Wake up Jacob. La danseuse The dancer. Georgia stomp. Brilliancy medley. Indian war whoop. Old country stomp. Old dog blue. Saut Crapaud Jump, Frog. Acadian One-Step. Home Sweet Home. The Newport Blues. Moonshiner's Dance Part One. Must Be Born Again. Rocky Road. Present Joys. This Song of Love. John the Baptist. Dry Bones. John the Revelator. Little Moses. Shine on Me. Fifty Miles of Elbow Room. I'm In the Battlefield for My Lord. The Coo Coo Bird. East Virginia. Minglewood Blues. James Alley Blues.
Sugar Baby. The Mountaineer's Courtship. In doing so, the anthology became the single most important source of material and inspiration for many young singers in the 's and 60's and the touchstone of the early's "folk revival. The package appeared on the small but important Folkways label, run by Moses Asch, who had recorded performers like Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and Pete Seeger, and thought of his label as a great aural museum.
Before issuing Harry Smith's Anthology, Folkways had released a series of compilations of various ethnic musics as well as early jazz music. But Smith's project was different. The anthology itself seemed to have a personality, much like that of its compiler: erudite, hermetic, witty in a deadpan way. The cover of each boxed volume was plain black cardboard, with the selections and performers listed plainly on a label affixed to the front.
Volume 1 contained ballads songs with a narrative content , Volume 2 was titled Social Music dance music and religious music and Volume 3 was a catchall called Songs, offering vocal selections with no real narrative aspect.
The six-disk reissue wisely follows the exact format and sequence of the original. Each box contained a copy of a booklet written, designed and laid out by Smith himself, an idiosyncratic compendium of discographical information, bibliographical references and summaries of the songs, all set in various type fonts and illustrated with photographs, advertisements from old record catalogues and other ephemera. The music itself on the anthology opens a door to a world that will be just as strange to most listeners of today as it was in , and perhaps more so.
The lyrics offer a panorama of murders, religious visions, hangings, agrarian complaints, heroic exploits, swindles, assassinations and endless traveling. The extraordinary range of vocal sounds in which these marvels are expressed is no less wondrous. The nasal timbre of the coal miner and banjoist Dock Boggs on his two recordings included here, or the rasping throat tones of the religious street singer Blind Willie Johnson, so different from each other, both still carry the power to shock 70 years after they were recorded.
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