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American Folk Anthology [Original recording remastered]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B001C3ANE2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We Shall Not Be Moved - Pete Seeger
2. The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Burl Ives
3. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - The Weavers
4. Blue Tail Fly - Leadbelly
5. This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
6. I Gave My Love A Cherry (The Riddle Song) - Josh White
7. So Long It's Been Good To Know You - The Weavers
8. Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - Leadbelly
9. House Of The Rising Sun - Woody Guthrie
10. John Henry - Josh White
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Alabama Bound - Odetta
2. Billy Boy - Burl Ives
3. Bring A Little Water Sylvie - The Weavers
4. Brown Eyes - Woody Guthrie
5. Old Blue - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
6. The Ballad Of Rodger Young - Burl Ives
7. Jack O'Diamonds - Odetta
8. Sometime - Josh White with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
9. John Hardy - Leadbelly
10. Fare You Well Polly - Pete Seeger
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50 memorable American folk gems brought to you digitally remastered in a 2CD set. Featuring artists including Pete Seeger, Odetta, Leadbelly, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie and many more all time greats.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fine collection of classic performances of stone American folksongs. I heard some of these recordings growing up in the 1960s, though more from my mother's singing to me as a child. As she was not especially musical, nor a record-buyer or folkie, this seems pretty good evidence many had entered into the broader folksong pantheon by then.
I don't understand the comment that it isn't real folk music - it seems pretty archetypally American folk to me: if "Aunt Rhody", "Ezekiel", "John Hardy", Bluetail Fly", "Froggy" etc aren't folk music, what is? - but maybe the reviewer is new to American folk. It's true that some have British Isles roots, but that hardly disqualifies them either as folk or as American songs - all folksongs come from somewhere, and are transformed by performance in time, place and social context. Similarly, for the idea that royalty payments influenced the choice - if the Q is, why these 10 performers instead of others? Yes, they were all popular and commercial at times - though also just scraped by at times, or were literally hounded out of the music business and blacklisted at others - I assume the idea is to give a picture of the folk music that was created and recreated for a broad audience in a modern idiom, within the limits of licensing constraints. Even the Leadbelly recordings are commercial ones - this isn't John and Alan Lomax's amateurs in field, hollow or prison. In fact, these musicians all knew each other and often performed together, so uniting them in a collection has the virtue of coherence.
Not everything will be to everyone's taste - I never cared for Burl Ives that much, though listening to him now I respect it more than when seeing him endlessly on 1970s TV shows.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good introduction 28 Mar 2009
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This was a happy find for me. It has some of the leading American folk artists on it such as Pete Seger, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Odetta.
I recommend it if you do not know a lot about American folk music and would like to know more about it in the different eras.
I've been enjoying listening to it while I've been working but will no doubt become part of my summer listening for those long lazy days.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start of an era 2 April 2009
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This album represents a nostalgia trip into my earliest interest in 'folk' - as represented by the folk songs I heard on the radio. 'This Land' by Woody Guthrie, "Big Rock Candy Mountain' by Burl Ives and 'If I Had A Hammer' - although I think it was the Trini Lopez version which was played. This anthology covers the greats of the era, not only Guthrie and Ives but Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Cisco Houston, Odetta and of course Leadbelly
I grew up learning basic guitar from Alan Lomax's 'Anthology of American Folk' and all the old favourites are here, 'John Henry' ' Santo Anno' "I Ride An Old Paint' 'St james Infirmary, "Pretty Boy Floyd' 'John Hardy' 'Goodnight Irene' and 'Erie Canal'; together with a host of other material which I have learned to love over the years including Guthrie's version of 'House of the Rising Sun'.

As an introduction to the early years of the 'folk revolution' it represents the songs and the artists who predated the Dylan years, the songs and people who influenced him, many of the songs having origins lost in time (many derived from material existing prior to the settlement of America) and others of comparatively recent origin, such as much of Guthrie's work.

I thoroughly recommend this compilation as it provides a basis for so much of what came later, a collection of material from which the folk revival of the 60's sprang.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Folk Anthology 3 Jun 2012
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I was really pleased with this CD - just what I wanted, a great selection of American folk songs sung by famous artists such as Leadbelly, The Weavers, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others. For folksingers, this is a great resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia feast 3 Oct 2009
By V. M. H
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fabulous - had a great grin on my face listening to this while I did the ironing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money 26 Aug 2009
By H Crump
Format:Audio CD
Great double CD for the price - brought back memories of listening to songs like "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" by Burl Ives as I was growing up - a varied compilation that should suit anyone interested in the origins of american folk.

It's surprising as you listen to the tracks how many you recognise and how many you actually know the words to and can sing along!!
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