|7LP box set of authentic field recordings made by Alan Lomax (and British folk singer Shirley Collins) in 1959 for Atlantic Records.
Meant as a kind of follow-up to Alan and his father John Lomax's legendary work for the Library of Congress in the 1930s, Lomax (now with hi-fi stereo equipment) once again set out for the Southern states on a two month long tour that resulted in over 80 hours of recordings. The recordings were divided by genre and released in 1960 as a series of 7 LPs now available in one deluxe box set with a 16-page booklet.
LP1: Sounds of the South presents a broad scope of folk ballads of Elizabethan origin, Negro instrumental music almost purely African in sound, 'white spirituals,' field hollers, levee camp songs and 'blue grass' mountain music.
LP2: Blue Ridge Mountain Music features some of the best folk singers, fiddlers, banjo and guitar players that Alan Lomax found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, such as the Mountain Ramblers.
LP3: Roots Of The Blues explores the older Negro blues styles that antedate the modern, commercial blues.
LP4: White Spirituals showcases a variety of rare recordings by the white mountain folk, including the choral singing of the Alabama 'Sacred Harp' Singers.
LP5: American Folk Songs For Children is twenty one songs, jingles, riddles, game songs, lullabies, jiggy tunes and silly ballads that belonged to children of the American frontier.
LP6: Negro Church Music is a soul-stirring collection of Negro spirituals and gospel songs recorded in many out-of-the-way places in the South.
LP7: The Blues Roll On deals with more modern types of country blues, both vocal and instrumental, featuring artists such as Forest City Joe, an Arkansas honky-tonk discovery of Alan Lomax.