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Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937 (Jewel Case with 28-page booklet)

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Declan McManus Pumps It Up. Joe Bussard. "He's an eccentric record collector who's preserved all sorts of magical corners of music - although he says things like, 'There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'" Elvis Costello - Esquire UK October 2005

"This is the music of poor whites and blacks: wild-ass jazz and string-band hillbilly, surreal yodels and king snake moans, lightning-bolt blues and whorehouse romps and orgasmic gospel. It's all anti-pop, anti-sentimental: the raw sounds of the city gutter and the roadside ditch." Desperate Man Blues by Eddie Dean - Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000

"Joe has spent more than 50 years pursuing his purpose with a single-mindedness bordering on mania. And his purpose is no less than collecting and preserving the vast wealth of American vernacular music that was recorded on fragile shellac discs during the early decades of this century." A Visit and Interview with Record Collector Joseph E. Bussard, Jr by Marshall Wyatt - Old-Time Herald Spring 1999 - oldhatrecords.com/BussardInt.html

24 Rare Gems From The King Of Record Collectors - String Bands, Blues, Jazz, Country, Cajun, Gospel. Profusely illustrated, 28-page full-color booklet includes biographical essay, fully annotated discography, and (online) firsthand accounts of Joe's record collecting adventures. 72 minutes of newly, digitally remastered music. Jewel case, second edition.

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In the Basement at 78 RPM: Going waaay back with 78s more precious than your 45s - faculty.sunydutchess.edu/allen/waxpoetics/volume-7.pdf -- Joe Allen - Wax Poetics Spring 2004

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Lost Child - Stripling Brothers
  2. How You Want It Done? - Big Bill
  3. The (New) Call Of The Freaks - Luis Russell & His Orchestra
  4. The School House Fire - Dixon Brothers
  5. Greenback Dollar - Weems String Band
  6. You Got To Go Down - Blind Gary
  7. The Old Ark's A'Moving - A.A. Gray And Seven-Foot Dilly
  8. Runnin' Wild - James Cole's Washboard Four
  9. Keep It Clean - Charley Jordan
  10. Get The "L" On Down The Road - Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band
  11. I Got A Bulldog - Sweet Brothers & Ernest Stoneman
  12. Old Hen Cackle - Colman & Harper
  13. Song From A Cotton Field - Bessie Brown
  14. Atlanta Bound - Gene Autry
  15. Easy Rider Blues - Soileau And Robin
  16. Hot Lips - Bill Brown And His Brownies
  17. Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo - Uncle Dave Macon
  18. Hastings Street - Blind Blake And Charlie Spand
  19. Ain't That Trouble In Mind - Fields Ward & The Grayson County Railsplitters
  20. Give The World A Smile - The Corley Family
  21. Original Stack O'Lee Blues - Long Cleve Reed And Little Harvey Hull (Down Home Boys)
  22. Hot Town - Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra
  23. Paddlin' Blues - Gitfiddle Jim
  24. Plow Boy Hop - Grinnell Giggers


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Old Hat Records / Enterprises
  • ASIN: B000GYHXYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George T. Parsons on September 18, 2003
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Joe Bussard has one of the coolest record collections on earth.
He started his own pirate radios station in his parent's basement when he was a teen in the later 40s. He later did real radio shows and still does. He started collecting records when he was 12 years old and he still does. He started his own record label called Fonotone and John Fahey recorded his first records in Joe's basement. This comes with a 74 page incredible illustrated an informative book. Too bad there's only ONE disc considering the size of Joe's collection, but we can all hope and pray for this to be the first in a loooooooong series of such anthologies. This set of 24 old-time songs, hillbilly whoops, jazz, country blues, gospel, jug bands, and more, feels as alive today as the moment it was created. This is so great, get it and you'll be rewarded with some incredible music and a cool visit with Joe Bussard by way of the extensive liner notes and images.
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Late one night I caught a film called "Desperate Man Blues". It was all about Joe Bussard and his record collecting. I am a blues fan and imagine my delight (when I came across "Treasure Trove.." on the Amazon site) when I found this great album. This album is brilliant. Each track is a gem. Once I heard this album I started looking for more. Then to my great delight the film "Desperate Man Blues" is now issued on DVD and the music from the film has been released on CD. (Also called Desperate Man Blues"). Joe has a great and honest style on the DVD that I loved from that first moment. The DVD has excerpts from Joe's radio show and other goodies. Check out [...]
Thanks Joe for searching (collecting) out great music.
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This record is a complete blast, from the track selection to the packaging. Joe Broussard owns 50,000 78s of gospel, old country, blues, cajun, etc and 24 of them made it on this disc. The sound is sparkling and the only clunker track is "Give the World a Smile" by the Corley Family. Good to hear some obscurities alongside Rev Gary Davis and Big Bill Broonzy and I'm glad the world has at least a couple of pale record freaks who like to sit in their basements sniffing shellac and collecting pristine old-time music. Makes me want to go steal a Victrola!
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Bussard is a legend among old record collectors and this opening of his vaults promises musical bliss. For the complete story on Bussard go to [...] -- and after reading it you'll have to agree with the previous reviwer that one CD is not enough. Maybe there will be future volumes....
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there is nothing more to say, really. the other reviewers all got it right (except the part about the corley family's cut being a clunker - i love that one.) to think that this is less than a thousandth of this guy's collection makes me salivate for another disk. from the dawn of the recorded age - 20 years earlier and all this would just be gone in the air...
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It's fitting that my 78th review on Amazon is for this CD of 78s. This is one of the best CDs I've acquired in some time. Not only is the CD packed with two dozen recorded gems, but the accompanying booklet is one of the best I've seen. Yes, this collection is more about Joe Bussard and his collection than about the music itself--but that's not a bad thing. To the collectors: don't worry--discographical information and brief paragraphs about each tune on the disc are included.The collection is an assortment of jazz, blues, and "hillbilly" records from the 1920s and 1930s, most of them quite rare. The sound quality is marvelous! The producers were careful to use only minimal noise reduction, with none of that artificial reverb or phony stereo that ruins so many other reissues of vintage recordings. The result is not CD-quality surround sound, rather, you feel like you're listening to brand-new, clean copies of the original 78s on good equipment. You'll be amazed how nice these old records can sound! The booklet provides some fascinating anecdotes into Joe Bussard's collecting life, including stories about how he came to own many of the records on this CD. As you read, you'll follow Joe down the backroads of Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia, knocking on doors asking for "old records." Collectors will instantly spot taht in some cases, only two or three known copies of a particular 78 on this CD are known to exist. Thank goodness Mr. Bussard is keeping them safe and sharing them with producers of reissues of vintage material. This is a CD I play often, with one of my absolute favorites on the disc being "Get the 'L' on Down the Road." With some hot bass-slappin', hotter jug blowin', and even hotter lyrics, that one's worth the price of the disc alone! There's lots more where these records came from. Let's hope more of them make their way on to CDs like this one. Highly recommended!
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A generous 24-track helping of some of record collector extraordinare Joe Bussard's favorites. The examples included run the gamut of early 20th centruy roots music ranging from Hillybilly music to Blues, Jazz, Jug Bands and beyond.

Sound quality is top notch -- these guys really know how to do 78-RPM transfers. Also Joe's records seem to be in excellent condition to begin with so not a lot of noise reduction is required. This is one of the very finest sounding discs of 78-RPM transfers that I have heard.

Packaging is also lavish with a 70 page booklet that contains annotations for each of the 24 tracks, and lots of interesting photos of vintage record labels and packaging, as well as several essays and stories about Joe's record collecting career. There's much of interest here for those who love Roots music.
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