Saturday, May 13, 2017

New Soundtracks: AMERICAN EPIC Documentary (Various Artists)

Various Artists

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Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes

Release Date
May 12, 2017

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

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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 Soundtrack highlights 15 recordings from the three-part documentary on 1 CD, including original recordings by The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more all restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity. For this release, 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.


1. Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand (Williamson Brothers & Curry)

2. On the Road Again (Memphis Jug Band)

3. Frankie (Mississippi John Hurt)

4. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (The Carter Family)

5. Mal Hombre (Lydia Mendoza)

6. Peg and Awl (Carolina Tar Heels)

7. Tomi Tomi (Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders)

8. The Indian Tom Tom (Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band)

9. Cocaine Habit Blues (Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband)

10. Up Above My Head (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)

11. Down the Dirt Road Blues (Charley Patton)

12. Allons A Lafayette (Joseph Falcon)

13. Stackalee (Frank Hutchison)

14. Waiting for a Train (Jimmie Rodgers)

15. Jole Blon (The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot)

American Epic Documentary Soundtrack Various Artists


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