Art Of Field Recording, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume of Art of Field Recording, this second installment is a four-CD box set of considerable size and scope of field recordings by Art Rosenbaum. The 107 tracks, recorded between 1956 and 2008 the very year this set was issued, cover an enormous range of American traditional music. Cajun, Appalachian folk, country blues, gospel, Sacred Harp singing, sacred steel guitar, and a cappella vocals are among the styles documented. It might not quite get to everything, but it certainly captures plenty of approaches that had little to no exposure in the conventional commercial music business over this half century, yet were preserved and performed outside of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume of Art of Field Recording, this second installment is a four-CD box set of considerable size and scope of field recordings by Art Rosenbaum. The 107 tracks, recorded between 1956 and 2008 the very year this set was issued, cover an enormous range of American traditional music. Cajun, Appalachian folk, country blues, gospel, Sacred Harp singing, sacred steel guitar, and a cappella vocals are among the styles documented. It might not quite get to everything, but it certainly captures plenty of approaches that had little to no exposure in the conventional commercial music business over this half century, yet were preserved and performed outside of the media spotlight. Like its predecessor, it's also divided into four separate thematic discs, though these are slightly different this time around. The first and second CDs are as they were in Vol. 1 devoted to a "survey" disc encompassing a bunch of styles and a disc of religious material; the third and fourth go into different directions by presenting a CD of "accompanied songs and ballads," and another wholly of "unaccompanied songs and ballads," or songs performed a cappella. A few performers here and there will be known to folk fans Cajun musicians the Balfa Brothers and Nathan Abshire, bluesman Scrapper Blackwell, Alice Gerrard, Buell Kazee, but mostly these are musicians without commercial profiles who make music because they want to, happening to get these performances taped by Rosenbaum. Art of Field Recording, Vol. 2 is of a similar level of quality as Vol. 1 -- which, it should be noted, might not be to everyone's taste, even folk and traditional music fans. These are field recordings spanning several decades, so the fidelity, while always listenable, isn't always sparkling. The performances are often on the spontaneous and even roughly stark side, and while that's justly hailed as part of their emotional impact, it doesn't always make for captivating listening, especially in such a lengthy dose. And while it seems a little spoilsport to make this kind of complaint about traditional music, some of the songs are pretty shopworn -- "John Hardy" might be a very significant folk song on its own merits, but do listeners really need to hear yet another version, and hardly one of the most distinguished ones? The set's greatest value is a folkloric one that lies in its sheer diversity, with an unselfconsciousness and ease that have become rarer commodities in music, not to say life in general, in the late 20th century and early 21st century. Plus, there are occasional performances even if these tend to be the more polished ones that would stand as enjoyable pieces outside of the context of this box set, like the Chancey Brothers' guitar-banjo duet "Mulberry Gap/Cumberland Gap"; Golden River Grass' energetic bluegrass-gospel hybrid with harmonica "Over in the Glory Land"; and the Myers Family & Friends' quite movingly sung and played selections, which are a nicely swinging blend of Appalachian folk with a bluegrass tinge. And, though an entire disc of a cappella singing might be too much for some listeners, it's more diverse and listenable than many would expect, with a few surprisingly rambunctious items; noted singer/songwriter Greg Brown even makes a surprise appearance on it, dueting with his grandmother on a 1978 recording of "Two Little Boys." The packaging is superb and the element of this release that will get it far more attention than most such folkloric compilations, the large-sized 96-page booklet including both detailed background information and more than 100 photos and illustrations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2009
