May 20, 2016

Mountain Music Of Kentucky: Collected by John Cohen

Folkways Records FA-2317

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1960
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Folk, Old Time
A01 Amazing Grace: Various
A02 Foreign Lander: Martha Hall
A03 Charlie's Neat: Granville Bowlen
A04 Little Birdie: Willie Chapman
A05 Fox Chase: Lee Sexton
A06 East Virginia Blues: Roscoe Holcomb
A07 Spring Of '65: James B. Cornett
A08 Death Of The Blue Eagle: George Davis
A09 Old Age Pension Blues: "Banjo" Bill Cornett
A10 Lost Indian: Marion Summner
A11 Cotten Eyed Joe, Little Sunshine: Granville Bowlen
A12 John Henry: Martin Young / Corbett Grigsby
A13 Jaw Bone: Willie Chapman
A14 St. Louis Blues: Lee Sexton
A15 Wayfaring Stranger: Roscoe Holcomb
B01 Across The Rocky Mountain: Roscoe Holcomb
B02 Stingy Woman Blues: Roscoe Holcomb
B03 Black-Eyed Susie: Roscoe Holcomb
B04 I Wish I Were A Single Girl Again: Roscoe Holcomb
B05 Young & Tender Ladies: Martha Hall
B06 Kitty Alone: Martha Hall
B07 Barbara Allen: James B. Cornett
B08 Sweet Willie: "Banjo" Bill Cornett
B09 Buck Creek Girls: Bill Cornett
B10 Cluck Old Hen: Bill Cornett
B11 Rocky Island: Corbett Grigsby & Martin Young
B12 No Letter In The Mail: Corbett Grigsby & Martin Young
B13 Give The Fiddler A Dram: James Crase
B14 Old Joe Clark: James Crase
Recorder, Field Worker, Producer, Photographer, Designer & Liner Notes: John Cohen
In 1959, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers made field recordings in the mountains of Kentucky of Appalachian folk performers who were virtually unknown to the record-buying public. This is no-nonsense, sometimes raw stuff, with fiddlers, banjos, a cappella singers, and Baptist church choirs presenting folk standards, blues-influenced numbers, stomping bluegrass, even the odd country song. It's got as much of the unadulterated American white folk feel as the older recordings on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music box (to use a celebrated example), though the material here is of better fidelity. Although some of these artists would make other recordings, only Roscoe Holcomb -- the most passionate and arresting of them -- would gain anything like substantial recognition. This is too basic and unschooled, not to mention too long, to hold the attention of the average folk or bluegrass fan, but scholars and roots aficionados will value its no-frills authenticity.

May 13, 2016

Blues Anthology - 1: Texas Blues

Liberty LLR-8188

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: Japan
Released: 1900
Genre: Blues
Style: Texas Blues
A1 Disgusted: Melvin Jackson (2:42)
A2 Sad Letter Blues: Melvin Jackson (2:24)
A3 Take It Easy: Nathaniel Terry (3:27)
A4 I Don't Know Why: Nathaniel Terry (2:58)
A5 Worried Life: Manny Nichols (2:39)
A6 No One To Love Me: Manny Nichols (2:44)
A7 Webb Love Me Mama: Boogie Bill (2:39)
B1 Howlin' Wolf Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins (2:42)
B2 Can't Get That Woman Off My Mind: Lightnin' Hopkins (2:37)
B3 Playboy Blues: J.D. Edwards (2:50)
B4 Hobo: J.D. Edwards (2:29)
B5 Sad And Lonely: James Bledsoe (2:26)
B6 Good Lookin' Woman: James Bledsoe (2:28)
B7 Boogie: Boogie Bill Webb (2:36)
東芝EMI「ブルース・アンソロジー その1/テキサス編」(1900年)

May 12, 2016

An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble: Klezmer & Other Yiddish Music

An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble
The An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble -- renowned Yiddish folk singers Michael Alpert and Ethel Raim, tsimblist (hammered dulcimer player) Pete Rushefsky and violinist Jake Shulman-Ment -- celebrates the hundredth Anniversary of the historic An-sky Expedition. This 1911-1914 ethographic expedition systematically documented the Jewish folk culture of dozens of communities in Ukraine and White Russia. It is named for its leader, Yiddish writer and folklorist Semyon An-sky, pen name of Shloyme Zaynvl Rapoport (1863-1920), who is best known as the author of the groundbreaking play The Dybbuk. The An-sky materials, located at the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg, stand as an unparalleled record of a lost, preindustrial Jewish society that was carried out in the Yiddish language. Inspired by An-sky's work, and affiliated with the New York-based Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble is a supergroup of four leading performers and researchers of Yiddish music who present a diverse program of rare Yiddish folksongs and exciting klezmer instrumentals collected through field and archival research. The ensemble also performs original music rooted in the tradition, and in doing so keeps the flame of Yiddish culture alive.

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May 5, 2016

Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome : The Seeger Sessions

Columbia 82876830742 (60 minutes)

Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger
01 Old Dan Tucker (2:31)
02 Jesse James (3:48)
03 Mrs. McGrath (4:20)
04 O Mary Don't You Weep (6:05)
05 John Henry (5:07)
06 Erie Canal (4:03)
07 Jacob's Ladder (4:28)
08 My Oklahoma Home (6:04)
09 Eyes On The Prize (5:17)
10 Shenandoah (4:53)
11 Pay Me My Money Down (4:32)
12 We Shall Overcome (4:53)
13 Froggie Went A Courtin' (4:33)

© 2006 Bruce Springsteen Sony © 2006 BMG Music Entertainment
℗ 1998, 2006 Bruce Springsteen, Recorded at Thrill Hill, Boxwood Studios, NJ.

May 1, 2016

Roots Of The Blues: Southern Folk Heritage Series by Alan Lomax

Atlantic SD-1348

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1960
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Blues
A1 Jim And John: Lonnie & Ed Young (3:05)
A2 The Wild Ox Moan: Vera Hall (1:03)
A3 Been Drinkin’Water Out Of A Hollow Log: Fred McDowell (2:55)
A4 All Night Long: Miles & Bob Pratcher (2:10)
A5 Shake‘Em On Down: Fred McDowell (3:22)
A6 Levee Camp Reminiscence: Forest City Joe (3:40)
A7 Chevrolet: Lonnie Young (2:45)
B1 Oree: Lonnie & Ed Young (2:37)
B2 Levee Camp Holler: Johnny Lee Moore (2:45)
B3 Eighteen Hammers: Johnny Lee Moore & 12 Mississippi Penitentiary Convicts (2:36)
B4 Train Time: Forest City Joe (4:30)
B5 Freight Train Blues: Fred McDowell (3:03)
B6 Drink On Little Girl: Forest City Joe (2:51)
Liner notes: Gary Kramer, Produce & Photography: Alan Lomax
Southern Folk Heritage Series