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Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Mountain Songs Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Omie WiseDoug Wallin 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sugar BabyDock Boggs 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I am a poor pilgrim of sorrowOld Regular Baptists 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sixteen TonsGeorge Davis 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. John HenryLesley Riddle 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lost IndianMarion Sumner0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. SouthboundDoc & Merle Watson 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. High on a MountainOla Belle Reed 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Coal Creek MarchPete Steele 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Coal Miner's BluesHazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Railroad BluesSAM McGEE 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Cuckoo BirdClarence Ashley 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Conversation with Death (Oh Death)Berzilla Wallin 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lone PrairieWade Ward0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rain and SnowDillard Chandler 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Wish I Was a Mole in the GroundBascom Lamar Lunsford 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. MoonshinerRoscoe Holcomb 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Wildwood FlowerKilby Snow 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Barbry Ellen (Barbara Allen)Jean Ritchie 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Daniel PrayedDoc Watson, Fred Price And Clint Howard 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Wreck of the Number NineErnest V. "Pop" Stoneman 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Red Jacket Mine ExplosionThe Phipps Family 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Kingdom ComeNorman Edmonds 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Amazing GraceHorton Barker 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B00006JTG5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Classic! February 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The spate of worthy compilations riding on the coattails of O Brother, Where Art Thou? continues with Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways, 25 tracks of serious bluegrass untarnished by rock, pop or other corrupting influences. Recorded between 1956 and 1992, it includes three numbers from what's purportedly the first bluegrass LP ever, Folkways'American Banjo: Three-Finger And Scruggs Style. Dashing mandolin runs by Earl Taylor (and his Stoney Mountain Boys) and bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe (with Peter Rowan) open and close this crisp disc while Ralph Stanley, singing with older brother Carter, offers clawhammer banjo picking.

Many of the performers - Red Allen, Doc Watson and Hazel Dickens, for example - grew up with the music. The Harley Allen-Mike Lilly Band (Harley being Red's son) shows how the genre's trademark tight harmonies can turn smooth (in an Osborne Brothers style) rather than sharp, without sacrificing the essence of true bluegrass. The New Lost City Ramblers' The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake as well as The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover's Neath That Cold Grey Tomb Of Stone evince mountain music's darkness, but then a wildfire fiddle breakdown such as David and Billy Ray Johnson's Grey Eagle comes along to show its fun side. It's a well-balanced set of early bluegrass highlights.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways June 6, 2011
By Les
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I hemmed and hawed for a long while before actually buying this, .. and two other CD's ... but I'm so glad I did. I can listen to this music for hours one end and still listen to more. If I could, I'd start collecting all I could lay my hands on .... but at my age you are supposed to start clearing out, not adding to your stuff. I have to say Thank You amazon, for giving a person a chance to actually listen to the music before you buy, I listened to the CD's samples quite a few times, and every time, I was gladdened for being able to in this way. It's an excellent way to get CD's purchased !! ;-) Also I'm very grateful you stock and sell this type of music, as it's getting harder to buy in regular stores, it's not everyone's cup of tea, so to speak. To me it's sort of eternal and I hope to get a lot more of like listening done before I kick the bucket ;-)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
A wonderful collection of true folk music. These recordings haven't been softened by the modern sounds or current bluegrass. These recordings sound like they're of neighbors out singing on their porches having a great time. Some of the vocalists are a little rough around the edges, but that's what makes this truly great! Music like this is hard to find and I'm thrilled by my copy of this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Mountain Songs August 14, 2011
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The Classic Mountain Songs is truly a fine collection of the songs that belong to the history of your country. I am for reasons I do not kwow for sure, since a very long time attracked to the music from the Appalachians. I admire the strength of the music, the musicanship of the musicmakers. I do admire the ernest of the music itself. What may help if you also love the music, the Passions and Cantates, of the old Johan Sebastiaan Bach himself. And what for me started in 1961 with Hank Williams (The Blue Collar Shakesspeare.) is now in my very late sixties (69)a lifelong admiration of this wonderfull rich folk music. And this album has it all.

Buy it, listen to it and love it.

Richard H.K. Pohlmann The Hague, the Netherlands.

P.S. I bought my first H.W. album when I visited as a wortking student New York in 1961.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mountain Songs is A+++ January 31, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased the cd because for years I've wanted to get the Folkways recordings of the original singers/recordings of these American Folk classics. I am not disappointed, and plan to purchase the rest of the series over time.Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mountain Music September 6, 2010
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Great collection of songs echoing the roots of American music. A very good number of songs, so a lot of music for the dollar. If you want a taste of Scottish/English ballads you'll find it here. See the movie "Songcatcher" for a visual perspective on where this music form comes from.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific sound recordings! November 6, 2006
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Great recordings of a wide variety of songs. Entertaining, great to just listen to, or to learn music from. Nice variety of classic sounds.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways July 14, 2007
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I love Appalachian Folk Music and this CD included most of the best. It was true blue original recording of this music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love the music, I loved the recording.
Published 16 days ago by r.winters
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music plus Anericana
Yee haw! Fantastic music plus Anericana.
Published 1 month ago by John J. Costello Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars classic songs
Published 3 months ago by FUZNUTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain songs
High quality product that captures the essence of Mountain music from times past. Would recommend to music students, and to those interested in the lifestyle
Published 8 months ago by Ron S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Me Back
In time. I am developing my bluegrass ear and this CD is a good place to start. Mountain music is a the basic root.
Published 8 months ago by Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Star mountain songs
Mountain Songs start with a chill! A real powerful version of Omie Wise,it really sets a staggering tone! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Grimm
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto
I loved it, "Ditto" for this CD, as for the CD "Songs From The Mountain". It brought back good memories.
Published 11 months ago by Rose33
1.0 out of 5 stars Song Catcher 2
Not impressed by the music presentation or the artist. Overall I think it played off the original Song Catcher recording
Published 12 months ago by Capt Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This album has a wonderful and full mix of music and ballads. I knew some of the songs and easily picked up words to others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeri 907
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
It is just amazing to me how old bluegrass and folk music can touch a part of your soul that you didn't know existed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by loreleigal
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