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • UPC: 880226001223
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 119,667

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Grondeuse (The Scolding Woman) (1:55)
  2. 2 Blues (4:13)
  3. 3 12th Street Rag - Buzz Fountain (1:44)
  4. 4 Danish Galop - Dwight Lamb (1:15)
  5. 5 Broke Down Engine - Tony Bryant (4:12)
  6. 6 J'Ai Passé Devant Ta Porte (2:58)
  7. 7 Colinda (1:38)
  8. 8 Garfield (2:23)
  9. 9 The Devil Song (5:14)
  10. 10 Unnamed Tune - John W. Summers (2:04)
  11. 11 Going Across the Prairie (3:52)
  12. 12 Muddy Roads of Georgia - Uncle John Patterson (3:08)
  13. 13 Georgia Blues (5:15)
  14. 14 Billy Staffer (The State of Arkansas) (2:57)
  15. 15 Cindy in the Summertime - Eller Brothers (2:17)
  16. 16 General Lee's Surrender - Howard Cunningham (2:06)
  17. 17 Shortnin' Bread - Neal Patman (1:47)
  18. 18 Free Little Bird - Juanita Shehan (1:47)
  19. 19 The Soldier and the Lady - Juanita Shehan (3:10)
  20. 20 Big Road Blues (2:56)
  21. 21 Harlan County Farewell Tune - Pete Steele (1:04)
  22. 22 Marmaduke's Hornpipe (2:49)
  23. 23 Jonah (2:54)
  24. 24 Turkey in the Straw - Smokey McKinnis (2:32)
  25. 25 Paddy on the Turnpike (1:37)
  26. 26 Play Party Songs: In This Ring/I'd Rather Be a Farmer's Boy [Medley] - Anna Sandage Underhill (0:43)
  27. 27 Mulberry Gap/Cumberland Gap [Medley] - Chancey Brothers (3:35)
  28. 28 Fred Rogers' Reel - Louis Riendeau (1:42)
  29. 29 Goin' Where the Monon Crosses the Yellow Dog (4:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Welcome Home - Brown's Chapel Choir (3:16)
  2. 2 The River of Jordan - Myers Family & Friends (2:11)
  3. 3 Brother, You Ought T'Ve Been There - Brady "Doc" Barnes (1:31)
  4. 4 New Prospect (2:46)
  5. 5 No Man Can Love Me Like Jesus (2:48)
  6. 6 He's Calling Me - Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (3:02)
  7. 7 Out of My Bondage (3:03)
  8. 8 Mother, Tell Me of the Angels (3:00)
  9. 9 No Room at the Hotel - Otha Cooper (3:53)
  10. 10 Let's Have a Family Prayer - Traveling Inner Lights (4:50)
  11. 11 Over in the Glory Land (2:33)
  12. 12 A Charge to Keep I Have - Eddie Ruth Pringle (5:44)
  13. 13 How Long the Train Been Gone? - Jake Staggers & Family (2:45)
  14. 14 Lord, Remember Me - Pilgrim's Rest Primitive Baptist Church (5:58)
  15. 15 Eve and Adam (Pickin' Up Leaves) (4:12)
  16. 16 There's a Man Going Around Taking Names - Imogene Riggens (1:38)
  17. 17 Savior, Don't You Pass Me By - Brady "Doc" Barnes (4:16)
  18. 18 Oh That Terrible Day - Berthie Rogers (3:39)
  19. 19 I Know I Got Religion - Cora Thompson (3:15)
  20. 20 Dry Bones (5:11)
  21. 21 Walk with Me - House of God, Sarasota, Florida (8:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground - Chancey Brothers (4:05)
  2. 2 Going to Georgia - The Eller Family (3:04)
  3. 3 Southern Texas - George Gibson (3:07)
  4. 4 Raise a Ruckus Tonight - Brady "Doc" Barnes (3:01)
  5. 5 The Rambling Boy - Myers Family & Friends (2:05)
  6. 6 Want to Go to Cuba, Can't Go Now - Shorty Ralph Reynolds (2:34)
  7. 7 The Boat's Up the River (1:17)
  8. 8 Hog Drivers (3:07)
  9. 9 As I Walked out One Morning in Spring (1:13)
  10. 10 Devilish Mary (2:42)
  11. 11 Barbara Allen (6:40)
  12. 12 Steamboat Bill (2:15)
  13. 13 John Henry - Lawrence Eller (3:35)
  14. 14 John Henry - Mose Parker (4:07)
  15. 15 John Hardy (2:54)
  16. 16 Old Joe Clark - Myers Family & Friends (3:04)
  17. 17 The Miller's Will - Dr. C.B. Skelton (5:34)
  18. 18 On Top of Old Smoky (3:50)
  19. 19 Last Payday at Coal Creek - Pete Steele (3:08)
