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Sounds of the South: A Musical Journey from the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta Box set

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Alan Lomax received funding from Atlantic Records in 1959 to head into the Southeast with the latest in stereo field recording technology, and this set collects the original eight records issued as a result of that trek in 1961. The sound quality is brilliant, the performances uncompromisingly raw, vibrant, plaintive, and real--everything the Greenwich Village folk movement tried to be is encapsulated on these slices of rural sound. Because of its high fidelity and the immense character found within the performances, this is the Lomax document to own if you absolutely have to pick a single one. Deep delta slide blues, enthusiastic shape-note singing from the Sacred Harp song book, lined-out hymnody, children's songs, mountain bluegrass music, juke-joint barrelhouse blues--it's all here and much more. This is vibrant, pure American music at its finest. --Mike McGonigal
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IVR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set is worth having for many reasons, but the primary one is Forest City Joe.

A very obscure artist, Joe apparently found his way (presumably from Forest City) to Chicago in the late 1940s and had at least one record released on the Chess label, TRIBUTE TO SONNY BOY (the recently murdered Sonny Boy Williamson I).
The side is spoiled by an unknown guitar player who has no idea how to accompany a downhome blues singer and harp player, but Joe's vocal and harp licks nevertheless make an impression.

Louis Meyers, who played guitar for Little Walter and was himself a considerable harp player, was once asked in an interview with BLUES UNLIMITED who he thought was the greatest blues harmonica artist. Meyers answer, to the interview's bafflement, was Forest City Joe. Meyers had heard him and all the other great Chicago harpists live and that was his answer. It was Joe's tone that made him outstanding.

The downhome cuts on this album confirm Meyers' judgment. Why Forest City Joe left Chicago is unknown, but if he had stayed there longer and hooked up eventually with Muddy Waters, it's likely the history of Chicago blues would be not only different but tremendously more exciting.
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This is another brilliant Alan Lomax collection of roots music. These are obviously early recordings put on reel to reel wherever the artists were located. This is a truly great resource and is quite enjoyable to boot. However, the prices asked for this four disk set ($175 used in 2011) is simply not worth the money for the regular buyer.
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This is the greatest collection of American music I have ever found.

James
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Moby uses "Green Sally Up" for Flower on Play: The B-sides, he uses "Joe Lee's Rock" for Find My Baby on Play, he uses "Sometimes" for Honey on Play, he uses "Trouble So Hard" for Natual Blues, "Love Rock"(not on this cd) for Bodyrock, and "Run On For A Long Time" for Run On.
How ironic.
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Moby uses samples from Sounds of the South in his album, Play.
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