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Leak VA - Smithsonian Folkways: American Roots Collection (1996)


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Artist: Various Artists
Title: Smithsonian Folkways: American Roots Collection
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings [SFW40062]
Genre: Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Gospel, Folk
Quality: 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks+cue,log) / WAV (tracks)
Total Time: 1:12:03
Total Size: 165 mb / 301 mb / 728 mb

ReviewThis assemblage of blues, bluegrass, mountain ballads, topical songs, and jazz shows the wide range of American vernacular music, and Smithsonian Folkways' commitment to it. Among the many highlights here are Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson's ragged and yet sleek version of "The Coo Coo Bird," Doug Wallin's creaky and breathless a cappella version of "Pretty Saro," Lucinda Williams' Cajun two-step, "Lafayette," and a compelling take by Elizabeth Cotten of her signature song, "Freight Train." The New Lost City Ramblers bring their urban string band chops to a kinetic revitalization of "Old Joe Bone," while Michelle Lanchester (with Sweet Honey in the Rock) turns "I Was Standing By the Bedside of a Neighbor (If You See My Savior)" into a kind of gospel doo wop. Hearing the jazz piano of Mary Lou Williams on "Virgo" and "Syl-O-Gism" is another high point here. This fine disc works as a sampler for Smithsonian Folkways, but it also works as an enjoyably cohesive sequence on its own.

1 Lightnin' Hopkins - Penitentiary Blues
2 Roosevelt Sykes - Sweet Old Chicago
3 Bill Monroe - Blue Moon of Kentucky
4 Pete Seeger - If I Had a Hammer
5 Lucinda Williams - Lafayette
6 Allie Young, Bessyl Duhon and Rodney Balfa - Bosco Stomp
7 Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry - Better Day
8 Lonnie Johnson - Long Road to Travel
9 Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley - The Coo-Coo Bird
10 Doug and Jack Wallin - Pretty Saro
11 Elizabeth Cotten - Freight Train
12 The New Lost City Ramblers - Old Joe Bone
13 Bill Monroe and Doc Watson - Have a Feast Here Tonight
14 Josh White - Freedom Road
15 Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
16 Woody Guthrie - Two Good Men
17 Lead Belly - In the Pines
18 Lead Belly - Irene
19 Big Joe Williams - Somebody's Been Fooling #1
20 Dave Van Ronk - Hesitation Blues
21 Peggy Seeger - Gonna Be An Engineer
22 Mercedez López - Delgadina
23 Michelle Lanchester with Sweet Honey in The Rock - I Was Standing by the Bedside of a Neighbor (If You See My Saviour)
24 Mary Lou Williams - Virgo
25 Mary Lou Williams - Syl-O-Gism
26 The SNCC Freedom Singers with Dorothy Cotton and Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome

Mastered at Airshow, Springfield, VA.

1. From "Lightnin' Hopkins" SF 44019. Recorded in 1959 in Hopkins' room in a Texas boarding house.
2. From "Blues by Roosevelt "The Honeydripper" Sykes" SF 40051
3. APRS, BMI. From "Live Duet Recordings 1956-1969, Off The Records, Vol. 1" SF 40063. Artist as "Bill Monroe" on the back cover, as "Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys" in the booklet.
4. Tro-Ludlow Music, Inc., BMI. From "Singalong Live at Sanders Theatre" SF 40027/28. Recorded live at a concert at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in 1980.
5. From "Happy Woman Blues" SF 40003
6. From "Cajun Social Dance Music" SF 40006
7. From "Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry Sing" SF 40011
8. From "The Complete Folkways Recordings" SF 40067
9. From "The Original Recordings, 1960-1962" SF 40029/30. Recorded in 1962.
10. Smithsonian Folkways Pub., BMI. From "Family Songs and Stories from the North Carolina Mountains" SF 40013
11. From "Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folksongs and Tunes" SF 40009. 1958.
12. From "New Lost City Ramblers Vol. II (1963-1973) Outstanding in Their Field" SF 40040
13. Berwick Music Corp., BMI. From "Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980: Off The Record Vol. 2" SF 40064
14. Musette Publishers. From "That's Why We're Marching: World War II and the American Folk Song Movement" SF 40021
15. Tro-Ludlow Music, Inc. From "Folkways: The Original Vision" SF 40001
16. Woody Guthrie Publications, BMI. From "Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti" SF 40060
17. From "Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 1" SF 40044
18. Ludlow Music Inc., BMI. From "Lead Belly's Last Sessions (disc #4)" SF 40068/71. Incorrectly credited to "A. Lomax & J. Lomax".
19. From "Mississippi's Big Joe Williams and His Nine-String Guitar" SF 40052
20. Chandos Music, ASCAP. From "The Folkways Years 1959-1961" SF 40041
21. Stormking Music, BMI. From "Songs of Love and Politics, The Folkways Years 1955-1992" SF 40048
22. From "The Music of New Mexico, Hispanic Traditions" SF 40409
23. Unichappell Music, BMI. From "Wade in the Water, Vol. 3: African American Gospel: The Pioneering Composers" SF 40074
24. Cecilia Music, ASCAP. From "Zodiac Suite" SF 40810
25. Cecilia Music, ASCAP. From "Zoning" SF 40811
26. Ludlow Music/BMI. From "Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through its Songs" SF 40032

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