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  • Boomer's Story Boomer's Story Quick View

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    Boomer's Story

    Ry Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures


    Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.


    Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).


    A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.


    Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.


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    1. Boomer's Story
    2. Cherry Ball Blues
    3. Crow Black Chicken
    4. Ax Sweet Mama
    5. Maria Elena
    6. The Dark End of the Street
    7. Rally 'Round the Flag
    8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
    9. President Kennedy
    10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man
    Ry Cooder
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    Vol. 2

    Recorded in 1964 at Dock Boggs' sister's house, with guitar accompaniment from Mike Seeger, Vol. 2 is, not surprisingly, the second release from this legendary folk-blues banjo player on the Folkways label. A mix of Appalachian folk and African-American blues, Boggs' style is unique and inimitable. Lovingly reissued on vinyl with an exact replica of the original Folkways jacket and booklet.
    1. Mixed Blues

    2. Old Joe's Barroom

    3. Danville Girl

    4. Cole Younger

    5. Schottische Times

    6. Papa, Papa, Build Me a Boat

    7. Little Black Train

    8. No Disappointment in Heaven

    9. Glory Land

    10. Banjo Clog

    11. Wise County Jail

    12. Sugar Baby

    13. The Death of Jerry Damron

    14. Railroad Tramp

    15. Poor Boy in Jail

    16. Brother Jim Got Shot

    17. John Henry
    Dock Boggs
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  • The High Lonesome Sound The High Lonesome Sound Quick View

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    The High Lonesome Sound

    Originally released in 1965, this is Roscoe Holcombs first full album for Folkways. The man for whom the term The High Lonesome Sound was coined certainly shows why here. This is Appalachian folk music both beautiful and harsh, harrowing and tender. Essential recordings from this Kentucky native lovingly reissued in a perfect replica of the original Folkways jacket and including a reproduction of the original information booklet.
    1. Moonshiner
    2. Old Smokey
    3. Little Birdie
    4. House in New Orleans
    5. Trouble in Mind
    6. Wandering Boy, The
    7. Hook and Line
    8. Married Life Blues
    9. Omie Wise
    10. Willow Tree
    11. Boat's up the River
    12. In the Pines
    13. Fox Chase
    14. Little Gray Mule
    15. I'm a Free Little Bird
    16. Little Bessie
    17. Motherless Children
    18. Darlin Corey
    19. Roll on Buddy
    20. Village Churchyard, A
    21. Walk Around My Bedside
    Roscoe Holcomb
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  • Street And Gangland Rhythms Street And Gangland Rhythms Quick View

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    Street And Gangland Rhythms

    Originally released in 1959, this is the recording of 6 pre-teens from Harlem on bongos, and vocals. Pounding rhythms and chants convey the emotions and experiences of life in New York City's housing projects and tenements. Heralded after the fact as an early precursor to rap music, Street and Gangland Rhythms is an important document of post-WWII urban black America. An amazing record lovingly reissued in a perfect replica of the original Folkways jacket and including a reproduction of the original information booklet.
    Side 1.
    1. Percussion Ensembles
    Band 1- Two bongo drums sets and sticks
    Band 2- Bongo drums and sticks
    Band 3- One boy playing three sets of bongo drums with his hand and one drum stick


    2. Rhythms With Voices
    Band 4- Rhythm ensembles with voices
    Band 5- Zum Zum
    Band 6- Ole


    3. Rhythms With Verses
    Band 7- Bo Diddlie
    Band 8- Gungamuga
    Band 9- Riding Hood Boogie Man


    4. Songs
    Band 10- Sister Suki
    Band 11- Why Cant I Get It Too
    Band 12- Cha Cha Cha
    Band 13- The Fox


    Side 2.
    5. Rhythmic And Vocal Improvisations Reflecting Personal Experience
    Band 1- Gang Fight
    Band 2- Shoe Shine
    Band 3- Shoe Shine Breakdown
    Band 4- Dumb Boy
    Band 5- Money Honey
    Band 6- I Want Some Food

    Various Artists
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  • Folk Songs & Instrumentals With Guitar Folk Songs & Instrumentals With Guitar Quick View

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    Folk Songs & Instrumentals With Guitar

