Various - The Harry Smith B-Sides


  • £74.99

Cigar box, full colour 144-page book and four CDs containing the flip sides of the 78rpm records included by Harry Smith on the Anthology of American Folk Music.

In 1952, Folkways Records published the legendary 6-LP series entitled the Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by eccentric record collector, filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist Harry Smith.

Many historians cite Smith’s reissue, with its recordings of country, blues, and gospel music from the 1920s and ‘30s, and its booklet containing idiosyncratic liner notes, esoteric artwork, and handmade design as a major impetus for the folk music revival of the 1950s and ‘60s and as a source of profound cultural change.

Sixty-eight years later, The Harry Smith B-Sides offers both a resonant listening experience and the closing of a collector’s circle. Sequenced in the identical order that Smith created, this new box set offers the flip-side of each record selected by Smith for the original Anthology of American Folk Music.

This four-CD set, presented in a beautifully-designed cigar box, is accompanied by a 144-page full-colour book compiled and edited by John Cohen, Lance Ledbetter and Eli Smith, and containing original artwork by Harry Smith, as well as transcriptions and annotations for each track by more than eighty artists, writers, and musicians that have been inspired by Smith’s work, including Daniel Bachman, Devendra Banhart, Sarah Bryan, Rosanne Cash, Dom Flemons, Steve Gunn, Will Oldham, Amanda Petrusich, Steve Roden, Art Rosenbaum, Nathan Salsburg, and Peter Stampfel.

With newly-remastered audio, this box set represents a mirror image of the Anthology of American Folk Music’s tracklist. However, although referenced in the book, the producers made the decision to omit three tracks from this collection (noted in tracklist below) due to lyrics containing racist language.



CD 1
  1. Dick Justice - One Cold December Day
  2. Nelstone's Hawaiians - Village School
  3. Clarence Ashley - Old John Hardy
  4. Coley Jones - The Elder He’s My Man
  5. Bill & Belle Reed - You Shall Be Free  OMITTED
  6. Buell Kazee - The Wagoner's Lad
  7. Buell Kazee - The Butcher's Boy
  8. Chubby Parker & His Old-Time Banjo - Down on the Farm
  9. Uncle Eck Dunford - Angeline, the Baker
  10. Burnett and Rutherford - All Night Long Blues
  11. Buster Carter and Preston Young - It Won’t Hurt No More
  12. Carolina Tar Heels - You Are a Little Too Small
  13. G.B. Grayson - Rose Conley
  14. Kelly Harrell - My Wife, She Has Gone and Left Me
  15. Edward L. Crain - Cowboy’s Home Sweet Home
  16. Kelly Harrell - Henry Clay Beattie
  17. Carter Family - Bring Me Back My Blue-Eyed Boy
  18. Williamson Brothers & Curry - Warfield
  19. Frank Hutchison - Stackalee
  20. Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers - Monkey on a String
  21. Mississippi John Hurt - Nobody’s Dirty Business

CD 2
  1. William & Versey Smith - Everybody Help the Boys Come Home
  2. Carter Family - I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  3. Furry Lewis - Kassie Jones
  4. The Bentley Boys - Henhouse Blues  OMITTED
  5. The Masked Marvel - Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues
  6. Carolina Tar Heels - Back to Mexico
  7. Uncle Bunt Stephens - Louisburg Blues
  8. J.W. Day - Marthis Campbell
  9. Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers - Waltz of Roses
  10. Delma Lachney and Blind Uncle Gaspard - Le Bebe et le Gambleur (The Baby and the Gambler)
  11. Andrew & Jim Baxter - Forty Drops
  12. A.C “Eck” Robertson and Family - Amarillo Waltz
  13. Hoyt Ming and His Pep-Steppers - Old Red
  14. Henry Thomas - Bull-Doze Blues
  15. Jim Jackson - I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop
  16. Columbus Fruge - Bayou Teche
  17. Joseph Falcon - Aimer et Perdre (To Love and Lose)
  18. Breaux Freres - T’As Vole Mon Chapeau (You Have Stolen My Hat)
  19. Cincinnati Jug Band - George Street Stomp
  20. Frank Cloutier and the Victoria Cafe Orchestra - Moonshiner's Dance Part Two
  21. Rev. J. M. Gates - Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting
  22. Rev. J. M. Gates - Must Be Born Again

CD 3
  1. Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Present Joys
  2. Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Rocky Road
  3. Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1 - I Am Going Home
  4. Sister Mary Nelson - The Royal Telephone
  5. Memphis Sanctified Singers - The Great Reaping Day
  6. Elders McIntorsh and Edwards - The Latter Rain Is Fall
  7. Rev. Moses Mason - Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream
  8. Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Stepstone
  9. Blind Willie Johnson - You’re Going to Need Someone on Your Bond
  10. Carter Family - God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
  11. Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers - A Little Talk with Jesus
  12. Rev. F.W. McGee - Nothing to Do in Hell
  13. Rev. D.C. Rice and His Sanctified Congregation - He’s Got His Eyes on You
  14. Clarence Ashley - Dark Holler Blues
  15. Buell Kazee - Darling Cora
  16. Cannon's Jug Stompers - Madison Street Rag
  17. E. Segura & D. Herbert - Far Away from Home Blues
  18. Richard "Rabbit" Brown - I’m Not Jealous
  19. Dock Boggs - Down South Blues
  20. Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Mountain Dew

CD 4
  1. Mr. & Mrs. Ernest V. Stoneman - The Road to Washington
  2. Stoneman Family - Too Late
  3. Memphis Jug Band - I Packed My Suitcase, Started to the Train
  4. Carter Family - The Storms Are on the Ocean
  5. Joseph Falcon & Cleoma Breaux - Fe Fe Ponchaux
  6. Blind Lemon Jefferson - Shuckin’ Sugar Blues
  7. Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell - Sweet Mama
  8. Ramblin' Thomas - Ramblin’ Man
  9. Cannon's Jug Stompers - Riley’s Wagon
  10. Dock Boggs - Sammie, Where Have You Been So Long
  11. Julius Daniels - My Mamma Was a Sailor
  12. Blind Lemon Jefferson - Lemon’s Worried Blues
  13. Blind Lemon Jefferson - ’Lectric Chair Blues
  14. Joseph Falcon & Cleoma Breaux - Elle M’A Oublie (She Has Forgotten Me)
  15. Uncle Dave Macon - Rise When the Rooster Crows
  16. Uncle Dave Macon - I’m the Child to Fight  OMITTED
  17. Mississippi John Hurt - Blue Harvest Blues
  18. Memphis Jug Band - Memphis Yo Yo Blues
  19. J.P. Nestor - Black-Eyed Susie
  20. Ken Manyard - The Cowboy’s Lament
  21. Henry Thomas - Texas Worried Blues 


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