 10 Old John Henry Died on the Mountain - Henry Grady Terrell
  11. 11 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad - Golden River Grass
  12. 12 Hambone - The Phillips Wonders
  13. 13 Darby’s Ram - Bobby McMillon
  14. 14 Darlin’ Corey - Shorty Ralph Reynolds
  15. 15 Carabina Treinta-Treinta (30-30 Rifle) - Epifanio Sanchez and Group
  16. 16 I’m Dying, Mother - Bert Hare
  17. 17 Eternal Day - Sacred Harp Singers
  18. 18 Tom Watson Tune - Mabel Cawthorn
  19. 19 A Melancholy Sound - Arthur Vandeveer
  20. 20 What You Gonna Name that Pretty Baby? - Laethe Eller
  21. 21 Who Killed Poor Robin? - Ollie Gilbert
  22. 22 Free Go Lily - Brady "Doc"
  23. 23 Brickyard Joe - John W. Summers
  24. 24 Lord Randolph - Mary Heekin
  25. 25 Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Gal - Vaughn Eller
  26. 26 Irish Washerwoman - Old Threshers' Fife & Drum Band
  27. 27 Lord Daniel - Mary Lomax
  28. 28 Song of Fifty Cents - Jack Bean
  29. 29 One Saturday Night When I Come Home - Dr. David Rosenbaum
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don’t You Let Nobody Turn You ‘Round - Silver Light Gospel Singers
  2. 2 Medley - Rev. Howard Finster
  3. 3 Assurance - Sacred Harp Singers
  4. 4 In the Silence of the Midnight - Bonnie Loggins
  5. 5 Let Me Fly - Rev. Nathaniel Mitchell
  6. 6 Over Yonder Where Jesus Is - Leona Ruth
  7. 7 Guide Me, Thou Great Jehovah - Rev. Willie Gresham and Group
  8. 8 Teach Me, Master - The Gilmore Family
  9. 9 Lonesome Valley - Vaughn Eller
  10. 10 Walk with Me - Brady "Doc"
  11. 11 Jubilee - McIntosh County Shouters
  12. 12 Wade the Water to My Knees - Lucille Holloway & Basers
  13. 13 The Lord Is Risen - Deacon Tommy Tookes & Congregation
  14. 14 Sit Down, Servant - Ida Craig
  15. 15 I Am on the Battlefield for My Lord - Rev. Nathaniel Mitchell
  16. 16 Idumea
  17. 17 An Address to All - Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church
  18. 18 Walking Along the Heavenly Road/I Am a Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow - The Phillips Wonders
  19. 19 Lenox - Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church
  20. 20 Scarlet Purple Robe - Georgia Jean Eversole
  21. 21 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies - Newman Young
  22. 22 Blow, Gabriel - Nathan Palmer
  23. 23 Do, Lord, Remember Me @@Gospel Supremes
  24. 24 My Number Will Be Changed - Naomi Bradford
  25. 25 Hush and Listen - Rev. Willie Gresham and Group
Disc 3
  1. 1 Georgia Bottleneck Blues - Cecil Barfield
  2. 2 Carroll County Blues - Uncle John Patterson
  3. 3 Brooks’ Blues - Brooks Berry
  4. 4 Key to the Highway - Neal Pattman
  5. 5 Red River Blues - J.T. Adams
  6. 6 Nobody’s Business - George Childers
  7. 7 Bowles’ Blues - Eddie Bowles
  8. 8 Got the Blues So Bad - Cliff Sheats
  9. 9 Guitar Pete’s Blues - Guitar Pete Franklin
  10. 10 Peach Orchard Mama - James "Yank" Rachel
  11. 11 Big Leg Women - Raymond Holloway
  12. 12 Leaving Here, Don’t Know Where I’m Going - Joe K. Rakestraw
  13. 13 The Mogul - Neal Pattman
  14. 14 Deep Ellum Blues - Buford Boyd
  15. 15 River Line Blues - Shirley Griffith
  16. 16 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad - Jake Staggers
  17. 17 I Cried All Night Long - Harvie Sims
  18. 18 Maggie Campbell Blues - Shirley Griffith
  19. 19 How Long Blues - Guitar Pete Franklin
  20. 20 A Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lost Indian - Dallas Henderson
  2. 2 Flat Foot Charlie - James Patterson
  3. 3 Down the Road - Vaughn Eller
  4. 4 Sally, Won’t You Have Me, Do Gal Do - Clester Hounchell
  5. 5 Fox Chase - Coy Martin
  6. 6 Fox Chase - Neal Pattman
  7. 7 Medley - Uncle John Patterson
  8. 8 Mandolin Stomp - James Griffith
  9. 9 Omie Wise - Albert Hash
  10. 10 Train 45 - Albert Hash
  11. 11 Turkey in the Straw - George Childers
  12. 12 Arkansas Traveler - Louis Riendeau
  13. 13 Fynne’s Polka - Dwight Lamb
  14. 14 Pigtown Fling - Newton F. Tolman
  15. 15 Stony Point - John W. Summers
  16. 16 Cowboy Waltz - Bill Ashley
  17. 17 Walk, Little Julie - Clester Hounchell
  18. 18 Five to My Five - Rev. Howard Finster
  19. 19 Quit Kicking My Dog Around - Delbert Spray
  20. 20 Yankee Doodle - Old Threshers' Fife & Drum Band
  21. 21 Jig Medley - John W. Summers
  22. 22 Big Foot Feller - Buell Kazee
  23. 23 Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down - Buford Boyd
  24. 24 Shout, Lulu - Uncle John Patterson
  25. 25 Shout, Lulu - Jake Staggers
  26. 26 Shout, Lulu - W. Guy Bruce
  27. 27 Sally Ann - Guy Bruce Jr.