    Folk Songs And Instrumentals With Guitar is the very first album from the late, legendary folk-blues guitarist and singer Elizabeth Cotton. Featuring her oft-covered classic tune, the titular "Freight Train" and her idiosyncratic, self-taught upside-down left-handed guitar playing style, this is an absolutely essential collection from an American folk legend lovingly reissued here on vinyl in an exact replica of the original paste-on Folkways jacket with booklet.
    1. Wilson Rag
    2. Freight Train
    3. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
    4. I Don't Love Nobody
    5. Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now
    6. Graduation March
    7. Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For You
    8. Vastopol
    9. Here Old Rattler Here/Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow/George Buck
    10. Run...Run/Mama Your Son Done Gone
    11. Sweet Bye and Bye/What A Friend We Have In Jesus
    12. Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
    13. Spanish Flang Dang
    14. When I Get Home
    Elizabeth Cotten
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  • Close To Home Close To Home Quick View

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    Close To Home

    Recorded in 1975 at his eastern Kentucky home, this is the last album Roscoe Holcomb released before his death in 1981. A coal miner and farmer for much of his life, those struggles are reflected in his sparse, haunting recordings. Featuring only Holcomb on vocals, guitar, and banjo, Close To Home is a beautiful collection of folk-blues and old-time ballads including the epic "The Village Churchyard." Lovingly reissued on vinyl with an exact replica of the original Folkways jacket and booklet.
    1. Motherless Children
    2. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues
    3. The Train That Carried My Girl from Town
    4. Milk Cow Blues
    5. Frankie and Johnny
    6. In London City
    7. Roll on Buddy
    8. Got No Honey Baby Now (Honey Babe Blues)
    9. Darling Cory
    10. The Village Churchyard
    11. Walk Around My Bedside
    Roscoe Holcomb
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  • Struggle (Pre-Order) Struggle (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Struggle (Pre-Order)

    This recording, first released by Folkways founder Moses Asch in 1976 to coincide with the celebration of America's Bicentennial, was originally recorded by Asch in the 1940s. The collection captures Woody Guthrie at his artistic best with gritty songs about the struggles of the American worker ("Waiting at the Gate," "The Dying Miner"), unions ("Ludlow Massacre," "1913 Massacre"), and an ode to a bad man ("Pretty Boy Floyd"). Blues harmonicist Sonny Terry sits in with Guthrie on "Lost John," and fellow traveling companion and folksinger Cisco Houston contributes his voice, guitar, and a song ("Get Along Little Doggie").
    1. Struggle Blues
    2. A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week
    3. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies
    4. Hang Knot
    5. Waiting at the Gate
    6. The Dying Miner
    7. Union Burying Ground
    8. Lost John
    9. Buffalo Skinners
    10. Pretty Boy Floyd
    11. Ludlow Massacre
    12. 1913 Massacre
    Woody Guthrie
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  • Music Of The Bahamas: Bahaman Folk Guitar Music Of The Bahamas: Bahaman Folk Guitar Quick View

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    Music Of The Bahamas: Bahaman Folk Guitar

    Import


    Music historian Sam Charters first recorded the legendary Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence on Andros Island in July 1958 for Folkways Records. Charters was so enthusiastic about Spences playing that the LP, released in 1959, became one of the labels first to be dedicated entirely to a single artist from outside the US. This reissue, long out of print on vinyl, includes three bonus tracks that originally
    appeared on a 1964 Folkways split LP featuring Spence and two other Bahamian musicians, John Roberts and Frederick McQueen.

    1. Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer
    2. There Will Be A Happy Meeting In Glory
    3. Brownskin Gal
    4. Bimini Gal (bonus)
    5. Im Going To Live That Life
    6. Face To Face That I Shall Know Him
    7. Jump In The Line
    8. The Lord Is My Shepherd (bonus)
    9. When I Lay My Burden Down (bonus)
    Joseph Spence
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  • The Montgomery Movement The Montgomery Movement Quick View

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    The Montgomery Movement

    Funk's answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama,
    Florida's Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads
    of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened
    dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in
    their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP
    was cut in 1972 for Orlando's Dove label, then reissued
    on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually
    steered clear of soul music and anything remotely
    commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into
    Folkways' Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve.


