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American Folk Anthology Original recording remastered

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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 (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. On Top Of Old Smokey - The Weavers
  12. Frog Went A Courting - Pete Seeger
  13. Cowboy's Lament (Streets Of Laredo) - Burl Ives
  14. Rock Island Line - Leadbelly
  15. Wanderings - Josh White
  16. Grand Coulee Dam - Woody Guthrie
  17. If I Had A Hammer - The Weavers
  18. Worried Man Blues - Burl Ives
  19. The Fox - Pete Seeger
  20. Santy Anno - Odetta
  21. I Ride An Old Paint - The Almanac Singers
  22. Along The Colorado Trail - The Weavers
  23. Mule Skinner Blues - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  24. Darlin' Cory - Burl Ives
  25. Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly

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
  11. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel - Cisco Houston
  12. Pastures Of Plenty - Woody Guthrie
  13. Lonesome Traveller - The Weavers
  14. He Lies In The American Land - Pete Seeger
  15. Old Dan Tucker - Burl Ives
  16. Midnight Special - Leadbelly
  17. Another Man Done Gone - Odetta
  18. Like A Natural Man - Josh White
  19. Pretty Boy Floyd - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  20. Ox Driver's Song - Pete Seeger
  21. Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow - Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston
  22. Go Tell Aunt Rhody - Burl Ives
  23. Erie Canal - Burl Ives
  24. Glory, Glory - Odetta
  25. Wasn't That A Time? - The Weavers

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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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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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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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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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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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After Listening to a lot of Lonnie Donegan songs , I suddenly had an urge to see where he got his inspiration from .
This for the money has been an absolute bargain . Also if anyone wanted to learn to sing and accompany themselves nearly all these songs are just 3 chords so fairly easy to learn . Get it !
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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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By bill on 28 Jun. 2012
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Vast amount of content. Much of it good and used to be found on Childrens Favorites in the late 50s
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fabulous - had a great grin on my face listening to this while I did the ironing
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