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  • Brother Claude Ely 'Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely' - Cargo Records UK

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    Brother Claude Ely 'Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely'

    £50.99

    360-page hardback biography with CD, includes 290 sepia photographs CD features rare and electrifying audio recordings of Pentecostal worship services in the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia accompanied by a fiery sermon preached by Brother Claude Ely.
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  • Christiaan Virant 'Fistful Of Buddha' - Cargo Records UK

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    Christiaan Virant 'Fistful Of Buddha' CD

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    Christiaan Virant, creator of the legendary Buddha Machine, finally escapes his box of loops with this nine-track CD of contemplative, classically-inspired tunes.

    Weaving instruments from East and West into a web of pulsing, moody music, Virant delivers a highly-listenable disk that rewards repeated visits to his ambient wonderland. Moving between China and Europe has allowed Virant a continuous access and appreciation of musical developments across the continents.

    Whilst still deeply Zen in mood and tone, the tunes here interweave minimal textures through drone and drift. Beats move in soft boom or trippy pulsing glide rather than the rigourous edgy engine of techno.

    Classical-trained Virant pays due homage to structure, drama and effect whilst completely understanding that, as Lou Reed once so accurately remarked, "repetition is antiglop".

    Devotees of the Buddha Machine will treasure the connects and departures. Steve Barker, BBC radio host and columnist for Wire magazine. 

    Tracklisting:
    1. Title Sequence
    2. River Pearl
    3. Monkey Mind
    4. Fistful Of Buddha
    5. Grey Zone
    6. Metropolis Waltz
    7. Do Better
    8. Cricket
    9. Yuan Yi

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  • Joe Bussard 'Desperate Man Blues;Discovering The Roots Of American Music (Soundtrack CD)' - Cargo Records UK

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    Joe Bussard 'Desperate Man Blues;Discovering The Roots Of American Music (Soundtrack CD)'

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    One DVD, 55 minute feature film, 40 minutes of bonus footage, 30 minute featurette on Joe’s life, Audio commentary by Joe, Two Country Classics radio shows, 8 page booklet, Clear amaray case.

    Directed by Ed GillanDesperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, cajun and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life.

    “Check out the DVD Desperate Man Blues. Joe’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

    “It’s nice to have a DVD of this great documentary on Joe Bussard, plus another featurette, King of All Record Collectors, and other bonus stuff. Bussard is a stone gas, grooving around his basement amidst one of the finest collections of pre-war 78s ever assembled. A few nice archival shots of Fahey, too. And the stories are hilarious.”
    Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, #4 on their Top 80 of 2006

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  • John Fahey 'Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Fahey 'Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)'

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    ● 115 tracks on 5 CDs
    ● 88 page Hardback Book
    ● Extensive Notes and Essays
    ● Never-before-seen Photographs
    ● A co-release between Dust-to-Digital and Revenant

    Oversized, hardback book with Gatefold Portfolio housing 5 CDs inside Slipcase.

    More than 10 years in the making, this box set features the earliest recordings and the first book ever written about one of the most influential guitarists from the 1960s and ‘70s, John Fahey.

    The five CDs feature 115 tracks, most of which are available on CD for the first time. The audio was remastered from Joe Bussard’s reel-to-reel tapes to achieve pristine sound quality. As for the accompanying book, the list of scholars who contributed essays includes Eddie Dean, Claudio Guerrierri, Glenn Jones, Malcolm Kirton, Mike Stewart and John’s childhood friend R. Anthony Lee. Byron Coley contributed a poem about John, and Douglas Blazek’s 1967 interview with Fahey is published for the first time.

    Released 10 years after John Fahey’s death, this set puts one of the final puzzle pieces of Fahey’s career in place. Everyone can now hear where this guitar legend got his start – a smoky basement in Frederick, Maryland. Co-produced by Dean Blackwood of Revenant, Glenn Jones, and Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital, this set is released with the support of Joe Bussard and the John Fahey Estate.

    The set is dedicated to John’s mother, Jane C. Hayes and the late musician Jack Rose.

