Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings

Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/1997
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0712136150022
catalogNumber: 361500

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
Wade Ward   Track Performer
Smith Casey   Track Performer
David "Honeyboy" Edwards   Track Performer
John Quinn   Track Performer
Sonny Terry   Track Performer
Bozie Sturdivant   Track Performer
Vera Hall   Track Performer
E.C. Ball   Track Performer
Jimmie Strothers   Track Performer
Paine Denson   Track Performer
Kelly Pace   Track Performer
Luther Strong   Track Performer
W.H. Stepp   Track Performer
Wash Dennis   Track Performer
Thaddeus C. Willingham   Track Performer
Charles Sims   Track Performer
Katherine Shipp   Track Performer
Christine Shipp   Track Performer
Texas Gladden   Track Performer
Pete Steele   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Lead Belly   Composer
Hammie Nixon   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Stephen Wade   Annotation,Selection Compilation
Wade Ward   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Smith Casey   Composer
B.B. King   Liner Notes
John A. Lomax   Composer
Vera Hall   Composer
Pete Reiniger   Contributor
Ruby Pickens Tartt   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Pete Steele   Composer

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