    "My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music.
    I've been involved in supernatural things,spoken with
    spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know
    I've heard it." -Paul Montgomery

    1. Montgomery Movement
    2. Who
    3. Steal Away
    4. Precious Wing
    5. Party Fever
    6. I'm Standing by
    7. Gotta Make A Come Back
    8. Left Me With A Memory
    Montgomery Express
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  • Go Waggaloo (Awaiting Repress) Go Waggaloo (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Go Waggaloo (Awaiting Repress)

    Gifted singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Guthrie brings charm, freshness and feeling to her debut recording for Smithsonian Folkways. Joined by a host of family and friends including Arlo Guthrie, Pete and Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Guthrie presents thoughtful yet playful recordings of traditional and new songs including 3 songs featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie (Bright Clear Day, Fox and the Goose, and Go Waggaloo) never before put to music. Vinyl version includes a dual full album digital download.
    1. Don't I Fit In My Daddy's Shoes?
    2. Go Waggaloo
    3. Take Me To Show-and-Tell
    4. Bright Clear Day
    5. 'Cuz We're Cousins
    6. Oh How He Lied
    7. Big Moon
    8. Fox and the Goose
    9. If Mama Had Four Hands
    10. Big Square Walkin'
    11. She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
    12. Brush Your Teeth Blues #57
    13. Oni's Ponies
    Sarah Lee Guthrie And Family
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  • First Songs First Songs Quick View

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    First Songs

    Michael Hurley is one of the most beloved cult figures of the Greenwich Village folk scene and his songs have been recorded by everyone from the Holy Modal Rounders and the Youngbloods, to Vetiver and Cat Power. First Songs, recorded in 1964 when Hurley was only 22 years old, shows that his charming, bumming, hippie, wino persona was fully formed at an early age. The album features the first recorded versions of such Snock classics as The Werewolf Song and Captain Kidd. Reissued on LP for the first time ever, with deluxe packaging including faithful reproductions of the original jacket and insert.
    1. Blue Mountain
    2. You Get Down By The Pool Hall Clickety Clack - Sister Song
    3. I Like My Wine
    4. No No No I Won't Come (Go) Down No More
    5. The Tea Song
    6. Just A Bum
    7. Raven Rock - They Took Away The Diesel
    8. Fat Mama
    9. The Animal Song - If I Could Ramble Like A Hound
    10. Captain Kidd
    11. Intersoular Blues
    12. The Werewolf Song
    Michael Hurley
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  • Into Morning Into Morning Quick View

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    Into Morning

    Released in 1976, Into Morning is the debut recording from trumpeter, Charles "Cha Cha" Shaw. Incorporating elements of spiritual free jazz and post-bop, this is a beautiful session from an under-heralded talent who recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Curtis Mayfield, Rashied Ali, and more. Lovingly reissued on vinyl in an exact replica of the original packaging.
    1. Eternal
    2. K.Z.
    3. Jugetty
    4. Super Silk
    Charles Cha Cha Shaw
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  • Garbage and Other Songs of Our Time Garbage and Other Songs of Our Time Quick View

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    Garbage and Other Songs of Our Time

    Joe Glazer's musical efforts on behalf of workers and
    union struggles earned him the nickname "Labor's
    Troubadour." In 1970, he founded Collector Records,
    primarily to produce records supportive of the struggles
    of working men and women.


    In this recording, Joe sings topical songs from the 1960s
    and 1970s that are primarily of his own composition and
    are heavy on humor and satire. The subject matter ranges
    from civil rights to politics to defense of environmentalism.
    The Charlie Byrd Trio provides the accompaniment.


    The liner notes offer background information and
    historical context for the songs, biographical
    information about Glazer, and complete song lyrics.

    1. Ping Pong Diplomacy

    2. I Belong To A Private Club

    3. Automation

    4. Looking For The "R" In Hahvad

    5. Robert Briscoe

    6. Don't Tear It Down

    7. Garbage

    8. Twenty-Two Minutes From Town

    9. The Ballad Of Richard Nixon

    10. Congressman's Blues

    11. Four Day Week

    12. Fashion

    13. Ecology

    14. Fight That Line
    Joe Glazer
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  • Old Folks Ain't All The Same Old Folks Ain't All The Same Quick View

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    Old Folks Ain't All The Same

    While it's true that Old Folks Ain't All the Same , they can all fall victim to the same discrimination and stereotyping. Joe Glazer sings songs of the struggles of seniors that include the problems of pension, the battles of bridge, and the wiles of the wise. Not strictly for senior citizens, this album is sure to delight listeners of any age.
    1. Old Folks Ain't All The Same
    2. My Get Up and Go
    3. What The Old Folks Know
    4. Forty To Sixty-Five
    5. Ida Mae, Ida Mae
    6. Old Age Pension Check
    7. Never Get Sick In America
    8. Too Old To Work
    9. Old Time Lovers
    10. My Hair Has Turned Gray
    11. Hello In There
    12. The Activity Room
    13. People Like You
    14. Senior Citizen's Battle Hymn
    Joe Glazer
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  • Lightnin' Hopkins (Pre-Order) Lightnin' Hopkins (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Lightnin' Hopkins (Pre-Order)

    Remastered From Original LP Master Tapes From 1959


    Housed In A Tip-On Jacket


    Featuring Original Liner Notes.


