Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 4 (Edited By Harry Smith)
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The accompanying notes are extensive & well-presented although it's black ink on dark brown paper in tiny font, so the reading can be tough. And you are paying for the presentation in the pricetag.
I was half-expecting to be disappointed by this album because the earlier release was so important to me, but it turns out that this one makes for great listening as well i.e. it has the elusive 'HS-factor' going for it too. If you are the type of person who got changed by the 3-Volume Folkways Anthology, then you will dig Volume 4. Really, it's been a rumor for so long .. it's incredible that it is now generally available.
If you have an interest in the older music from various regions of the U.S. then I'd say your in for a memorable treat. But, if your music interest and memory only take you back to the late 60's, then you might not be so impressed. Some of the music, if not all of it, on these discs has made an impact on many of our recent and current recording stars, but that doesn't mean you will particularly care for it...then again, it might take you on an adventure that never ends!!
Keep A Rockin' In The Free World!!
Changin' The World One Ear At A Tyme!!
Is it worth the hefty price though?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love the first 3 Volumes and you just want a little more, this is it. I've enjoyed every bit as much as the original. Harry Smith was a true genius!Published 14 months ago by gerald d krause
If you have 1 thru 3, just buy 4! If you don't have 1-3, well you should. And throw this one in. Don't let the Folk thing scare you. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by John J. Zelenka
As a folk fan since I was 14 and encountered "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio (1958) I had heard ABOUT Smith's anthology early on, but never actually heard "it. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by William E. Adams
For anyone that owns or listens to vols. I-III, volume IV does not disappoint. This anthology is relevant and pleasing to the ear and makes a fine addition to ANY collection of... Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by James J. Janicki
The price is too high and the discs too short. It really does lack the magic of the original mainly due to the lack of Harry Smith's original notes and overall design. Read morePublished on September 7, 2000