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Volume One: The Ballads
Dick JusticeHenry Lee3:28
Nelstone's HawaiiansFatal Flower Garden2:58
Clarence AshleyThe House Carpenter3:16
Coley JonesDrunkard's Special3:16
Bill And Belle ReedOld Lady And The Devil3:05
Buell KazeeThe Butcher's Boy3:05
Buell KazeeThe Wagoner's Lad3:05
Chubby Parker And His Old Time Banjo*King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O3:09
Uncle Eck DunfordOld Shoes And Leggins3:01
Richard Burnett And Leonard RutherfordWillie Moore3:16
Buster Carter & Preston YoungA Lazy Farmer Boy3:00
The Carolina Tar HeelsPeg And Awl2:59
G.B. GraysonOmmie Wise3:12
Kelly Harrell And The Virginia String BandMy Name Is John Johanna3:13
Edward L. CrainBandit Cole Younger2:57
Kelly Harrell And The Virginia String BandCharles Giteau3:05
The Carter FamilyJohn Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man2:57
The Williamson Brothers And Curry (2)Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand3:26
Frank HutchisonStackalee3:01
Charlie Poole And The North Carolina RamblersWhite House Blues3:31
Mississippi John HurtFrankie3:28
William And Versey SmithWhen That Great Ship Went Down2:58
The Carter FamilyEngine 1433:19
Furry LewisKassie Jones6:16
The Bently BoysDown On Penny's Farm2:50
The Masked MarvelMississippi Boweavil Blues3:09
The Carolina Tar HeelsGot The Farm Land Blues3:17
Volume Two: Social Music
Uncle Bunt StephensSail Away Lady2:58
Jilson SettersThe Wild Wagoner3:17
Prince Albert Hunt's Texas RamblersWake Up Jacob2:55
Delma Lachney And Blind Uncle GaspardLa Danseuse2:56
Andrew And Jim Baxter*Georgia Stomp2:47
Eck Robertson And FamilyBrilliance Medley3:01
Hoyt "Floyd" Ming And His Pep-SteppersIndian War Whoop3:13
Henry ThomasOld Country Stomp2:55
Jim Jackson (2)Old Dog Blue3:04
Columbus FrugeSaut Crapaud2:49
Joseph FalconAcadian One-Step3:00
Breaux Freres*Home Sweet Home3:00
The Cincinnati Jug Band*Newport Blues2:58
Frank Cloutier And The Victoria Cafe OrchestraMoonshiner's Dance Part One2:40
Rev. J. M. GatesYou Must Be Born Again1:31
Rev. J. M. GatesOh Death Where Is Thy Sting1:29
Alabama Sacred Harp SingersRocky Road2:44
Alabama Sacred Harp SingersPresent Joys2:53
Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1This Song Of Love2:58
Rev. Sister Mary NelsonJudgement2:25
Memphis Sanctified SingersHe Got Better Things For You2:54
Elders McIntorsh And Edwards' Sanctified SingersSince I Laid My Burden Down3:19
Rev. Moses Mason*John The Baptist3:05
Bascom Lamar LunsfordDry Bones3:00
Blind Willie JohnsonJohn The Revelator3:21
The Carter FamilyLittle Moses3:14
Ernest Phipps And His Holiness SingersShine On Me3:03
Rev. F.W. McGhee*Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room2:43
Rev. D.C. Rice And His Sanctified CongregationIn The Battlefield For My Lord3:20
Volume Three: Songs
Clarence AshleyThe Coo Coo Bird2:56
Buell KazeeEast Virginia3:01
Cannon's Jug StompersMinglewood Blues3:44
Didier Hébert*I Woke Up One Morning In May3:04
Richard "Rabbit" BrownJames Alley Blues3:07
Dock BoggsSugar Baby2:58
Bascom Lamar LunsfordI Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground3:21
Ernest And Hattie StonemanMountaineer's Courtship2:44
The Stoneman FamilyThe Spanish Merchant's Daughter3:18
Memphis Jug BandBob Lee Junior Blues3:11
The Carter FamilySingle Girl, Married Girl2:47
Cleoma Breaux And Joseph FalconLa Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme3:10
Blind Lemon JeffersonRabbit Foot Blues2:57
Sleepy John Estes And Yank RachellExpressman Blues3:01
Ramblin' ThomasPoor Boy Blues2:24
Cannon's Jug StompersFeather Bed3:16
Dock BoggsCountry Blues2:59
Julius Daniels99 Year Blues3:07
Blind Lemon JeffersonPrison Cell Blues2:47
Blind Lemon JeffersonSee That My Grave Is Kept Clean2:55
Cleoma Breaux And Ophy Breaux And Joseph FalconC'Est Si Triste Sans Lui3:01
Uncle Dave MaconWay Down The Old Plank Road3:01
Uncle Dave MaconBuddy Won't You Roll Down The Line3:15
Mississippi John HurtSpike Driver Blues3:17
Memphis Jug BandK.C. Moan2:33
J.P. NestorTrain On The Island3:00
Ken MaynardThe Lone Star Trail3:15
Henry ThomasFishing Blues2:45