    Texas bluesman Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins' musical
    career was reignited by this 1959 release. With the
    aid of a little gin and a borrowed acoustic guitar,
    musicologist Sam Charters recorded Hopkins in his
    tiny apartment in Houston, Texas. The result is nine
    tracks of pure country blues and Hopkins' reminiscences
    of his time performing with Blind Lemon Jefferson.

    1. Penitentiary Blues
    2. Bad Luck and Trouble
    3. Come Go Home with Me
    4. Trouble Stay 'Way from My Door
    5. See That My Grave is Kept Clean
    6. Goin' Back to Florida
    7. Reminiscences of Blind Lemon
    8. Fan It
    9. Tell Me, Baby
    10. She's Mine
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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    Music from the Mountain Provinces

    "Our journals and recording equipment were ultimately
    confiscated and stolen by the MNLF rebels. We escaped
    with a single cassette, the clothes on our back, and our
    lives." -David Blair Stiffler


    In 1988, David Blair Stiffler risked life and limb to document
    under-recorded cultural groups living lives of extreme isolation in
    the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and
    Luzon. These are the fruits of that expedition.


    In the grand tradition of ethnographic recordings that made up the
    majority of Folkways' vast and significant catalog comes Music from
    the Mountain Provinces. By the mid-1980s, David Blair Stiffler was
    already a most-decorated recordist, with eight Folkways LPs under
    his belt. These are among the most obscure documents in the entire
    Folkways catalog (and that's quite a distinctive accomplishment,
    given the illustrious company in that discography.) His focus
    heretofore had largely been Central and South America, capturing
    sounds from largely-hidden rain forest civilizations, including the
    Palicour, Miskito, Arawak, Warrau, Cuna, Choco, and Pipil tribal
    and cultural groups. He would match this flair for the unknown
    and undocumented in his expedition to the Philippines. Although
    the works of Jose Maceda and Nicole Revel heavily documented
    much of the Philippines' countryside inhabitants with a thorough
    and sober effort protracted over the decades. Stiffler brought his
    own panache into the equation, capturing gorgeous and revelatory
    moments from some of the archipelago's least visited regions. Even
    without the harrowing tale of himself and his crew being taken
    hostage, contained within is a rare aural experience. These masters,
    originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when
    Stiffler returned home to news of Folkways founder Moses Asch's
    death. After the tragic event of last winter's disastrous and deadly
    Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda), these documents are even more
    priceless.

    1. Kulintang-Badjao or Yakan Gong
    2. Kalinga-Bamboo Zither I
    3. Kalinga-Rice Winnowing Song
    4. Kalinga-Bamboo Zither II
    5. Bontoc-Violin
    6. Kalinga-Bamboo Zither III
    7. NPA-Nose Flute
    8. Dumagat-Throat Singing
    9. Kalinga-Group Singing with Gongs
    10. Ilingot-Plucked Bamboo Zither
    11. Maranoa-Lullaby
    12. MNLF-Whistling
    Various Artists
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    Follow The Music


    Alice Gerrard has one of those voices that harkens back to the likes of Sara and Maybelle. She is the real deal with the right stuff and hasn't forgotten
    where country music came from.
    - Emmylou Harris (June, 2014)


    Produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor.


    The trailblazing folksinger famously collaborated with Hazel Dickens. Their classic recordings for Folkways and Rounder in the '60's and 70's rank among
    the most influential recordings in folk music history, (All Music Guide), and laid the groundwork for many artists, especially female bluegrass and folk
    musicians.


    'Follow The Music' features traditional tunes and original songs by Alice, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor, and features members of
    Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun.

    1. Bear Me Away
    2. Strange Land
    3. Wedding Dress
    4. You Take Me For Granted
    5. Follow The Music
    6. Boll Weevil
    7. Love Was The Price
    8. Teardrops Falling In The Snow
    9. Foolish Lovers Waltz
    10. The Vulture
    11. Goodbyes
    Alice Gerrard
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  • Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Limited Edition Of 2500 Sets


    Five 180-Gram LPs Containing Over 3.5 Hours Of Studio & Live Performances Culled From Previously Uncirculated Masters And Newly Discovered Recordings


    Audio Restoration And Mastering By Fred Kevorkian


    Lacquers Cut By Ron Mcmaster At Capitol Studios And Pressed To Vinyl By Quality Record Pressings.


