Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Thirty Library of Congress field recordings from 1933 to 1946, compiled and thoroughly annotated by Stephen Wade. There are many Library of Congress collections, but the diversity of performances on this disc might make one of the better selections for someone who's interested enough in folkloric recordings to have just a few, as opposed to an academic who wants to hear as much as possible. There's Appalachian folk music, African-American spirituals, nursery rhymes by black Mississippi children, rural Southern blues, and even an a cappella ballad by a Harvard-educated judge. There are a couple of well-known performers as well: Woody Guthrie does "The Gypsy Davy," and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Thirty Library of Congress field recordings from 1933 to 1946, compiled and thoroughly annotated by Stephen Wade. There are many Library of Congress collections, but the diversity of performances on this disc might make one of the better selections for someone who's interested enough in folkloric recordings to have just a few, as opposed to an academic who wants to hear as much as possible. There's Appalachian folk music, African-American spirituals, nursery rhymes by black Mississippi children, rural Southern blues, and even an a cappella ballad by a Harvard-educated judge. There are a couple of well-known performers as well: Woody Guthrie does "The Gypsy Davy," and Sonny Terry has a trademark puffing harmonica workout on "Lost John." But largely these are folks who performed mostly for their neighbors or houses of worship. It's not the point of a collection such as this to illustrate how this music influenced pop, but there are some real interesting renditions of songs that later became famous in other hands: "Blood-Strained Banders" done here by Jimmie Strothers was adapted into "Good Shepherd" by the Jefferson Airplane; "Sea Lion Woman" Christine and Katherine Shipp was done by Nina Simone, and "Another Man Done Gone" Vera Hall was covered by John Mayall. There's also the first recorded performance of "Rock Island Line" by inmates at an Arkansas penitentiary in 1934, which became a folk music standard and eventually started the skiffle craze in England.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 712136150022
  • Catalog Number: 361500
  • Sales rank: 84,293

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bonaparte's Retreat (1:51)
  2. 2 Rock Island Line (1:48)
  3. 3 Pretty Polly (2:19)
  4. 4 Pullin' the Skiff - Ora Dell Graham (1:06)
  5. 5 Shortenin' Bread - Ora Dell Graham (0:54)
  6. 6 Sea Lion Woman (1:11)
  7. 7 Soldier's Joy (2:10)
  8. 8 Another Man Done Gone (1:26)
  9. 9 Northfield (1:11)
  10. 10 When I Lay My Burden Down - Turner Junior Johnson (3:28)
  11. 11 Grub Springs (1:17)
  12. 12 Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down (4:11)
  13. 13 Iron Merrimac (1:46)
  14. 14 Creek Lullaby (0:54)
  15. 15 Coal Creek March - Pete Steele (1:31)
  16. 16 Worried Life Blues - David Honeyboy Edwards (2:57)
  17. 17 One Morning in May - Texas Gladden (3:19)
  18. 18 Blood-Strained Banders (1:23)
  19. 19 Goodbye, Old Paint (4:30)
  20. 20 Lead Me to the Rock (2:44)
  21. 21 Glory in the Meeting House (1:44)
  22. 22 The Avondale Mine Disaster - John Quinn (4:09)
  23. 23 Roll on the Ground - Thaddeus C. Willingham Jr. (3:18)
  24. 24 Diamond Joe - Charles "Big Charlie" Butler (2:14)
  25. 25 Lost John (4:40)
  26. 26 Sept Ans Sur Mer - Ella Hoffpauir (2:50)
  27. 27 East Texas Rag (2:11)
  28. 28 Old Joe Clark (0:52)
  29. 29 The Gypsy Davy (2:39)
  30. 30 Kiowa Story of the Flute (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Woody Guthrie Track Performer
Wade Ward Track Performer
Smith Casey Track Performer
David Honeyboy Edwards Track Performer
John Quinn Track Performer
Sonny Terry Track Performer
Bozie Sturdivant Track Performer
Vera Hall Track Performer
E.C. Ball Track Performer
Jimmie Strothers Track Performer
Paine Denson Track Performer
Kelly Pace Track Performer
Luther Strong Track Performer
W.H. Stepp Track Performer
Wash Dennis Track Performer
Thaddeus C. Willingham Jr. Track Performer
Charles Sims Track Performer
Katherine Shipp Track Performer
Christine Shipp Track Performer
Texas Gladden Track Performer
Pete Steele Track Performer
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Lead Belly Composer
Hammie Nixon Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Stephen Wade Annotation, Selection Compilation
Wade Ward Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Smith Casey Composer
B.B. King Liner Notes
John A. Lomax Composer
Vera Hall Composer
Pete Reiniger Contributor
Ruby Pickens Tartt Composer
Traditional Composer
Pete Steele Composer
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