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Anthology Of American Folk Music (Edited By Harry Smith) Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DJU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(1997/SMITHONIAN FOLKWAYS) 84 tracks (4 hours,16 minutes) LP sized box with 68 page booklet plus enhanced CD for Windows.
Perhaps the most influential collection in the history of recorded sound, the Anthology brought virtually unknown parts of America's musical heritage to public attention, and created a cultural wave with lasting impact. Smithsonian Folkways brings the Anthology to a new generation of listeners with digitally remastered sound, Smith's original handbook, and a 68-page book with essays by Greil Marcus and other noted writers, musicians and scholars. Play the enhanced sixth disc on your CD-ROM to access rare photos, historic video footage, artist interviews, and background information.Medium 1
  1. Henry Lee - JUSTICE, Dick
  2. Fatal Flower Garden - NELSTONE'S HAWAIIANS
  3. The House Carpenter - ASHLEY, Clarence
  4. Drunkard's Special - JONES, Coley
  5. Old Lady And The Devil - REED, Bill & Belle
  6. The Butcher's Boy - KAZEE, Buell
  7. The Wagoner's Lad - KAZEE, Buell
  8. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ke-Me-O - PARKER, Chubby
  9. Old Shoes And Leggins - DUNFORD, Uncle Eck
  10. Willie Moore - BURNETT, Richard & L. Rutherfo
  11. A Lazy Farmer Boy - CARTER, Buster & Preston Young
  12. Peg And Awl - CAROLINA TAR HEELS
  13. Ommie Wise - GRAYSON, G.B.
  14. My Name Is John Johanna - HARRELL, Kelly
Medium 2
  1. Bandit Cole Younger - CRAIN, Edward L.
  2. Charles Giteau - HARRELL, Kelly
  3. John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man - CARTER FAMILY
  4. Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand - WILLIAMSON BROS & Curry
  5. Stackalee - HUTCHINSON, Frank
  6. White House Blues - POOLE, Charlie & NORTH CAROLIN
  7. Frankie - HURT, Mississippi John
  8. When The Great Ship Wen...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 6 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD
The folk music of America at first appealed to rural audiences and only entered the mainstream when it was watered down with hit singles for the Weavers.Later in the decade the college campus and the Hootenannys would enter with Bob Dylan as a sort of catalyst.
What's on here is at first hearing far removed from Blowin' in the Wind or the New Christy Minstrels but its where it began.
The Harry Smith Anthology was only known about to those who collected the Elektra and Vanguard labels and it would be years before the music mainstream acknowledged its existence and supposed importance.
But there's no doubt that Dylan took a lotta material from this collection and even passed some of it off as his own work
Few titles here would have figured on a 50s hit parade but in the next decade with more awareness of the history of blues and country at least the Carter Family would figure prominently especially aftr the Johnny Cash connection and songs would turn up on albums during the Urban Folk Revival as the artists involved would actually seek them out eg Walk right in-which the Rooftop Singers discovered via Gus Cannon 78s.Eventually the growing interest in Roots Music would draw more attention to what was at one time a specialist field
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By P. Bryant VINE VOICE on 27 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
Some of the songs in this massive collection make you shake your head with wonder - surely this one can't have been released as a record for people to buy in a record shop? Imagine the conversation from 1929 - "Excuse me, have you got I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground, by Bascom Lamar Lunsford?" "Why certainly young sir, it's right here, that'll be 30 cents!" But apparently ALL of these songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, gospel shouts, shape-note choirs, blues, string bands, cajuns and hot sermonising were indeed issued on 78s, and the public did buy them. Well - the rural folk in the Southern states, not those sophisticates in New York.
A guy called Ralph Peer found out by accident that white people down in the South would buy records by Uncle Bunt Stephens in their hundreds and thousands - he couldn't understand it either, being a city slicker himself, but he knew a good thing when he saw it. So what became the country music industry started up. Then Ralph deduced that the black folks would also like the opportunity to buy their own kind of music, and so began to issue country blues. Between 1925 and 1933 an amazing kaleidoscope of country, folk, blues and jazz was released and some of it's right here in this big box.
And at least half is just as enjoyable now as it was then - although you probably need to be a bit of a folkie or a blues fan to really love it. Or maybe you went to see O Brother Where Art Thou and got the brilliant soundtrack album - well, Harry Smith's Anthology is where you find the original recordings of that kind of stuff. It's often raw and harsh, but it cuts through. It has power and magic, and a crazy happiness to it. This music is not show business.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Nude O'Regan on 24 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you thought that Bob Dylan's sound was new way back in the early 60's (as I did) then think again. That sound goes back much further to an even wierder time. Harry Smith pretty much bootlegged this cross section of American music ranging from blues through jug and gospel to early Dylan style harmonica howls from recordings on obscure labels, which begs the question, how did this very strange music attract a commercial audience in the USA of the 20's and thirties? The roots of all modern music are here and this stuff certainly did influence a generation or two or three. It's a good game spotting who subsequently ripped off what. To own it is to love it. Peg and Awl defies description, but Smith has a go at it, as he does all of these tunes with wonderfully concise tongue in cheek summaries.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the collection of songs and music that inspired almost everybody on the hip side of life in the 60's. Published in 1952 by Folkways, this has survived brilliantly and is still a major source of inspiration for roots musicians. This 6 CD set was compiled out of true love to the music, and has made Harry Smith a legend like Ralph Peer, Sam Phillips or Don Law - For the record collector , this is a "MUST HAVE!"
Nils Maaetoft
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda S. Simpson on 28 May 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this as a gift for my husband who plays it loads - must say even I have started to like it and there it a whole lot to listen to!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Corelis on 6 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
There is so much information available about this set, not only in the amazon reviews but also in the booklets that come with this Smithsonian edition, in books on rock music like Greil Marcus's Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes and in other sources, that I'm not sure how helpful it would be to give yet another description of it here. Instead, let me just give concise advice to anyone wondering if this is something they should buy: if you are interested in folk music, rock music, or American popular culture or society, you want this. This anthology is arguably, I would say undoubtedly, the most influential musical recording ever issued. Its impact on the popular music of the 20th century, and on popular culture in general, has been incalculable: Dave van Ronk said that "We all knew every song on it by heart, including the ones we hated," the "we" being his fellow folk musicians in those early Greenwich Village days like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Paul Clayton. As is usefully noted in the Smithsonian's accompanying booklet, song after song was covered or adapted by famous folk and rock artists. Those very familiar with Bob Dylan's work will find that, though so far as I remember Dylan never strictly speaking covered any of these songs, yet song after song resonates with and probably influenced Dylan's work, especially in the pre-Nashville Skyline albums.

The Smithsonian's packaging, including a very informative booklet and a facsimile reproduction of Harry Smith's original notes, is wholly admirable.

And one minor personal note: as Smith, I think, gives hints of, this anthology can be looked at not only as a collection but as a unified work put together to tell a story. You need to listen to it a lot for the story to become clear,and the story you find may not be the one I found, but there is a story there.
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