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Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings

  • 1. Bonaparte's Retreat - W.H. Stepp
    2. Rock Island Line - Kelly Pace
    3. Pretty Polly - E.C. Ball
    4. Pullin' the Skiff - Ora Dell Graham
    5. Shortening Bread - Ora Dell Graham
    6. Sea Lion Woman - Christine & Katherine Shipp
    7. Soldier's Joy - The Nashville Washboard Band
    8. Another Man Done Gone - Vera Hall
    9. Northfield - Paine Denson
    10. When I Lay My Burden Dowm - Turner Junior Johnson
    11. Grub Springs - W.E. Claunch
    12. Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down - Bozie Sturdivant
    13. Iron Merimac - Learned Hand
    14. Creek Lullaby - Margaret
    15. Coal Creek March - Pete Steele
    16. Worried Life Blues - David Honeyboy Edwards
    17. One Morning in May - Texas Gladden
    18. Blod-Strained Banders - Jimmie Strothers
    19. Goodbye, Old Paint - Jess Morris
    20. Lead Me to the Rock - Wash Dennis/Charlie Sims
    21. Glory in the Meetinghouse - Luther Strong
    22. Avondale Mine Disaster, The - John J. Quinn
    23. Roll on the Ground - Thaddeus C Willingham Jr.
    24. Diamond Joe - Charlie Butler
    25. Lost John - Sonny Terry
    26. Sept Ans Sur Mer - Elita, Mary, & Ella Hoffpauir
    27. East Texas Rag - Smith Casey
    28. Old Joe Clark - Wade Ward
    29. Gypsy Davy, The - Woody Guthrie
    30. Kiowa Story of the Flute - Belo Cozad
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 361 500

  • Credits
    ProducerStephen Wade (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by Stephen Wade.
    Thirty Library of Congress field recordings from 1933 to 1946, compiled and thoroughly annotated by Stephen Wade. There are many Library of Congress collections, but the diversity of performances on this disc might make one of the better selections for someone who's interested enough in folkloric recordings to have just a few, as opposed to an academic who wants to hear as much as possible. There's Appalachian folk music, African-American spirituals, nursery rhymes by black Mississippi children, rural Southern blues, and even an a cappella ballad by a Harvard-educated judge. There are a couple of well-known performers as well: Woody Guthrie does "The Gypsy Davy," and Sonny Terry has a trademark puffing harmonica workout on "Lost John." But largely these are folks who performed mostly for their neighbors or houses of worship. It's not the point of a collection such as this to illustrate how this music influenced pop, but there are some real interesting renditions of songs that later became famous in other hands: "Blood-Strained Banders" (done here by Jimmie Strothers) was adapted into "Good Shepherd" by the Jefferson Airplane; "Sea Lion Woman" (Christine and Katherine Shipp) was done by Nina Simone, and "Another Man Done Gone" (Vera Hall) was covered by John Mayall. There's also the first recorded performance of "Rock Island Line" (by inmates at an Arkansas penitentiary in 1934), which became a folk music standard and eventually started the skiffle craze in England. ~ Richie Unterberger

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