  20. 20 The Wreck on the CC&O Road - Leasie Whitmore (5:02)
  21. 21 Quit That Ticklin' Me - Buzz Fountain (1:32)
  22. 22 Going Up the Country (2:44)
  23. 23 Talking Blues - Myers Family & Friends (1:46)
  24. 24 Don't Go Riding Down That Old Texas Trail - Eller Brothers (2:04)
  25. 25 Ring Ching Ching (3:47)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Fair and Tender Maidens (2:08)
  2. 2 The Bird's Song - Virgil Sandage (1:07)
  3. 3 The Elfin Knight - Anna Sandage Underhill (2:37)
  4. 4 Gypsy Davy - Stan Gilliam (1:19)
  5. 5 Black Jack Davy (2:05)
  6. 6 Black Jack Davy (1:09)
  7. 7 The Battle of Stone River - Oscar Parks (3:57)
  8. 8 Froggy Went A-Courting (1:44)
  9. 9 The Factory Girl (2:41)
  10. 10 I'm a Noble Soldier (1:50)
  11. 11 The Young Man's Lament - Anna Sandage Underhill (2:36)
  12. 12 The Butcher's Boy - Vern Smelser (1:46)
  13. 13 Lady Lye (2:24)
  14. 14 Lullabies - Stan Gilliam (0:45)
  15. 15 Utah Carl (6:09)
  16. 16 Billy Button (2:11)
  17. 17 Ring Plays - Oneitha Ellison & Group (4:31)
  18. 18 Mohawk Love Song - Mr. & Mrs. Lazore (1:57)
  19. 19 Shenandoah (1:43)
  20. 20 Two Little Boys - Greg & Lala Brown (3:34)
  21. 21 Down in the Arkansas (1:32)
  22. 22 I'll Drink and Be Jolly (1:13)
  23. 23 We'll March Around the Wall (1:32)
  24. 24 John Came Home - Vern Smelser (3:09)
  25. 25 The Farm out West (2:09)
  26. 26 Frankie and Johnny (1:55)
  27. 27 The Farmer's Son - Mistress Della Mae Reedy (2:11)
  28. 28 The Famous Wedding (1:28)
  29. 29 Sail Away, Lady/Greenback [Medley] - Stan Gilliam (1:42)
  30. 30 The Lame Soldier - Sudie Parks (2:31)
  31. 31 Pearl Bryan - Oscar Parks (3:54)
  32. 32 Sing, Sing, What'll I Sing? (0:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scrapper Blackwell Guitar, Vocals
Nathan Abshire Accordion, Vocals
Dewey Balfa Fiddle, Vocals
Buell Kazee Banjo, Vocals
Shirley Griffith Guitar, Vocals
Ola Belle Reed Banjo, Vocals
Rodney Balfa Guitar
Will Balfa Fiddle
Andy Carlson Fiddle
Alice Gerrard Vocals
Smokey Joe Miller Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Murphy Fiddle
Ray Rhodes Vocals
Viola Watkins Vocals
Lawrencs McKiver Vocals
Betty Jean Robinson Vocals
Art Rosenbaum Fiddle, Guitar
Gordon Tanner Fiddle, Vocals
James Gerard Watson Banjo
Bob Black Banjo
Pat Hudson Fiddle, Vocals
Jim Cook Vocals
Kirk Brandenberger Fiddle
Mary Ruth Moore Vocals
Pete Steele Banjo, Vocals
Henry 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
Mabel Cawthorn Piano, Vocals
Lala Brown Vocals
Lucy Barnes Vocals
Chesley Chancey Banjo, Vocals
Sister Fleeta Mitchell Vocals
Ollie Gilbert Vocals
Lawrence Eller Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Vaughn Eller Guitar, Mouth Bow
Howard Cunningham Guitar
John "Doodle" Thrower & Golden River Grass Harmonica
Jack Bean Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word
Margaret Kimmett Vocals
Mary Lomax Vocals
Bobby McMillon Guitar, Vocals
Laethe Eller Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Heekin Vocals
Bonnie Loggins Vocals
Jake Staggers Banjo, Vocals
Clester Hounchell Fiddle
Louis Riendeau Fiddle
W. Guy Bruce Banjo, Vocals
Maude Thacker Vocals
Leasie Whitmire Bass
Brady "Doc" Barnes Guitar, Vocals
Willard Benson Guitar, Vocals
Helen McDuffie Guitar, Vocals
Bill Key Fiddle
Lynn Elliott Guitar
Neal Patman Harmonica, Vocals
Oscar "Shorty" Shehan Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
Juanita Shehan Guitar, Vocals
Smokey McKinnis Fiddle
Anna Sandage Underhill Vocals
Eddie Ruth Pringle Vocals
Imogene Riggens Vocals
Berthie Rogers Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
George Gibson Banjo, Vocals
Leasie Whitmore Bass
Virgil Sandage Vocals
Stan Gilliam Vocals
Vern Smelser Vocals
Sudie Parks Vocals
Technical Credits
Shirley Collins Author
Jean Ritchie Author
Art Rosenbaum Producer, Annotation, Documentation, Essay
Susan Archie Art Direction
Nathan Salsburg Contributor, Liner Notes
Steven Lance Ledbetter Producer
Brady "Doc" Barnes Author
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