    “...the folk guitar-playing equivalent of William Burroughs or Bukowski. (Fahey) had a real edge to him.” --- Pete Townshend

    “His music has that great feeling like in short fiction. It's unpredictable but inevitable. You're surprised but you realize that's how it had to happen, even though the elements are unpredictable. Every note was perfectly placed but unpredictable.” – Dean Blackwood, co-producer of Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You

    "John was an essentialist, and the only thing essential to him was his art—his writing and his music—and everything else was just a distraction." – Dean Blackwood, co-producer of Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You

    “Fahey was the first to demonstrate that the finger-picking techniques of traditional country and blues steel-string guitar could be used to express a world of non-traditional musical ideas -- harmonies and melodies you'd associate with Bartok, Charles Ives, or maybe the music of India." -- Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen)

    "as monumental and singular a musical talent as any this country has produced." – Byron Coley

    “Playing a six-string acoustic guitar, Mr. Fahey used country-blues fingerpicking and hymnlike melodies in stately pieces with classical structures. Wordless and unhurried, his music became a contemplation and an elegy, a stoic invocation of American roots, nameless musicians and ancestral memories. Behind its serene surface, the music was both stubborn and haunted.

    ...From the beginning, he was an iconoclast and a maverick.” -- Jon Pareles, The New York Times

    “It is Mr. Fahey's moment as he rides back into view as an avant-garde father figure, whom the guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has acknowledged as a ''secret influence.''…Mr. Fahey's music is conceptually slippery: it belongs to no genre. Musicians within folk, neo-acoustic blues, New Age and now, strangely enough, post-everything avant-garde rock have claimed him as an inspiration...he may be best understood in the same category of self-inventing American composers as Charles Ives and Brian Wilson. --Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

    “As much as any single person, Fahey advanced a persuasive case that the blues, jazz, and hillbilly performers of the '20s and '30s created the most vital and enduring American music of the past century… Though it began as somewhat of a lark, the Blind Thomas material reveals Fahey the musician already in full bloom, ransacking old blues and country songs for ideas to flesh out his excursions and meditations.” – Eddie Dean

    "What attracted me to Fahey's music was that it was solitary — very austere but very emotional." – James Blackshaw.


    Disc One:
    1. Interview with John Fahey on Fonotone Records and Joe Bussard
    2. Franklin Blues
    3. Smoketown Strut
    4. Steel Guitar Rag
    5. Takoma Park Pool Hall Blues
    6. Buck Dancer’s Choice
    7. Medley: Pretty Polly / Shortnin’ Bread
    8. Barbara Namkin Blues
    9. In Christ There Is No East or West
    10. Stak 'o Lee Blues [Louis Collins]
    11. The Transcendental Waterfall
    12. John Henry
    13. Over The Hill Blues
    14. St. Louis Blues
    15. On Doing an Evil Deed Blues
    16. Reinumeration Blues
    17. The Transcendental Waterfall
    18. Mississippi Boweavil Blues
    19. Green River Blues
    20. Over the Hill Blues
    21. Libba’s Rag
    22. Chris’s Rag

    Disc Two: 
    1. St. Louis Tickle
    2. Pat Sullivan’s Blues
    3. Blind Blues [Martin’s Esso Blues]
    4. Poor Boy Blues
    5. Long Time Town Blues
    6. Gulf Port Island Blues
    7. Blind Thomas Blues Part 1
    8. Blind Thomas Blues Part 2
    9. New Newport News Blues #2
    10. Wanda Russell’s Blues
    11. Going Away to Leave You Blues
    12. Lay My Burden Down
    13. Hill High Blues
    14. John Henry
    15. Paint Brush Blues
    16. Blind Thomas Blues Part 3
    17. Blind Thomas Blues Part 4
    18. You Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond
    19. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin’ Bed
    20. Banty Rooster Blues
    21. Tom Rushen Blues

