American Folk Anthology Original recording remastered
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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 !
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth the money for the number of tracks although many have an earpiercing amateurish sharpness. I bought it to get a few of my favourites from years back.Published on 30 Dec. 2012 by Mr. G. A. Mcmaster