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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • ASIN: B00000JMD3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(1936-42) (74:43/25) Original field recordings made by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Lewis Jones, and Herbert Halpert.

The field recordings made from 1936 to 1942 for the Library of Congress by John and Ruby Lomax, with their son Alan, showed that much of America's finest music and poetry have come from far beyond the entertainment and publishing industries. In the case of these stirring selections from the Lomax archives, among this country's richest cultural resources was the black population enslaved on southern plantations and penal farms. Evident here are echoes of lost worlds--the eerie sounding call of a Mississippi ferryman, the mystery of Charlie Butler's stunning "Diamond Joe," and the fierce spirituality of "If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down" by Reverend C.H. Savage and congregation. Most extraordinary are the performances by Sid Hemphill, who Alan Lomax said was his greatest discovery. Playing the ancient pre-harmonica quills or panpipes, whooping with primal fervor, his ingenious "Emmaline, Take Your Time" anticipates Hemphill's unreleased fife-and-drum masterpiece, "The Devil's Dream." --Alan Greenberg

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on November 14, 2005
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This is essential music for anyone looking into the traditions of African American music, whether string band, blues, or whatever.

There is so much heritage and so much of the traditional rhythms that have since been smothered out of Black churck music in the interventing years on the religious tunes. There are several of the old Church Rocks and preaching as musical as any song or dance here.

As a string band musician on banjo, guitar, and fiddle, I naturally gravitate to the superb music of Sid Hemphill, Lucius Smith and Will Head in Sledge Mississippi (btw this is the Mississippi Cotton Pickin town that Black CW star Charlie Pride grew up in and wrote the song about). Hemphill is fantastic as a fiddle and a quiller, and this band has a distinct rhythm that no other string band matches.

It should be noted that on the same day that Lomax recorded these string band selections, he recorded a number of selections by the same group playing in a band with quill or fife and drum. You can hear these if you get a copy of the "Traveling Through the Jungle" collection of Black drum band recordings.

It is a shame that nobody has bothered to put all the recordings Lomax and other did of Sid Hemphill, Lucius Smith and their various band mates in 1941 and 1942 and in the 1950s out on one CD and one has to gather different CDS to find them, for example more string band music by this group appears (misplaced in) this series's Black Appalachia recording even though these people were from the hill country of Mississippi and nowhere near Appalachia. Still other string band recordings and solo work by Hemphill and Smith are on David Evan's superb collection, Afro-American Folk Music from Tate and Panola Counties, Mississippi. If you are into banjo Evans collection's booklet, a treasure for anyone into African American traiditional music in its own right, has a great explanation of Smith's banjo style.
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1 Big Charlie Butler – It's Better To Be Born Lucky 1:28
2 Lucious Curtis & Willie Ford – Stagolee 1:41
3 Thomas "Jaybird" Jones – Walking Billy 4:08
4 Joe Shores – Mississippi Sounding Calls 2:52
5 Jim Henry – Come Here, Dog, And Get Your Bone 2:24
6 Sid Hemphill – Emmaline, Take Your Time 2:18
7 Sid Hemphill, Alec Askew, Lucius Smith & Will Head – Hog Hunt 4:42
8 Will Starks – The Fox Hunter's Song 2:48
9 Lucious Curtis & Willie Ford – Times Is Getting Hard 3:45
10 Big Charlie Butler – Diamond Joe 2:15
11 Crap Eye – One Morning At The Break Of Day (Wake Up Song) 1:55
12 Jim Henry & Jeff Webster – Workin' On The Levee, Sleepin' On De Ground 1:37
13 Joe Miller & Jim Henry – Lord, I'm In Trouble
14 Dobie Red – Stewball 5:15
15 Dobie Red – Rosie 2:45
16 Frank Evans – French Blues 2:13
17 Reverend C.H. Savage – Rock Daniel 2:31
18 Reverend C.H. Savage – Interview 3:08
19 Henry Joiner & Annie Anderson – Hallelu, Hallelu 2:26
20 Reverend C.H. Savage – I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
21 Henry Joiner – Conversion Experience 4:33
22 Reverend C.H. Savage – Let Me Ride 3:50
23 Deacon Tom Jones & Reverend C.H. Savage – If I Had My Way, I'd Tear The Building Down 4:10
24 Deacon Tom Jones & Reverend C.H. Savage – Little David 3:28
25 Reverend C.H. Savage – Calvary 3:26
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