If you love the first 3 Volumes and you just want a little more, this is it. I've enjoyed every bit as much as the original. Harry Smith was a true genius! For anyone that owns or listens to vols. This anthology is relevant and pleasing to the ear and makes a fine addition to ANY collection of American music. For the first time in my hobby of reviewing music and books and the occasional film for Amazon, I think all nine reviews here and each of the comments, too, are worth reading.
Almost every statement seems valid, even the contradictory ones. In the end, though, if someone is going to purchase this two-CD set, it will be because they have a desire to hear and own a great sampling of '30's and '40's "Americana" records.
I developed that affection quite slowly, as the Kingston Trio led me to Guthrie, and the Clancy Brothers, and to traditional lyrics and earlier, less commercial performers. Each stream I followed over the past 50 years led to discovering new creeks and ponds and swamps.
Now I own some Jimmie Rodgers, and a ton of Carter Family, and some Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt, and I've heard the early records of many artists who did not earn lasting fame, except perhaps in Smith's collection. I had been fascinated by that title for decades, but never heard the song until this week. The long biography of Mr. Smith is interesting to read once, for he was a strange, scattered, talented man, but the packaging, as other reviewers noted, adds too much to the cost and contributes too little to the owner's convenience.
Volume 4 is a well qualified supplement to 'Smithsonian Folkways' volumes 1 through 3, and is very close to what Harry originally intended. Not to mention the several artists you possibly haven't heardjust revel in the acapella beauty of The Heavenly Gospel Singers 'Mean Old World'. Aside from wondrous historic music 'Volume 4' is another loving tribute to the eccentric genius of the irascible Harry Smith. Without this offering, you certainly don't have the entire 'Anthology', and although the packaging doesn't match the Smithsonian set, it is very nicely donejust don't try to put it in your plastic CD rack.
If you're into your folk roots don't miss this one! Jim Otterstrom. It's hard to imagine that anything could be better than the original Folkways box set Volumes , but this album is. Everything I love about V, there is even more of here.
The eerie juxtaposition of darkness and jubilation pretty much sums up the whole 20th Century in an hour and a half. Yes, it's short and pricey, but better in my mind to preserve Smith's original vision - after all, he scuttled the original release of this album in order to stay true to that vision.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. An amazing collection of music from our not so distant past. A small book a companies the cd and works in tandem with the music. This would suit any one who calls themselves a music lovers, this is essential listening and should be part of a music curriculum in schools. Report abuse. Excellent compilation of the early 20th century american music tradition. Wonderful raw music of early recorded American folk with all the old "98" scratches and blemishes removed.
A must for the enthusiast,. Deals related to this item See all deals. In his The A. Club review, Joshua Klein wrote "Volume Four Smith had originally promised six is stylistically akin to the first three, with some of the artists from the earlier volumes making encore performances. As Spottswood notes, the two-disc set ignores several country developments, as well as the conspicuous invention of the electric guitar in the '30s.
Fans can only hope that such key points of musical evolution will be displayed in future volumes, but as it stands, the 28 mostly Depression-era songs on Volume Four run the gamut from labor anthems to fiddle bands to ballads to blues to black gospel. It's another essential, timeless piece of the Americana puzzle, fitting nicely into the incomparable picture Smith painted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved June 15, The A.
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