Boomkat Product Review:
First-time cassette reissue of Harry Smith’s iconic Anthology of American Folk Music - Volume Three: Songs, presented by Death is Not The End after numerous vinyl editions over the last 60 years on Folkways Records and Mississippi. This volume closes the series with 27 country, cajun, delta blues and folk recordings pertaining to numbers 57-84 in the boxset. Songs to deal with any of life’s modern worries by reminding that you’ve got it damn easy, kids. Features incredible, foundational music by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Dock Boggs, Buell Kazee and Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a.o.
“The Anthology of American Folk Music, edited by Harry Smith (1923–1991), is one of the most influential releases in the history of recorded sound. Originally issued by Folkways Records in 1952, the Anthology brought virtually unknown parts of America's musical landscape recorded in the late 1920s and early 1930s to the public's attention. For more than half a century, the collection has profoundly influenced fans, ethnomusicologists, music historians, and cultural critics; it has inspired generations of popular musicians, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, and countless others. Many of the songs included in the Anthology have now become classics, as has Harry Smith’s unique "scientific/aesthetic handbook" of song notes and drawings.”