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...I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Wind - Sound Effects
    2. John Henry - John Jacob Niles
    3. [Untitled]
    4. Then We'll Need That True Religion - Rev. Edward Clayborn
    5. In the Baggage Coach Ahead - Ernest Thompson
    6. Blue Blazes Blues - Emery Glen
    7. Walking on Ice - Sound Effects
    8. Kind Lovin' Blues - Clara Smith
    9. If You Hadn't Gone Away - Nick Lucas
    10. Beautiful Mansions of Gold
    11. I Seen My Pretty Papa Standing on a Hill - Eva Parker
    12. Rosary, The - Pale K. Lua
    13. Mocking Bird - Sound Effects
    14. Froggie Went A-Courting - Bradley Kincaid
    15. Damfino Stump - Sylvester Weaver
    16. Montana Call - Seger Ellis
    17. When They Ring the Golden Bells - Alfred G. Karnes
    18. Mandolin
    19. Stranger, The
    20. Brother Noah Built an Ark - Ex-Governor Alf. Taylor's Old Limber Quartet
    21. Little Love a Little Kiss, A - Ed Lang
    22. Canadian Geese - Sound Effects
    23. Reaching for the Moon - Roy Smeck's Trio/Roy Smeck
    24. I Want to Go Home - Roland Hayes
    25. Old Grey Horse, The - Obed Pickard
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Walking in Snow and Thin Underbrush - Sound Effects
    2. Rovin' Gambler - Kelly Harrell
    3. I've Got to Go and Leave My Daddy Behind - Sylverster Weaver/Sara Martin/Sylvester Weaver
    4. Pinin' Hawaii for You - Frank Ferera's Hawaiians
    5. Going My Way - Gabriel Brown
    6. Rainfall and Thunder (Thunder Not from Life) - Sound Effects
    7. It Don't Do Nothing But Rain - Lew Childre
    8. Graveyard Love - Bertha Idaho
    9. Pretty Polly - Frank Luther
    10. Canary Birds: Several Hundred - Sound Effects
    11. Xango - Roland Hayes
    12. Girl I Left Behind Me, The - Dick Reinhert
    13. Yes I Know - Billie Holstein/Rev. Calbert
    14. Bib-A-Lollie-Boo - Chubby Parker
    15. Winnebago Love Song - Clement Barone/Thurlow Liurance/Thurlow Lieurance
    16. My Good for Nuthin' Man - Clara Smith
    17. Stack O' Lee Blues - Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio
    18. (I'm Cryin' 'Cause I Know I'm) Losing You - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    19. William & Mary - Marc Williams
    20. Way Down Home
    21. Night Noises - Sound Effects
    22. Ya Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun' - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers/Riley Puckett
    23. Cripple Creek and Sourwood Mountain - Stovepipe No. 1
    24. Cowboy's Prayer - Goebel Reeves
    25. Precious Memorys - Earl Bush/Bill Kearney
    26. O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Carl T. Sprague
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert Millis; Steve Roden

    Liner Note Author: Steve Roden.
    Hardcore fans of 20th century music, be it gospel, blues, old-timey, sermons, folk, country, African, Asian, etc., have always been drawn to the Dust-to-Digital imprint since the label's first box set, Goodbye, Babylon, issued in 2004; it consists of five CDs containing 135 religious songs recorded between 1902-1960, and another disc of 25 sermons cut between 1926-1940, all packaged in a wooden coffin-like box containing a 200-page book and cotton bolls for packing. Devotees of both the music and its fetishistic packaging have grown exponentially. The label's latest chapter, however familiar its sonic contents may be, is one of its most mysterious, mercurial offerings yet. ...I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces: Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955 is compiled from the personal collection of interdisciplinary sound and visual artist Steve Roden. It contains a book of photographs of musicians -- mostly unknown -- and others related to the hearing of music. This beautifully hardbound book also contains two CDs containing 51 songs recorded between approximately 1914-1955, taken from 78s and acetates. The music ranges from the well known -- Bradley Kincaid's 1928 recording of "Froggie Went A-Courtin" and Ukulele Ike's "(I'm Cryin' 'Cause I Know I'm) Losing You" -- to virtually unknown sides taken from home recordings. This is all annotated by a lengthy poetic essay by Roden that attempts to create a social and poetic context from the ephemeral, and is underscored by epigraphs from writers from James Agee, Joseph Roth, and William Wordsworth to Pr Lagerqvist and Gerhart Hauptmann. The collection's photographs offer no sense of context other than "antique." By contrast, the music, which is annotated inside the book, is situated inside particularly American frameworks -- from folk and blues music to vaudeville and traditional pop. The rub between visual and aural lends the package its uneasy, but nonetheless intoxicating, strangeness. Pouring over these photographs accompanied by this soundtrack assures that questions occur in the moment of experience rather than from mere intellectual curiosity. As such ...I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces feels like an active talisman rather than an artifact, an artwork whose musical story cannot be told fully because its history is wiped out in the gap between the notationally archived and that which has escaped any permanent fixture. ~ Thom Jurek

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