    Disc Three:
    1. Yallaboosha River Blues
    2. You Gonna Miss Me
    3. Wissenschaftlich River Blues Part 1
    4. Wissenschaftlich River Blues Part 2
    5. Zekiah Swamp Blues
    6. Nobody’s Business
    7. Going Crabbing Talking Blues Part 1
    8. Going Crabbing Talking Blues Part 2
    9. You Better Get Right So God Can Use You
    10. Weissman Blues
    11. Dasein River Blues
    12. Racemic Tartrate River Blues Part 1
    13. Racemic Tartrate River Blues Part 2  
    14. Smoky Ordinary Blues [Dance of the Inhabitants]
    15. I Shall Not Be Moved
    16. Old Country Rock
    17. Little Hat Blues  
    18. Guitar Solo Title Unknown [Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent]
    19. Guitar Solo Title Unknown [Night Train to Valhalla]
    20. Some Summer Day
    21. The Langley Two-Step
    22. Dream of the Origin of the French Broad River

    Disc Four:
    1. Saint John’s Hornpipe
    2. Sail Away Ladies
    3. Dreaming Under the B & O Trestle
    4. 900 Miles
    5. Prince George’s Dance
    6. Improvisation for Flute and Guitar
    7. Dorothy / Calvert Street Blues [Brenda’s Blues]
    8. Brenda’s Blues
    9. Buck Dancer’s Choice
    10. Night Train to Valhalla
    11. In the Pines
    12. Pretty Polly
    13. Take This Hammer
    14. Yazoo Basin Blues
    15. Stomping Tonight on the (Old) Pennsylvania / Alabama Border
    16. Smoky Ordinary Blues [Dance of the Inhabitants]
    17. Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent
    18. Bean Vine Blues [Pea Vine Blues]
    19. Green Blues
    20. Stone Pony

    Disc Five:
    1. Dorothy / Calvert Street Blues [Brenda’s Blues]
    2. Days Have Gone By
    3. Some Summer Day
    4. Texas & Pacific Blues [My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It]
    5. John Henry Blues
    6. Brenda’s Blues
    7. St. Patrick’s Hymn
    8. Bicycle Built for Two
    9. The Blues You Saved For Me
    10. House Carpenter
    11. How Long
    12. The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California
    13. You Take The E Train [The Last Steam Engine Train]
    14. I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
    15. How Long
    16. O Jesus I Have Promised
    17. Untitled
    18. Medley: Untitled / O Jesus I Have Promised
    19. I Am a Rake and Rambling Boy
    20. Medley: Goodbye Old Paint / Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along Little Doggies
    21. Goodbye Old Paint
    22. Simple Gifts
    23. Untitled
    24. Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie
    25. Goodbye Old Paint
    26. Western Medley
    27. Durgan Park
    28. The Bitter Lemon
    29. Old Southern Medley (Fragment)
    30. Bottleneck Blues

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  • Rev Johnny L Jones 'Jesus Christ From A To Z' - Cargo Records UK

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    Rev Johnny L Jones 'Jesus Christ From A To Z'

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    More than a half-century ago, a young country preacher from backwoods Alabama came to the big city and made his name leading one of Atlanta’s largest Baptist congregations. In a great Southern metropolis renowned for its preachers, Rev. Johnny L. Jones stood out for his unique delivery that combined solid theological grounding and moody, explosive flights into a high-turbulence zone between song and speech, earning him a reputation as the Fireball Preacher and more famously, The Hurricane. Jesus Christ from A to Z(PT-4001) was compiled from more than 50 years of reel-to-reel tapes of live church recordings.
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  • Stewart Copeland 'Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’: Documentary Film About Buckdancer Thomas Maupin' - Cargo Records UK

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    Stewart Copeland 'Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’: Documentary Film About Buckdancer Thomas Maupin'

    £14.99

    One DVD, 30 minute feature film, 60 minute dance lesson with Thomas Maupin, 4 page folder with an “Introduction to Buckdancing” essay, Cardboard case.

    Directed by Stewart Copeland, this 2010 documentary tells the story of 70-year-old buckdancing legend Thomas Maupin, who remains one of the greatest old-time dancers in America.

