Sounds of North American Frogs

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Folkways is most famous for its folk releases by the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, its championship of underdocumented, uncommercial sounds extended to some pretty unlikely corners, such as Sounds of North American Frogs. Fifty-seven species of frogs and toads are represented on this 55-minute, 92-track disc, linked together with narration by Charles M. Bogart. He details the variation in a straight scientist voice that will strike some as amusingly incongruous with the burps and bleats of the frogs, noting differences in sound cycles per second, possible uses for mating purposes, and the like. Actually, there is quite a bit of variation in the ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Folkways is most famous for its folk releases by the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, its championship of underdocumented, uncommercial sounds extended to some pretty unlikely corners, such as Sounds of North American Frogs. Fifty-seven species of frogs and toads are represented on this 55-minute, 92-track disc, linked together with narration by Charles M. Bogart. He details the variation in a straight scientist voice that will strike some as amusingly incongruous with the burps and bleats of the frogs, noting differences in sound cycles per second, possible uses for mating purposes, and the like. Actually, there is quite a bit of variation in the sounds presented, from low eerie growls to rapid-fire trills. It's hard to imagine this arousing too much interest among the record-buying public, but for professional and amateur naturalists it's probably quite valuable, and it's bound to be sampled by both experimental and pop musicians, if it hasn't been already.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/1998
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074506028
  • Catalog Number: 45060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Individual Barking Treefrog (0:16)
  2. 2 Chorus of Barking Treefrogs (0:20)
  3. 3 Mixed Chorus Recorded (0:50)
  4. 4 The Southern Toad (0:38)
  5. 5 The Green Treefrog (0:18)
  6. 6 A Continuation of The (0:36)
  7. 7 Chorus of Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toads (1:07)
  8. 8 Voice of Acris Gryllus Dorsalis (0:21)
  9. 9 Mating Call of Squirrel Treefrog (0:24)
  10. 10 Mating Call of the Pine Woods Treefrog (0:25)
  11. 11 Chorus of Green Treefrogs (0:23)
  12. 12 Barking Treefrog (0:34)
  13. 13 Mating Call of the Pig Frog (0:32)
  14. 14 Breeding Chorus of Southern Leopard Frogs (0:40)
  15. 15 A Large Breeding Chorus of Florida Gopher Frogs (0:54)
  16. 16 Mating Trill of the Southern Toad (0:39)
  17. 17 Breeding Call of the Oak Toad (0:25)
  18. 18 Mating Call of Hybrid Treefrog (0:47)
  19. 19 Green Treefrog (0:16)
  20. 20 The Mating Call of the Barking Treefrog (0:26)
  21. 21 Mating Call of the Red-Spotted Toad (0:36)
  22. 22 The Somewhat Distinctive Call of an Individual Red-Spotted Toad (0:32)
  23. 23 Mating Call of Fowler's Toad, Bufo Woodhousei Fowleri (0:22)
  24. 24 Mating Call of Fowler's Toad (0:28)
  25. 25 Mating Call of the Southwestern Woodhouse's Toad (0:21)
  26. 26 Mating Call of the American Toad, Bufo Americanus (0:51)
  27. 27 Mating Call of the Southern Toad, Bufo Terrestris (0:41)
  28. 28 Mating Call of Eastern Gray Treefrog, Hyla Versicolor (0:30)
  29. 29 Mating Call of the Gray Treefrog, Hyla Chrysoscelis (0:37)
  30. 30 Mating Call of the Gray Treefrog, Hyla Chrysoscelis (0:32)
  31. 31 Mating Call of the Gray Treefrog, Hyla Chrysoscelis (0:23)
  32. 32 Mating Call of the Canyon Treefrog, Hyla Arenicolor (0:31)
  33. 33 Mating Call of the California Treefrog, Hyla Cadaverina (1:01)
  34. 34 Warning Croak Accompanied by Warning Vibration (0:54)
