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The Harry Smith Connection: A Live Tribute To The Anthology Of American Folk Music + The Harry Smith Project: The Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (2 CD/2 DVD BOX SET) + Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 4 (Edited By Harry Smith)
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  • Audio CD (August 18, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 18, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000009Q0L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. East Virginia Blues - Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy, And Jay Bennett
2. I'm On The Battlefield For My Lord - Ethel Caffie-Austin
3. John Henry - John Jackson
4. A Lazy Farmer Boy - Greg Hooven String Band
5. Old Dog Blue - Lonnie Pitchford
6. Home Sweet Home - The New Lost City Ramblers
7. The Butcher Boy - Ginny Hawker
8. John The Revelator - Ethel Caffie-Austin
9. His Tapes Roll On - Peter Stampfel
10. Minglewood Blues - John Sebastian And The J-Band With Geoff Muldaur
11. The Coo Coo Bird - Ella Jenkins
12. Frankie And Johnny - John Jackson
13. Sugar Baby - Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy And Jay Bennett
14. Le Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme - Balfa Toujours
15. Spike Driver Blues - Dave Van Ronk
16. Darling Corey - Greg Hooven String Band
17. The Coo Coo Bird - Toshi Reagon
18. James Alley Blues - Jeff Tweedy, Roger McGuinn, And Jay Bennett
19. Nothing - The Fugs

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If you just couldn't get enough of The Anthology of American Folk Music, here's the perfect companion CD. The Anthology is, of course, the celebrated 1997 reissued six-disc box that became the touchstone for modern folk music when it was originally put out by filmmaker and record collector Harry Smith in 1952. The Harry Smith Connection is culled from two October 1997 concerts at which performers tackled tracks from The Anthology, which consists of 84 recordings made between 1926 and 1933. Contributors include Roger McGuinn (backed by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett and sounding great), Dave Van Ronk, Ethel Caffie-Austin, and the New Lost City Ramblers. The affection the performers feel for these earthen songs is palpable. The songs themselves are unassailable. --Steven Stolder

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Linwood I. Greer on September 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
These live recordings of songs from the AAFM offers warm, loving renditions of a handful of the armload of American musical heritage sent through the years to us by Harry Smith. It's yet another reminder of how important Smith's contribution was. Peter Stampfel's ode to Harry makes me want to hear the rest of the epic and "Nothing" by the Fugs is nothing short of wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on December 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
John and Alan Lomax are justly famous for their herculean efforts over many years to gather "roots" music from sources all over the American continent, the bayous, the hollows, the mountains and the plains. Not as well known but as worthy of praise is the work of the "roots" historian Harry Smith, the subject of this tribute CD. During the 1940's and 1950's Smith was working the highways and byways of the South and elsewhere recording whatever music was at hand with whatever recording device he could put to together. No less a later folk historian that the singer Dan Van Ronk remarked that he learned much of his early folk repertoire from the Harry Smith collection. Others, including Bob Dylan, also "cribbed" from the Smith collection. That tells the tale.

This tribute CD is a treasure trove of songs, some familiar and some long forgotten by this reviewer. The most interesting point that always catches my attention on these anthologies is how much crossover there is despite the differences in geography, ethnicity or race. For example, listen to the two versions of "The Coo Coo Bird" here. Or consider "The Butcher Boy" that I have heard under the names "The Railroad Boy" or "In London Town" but which however tells the same old tale of abandoned love and its tragic consequences. And how many versions of "John Henry" have been recorded? The one done here by John Jackson, by the way, is excellent. As is his rendition of "Frankie and Johnnie".

"John The Revelator" done by Ethel Caffie-Austin is the best version I have heard this side of Son House. The lead vocal by Geoff Muldaur of the old Jim Kweskin Jug Band makes "Minglewood Blues" pop. Van Ronk's "Spike Driver Blues" is vintage Dave. Jeff Tweedy and company do a very nice job on Rabbit Brown's "James Alley Blues".
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0 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Roger McGuinn is the shinning light of this CD. There should be more selections by him offered in this collection.
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