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Anthology Of American Folk Music (Edited By Harry Smith) Box set, Original recording remastered
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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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This was my Birthday present to me, and it was worth every penny! I don't really need to tell fans of this music how brilliant this collection is, they'll already know. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pam
5 stars given because music very good and very good to listen too. Well worth buying for personal use or as a giftPublished on 25 Nov. 2013 by j a downing
...but who wants a box set whose box is too big for most shelves?! As other reviewers have said, this is a fabulous piece of musical history. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2010 by Doc Strange
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!Published on 28 May 2010 by Amanda S. Simpson
A truly seminal collection. Unquestionably worth preserving and perpetuating on CD. And good value for 6CDs. Thanks. Dr D. M. JonesPublished on 30 Mar. 2009 by Dr. D. M. Jones
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