  28. 28 Arkansas Traveler - Larry Nash
  29. 29 Beaumont Rag - Buzz Fountain
  30. 30 Whistler’s Waltz - Kirk Brandenberger
  31. 31 Shady Grove - W. Guy Bruce
  32. 32 Coal Creek March - Ross Brown
  33. 33 Coal Creek March - Pete Steele
  34. 34 Jenny Nettles - Harry "Pappy" Wells
  35. 35 Fourteen Days in Georgia - Bob Black
  36. 36 She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain - Maude Thacker
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scrapper Blackwell Guitar
Brooks Berry Vocals
Buell Kazee Banjo
Shirley Griffith Guitar, Vocals
J.T. Adams Guitar
Neal Pattman Harmonica, Vocals
Guitar Pete Franklin Guitar, Vocals
Raymond "Sugar Ray" Holloway Guitar
Kenny Vocals
Smokey Joe Miller Guitar, Vocals
Earl Murphy Fiddle
Larry Nash Bass
Ray Rhodes Vocals
Lawrencs McKiver Vocals
Art Rosenbaum Banjo, Guitar
Gordon Tanner Fiddle, Dialogue
Lyman Enloe Fiddle
James Gerard Watson Banjo
Bob Black Banjo
James Patterson Guitar
Dwight Lamb Accompaniment
Newton F. Tolman Flute
James "Yank" Rachel Mandolin, Vocals
Cowboy Bill Martin Banjo, Vocals
Phil Tanner Guitar, Dialogue
Albert Hash Fiddle
Kirk Brandenberger Fiddle
Bill Ashley Guitar
Pete Steele Banjo
Newman Young Mandolin, Vocals
Ross Brown Banjo, Fiddle
Larry Riendeau Guitar
John W. Summers Fiddle
Henry Grady Terrell Vocals
Bert Hare Guitar, Vocals
Cecil Barfield Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Bowles Guitar, Vocals
Fidel Martin Fiddle
Frosty Lamb Fiddle
Mabel Cawthorn Banjo, Vocals
Lucy Barnes Vocals
Sister Fleeta Mitchell Piano, Vocals
Rev. Willie Mae Eberhard Tambourine, Vocals
Ralph Sheckel Vocals
Buzz Fountain Banjo
Rev. Howard Finster Banjo, Vocals
Epifanio Sanchez and Group Guitar, Vocals
Ollie Gilbert Vocals
Lawrence Eller Banjo, Vocals
Vaughn Eller Guitar, Vocals, Mouth Bow
Ben Entrekin Fiddle
Uncle John Patterson Banjo, Vocals
John "Doodle" Thrower & Golden River Grass Harmonica, Vocals
Jack Bean Guitar, Vocals
Elula Moss Vocals
Margaret Kimmett Vocals
The Phillips Wonders Vocals
Bobby McMillon Vocals
Shorty Ralph Reynolds Banjo, Vocals
Arthur Vandeveer Vocals
Laethe Eller Piano, Vocals
Mary Heekin Vocals
Dr. David Rosenbaum Vocals
Silver Light Gospel Singers Vocals
Bonnie Loggins Vocals
Rev. Nathaniel Mitchell Vocals
Leona Ruth Vocals
Lucille Holloway & Basers Vocals
Deacon Tommy Tookes & Congregation Vocals
Ida Craig Vocals
Georgia Jean Eversole Vocals
Nathan Palmer Vocals
Naomi Bradford Vocals
George Childers Banjo, Vocals
Cliff Sheats Piano, Vocals
James Easley Harmonica, Vocals
Joe K. Rakestraw Fiddle, Vocals
Buford Boyd Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Jake Staggers Banjo, Vocals
Clester Hounchell Fiddle, Jew's Harp
Louis Riendeau Fiddle, Narrator
Delbert Spray Fiddle
W. Guy Bruce Banjo, Vocals
Guy Bruce Jr. Fiddle
Harry "Pappy" Wells Fiddle
Maude Thacker Pump Organ
Leasie Whitmire Bass
Brady "Doc" Barnes Guitar, Vocals
Willard Benson Guitar, Vocals
Richard Moss Vocals
Rev. Willie Gresham Vocals
Mavis Moon Vocals
Helen McDuffie Guitar, Vocals
Macedonia Baptist Church Congregation Vocals
Bill Key Fiddle
The Gospel Supremes Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Gospel Chorus Of Macedonia Baptist Church Vocals
Lynn Elliott Guitar
Mickey Gilmore Vocals
"Little" Lucy Gilmoe Vocals
Bill Giles Guitar
Technical Credits
Art Rosenbaum Producer, Paintings, Text, Annotation, Drawing, Documentation, Essay, Field Recording, Photo Courtesy
Carl Fleischhauer Author
Chuck Bailey Field Recording
John Sheppel Field Recording
Susan Archie Art Direction
Pat Dunford Field Recording
Michael Graves Mastering
Steven Lance Ledbetter Producer, Author
Judge Dan White Introduction
Allan E. MacLoed Field Recording
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