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Harry Smith's anthology of American folk music. Volume four
Smith, Harry Everett, 1923-1991.
Publication Information:
Austin, TX : Revenant, [2000]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs (83 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (95 pages : portraits ; 14 cm)
General Note:
Folk songs and music; various artists.

Previously released material.

Compact discs.

Historical, biographical and program notes on booklet.
Memphis shakedown (Memphis Jug Band) -- Dog and gun (an old English ballad) (Bradley Kincaid) -- Black Jack David (The Carter Family) -- Down on the banks of the Ohio (Blue Sky Boys) -- Adieu false heart (Arthur Smith Trio) -- John Henry was a little boy (J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers) -- Nine pound hammer is too heavy (Monroe Brothers) -- Southern Casey Jones (Jesse James) -- Cold iron bed (Jack Kelly and His South Memphis Jug Band) -- Packin' trunk (Lead Belly) -- Baby please don't go (Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers) -- Last fair deal gone down (Robert Johnson) -- Parchman farm blues (Bukka White) -- Mean old world (Heavenly Gospel Singers) -- Hello stranger (The Carter Family) -- Stand by me (Sister Clara Hudmon) -- West Virginia gals (Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters) -- How can a poor man stand such times and live? (Blind Alfred Reed) -- Wreck of the Tennessee gravy train ; Governor Al Smith (Uncle Dave Macon) -- Milk cow blues (John Estes) -- No depression in Heaven (The Carter Family) -- I'll be rested (when the roll is called) (Roosevelt Graves and Brother) -- He's in the ring (doing the same old thing) (Memphis Minnie) -- The cockeyed world (Minnie Wallace) -- Barbecue bust (Mississippi Jook Band) -- Dans le grand bois (In the forest) (Hackberry Ramblers) -- Aces' breakdown (The Four Aces).
Added Title:
Memphis shakedown.

Dog and gun.
Format :
Music CD


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The Harry Smith-compiled three-volume Anthology of American Folk Music set, originally released in the 1950s and reissued to much brouhaha in 1997, was one of the most important records in launching the folk revival. It was not well known, though, that Smith compiled a fourth volume that was unissued. Revenant finally put it out in 2000, and like its three predecessors, it contains classic pre-World War II American country, blues, and folk music, with some gospel and Cajun too. It does differ from the first three volumes in its focus on a slightly later period, with all the tracks culled from the years 1928-1940. Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Joe Williams, Bukka White, Memphis Minnie, and John Estes are all major blues artists; the Monroe Brothers, the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, and the Blue Sky Boys all giant country/bluegrass pioneers; and the Hackberry Ramblers are one of the pre-eminent Cajun groups. A few of these songs are archetypes that have burned their way into the American collective musical consciousness: John Estes' "Milk Cow Blues," the Carter Family's "No Depression in Heaven," Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go," and the Monroe Brothers' "Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy." Other less famous performances are quite intriguing, like Sister Clara Hudmon's "Stand By Me" (believed by some to be Bessie Smith recording under a pseudonym) and Jesse James' raw and rollicking piano blues "Southern Casey Jones." At 28 songs spread over two CDs, it's a little shorter than might be expected for a box set, though as compensation, it's enclosed in a pretty incredible 96-page liner-note-sized hardcover book with writing by Dick Spottswood and John Fahey. ~ Richie Unterberger