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Every Tone a Testimony: An African American Aural History


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Struggle, The - Langston Hughes
    2. Field Call - Annie Grace Horn Dodson
    3. Complaint Call - Enoch Brown
    4. Intro and Kneebone Bend - Lawrencs McKiver/Doretha Skipper
    5. Brother Terrapin, Slow Train to Arkansas - Rich Manuel "Rich" Amerson
    6. Jack and Mary and Three Dogs - Mrs. Janie Hunter
    7. Buck Dance - Joe Tucker
    8. I'm Goin' up North - Children Of East York School
    9. Pharaoh's Host Got Lost - Lawrencs McKiver
    10. Bars Fight - Lucy Terry
    11. Earl of Datrmouth - Phillis Wheatley
    12. I Wonder Where My Brother Gone - Annie Grace Horn Dodson
    13. Narrative - Harriet Tubman
    14. Speech at Akron Convention - Sojourner Truth
    15. Singing Slaves - Frederick Douglass
    16. Steal Away to Jesus - Kinsey West
    17. What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? - Frederick Douglass
    18. Why Slavery Is Still Rampant? - Sarah Parker
    19. Free at Last - Dock Read & Vera Hall Ward
    20. When Malindy Sings - Paul Laurence Dunbar
    21. There's a Great Camp Meeting - Fisk University Jubilee Singers
    22. Atlanta Exposition Address - Booker T. Washington
    23. John Henry - Brownie McGhee/Sonny Terry
    24. Banjo Player - Fenton Johnson
    25. Boatman Dance - Elizabeth Cotten
    26. Shine - Percy Randolph
    27. Chopping in the New Ground - Inmates Of Ramsey
    28. Lynching, Our National Crime - Ida B Wells-Barnett
    29. Recorded Autobiography, A - W.E.B. Du Bois
    30. Listen Lord, A Prayer - James Weldon Johnson
    31. My Heart Is Fixed - Rev. Gary Davis
    32. Titanic, The - Leadbelly
    33. Heritage - Countee Cullen
    34. Jungle Drums - James P. Johnson
    0. DISC 2:
    1. No More Auction Block - Paul Robeson
    2. Negro Speaks of Rivers, The - Langston Hughes
    3. If We Must Die - Claude McKay
    4. Ma Rainey - Sterling A. Brown
    5. Backwater Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
    6. Married Man Blues - Billie & De De Pierce
    7. For My People - Margaret Walker
    8. Children of the Poor, Sonnet 2, The - Gwendolyn Brooks
    9. Body and Soul - George Big Nick Nicholas
    10. How He Delivered Me - Juanita Johnson & The Gospel Tones
    11. Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters
    12. Cry to Me - Solomon Burke
    13. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around - The SNCC Freedom Singers
    14. Brimingham 1963 (Keep Moving) - Martin Luther King, Jr.
    15. Black Panther Party Platform - Bobby Seale
    16. Interview (Excerpt) - Angela Davis
    17. Together to the Tune of Coltrane's Equinox - Sarah Webster Fabio
    18. Nikki-Rosa - Nikki Giovanni
    19. Liberation / Poem - Sonia Sanchez
    20. Dope - Amiri Baraka
    21. Village of Brooklyn, Illinois 62059, The - Hamiet Bluiett
    22. For the Poets - Jayne Cortez
    23. Shotgun Joe - Golden Eagels
    24. St. Louis Woman - Ishmael Reed
    25. People Everday - Arrested Development
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 47003

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    EVERY TONE A TESTIMONY is an aural history of African American culture encompassing a collection of prose, poetry and music.
    Compilation producer: Robert H. Cataliotti.
    Includes a 40 page booklet.
    Subtitled "An African American Aural History," the scope of this two-CD set is impressive, encompassing poetry, writings, speeches, and music by many major Black musicians, writers, and activists of the 20th century. The focus of the disc, however, wavers enough to make it an uneven, jumpy listening experience, although it's a valuable source for educators and radio programmers that might want to draw upon specific tracks to make specific points. All but five of the 59 selections come from within the Smithsonian Folkways collection itself, ranging in length from 20-second soundbites to six-minute musical performances. Whether read by others or by the authors themselves, this contains excerpts of notable literary works or speeches by significant African-Americans such as Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, and Ishmael Reed (sometimes read by notable actors like Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee). The music is a real mixed bag of styles, but again commendably diverse, with performances by Reverend Gary Davis, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Paul Robeson, Hamiet Bluiett, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, James P. Johnson, and Arrested Development -- everything from country-blues and jazz to gospel and rap. Occasionally some of the pieces transcend their considerable historical/educational interest as incendiary performances in their own right, such as Amiri Baraka's remarkably lively, visceral performance of his poem "Dope" and the Golden Eagles' infectious Mardi Gras percussive chants. There are extensive liner notes, but these don't always indicate the date of performance/recording, which even in case of the spoken word tracks would be useful information for many of the people apt to listen to such a disc. ~ Richie Unterberger

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    Dirty Linen (8-9/01, p.75) - "...Time spent with these rich, amply documented discs cannot fail to educate and inspire..."
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