    Produced By Grateful Dead Publicist And Biographer Dennis Mcnally And Brian Miksis.


    Includes A 32-Page Book With Rare Photos, Memorabilia And In-depth Liner Note Essays By Mcnally, Miksis, Acclaimed Bluegrass Scholar Neil V. Rosenberg, Sara Ruppenthal Katz, And Stu Goldstein.


    Round Records will release its most ambitious project to date with the long-awaited Jerry Garcia boxed set Before The Dead. The project features a meticulously researched and curated compilation of recordings the iconic Grateful Dead founder made prior to forming the legendary band. Before The Dead includes never before heard performances, recordings that have never been commercially released and a small selection that have. From intimate live recordings to live studio recordings to field recordings, Before The Dead serves as a historical document in the spirit of renowned releases by Smithsonian Folkways and influential field recordings by Alan Lomax. The music on Before The Dead was selected and co-produced by longtime Grateful Dead publicist/author Dennis McNally and documentarian Brian Miksis. The audio was restored and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.


    The first release from Before The Dead features the Black Mountain Boys (Garcia, Robert Hunter, David Nelson and Eric Thompson) in a rare 1964 live recording of "Rosa Lee McFall". Written by Charlie Monroe, the song would remain with Garcia throughout his career, reinterpreted later on with The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and Garcia/Grisman. This is the first time this track has ever been released.


    The 5-LP boxed set is pressed to 180-gram vinyl in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces and includes a special in-depth 32-page book featuring essays by McNally and Miksis, rare photos and memorabilia along with detailed listening notes and commentary on each track by Dr. Neil V. Rosenberg. Aside from being a renowned musicologist, Rosenberg was part of the Redwood Canyon Ramblers, an influential Bay Area bluegrass ensemble that would inspire a younger generation of players, including Garcia. Each section features a "Tales of the Tape" essay that includes details on how, when and where the music was recorded, how it was found and, in most instances, anecdotes about the particular date, including early interactions with many area musicians before they went on to greater things. Sara Ruppenthal Katz (formerly Sara Garcia, Jerry's first wife) contributes an enlightening essay around the 1963 recording of her duo performance with Garcia at the intimate Pala Alto, CA club Top Of The Tangent (aka The Tangent). Tangent co-founder Stu Goldstein also adds a piece discussing the club's origins and how it became a hot spot for the new folk scene that was developing in the Bay Area.


    Before The Dead sheds light on the earliest period in Jerry Garcia's odyssey going from the young, charismatic, developing multi-instrumentalist coming of age during the early 1960's folk-revival (often sarcastically referred to as The Great Folk Scare) to one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists of the rock 'n roll era. Like many during that time, Garcia's influences were coming from the deep-rooted folk tradition of artists such as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, The Carter Family, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Stanley Brothers, The Weavers, a young Joan Baez and the Harry Smith Folkways collections to name a few. These influences would resurface prominently in some of Garcia's most important work with the Dead on the 1970 albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty - regularly cited as foundational in the creation of what is now referred to as Americana.


    From beginning to end, the listener will journey through the musical evolution of Jerry Garcia and how the impact of the folk forbearers gradually permeates his playing and technique. You can hear the earliest origins of Garcia's signature style budding as he had become a student of the music constantly absorbing and endlessly challenging himself. His instrument rarely left his side from dawn to dust. What shines brightly throughout the set is Garcia's outgoing personality and sense of humor, often described as "magnetic", a clear early indicator.


    Throughout this period from 1961 to 1964 were pivotal first-time meetings, (documented in the book) between Garcia and people who would become life-long collaborators and friends. From his revered writing partner and early bandmate Robert Hunter, to mandolin master David Grisman, to each member of the Grateful Dead, to the many artists who would go on to take their own place in music history, including acclaimed instrumentalist Sandy Rothman, David Nelson (co-founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Clarence White, guitarist of the Byrds.


