Boomkat Product Review:
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey", Global Jukebox present a crucial reissue of 'I'll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down' including exclusive, previously unissued versions and tracks. As the story goes, Alan and Shirley Collins took a field recording trip to the southern states in late 1959 in the middle of an American folk revival he had partly instigated with his 'American ballads and Folk Songs' and 'Our Singing Country' song books a decade or so before. This time he was armed with top end German microphones and one of the very earliest portable stereo recorders, effectively making the first ever recordings of rural American folk, blues and gospel, in stereo. Again, highlights are too many but there's no denying the emotive effect of three ladies, Mattie Gardner, Ida Mae Towns & Jessie Lee Pratcher singing 'Green Sally Up' in the round, and legendary bluesman Fred McDowell makes a appearance with 'Woke Up This Morning', actually, I think that's him on the sleeve there. You know it, ESSENTIAL!