    Framed between Thomas’ recovery from cancer and his acceptance of a nationally-recognized award, this piece presents a deeply personal look at a folk icon.

    As well as being a portrait of an artist, Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’ asks the question, “What drives us to perform?” and examines art’s ability to form and to strengthen relationships and to lift us above our circumstances.
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  • Various Artists 'A Christmas Gift From Fortuna Pop! Volume 2' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'A Christmas Gift From Fortuna Pop! Volume 2'

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    (Discordia, The Wimp, Tender Trap, the Lucksmiths, Homescience, the Loves, Mogul, Bearsuit, Sportique, Mark 700).

    Exclusive christmas tracks from ten of the world’s finest indie bands, including the loves cover of ‘cold turkey’!

    “a fine slice of festive cheer with which to enliven any stocking” (Tangents).

    “the c86/indie remedy for the nausea-inducing niceness of Christmas essential purchase. (soundsxp)

    Tracklisting:
    1. Discordia - Boxing Day Blues
    2. The Wimp - Boxing Day
    3. Tender Trap - Frankiencense & Myrrh
    4. The Lucksmiths - The Thought That Counts
    5. Homescience - (Drive A...) Snowplough Through Your Heart
    6. The Loves - Cold Turkey
    7. Mogul - (Lonely) This Christmas
    8. Bearsuit - Little Donkey
    9. Sportique - A Little Splash Of Lime
    10. Mark 700 - Silent Night (The Weapon Of Love)
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  • Various Artists 'Art Of Field Recording Vol II: Traditional Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Art Of Field Recording Vol II: Traditional Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum'

    £67.99

    Contents and Packaging (Four Disc Box Set with a 96 Page Book).

    Compiled by Lance Ledbetter and Art Rosenbaum,Art of Field Recording Volume II is a four disc set with a 96 page book that contains essays and annotations by Art and over 100 illustrations and photographs by Art and his wife Margo. Art took a similar approach to Harry Smith in assembling the music: the discs are divided into Accompanied Songs and Ballads, Unaccompanied Songs and Ballads, Sacred, and a Survey disc that has a little bit of everything.

     

    Blog Critics: “Art Of Field Recording Volume ll is an amazing collection of music and people that can’t help but make you feel better about the world. There are fewer and fewer people today who play music because of what the song means to them in terms of their family’s history or the people who taught it to them. To have the opportunity to experience listening to that type of music is a rare treat and one that might not be available to us for that much longer..”

    Pitchfork: “…Rosenbaum’s work will make you yearn for childhood lullabies, for— precious as it sounds— the songs that you keep in your heart.”

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  • Various Artists 'How Low Can You Go? Anthology Of The String Bass (1925-1941)' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'How Low Can You Go? Anthology Of The String Bass (1925-1941)'

    £28.99

    Three CDs, 96 page book, Cardboard box.

    Compiled by Lance Ledbetter and Dick Spottswood, this three-CD box set, the first ever anthology of the upright bass, explores the earliest recorded history of the instrument. Without it, the revolutionary sound of American mongrel music of the last century would have been thin gruel indeed.

     

    Not so long ago, the string bass stood tall and proud — roughly the length and breadth of a poor man’s pine coffin — in every musical aggregation throughout the land from Bangor to Buenos Aires, from the highest high life to the lowest lowdown: From tuxedoed symphony ensembles to tipsy calypso bands to honkytonkers in oil-field dives, from elegantly gelled tango orchestras to jazz combos in unspeakable speak-easys to methed-out rockabilly trios right off some flatbed.

    Bass Player Magazine: “Few releases are as special and fun as this new 3 CD set, which uncovers the origins of recorded upright bass.”

    New York Times: “Tuning into the bass with this particular sequence of records can clear up one of the most elusive qualities of early jazz: its deep relationship to all this other new-world music. In four tracks between 1929 and 1932, for example, we hear the bassist Al Morgan with the Trinidadian bandleaders Wilmoth Houdini and Lionel Belasco; we also hear him in New Orleans and Harlem jazz groups. His rhythmic vocabulary and relationship to the beat is much the same. This was how cross-pollination worked. If this particular light bulb hasn’t gone on for you before, it will now.”

