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Boomkat Product Review:
Another wonderful historical document, this collection of recordings by folk and spiritualist group Polk Miller and The Old South Quartette is remarkable for many reasons: for one thing, this music is some of the very first music ever to be laid down by an ensemble combining both white and African American players, and another thing - this is unfathomably OLD. Polk Miller fought in the American civil war, eventually passing away in 1913, meaning that the recordings he made with the Old South Quartette rank as some of the earliest examples of Thomas Edison cylinder recordings (dating as far back as 1909). Mark Twain was an enormous fan of Miller and his troupe, something ceased upon by quotations adorning the artwork. Most importantly this is Americana at its most authentic and historically significant, taking you just about as far back into the annals of folk music as you could possibly go, and rewarding you with a bewitchingly rich listening experience for all that time spent pressed up against your speakers, desperately trying to make out what's going on beneath all that soupy crackle. Stunning.