Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Soundtracks: AMERICAN EPIC - THE COLLECTION (Various Artists)

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Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

Release Date
May 12, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

American Epic The Collection Box Set CD

Product Description: AMERICAN EPIC, a film series produced by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Director Bernard MacMahon, explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.

The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. It was the first time America heard itself.

AMERICAN EPIC: The Collection gathers 100 of these original recordings from the 1920s and 1930s in one five-disc set, restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity. For this box set, compiled by Director Bernard MacMahon, engineer Nicholas Bergh refined a transfer process using a mix of both modern and vintage equipment in order to extract the remarkable resolution from the records that is often missed. This reverse engineering approach to the transfer process enabled the restoration team of Grammy Award-winning engineer Peter Henderson, Duke Erikson and Joel Tefteller to get the resulting audio closer to the original performance than ever before.

This is not "remastering," in the normal sense, but something closer to fine art restoration. The intent is not for people to marvel at the antiquity of these discs, but rather to experience them as vital, immediate performances that speak to us as directly as they did on the day they were recorded not simply great art for their time, but great art for all times. It includes a 100-page book filled with stunning unpublished photographs, quotes from the artists, their friends and families, lyrics for every song, essays and recording notes. Among the artists included are Mississippi John Hurt, The Carter Family, Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, Lydia Mendoza, Nelstone's Hawaiians, Big Chief Henry's String Band, Robert Johnson and many others.


Disc 1:

1. The Coo Coo Bird (The Cuckoo) (Clarence Ashley) (2:58)

2. On the Road Again (Memphis Jug Band) (2:51)

3. The Panama Limited (Bukka White) (3:12)

4. Indian War Whoop (Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers) (3:11)

5. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do, Pt. 1 (Frank Stokes) (3:17)

6. K. C. Railroad Blues (Andrew & Jim Baxter) (3:30)

7. I Am Bound for the Promised Land (Alfred G. Karnes) (3:11)

8. Cottonfield Blues, Pt. 2 (Garfield Akers) (3:21)

9. I Wish I Was a Mole In the Ground (Bascom Lamar Lunsford) (3:20)

10. Down On Penny's Farm (The Bentley Boys) (2:48)

11. Foldin' Bed (Whistler'S Jug Band) (2:57)

12. Greenback Dollar (Weems String Band) (3:10)

13. Tallahatchie River Blues (Mattie Delaney) (2:48)

14. Walk Right In (Cannon's Jug Stompers) (2:57)

15. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (The Carter Family) (2:59)

16. Old Dog Blue (Jim Jackson) (3:03)

17. Bayou Teche (Columbus Fruge) (2:55)

18. Cool Drink of Water Blues (Tommy Johnson) (3:34)

19. Train On the Island (J. P. Nestor) (3:01)

Disc 2:

1. My Heart Keeps Singing (Elder J.E. Burch) (3:11)

2. Ninety-Nine Year Blues (Julius Daniels) (3:06)

3. I Get My Whiskey From Rockingham (Earl Johnson & His Clodhoppers) (3:03)

4. Death's Black Train Is Coming (Rev. J. M. Gates) (3:13)

5. Waiting for a Train (Jimmie Rodgers) (2:47)

6. Darling, Where Have You Been So Long? (The Tenneva Ramblers) (3:24)

7. Rocky Road (Alabama Sacred Harp Singers) (2:46)

8. Ma Blond Est Partie (Amadie Breaux, Ophey Breaux & Cleoma Breaux) (2:51)

9. Peg and Awl (Carolina Tar Heels) (2:57)

10. Chocolate to the Bone (Barbecue Bob) (2:54)

11. Down On Me (Eddie Head and Family) (3:09)

12. Prenez Courage (Cleoma Breaux with Joseph Falcon and Ophy Breaux) (2:57)

13. Pickin' Off Peanuts (Dilly & His Dill Pickles) (3:29)

14. Just Because (Nelstone'S Hawaiians) (2:54)

15. Dupree Blues (Willie Walker) (3:30)

16. Ladies On the Steamboat (Burnett & Rutherford) (3:16)

17. Mamma, 'Tain't Long Fo' Day (Blind Willie McTell) (3:13)

Disc 3:

