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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dust Bowl BluesWoody Guthrie 3:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. House of the Rising SunBob Dylan 5:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. If I had a HammerPeter, Paul and Mary 2:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Plaisir D'amourJoan Baez 3:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Where did you Sleep Last NightLeadbelly 3:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gallow's PoleOdetta 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. We Shall not be MovedPete Seeger 2:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hard Travellin'Ramblin' Jack Elliot 3:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Careless LoveDave Van Ronk 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. One MeatballJosh White 3:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. WimowehThe Weavers 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Wedding Dress SongPeggy Seeger 2:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Baby Please don't goSonny Terry And Brownie McGhee 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Great American BurnCisco Houston 1:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Union TrainThe Almanac Singers 2:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Tom DooleyKingston Trio 3:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Scarlet RibbonsHarry Belafonte 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Big Rock Candy MountainBurl Ives 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Rising of the MoonJudy Collins 4:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Yes I seeBob Gibson 2:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. A Wayfaring StrangerThe Limeliters 3:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. On some Foggy Mountain TopThe New Lost City Ramblers 2:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. This Land is your LandThe New Christy Minstrels 2:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. La BambaBud And Travis 3:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. The CuckooJean Ritchie 2:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Pastures of PlentyWoody Guthrie 2:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Man of Constant SorrowBob Dylan 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Early in the MorningPeter, Paul and Mary 1:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Black is the colour of my True Love's HairJoan Baez 2:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Rock Island LineLeadbelly 2:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Jack 'o' DiamondsOdetta 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Gypsy DavyPete Seeger 4:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Pretty Boy FloydRamblin' Jack Elliot 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Please see that my Grave is kept cleanDave Van Ronk 3:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Jesus Make up my Dying BedJosh White 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen36. So Long (it's been good to know you)The Weavers 3:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen37. The Butcher's BoyPeggy Seeger 2:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Walk onSonny Terry And Brownie McGhee 2:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Mysteries of a Hobo's LifeCisco Houston 1:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Get thee behind me SatanThe Almanac Singers 2:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen41. The Tijuana JailKingston Trio 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen42. ShenandoahHarry Belafonte 3:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen43. A Little Bitty TearBurl Ives 2:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Sailor's LifeJudy Collins 2:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Motherless ChildrenBob Gibson 2:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Dollar DownThe Limeliters 2:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Don't let your deal go downThe New Lost City Ramblers 2:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Green GreenThe New Christy Minstrels 2:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Sloop John BBud And Travis 4:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen50. One I LoveJean Ritchie 3:010.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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