  35. 35 Warning Chirp of the Boreal Toad, Bufo Boreas Boreas (0:31)
  36. 36 Warning Croak of the Sonoran Desert Toad, Bufo Alvarius (0:28)
  37. 37 Warning Chirp of the California Treefrog, Hyla Cadaverina (0:31)
  38. 38 Warning Croak of the Florida Gopher Frog (0:55)
  39. 39 The "Territoriality Call" Of the Southern Race (0:27)
  40. 40 The "Territoriality Call" Of the Southern Race (1:01)
  41. 41 "Rain Song" Of the Squirrel Treefrog, Hyla Squirella (0:49)
  42. 42 Scream of the Southern Leopard Frog, Rana Utricularia (0:57)
  43. 43 Chorus of Pig Frogs, Rana Grylio (0:17)
  44. 44 The Grunt-Like Sound Produced by the Pig Frog (0:39)
  45. 45 Voice of the Pig Frog, Rana Grylio (0:33)
  46. 46 The Mating Call of the Bullfrog, Rana Catesbeiana (0:32)
  47. 47 Mating Call of the Pig Frog (0:34)
  48. 48 Mating Chorus of Southern Leopard Frogs, Rana Utricularia (0:29)
  49. 49 Mating Call of the Pickerel Frog, Rana Palustris (0:43)
  50. 50 Mating Call of the Giant Toad, Bufo Marinus (0:39)
  51. 51 Mating Call of the Sonoran Desert Toad, Bufo Alvarius (0:48)
  52. 52 Mating Call of the Gulf Coast Toad, Bufo Valliceps (0:41)
  53. 53 Mating Call of the Arroyo Toad, Bufo Miroscaphus Californicus (0:45)
  54. 54 Matting Call of the Red-Spotted Toad, Bufo Punctatus (0:42)
  55. 55 Mating Call of the Green Toad, Bufo Debilis Insidior (0:27)
  56. 56 Mating Call of the Oak Toad, Bufo Quercicus (0:34)
  57. 57 The Call of the Green Toad (0:40)
  58. 58 This Is the Same Call (0:38)
  59. 59 The Mating Chorus of Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad (0:33)
  60. 60 The Mating Call of the Great Plains (0:41)
  61. 61 Mating Call of Great Plains Spadefoot (0:27)
  62. 62 Chorus of the Lowland Burrowing Treefrog (0:35)
  63. 63 Mating Call of the Pine Barrens Treefrog (0:36)
  64. 64 Mating Call of the Moutain Treefrog (0:35)
  65. 65 Mating Call of the Mexican Treefrog (0:23)
  66. 66 Mating Call of the Spring Peeper (0:33)
  67. 67 Mating Chorus of the Pacific Treefrog (0:33)
  68. 68 The Mating Call of the Dwarf Mexican Treefrog (0:17)
  69. 69 Mating Call of the Little Grass Frog (0:24)
  70. 70 Western Chorus Frogs (0:28)
  71. 71 Blanchard's Cricket Frog (0:16)
  72. 72 The Florida Cricket Frog (0:26)
  73. 73 Mexican Leaf Frog (0:35)
  74. 74 Mating Call of Couch's Spadefoot (0:19)
  75. 75 Mating Call of the Plains Spadefoot (0:31)
  76. 76 Mating Chorus of the New Mexico Spadefoot (0:36)
  77. 77 Mating Chorus of Three Species of Spadefoot (0:30)
  78. 78 Mating Call of the Great Basin Spadefoot (0:31)
  79. 79 Mating Call of the Sabinal Frog (0:28)
  80. 80 Mating Chorus of the Great Plains Toad (0:33)
  81. 81 Mating Call of the Yosemite Toad (0:26)
  82. 82 Mating Call of the Sonoran Green Toad (0:25)
  83. 83 Mating Call of the Green Toad, Bufo Debilis Insidior (1:02)
  84. 84 Mating Call of the Carpenter Frog (0:39)
  85. 85 Winter Mating Chorus of the Patzcuaro Frog (0:31)
  86. 86 Chorus of Bullfrogs (0:54)
  87. 87 Chorus of Sonoran Desert Toads (0:34)
  88. 88 Chorus of Spadefoot Toads (0:38)
  89. 89 Frog Chorus Recorded Four Miles South of Brighton (0:26)
  90. 90 Large Chorus Recorded West of the Archbold Biological Station (0:30)
  91. 91 A Breeding Chorus of the Southern Toad (1:03)
  92. 92 Sounds Issuing From the Oklawaha River East of Orange Springs (0:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles M. Bogart Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Moses Asch Producer
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes, Reissue Production Supervisor
Ronald Clyne Cover Design
Amy Horowitz Contributor, Reissue Production Supervisor
Peter Bartok Contributor, Compensation Engineer
Richard Lescallette Mastering
Dr. Richard G. Zweifel Introduction, Annotation
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