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  • Various Artists 'I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana'

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    Produced by Calpin Hoffman-Williamson, I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana features performances recorded live in 2008 in the churches of Ghana’s capital city.

    This album could be seen as the missing link between American gospel records by artists like Rev. Johnny L. Jones and traditional African artists like those featured on Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM.
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  • Various Artists 'Kassidat: Raw 45s From Morocco' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Kassidat: Raw 45s From Morocco'

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    Side A:
    1. Mohamed Bergam – “Zine Mlih (Sublime Beauty)”
    2. Rais Haj Omar Wahrouch – “Aksaid Wili Moudanine (Ask Our Brothers the Immigrants)”
    3. Abdellah el Magana – “Kassidat el Hakka (The Poem Of The Truth)”
     
    Side B:
    1. Jmimi, Lekbir and Fatma Anounya – “Makh-Makh (Why, Why?)”
    2. Bennasser Oukhouya and Cheikha Hadda Ouakki – “Ha Howa Ha Howa (That’s Him)”
    3. Cheikh Mohamed Riffi – “Sidi M’Bark (Mr. M’bark)”

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  • Various Artists 'Longing For The Past: The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Longing For The Past: The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia'

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    4 Compact Discs in slipcase with 272-page hardcover book.

    “Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia” is the first survey of the 78 rpm record era in Southeast Asia.

    It is a kaleidoscopic collection featuring 4 CDs with 90 tracks of music spanning six decades (1905-1966), accompanied by a 272-page book with essays and annotations by leading ethnomusicologists that is richly illustrated with more than 250 vintage photographs, record labels, and sleeves.

    David Murray is the curator of Haji Maji (www.HajiMaji.com), a blog dedicated to the exploration 78 rpm Asian music. He previously produced two LPs for Dust-to-Digital: Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside and Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco. In addition to collecting and researching old records, he is a musician and graphic designer in Oakland, California.

    “Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia” continues the mission of Dust-to-Digital to explore the early days of recorded sound from around the world. Much like “Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM” broke new ground in research while reissuing dozens of tracks for the very first time, “Longing for the Past” examines an era of music from a geographical region that has remained hidden until now.

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  • Various Artists 'Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s From The Thai Countryside' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s From The Thai Countryside'

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    Full color cover featuring Thai 78rpm record sleeve graphics, and a full-color booklet with extensive liner notes and photos.

    Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside features fourteen outstanding funky performances of Thai country groove music from the 1950s and early 1960s.

    All previously unreissued, carefully transferred and mastered from the original 78rpm records of collector Dave Murray and presented with detailed full color liner notes by Peter Doolan.

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  • Various Artists 'Never A Pal Like Mother: Songs & Photographs Of The One Who’s Always True' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Never A Pal Like Mother: Songs & Photographs Of The One Who’s Always True'

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    65 antique photographs from such noted collectors as Sarah Bryan and Jim Linderman.

    40 recordings from 1927-1956 from such esteemed 78 collectors as Joe Bussard. The songs on the first disc describe mother’s activities on earth: kindness, discipline, teaching and love.

    The second disc’s songs deal with the coping involved with a mother’s death and the emptiness it creates.

    Foreword by Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is a Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of the late country music singer Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin.

    Essay by Sarah Bryan. Sarah Bryan is the Editor-in-Chief on The Old-Time Herald magazine. The magazine casts a wide net, highlighting the Southeastern tradition while opening its pages to kindred and comparable traditions and new directions. Sarah is an antique-photograph collector and contributed several images to Never a Pal Like Mother. 