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Cover of Anthology Of American Folk Music, 1997, CDAnthology Of American Folk Music
CD, Compilation, Reissue; CD, Compilation, Reissue; CD, Compilation, Reissue; CD, Compilation, Reissue; CD, Compilation, Reissue; CD, Compilation, Enhanced, Reissue; Box Set, Compilation
Smithsonian Folkways – SFW 40090US1997US1997
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Cover of Harry Smith's Complete Anthology Of American Folk Music, 2010, VinylHarry Smith's Complete Anthology Of American Folk Music
8×LP, Compilation, Reissue, Mono; Box Set
Doxy – DOY004Italy2010Italy2010
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Cover of Anthology Of American Folk Music, 2014-02-18, Box SetAnthology Of American Folk Music
Box Set, Limited Edition; 8×LP, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered
Mississippi Records – noneUS2014US2014
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Anthon40's avatar
Guess this has never gone out of print because you can buy it new at Folkways website for 70 something. Or was it reissued?
pp_'s avatar
Edited 3 years ago
Unofficial grey market reissue by Doxy. This compilation is definitely digitally sourced. Sound quality is actually ok. It's pretty much as crisp and clear as it can be with this era recordings. Some background noise of the original recordings has been removed, so the sound is definitely smooth. Unfortunately there's some audible high peak distortion, especially on louder vocal passages. I've compared this vinyl box with Smithsonian Folkways CD box from 1997. Although Smithsonian Folkways version had significantly more background noise, high peak distortion was missing. Distortion on this compilation is apparently due to bad mastering.

Packaging of this box set is really nice. Hardcover box feels rather sturdy. Box resembles old gramophone record folder. Each disc is housed in its own sleeve with polylined inner sleeve. Pressing quality is good as well. Records are flat, properly centered and silent.

Originally there was only three volumes in Anthology of American Folk Music. Fourth volume of the series was issued on Revenant as late as 2000. This 8 LP box contains all those four volumes.

Musically this compilation is an excellent cross-section of traditional North American music. Many of these track are essential performances in their genres. Since all four volumes are equally strong, it's highly recommended to acquire them all. When choosing which version to get it all comes down to personal preference. If background noise of old 78s bothers you, this smoother sounding Doxy version is a good option If you don't mind background noise, Smithsonian Folkways boxset and Revenant's 2 CD set is probably the way to go.

frank.ciolino's avatar
The folks at Mississippi Records really put a lot of love and passion into this Folkways Records reissue. Originally compiled by Harry Smith and released in 1952. The music is never short of beautiful and inspirational.
dfdogan's avatar
Edited 6 years ago
The packaging is very sturdy and nice. I've never seen a box designed this way, where the sleeves are attached to it and not loose. It's very handy.
The actual art-work on it is a little silly, and the font on the side of the box looks like what you'd expect to find on a children's book. It was clearly designed by someone with a talent more for practical matters, and a lack of taste.
The recordings are all great, of course. The price is a little steep, and it may have been more economical just to buy each volume individually, but I don't regret the purchase.