Frank Fairfield's Pawn Records Presents Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts

Frank Fairfield's Pawn Records Presents Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts

     
 

Very loosely speaking, these 16 tracks -- all taken from the 78 rpm record collection of Frank Fairfield -- might be classified as a combination of rare world, folk, and old-time music. Though perhaps a little more oriented toward the market for folkloric recordings than popular entertainment, it's really too eclectic an anthology to be easily categorized. For the… See more details below

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Very loosely speaking, these 16 tracks -- all taken from the 78 rpm record collection of Frank Fairfield -- might be classified as a combination of rare world, folk, and old-time music. Though perhaps a little more oriented toward the market for folkloric recordings than popular entertainment, it's really too eclectic an anthology to be easily categorized. For the Americana listener, there are country-blues and old-timey sides, but there's also music of various stripes from Scotland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Tahiti, Bali, Paris, China, and Native Americans. There's even Byzantine liturgical music and an African American sermon from the late '20s. It might be observed, with some justification, that this could be too eclectic an assortment to hold the attention of some listeners. On the other hand, the strength of a compilation such as this is that it brings together music that some open-minded listeners might be unlikely to investigate if the tracks were only found on single-genre or specialist anthologies. It's difficult to focus on highlights here, since they will vary so widely according to taste, but Akumu Odhiambo's "Pius Ogola," from Kenya in the '60s, might well appeal to those looking for some of the more rhythmic, folkier roots of Afro-beat. There's a connection to more modern pop sounds, too, in Hermanos Huesca's "La Bamba" (featuring harp), which according to the liner notes would have been unknown outside of the Vera Cruz region of Mexico if not for this recording's role in popularizing the song. Slim Barton & James Moore's "Poor Convict Blues," from 1929, is extremely rare harmonica-guitar blues (and one of the few cuts where an abundance of surface noise that couldn't be eliminated from the source recording verges on distracting), and (again according to the notes), might well have been an integrated duo. Fairfield's detailed liner notes contain interesting background information about both the recordings and the sociocultural context that gave rise to the styles heard on this CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Tompkins Square
UPC:
0894807002387
catalogNumber:
2387
Rank:
126279

Tracks

  1. Hundred Pipers-Miss Drummond Of Perth Sleepy Maggie  -  Pipe Major Forsyth and Drums
  2. Yagi-Bushi, Yanre-Bushi  - Kamemaru Sunakawa
  3. Poor Convict Blues  - Slim Barton
  4. Pius Ogola  - Akumu Odhiambo
  5. Sondiata  -  Sudanese Wandering Minstrels
  6. La Bamba  -  Hermanos Huesca
  7. Arato Csásdás  -  Sándor Németh's Gypsy Orchestra
  8. Campbells Are Coming  - Tommy Dandurand
  9. Ama Ama  - George "Tautu" Archer
  10. Rondo Karang Toeri  - Bok Djam
  11. Makwatu
  12. ...Fox Chase  -  Hopkins
  13. Kongshoung Niaoyu  - Professor Liu Tianhua
  14. Un Pied Dans L'eau
  15. Natepa Yion  -  Chanter P. Manea With Choir
  16. By The Pool Of Siloam  - Rev. Frank Cotton

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Jon Ward   translation,Information
Juan Martinez   translation,Information
Frank Fairfield   Producer,Liner Notes
Michael Kieffer   translation,Information
George Vrettos   translation,Information
Dulcie Gonzalez   translation,Information
Don Ong   translation,Information
Johana Susanto   translation,Information
Joel Thomas Jordan   Artwork,Layout
Hestia Sartika   translation,Information
Mason S. Philip   Liner Notes
Marea Boylan   translation,Information
Ulawi Otieno   translation,Information
Sunoko Lin   translation,Information

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