The Anthology of American Folk Music is a six-album compilation released in 1952 by Folkways Records (catalogue FP 251, FP 252, and FP 253), comprising eighty-four American folk, blues and country music recordings that were originally issued from 1927 to 1932. Experimental film maker Harry Smith compiled the music from his personal collection of 78 rpm records. The album is famous due to its role as a touchstone for the American folk music revival in the 1950s and 1960s
The Harry Smith Project: The Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (2 CD/2 DVD BOX SET). Aside from wondrous historic music 'Volume 4' is another loving tribute to the eccentric genius of the irascible Harry Smith. Without this offering, you certainly don't have the entire 'Anthology', and although the packaging doesn't match the Smithsonian set, it is very nicely done--just don't try to put it in your plastic CD rack. If you're into your folk roots don't miss this one! Jim Otterstrom.
Harry Smith - I Woke Up One Morning In May 03:04. Harry Smith - James Alley Blues 03:07. Harry Smith - Sugar Baby 02:58. Harry Smith - I Wish I Was a Mole In the Ground 03:21. Harry Smith - Mountaineer's Courtship 02:44. Harry Smith - The Spanish Merchant's Daughter 03:18. Harry Smith - Bob Lee Junior Blues 03:11. Harry Smith - Single Girl, Married Girl 02:47. Cleoma Breaux, Harry Smith - La Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme 03:10.
First hearing the Harry Smith Anthology of American FoIk Music is like discovering the secret script of so many familiar musical dramas. Many of these actually turn out to be cousins two or three times removed, some of whom were probably created in ignorance of these original riches. It also occurred to me that as we are listening at a greater distance in time to a man or woman singing of their fairly recent past of the 1880s, we are fortunate that someone collected these performances of such wildness, straightforward beauty, and humanity. SFW40090, fa 2951, fa 2952, fa 2953, fp 251, fp 252, fp 253.
Harry Smith's seminal Anthology of American Folk Music directly inspired the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s, one of the roots of modern rock music. Smith compiled the anthology according to very different views of how to package and sell folk music. In his then rather subversive view, the rigid separation of the races was something not to acknowledge, but demolish. He carefully selected music that showed black and white musicians influencing each other. The notes he wrote for the Anthology of American Folk Music provide important historical information about the recording industry in general. It also displays both his scholarship and his eccentricity.
Anthology of American Folk Music chronology. Anthology of American Folk Music 1952. Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 4 2000. The second album in the "Social Music" volume consists of religious and spiritual songs. The third "Songs" volume consists of regular songs, dealing with everyday life: critic Greil Marcus describes its thematic interests as being "marriage, labor, dissipation, prison, and death. Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited a 2-CD/2-DVD box set culled from a series of concerts staged by Hal Willner that took place in 1999 and 2001, pays tribute to Harry Everett Smith and his influential Anthology. Features Beck, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Beth Orton, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Richard Thompson, Wilco and others.
The Smithsonian Folkways re-issue of The Anthology Of American Folk Music won a Grammy in 1997. Harry said in his lifetime achievement acceptance speech, "My dream came true; I saw the world change through music". Tune in to The Roadhouse on KEXP this Wednesday, December 12, from 6pm to 9pm, as I host my annual tribute to local hero Harry Smith and his Anthology Of American Folk Music American Standard Time, Ball of Wax, and Hearth Music Present:A Tribute to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music
Harry Smith, E. ‘Anthology of American Folk Music’. This influential compilation inspired folkies like Pete Seeger and the early Bob Dylan, and it rekindled interest in the blues.