    Disc 1:
    1. God Bless Her, She’s My Mother by Louvin Brothers
    2. The Pal That’s Always True by Doc Hopkins
    3. Little Moses by Mr. & Mrs. Harmon E. Helmick
    4. Mama Blues by William McCoy
    5. Mama’s Little Sunny Boy by Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band
    6. Mother's Love by Mighty Destroyer
    7. Mama Don’t Allow It by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
    8. Mama Says It’s Naughty by Maddox Brothers & Rose
    9. You Mother Heart Breakers by Rev. J. M. Gates
    10. Mother Came to Get Her Boy from Jail by Wade Mainer
    11. Mother’s Last Word to Her Son by Washington Phillips
    12. The Dixie Cowboy by Taylor's Kentucky Boys
    13. That’s No Way to Get Along by Robert Wilkins
    14. Only Mother Cares for Me by Dixieland Jug Blowers
    15. Whisper Softly, Mother’s Dying by Kid Smith and Family
    16. Hold Fast to the Right by Carter Family
    17. Mother Called Her Child to Her Dying Bed by Lil McClintock
    18. A Mother’s Last Word to Her Daughter by Washington Phillips
    19. Mother is with the Angels by Wright Brothers Quartet
    20. Sleep On, Mother by Diamond Four

    DISC 2:
    1. Mother's Gone by J. P. Ryan
    2. Stand in the Test in Judgment by Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
    3. Mama, Where You At? by Leo Soileau
    4. Kujawiak Babki (Grandmother's Dance) by Jan Wysowski
    5. Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again by Bob Wills
    6. My Mother's Hands by Shortbuckle Roark & Family
    7. The Picture on the Wall by Georgia Yellow Hammers
    8. Where Is My Momma? by Carolina Twins
    9. I've Got the Blues for Mammy by Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
    10. Motherless Child Blues by Elvie Thomas
    11. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again by Rev. Anderson Johnson
    12. Tell Mother I'll Meet Her by The Virginia Possum Tamers
    13. Shake Mother's Hand for Me by Golden Eagle Gospel Singers
    14. Mother Went Her Holiness Way by Blue Sky Boys
    15. Mother Bowed by The Pilgrim Travelers
    16. Will My Mother Know Me There? by L. V. Jones & His VA Singing Class
    17. The Bright Crystal Sea by Cecil Surratt & His W. VA Ramblers
    18. Over the Hills and Far Away by McNulty Family
    19. Masanga by Leon Bukasa
    20. Sleep On Mother, Sleep On by Lonnie McIntorsh
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  • Various Artists 'Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s From Yemen' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s From Yemen'

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    Full-color cover featuring 45rpm record sleeve graphics, with a booklet of extensive liner notes and photos.

    Compiled by Chris MenistQat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen features vintage oud and vocal music inspired by the qat-chewing, coffee-sipping, qambus-playing culture of Yemen.

    Although part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, the music of Yemen takes its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (a mere 20 miles across the Red Sea) as the surrounding Arab Peninsula.

    Little has been written about the music and culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and each 45rpm disc gives a small glimpse of the poetic tradition, the unique local oud styles as well as an insight into people’s day-to-day lives, or the highs and lows of human relationships.

    Overall, the compilation gives a flavor of the sights and sounds of Yemen, with detailed notes that tell the story of the hunt for music that has mostly lain forgotten in the antique markets of the capital, until now.

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  • Various Artists 'Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey Of Rural Religious Black Music' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey Of Rural Religious Black Music'

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    LP, 16-page 11”x11” booklet, tip-on sleeve, 16 photographs.

    A collection of spiritual and gospel songs performed in informal non-church settings between 1965-1973.  Most are guitar-accompanied and performed by active or former blues artists.

