(2008) American Folk Music

Various Artists

... read moreA bit like a single-disc, condensed version of Harry Smith's famous Anthology of American Folk Music (most of these tracks can be found there), this fine compilation features commercially released 78s from the 1920s and 1930s, and pretty much covers the gamut of early American vernacular music, with...

04:17′:19″ 84 Songs

Disk 1

1
Various Artists
Mississippi Boweavil (Boll Weevil) Blues
3:10
2
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Peg & Awl
3:00
3
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Buddy Won't You Roll Down The Line
3:15
4
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Little Moses
3:14
5
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This Song Of Love
2:59
6
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Ommie Wise
3:12
7
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Shine On Me
3:04
8
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White House Blues
3:31
9
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Drunkard's Special
3:16
10
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Brilliancy Medley
3:02
11
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The House Carpenter
3:17
12
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Minglewood Blues
3:44
13
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Present Joys
2:53
14
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Indian War Whoop
3:13
15
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Old Country Stomp
2:55
16
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Old Lady & The Devil
3:05
17
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Acadian One-Step
3:00
18
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Saut Crapaud
2:50
19
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Must Be Born Again
1:31
20
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Frankie
3:29
21
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Train On The Island
3:01
22
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Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand
3:27
23
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The Wagoner's Lad
3:06
24
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Old Dog Blue
3:04
25
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Rabbit Foot Blues
2:58
26
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Rocky Road
2:45
27
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Since I Laid My Burden Down
3:19
28
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I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground
3:22
29
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The Wild Wagoner
3:17
30
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Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting
1:29
31
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The Coo Coo Bird
2:57
32
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John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man
2:58
33
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Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room
2:44
34
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The Newport Blues
2:58
35
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99 Year Blues
3:07
36
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Dry Bones
3:01
37
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John The Revelator
3:21
38
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Judgement
2:25
39
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A Lazy Farmer Boy
3:00
40
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C'est Si Triste Sans Lui
3:02
41
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Mountaineer's Courtship
2:44
42
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The Spanish Merchant's Daughter
3:18

Disk 2

1
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K. C. Moan
2:34
2
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Henry Lee
3:29
3
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Poor Boy Blues
2:25
4
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The Lone Star Trail
3:15
5
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Feather Bed
3:16
6
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He Got Better Things For You
2:55
7
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I Woke Up One Morning In May
3:04
8
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La Danseuse
2:57
9
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Spike Driver Blues
3:17
10
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Home Sweet Home
3:00
11
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Moonshiner's Dance Part One
2:40
12
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Stackalee
3:01
13
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Old Shoes & Leggins
3:02
14
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Country Blues
3:00
15
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Got The Farm Land Blues
3:17
16
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Bandit Cole Younger
2:57
17
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Sail Away Lady
2:58
18
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When That Great Ship Went Down
2:59
19
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East Virginia
3:01
20
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Wake Up Jacob
2:55
21
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Expressman Blues
3:02
22
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Fatal Flower Garden
2:58
23
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Down On Penny's Farm
2:50
24
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See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
2:55
25
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Single Girl, Married Girl
2:47
26
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James Alley Blues
3:07
27
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La Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme
3:11
28
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Engine 143
3:20
29
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Willie Moore
3:17
30
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Kassie Jones, Parts 1 & 2
6:16
31
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John The Baptist
3:05
32
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I'm In The Battlefield For My Lord
3:20
33
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My Name Is John Johanna
3:13
34
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Way Down The Old Plank Road
3:02
35
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Charles Giteau
3:06
36
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Bob Lee Junior Blues
3:11
37
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The Butcher's Boy
3:05
38
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Fishing Blues
2:45
39
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Georgia Stomp
2:48
40
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King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O
3:10
41
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Sugar Baby
2:58
42
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Prison Cell Blues
2:48
Released 01 August 2008, ℗ Master Classics Records

Review

A bit like a single-disc, condensed version of Harry Smith's famous Anthology of American Folk Music (most of these tracks can be found there), this fine compilation features commercially released 78s from the 1920s and 1930s, and pretty much covers the gamut of early American vernacular music, with a fair sampling of Cajun, country-blues, gospel-blues, Appalachian folk and early country, capably representing the many varied ways that America was singing at the dawn of recorded music. With tracks from string bands, jug bands, country-blues players, street-corner preachers, Louisiana dance bands and several impressive selections by some of Appalachia's most storied modal banjo players, including Clarence Ashley, Buell Kazee and Bascom Lamar Lunsford, as well as the utterly unique banjo blues of Dock Boggs, this makes an affordable, generous (it clocks in at a little over 72-minutes-long) introduction to one of the most important and wide-open periods in American musical history. ~ Steve Leggett