    Before The Dead showcases Garcia in various ensembles and configurations starting with the rarest piece in the entire collection, the earliest known recording of Garcia captured at his girlfriend's 16th birthday party in 1961 alongside future Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Outside of a short clip used in the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, this recording has never been released, circulated or heard. Other highlights include the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers' 1962 gig in San Carlos, CA, and the Hart Valley Drifters' 1962 recording at Stanford's KZSU Radio Studio A (Garcia's first-known studio recording, released in 2017 for the first time). Arguably Garcia's best and most beloved bluegrass band of that early period, The Black Mountain Boys are prominently featured via three separate occasions in 1963 and 1964, while a 1964 performance by Garcia's Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys rounds out Before The Dead. See a full list of dates, performances and players below.


    Despite Jerry Garcia's deep love for folk and bluegrass traditions, his time fully immersed in it was coming to a close. Encounters with one of his heroes, Bill Monroe, whose band he almost auditioned for (and Rothman went on to join), might have sent him deeper in that direction, but it was not to be. (Note: Garcia even used to tape Monroe's shows, a possible foreshadowing of allowing fans to tape Grateful Dead shows later). By the end of 1964, The Beatles had become a household name, The Rolling Stones hit hard with their version of the blues and civil rights had become an important part of the social and political landscape. New influences and inspirations would impact Garcia's direction as he went on to form The Warlocks, who would go on to become The Grateful Dead. However, the foundation in tradition was solidified during those early years and would resurface regularly throughout the remainder of his life in a multitude of ways, including the Dead, The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Old and In The Way, Garcia/Grisman and so much more.

    LP 1
    Bob and Jerry
    May 26, 1961
    Brigid Meier's Sixteenth Birthday Party
    Menlo Park, California

    1. Santy Anno
    2. I Got A Home In That Rock
    3. Oh, Mary Don't You Weep
    4. All My Trials
    5. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
    6. Blow The Candles Out
    7. Rake And A Rambling Boy
    8. Trouble In Mind
    Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
    July 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    1. Brown's Ferry Blues
    2. Jesse James
    Jerry Garcia and Unknown Musician
    Summer or Fall 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    3. Down In The Willow Garden
    4. Long Lonesome Road
    5. Railroad Bill
    6. The Wagoner's Lad
    7. Katie Cruel


    LP 2
    Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
    June 11, 1962
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center
    San Carlos, California

    1. Cannonball Blues
    2. Little Birdie
    3. Sally Goodin
    4. Hold That Woodpile Down
    5. Legend Of The Johnson Boys
    6. Shady Grove
    7. Sweet Sunny South
    8. Man Of Constant Sorrow
    Hart Valley Drifters
    Fall 1962
    KZSU Radio Studio A, Stanford University
    Stanford, California

    1. Band Introductions
    2. Roving Gambler
    3. Ground Speed
    4. Pig In A Pen
    5. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    6. Flint Hill Special
    7. Nine Pound Hammer
    8. Handsome Molly
    9. Clinch Mountain Backstep


    LP 3
    1. Think Of What You've Done
    2. Cripple Creek
    3. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
    4. Billy Grimes, The Rover
    5. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    6. Run Mountain
    7. Sugar Baby
    8. Sitting On Top Of The World
    The Wildwood Boys
    February 23, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
    2. Jerry's Breakdown
    3. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    4. Mule Skinner Blues
    5. Saturday Night Shuffle
    6. Pike County Breakdown
    7. The Little Sparrow
    8. We Shall Not Be Moved


    LP 4
    Jerry and Sara
    May 4, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Deep Elem Blues
    2. Will The Weaver
    3. I Truly Understand
    4. Long Black Veil
    5. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man
    6. Foggy Mountain Top
    Black Mountain Boys
    Fall 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Barefoot Nellie
    2. She's More To Be Pitied
    3. Noah's Breakdown
    4. Who Will Sing For Me?
    Black Mountain Boys
    January 10, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    5. Salt Creek
    6. Monroe's Hornpipe (Jody's Hornpipe)
    7. Rosa Lee Mcfall
    8. John Hardy/closing Theme
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California
    9. Katie Kline
    10. Walkin' The Dog


    LP 5
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    2. Love And Wealth
    3. Sourwood Mountain
    4. If I Lose
    5. Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)
    6. Stoney Creek
    7. Salty Dog Blues
    8. Love Please Come Home
    9. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
    10. Darlin' Allalee
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. In The Pines
    2. Raw Hide
    3. Black Mountain Rag
    4. True Life Blues
    5. Medley: Devil's Dream-Sailor's Hornpipe
    Black Mountain Boys
    Spring 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    6. Drink Up And Go Home
    Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
    Summer 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    7. These Men Of God
    8. Roll On Buddy
    9. Goodbye Old Pal
    10. Back Up And Push

    Jerry Garcia
    $124.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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