    “Most records of black religious music contain some form of gospel singing or congregational singing recorded at a church service. This album, though, tries to present a broader range of performance styles and contexts with the hope of showing the important role that religious music plays in the Southern black communities and in the daily lives of individuals.” – David Evans

    David Evans is a ethnomusicologist and director of the Ethnomusicology/Regional Studies program at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in the University of Memphis, where he worked since 1978.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:

    1. Ephram Carter and His Fife & Drum Band – “Sorrow Come Pass Me Around”
    2. Willard Artis “Blind Pete” Burrell – “Do Remember Me”
    3. Babe Stovall – “The Ship Is at the Landing”
    4. Annie Lee and Oscar Crawford with Annie Mae Jones – “You Don’t Know What the Lord Has Done for Me”
    5. Reverend Rubin Lacy – “Talk About a Child That Do Love Jesus”
    6. Robert “Nighthawk” Johnson – “Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down”
    7. Dorothy Lee, Norma Jean and Shirley Marie Johnson with Robert “Nighthawk” Johnson – “You Got to Give an Account”
    8. Katie Mae Young – “By the Grace of My Lord, I’ve Come a Long Way”
    9. Eddie Lee “Mustright” Jones – “My Sun Don’t Never Go Down”

    Side B:
    1. Robert “Nighthawk” Johnson – “Climbing High Mountains”
    2. Chester Davis and Congregation / Compton Jones and Group / Furry Lewis – “Glory, Glory Hallelujah”
    3. Willard Artis “Blind Pete” Burrell – “A Little Talk with Jesus Makes it Right”
    4. Pattie Rosemon with Frank and Odie Rosemon – “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”
    5. Babe Stovall – “When the Circle Be Unbroken”
    6. Napoleon Strickland – “Motherless Children”
    7. Willard Artis “Blind Pete” Burrell – “I Shall Not Be Moved”

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  • Various Artists 'Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music And Photography' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music And Photography'

    £29.99

    One CD, 96-page hardcover book.

    For most of his life, collector Jim Linderman has searched high and low for authentic things—unique and special objects that define the artistic culture of the American experience. From folk art to popular culture, from pulp fiction to Delta Blues— Jim is a walking authority on so many things American they are too numerous to mention.

    One thing is certain— his collecting interests are for things that have fallen through the cracks, those things lost and forgotten—the box of material under the table at the flea market booth. If it wasn’t for dedicated collectors like Jim Linderman— so many important objects about our culture would have surely been lost to time and indifference.

    Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 is Linderman’s first book. The 96-page hardcover book (8.75 x 6 inches) has 75 sepia photograph reproductions from 1890-1950 and is accompanied by a CD of rare gospel and folk recordings from original 78-RPM records (1924-1940).

    It features recordings of artists like Washington Phillips, Carter Family, Tennessee Mountaineers, and lesser known and rare groups like the Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers, a vocal quartet in 1939.

    Included as well are rare vocal recordings of sermons and preaching which highlight the fervor leading up to the moment of cleansing one’s soul in immersion baptism.” — John Foster, Accidental Mysteries

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  • Various Artists 'Victrola Favorites: Artifacts From Bygone Days' - Cargo Records UK

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    Various Artists 'Victrola Favorites: Artifacts From Bygone Days'

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    Deluxe 144-page clothbound, full-color book of illustrations with two CDs.

    Compiled by Rob Millis and Jeffery Taylor
    Recordings made between 1920s-50s featuring Burmese guitars, Chinese Opera, Persian folk songs, Fado, Hillbilly, Jazz, Blues and much, much more.

     

    Aquarius Records: “…the bulk of this handsome book is made up of gorgeous archival images, 78 labels, old record tins, posters, pamphlets, old greyed photographs, mailing labels, instruction booklets, all sort of Victrola ephemera. It would be well worth it just as an art book. Makes you dread the oncoming MP3 takeover, what will future generations discover of our music, old busted hard drives? None of these cool old sleeves, decaying from years of moisture and insects, gorgeous little visual artifacts offering clues as to the music contained inside… So absolutely recommended.”

    Village Voice: “Victrola Favorites features a bewildering array of exotica, religious chanting and barroom bawls from an equally bewildering array of countries — India, USA, bamboo flutes in Korea, Chinese Buddhist monks chanting in Hong Kong circa 1915, Thailand, bamboo xylophones from Japan circa 1910, Zulus, Persia… We’re talking about field recordings and beyond from the dawn of recorded music, pretty much. And yes, it totally is the s**t… you get a sensation of what the original recordings sounded like…”

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