Essential Listening: Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4 (8LP BUNDLE) £150.00 Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4 (8LP BUNDLE)

Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4 (8LP BUNDLE)

Mississippi Records is proud to present a reproduction of the Anthology Of American Folk Music as it originally was released in 1952. Each volume is a double LP, housed in a cloth bound super thick cardboard gatefold sleeve with a tip on print on the front. In the gatefold there is a pouch with a reproduction of the original liner notes. The vinyl is 200 Gram. We have gone to great lengths to reproduce the LPs just as they originally were designed by Harry Smith. All the materials and mastering are as top notch as possible. Its hard to even begin to talk about the significance of these 8 LPs. Harry Smith created an alternate version of American culture with these sets that influenced just about everyone who heard them. I would dare say that these records changed American society more than any others ever released. Bob Dylan and Carl Sagan both agree its the greatest record ever made. The Mississippi labels entire ethos is based on them. As mythic and powerful as art can get. Just like every house needs a door, every record collection must have this set.

Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 1 : Ballads (2LP deluxe box)

The first volume of the Anthology focuses on ballads. Great murder ballads, lonesome love songs and songs of tragedy. The American experience writ large and poetically. 

Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 2 : Social Music (2LP deluxe box)

The second volume of the Anthology features music for sacred and secular social gatherings. Amazing fiddle breakdown, gospel performances, cajun tunes and dance songs.

Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 3 : Songs (2LP deluxe box)

The third volume of the Anthology focuses on individual expression. Intense personal songs. Some of the greatest musical performances of all time.

Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 4 : Rhythmic Changes (2LP deluxe box)

The fourth volume of the Anthology was never finished by Harry Smith. He managed to choose and sequence the tracks but never submitted liner notes to Folkways. Revenant Records released a version of this volume in the late 1990's with excellent liner notes and packaging. For our current release we have decided to not include any liner notes and conform the packaging to the same style as the first 3 volumes. This volume explores rhythmic changes that occurred in folk music between the late 1920's and early 1940's.