1. Cecilia (Cuarteto Flores) (3:12)

2. La Coquetera (Los Borinquenos) (3:03)

3. Coconito (Guty Cárdenas Y Lencho) (3:01)

4. Lovesick Blues (Emmett Miller) (2:52)

5. Long Tall Mama (Big Bill Broonzy) (2:51)

6. John Henry Blues (The Two Poor Boys) (2:49)

7. Mr. Tom Hughes' Town (Lead Belly) (3:08)

8. Louis Collins (Mississippi John Hurt) (3:01)

9. I Am The Light of the World (Blind Gary Davis) (3:04)

10. Fifty Miles of Elbow Room (Rev. F.W. McGee) (2:42)

11. Chant of the Eagle Dance (Hopi Indian Chanters) (2:29)

12. Hilo Hula (Mike Hanapi & The Ilima Islanders) (3:20)

13. If The River Was Whiskey (Charlie Poole) (3:11)

14. Stackalee (Frank Hutchison) (3:07)

15. The Wreck of the '97 (Ernest Stoneman) (2:50)

16. Faded Coat of Blue (Buell Kazee) (3:11)

17. Country Blues (Dock Boggs) (3:02)

18. Sail Away Ladies (Uncle Dave Macon and His Fruit-Jar Drinkers) (3:00)

19. Sail Away Lady (Uncle Bunt Stephens) (3:00)

20. Sally Gooden (Eck Robertson) (3:10)

21. Arkansas Traveller (Don Richardson) (3:07)

Disc 4:

1. Hard Time Blues (Lane Hardin) (3:20)

2. Down the Dirt Road Blues (Charley Patton) (2:56)

3. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home (Banjo Joe) (3:11)

4. Hastings Street (Blind Blake and Charlie Spand) (3:15)

5. See That My Grave's Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson) (2:54)

6. Gonna Have 'Lasses In the Morning (Golden Melody Boys) (2:43)

7. New Orleans Stop Time (Memphis Minnie & Bumblebee Slim) (2:58)

8. Prove It On Me Blues (Ma Rainey) (2:42)

9. Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand (Williamson Brothers & Curry) (3:26)

10. Last Kind Words Blues (Geeshie Wiley) (3:04)

11. Banjoreno (Dixieland Jug Blowers) (3:15)

12. It's a Good Thing (Beale Street Sheiks) (3:00)

13. Trust In God and Do the Right (Blind Willie Davis) (2:49)

14. Someday Baby Blues (Sleepy John Estes) (3:02)

15. Lonesome Road Blues (Sam Collins) (3:06)

16. Future Blues (Willie Brown) (2:57)

17. Bull Doze Blues (Henry Thomas) (3:29)

18. Brown Skin Gal (Down the Lane) (The Massey Family) (2:47)

19. Henry Lee aka Young Hunting (Dick Justice) (3:26)

20. Old Country Rock (William Moore) (3:02)

21. La Danseuse (Delma Lachney And Blind Uncle Gaspard) (2:55)

22. My Black Mama, Pt. 1 & 2 (Son House) (6:24)

23. Cypress Grove Blues (Skip James) (3:16)

Disc 5:

1. Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson) (2:32)

2. Mal Hombre (Lydia Mendoza) (3:32)

3. Sunshine Special (Frenchy's String Band) (3:11)

4. Old Jim Canan's (Robert Wilkins) (2:54)

5. Les Blues De Voyage (Amédé Ardoin & Dennis McGee) (2:57)

6. The Lost Child (Stripling Brothers) (3:06)

7. I'm Gonna Cross the River Jordan Some of These Days (Jaybird Coleman) (3:06)

8. Tomi Tomi (Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders) (2:43)

9. Sittin' On Top of the World (Mississippi Sheiks) (3:16)

10. James Alley Blues (Richard Rabbit Brown) (3:09)

11. The Indian Tom Tom (Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band) (2:36)

12. Blues In a Bottle (Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers) (3:25)

13. Je Me Suis En Alle (Bartmont Montet & Joswell Dupuis) (2:53)

14. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Blind Willie Johnson) (3:27)

15. E Mama Ea (Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartette) (3:12)

16. Ghost Dance (Truett And George) (3:02)

17. Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus) (Roosevelt Graves And Brother) (2:51)

18. Allons A Lafayette (Joseph Falcon) (2:57)

19. Corrido De Joaquin Murrieta, Pt. 1 & 2 (Los Madrugadores) (5:55)

20. Denomination Blues (Part 1 & 2) (Washington Phillips) (5:39)

American Epic The Collection Cover


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