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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Henry Lee - Dick Justice
  2. Fatal Flower Garden - Nelstone's Hawaiians
  3. The House Carpenter - Clarence Ashley
  4. Drunkard's Special - Coley Jones
  5. Old Lady And The Devil - Bill And Belle Reed
  6. The Butcher's Boy - Buell Kazee
  7. The Wagoner's Lad - Buell Kazee
  8. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-me-o - Chubby Parker
  9. Old Shoes and Leggings - Uncle Eck Dunford
  10. Willie Moore - Richard Burnett And Leonard Rutherford
  11. A Lazy Farmer Boy - Buster Carter & Preston Young
  12. Peg and Awl - The Caroline Tar Heels
  13. Ommie Wise - G.B Grayson
  14. My Name Is John Johanna - Kelly Harrell

Disc: 2

  1. Bandit Cole Younger - Edward L.Carin
  2. Charles Giteau* - Kelly Harrell
  3. John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man* - The Carter Family
  4. John Henry Was A Desperate Man* - The Willaimson Brothers And Curry
  5. Stackalee - Frank Hutchison
  6. White House Blues - Charlie Poole And The North Carolina Ramblers
  7. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
  8. When That Ship Went Down - William And Versey Smith
  9. Engine 143* - The Carter Family
  10. Kassie Jones* - Furry Lewis
  11. Penny's Farm - The Bently Boys
  12. Mississippi Boweavil Blues*** - The Masked Marvel
  13. Got The Farm Land Blues* - Carolina Tar Heels

Disc: 3

  1. Sail Away Lady - Uncle Bunt Stephens
  2. The Wild Wagoner* - Jilson Setters
  3. Wake Up Jacob - Prince Albert Hunt'sTexas Ramblers
  4. La Danseuse - Delma Lachney And Blind Uncle Gaspard
  5. Georgia Stomp* - Andrew And Jim Baxter
  6. Brilliancy Medley* - Eck Robertson
  7. Indian War Whoop* - Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers
  8. Old Country Stomp - Henry Thomas
  9. Old Dog Blue* - Jim Jackson
  10. Saut Crapaud* - Columbus Fruge
  11. Acadian One-Step - Joseph Falcon
  12. Home Sweet Home - The Breaux Freres
  13. Newport Blues ** - The Cincinnati Jug Band
  14. Mooshiner's Dance Part One*** - Frank Cloutier And The Victoria Cafe Orchestra

Disc: 4

  1. You Must Be Born Again* - Rev.J.M. Gates
  2. Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting* - Rev.J.M. Gates
  3. Rocky Road - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  4. Present Joys - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
  5. This Song Of Love - Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1
  6. Judgement - Sister Mary Nelson
  7. He Got Better Things For You* - Memphis Sanctified Singers
  8. Since I Laid My Burden Down - The Elders McLntorsh & Edwards' Santified Singers
  9. John The Baptist** - Rev.Moses Mason
  10. Dry Bones - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  11. John the Revelator - Blind Willie Johnson
  12. Little Moses* - The Carter Family
  13. Shine On Me* - Ernest Phipps And His Holiness Singers
  14. Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room* - Rev.F.W McGee
  15. In The Battlefield For My Lord - Rev.D.C Rice And Congregation

Disc: 5

  1. The Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley
  2. East Virginia - Buell Kazee
  3. Minglewood Blues* - Cannon's Jug Stompers
  4. I Woke Up One Morning In May - Didier Hebert
  5. James Alley Blues - Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
  6. Sugar Baby - Dock Boggs
  7. I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
  8. Mountaineer's Courtship - Ernest And Hattie Stoneman
  9. The Spanish Merchant's Daughter* - The Stoneman Family
  10. Bob Lee Junior Blues* - Memphis Jug Band
  11. Single Girl, Married Girl* - The Carter Family
  12. Le Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme - Cleoma Breaux & Joseph Falcon
  13. Rabbit Foot Blues*** - Blind Lemon Jefferson
  14. Expressman Blues* - Sleepy John Este & Yank Rachell

Disc: 6

  1. Poor Boy Blues*** - Ramblin Thomas
  2. Feather Bed* - Cannon's Jug Stompers
  3. Country Blues - Dock Boggs
  4. 99 Year Blues* - Julius Daniels
  5. Prison Cell Blues*** - Blind Lemon Jefferson
  6. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Blind Lemon Jefferson
  7. C'est Si Triste Sans Lui - Cleoma And Ophy Breaux And Joseph Falcon
  8. Way Down The Old Plank Road - Uncle Dave Macon
  9. Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line - Uncle Dave Macon
  10. Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
  11. K.C. Moan* - Memphis Jug Band
  12. Train On The Island* - J.P.Nestor
  13. The Lone Star Trail - Ken Maynard
  14. Fishing Blues - Henry Thomas

Product Description

(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
Henry Lee - JUSTICE, Dick
Fatal Flower Garden - NELSTONE'S HAWAIIANS
The House Carpenter - ASHLEY, Clarence
Drunkard's Special - JONES, Coley
Old Lady And The Devil - REED, Bill & Belle
The Butcher's Boy - KAZEE, Buell
The Wagoner's Lad - KAZEE, Buell
King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ke-Me-O - PARKER, Chubby
Old Shoes And Leggins - DUNFORD, Uncle Eck
Willie Moore - BURNETT, Richard & L. Rutherfo
A Lazy Farmer Boy - CARTER, Buster & Preston Young
Peg And Awl - CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Ommie Wise - GRAYSON, G.B.
My Name Is John Johanna - HARRELL, Kelly

Medium 2
Bandit Cole Younger - CRAIN, Edward L.
Charles Giteau - HARRELL, Kelly
John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man - CARTER FAMILY
Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand - WILLIAMSON BROS & Curry
Stackalee - HUTCHINSON, Frank
White House Blues - POOLE, Charlie & NORTH CAROLIN
Frankie - HURT, Mississippi John
When The Great Ship Went Down - SMITH, William & Versey
Engine 143 - CARTER FAMILY
Kassie Jones - LEWIS, ...

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By P. Bryant VINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2003
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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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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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By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2000
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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!"
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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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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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