V/A - Anglo-American Songs and Ballads : Edited by Duncan B. M. Emrich *Folk Music of the United States Series

“These traditional songs, recorded with portable equipment in the field, are sung and played by people who have learned them in the hand-me-down manner of folklore from their parents or neighbors. The singers are untrained musically, and their voices reflect the hills and plains of America rather than the broadcasting studio or the concert stage. This is not in any sense to minimize their worths, but, on the contrary, to point up the unique value of the recordings, for through them is preserved for the American people the pure tradition of song.” (Cover notes)

Love it. Originally released in 1947 as a handful of 78s, this 1970’s LP re-press collection of raw American Anglo-folk was edited by Duncan B. M. Emrich for the LOC’s American Folk Song and Folklore Archives. All are first-rate field recordings from a wonderful range of sources in front of, and behind, the microphone. Vinyl rip by yours truly.

Release Information
Year: 1947 + 197x (repress).
Country: USA.
Label: Library of Congress.
Side A
1. Cripple Creek - Henry King and Family
2. Git Along Down To Town - Henry King and Family
3. Kicking Mule - Henry King and Family
4. A Railroader For Me - Russ Pike
5. Little Old Sod Shanty - Jimmy Denoon
6. Good Old Rebel - Booth Campbell
7. Jesse James - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
8. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
9. Blue-Eyed Girl - Rufus Crisp

Side B
1. The Cruel War Is Raging - Charles Ingenthron
2. Nottingham Fair - Charles Ingenthron
3. The Soldier's Joy - McMinnville Garment Factory Workers' Band
4. Give The Fiddler A Dram - McMinnville Garment Factory Workers' Band
5. Black Mountain Blues - Sam Leslie & Palmer Crisp
6. The Dying Cowboy - Dick Devall
7. Red Whiskey - Dick Devall
8. Little Dogies - Dick Devall
9. My Sweetheart's A Cowboy - Dick Devall
Comments (13)

13 Responses

  1. Jonah says:

    Thank you so much for this!!

    Interestingly, there were two different volumes released the Library of Congress until the title “Anglo-American Ballads,” as AFS L1 and AFS L7. Like the volume you have shared, these were originally (1942 and 1943) albums of 78s, then reissued on LP in the 1970s. In turn, these LPs were given more-or-less straight CD reissues in 1999 as Rounder 1511 and Rounder 1516. As with all of Rounder’s Library of Congress series, these are out of print on CD (you can download MP3s from Rounders website, I believe–but you can’t download the important liner notes).

    The music in the LP you posted does not appear to overlap with the volumes I just described.

    A lot of university libraries have complete editions of the LoC-released LPs; indeed, I think this was their intended audience. Would that some industrious guy or gal with some free time–who is attached to a university whose library has a generous lending policy–could make vinyl rips of the whole lot.

  2. nicholab says:

    Right on, Jonah. RE the notes, it does look like the LOC has them handy online as PDFs:



  3. Holly says:

    Wonderful! Brokeback Railroad ? 😉
    Seriously, Nick you know I’m all over this. Thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    hi..tryin to get this for a couple of days now ..but its always ‘busy’….do you have to pay for an account? ..if so will you be using this account much?…cheers for all the lovely stoff…c

  5. HillMarliner says:

    Nottingham Fair?
    Wow, that must be a recording of “Paddy Backwards”, one of my favorite nonsense songs!
    None of the versions I’ve heard so far retained the real name of the town.

    I’ve heard various corruptions, such as Nottamun Town, Adam Ham Town and so on, but never the uncorrupted name, so I’m really looking forward to this giving this variant a listen!

    Oh well, it’s a shame, this filesharing service, Adrive, simply refuses to let me download the file…

    I always get a “Public File Busy” message, and I’ve kept refreshing the page for roughly 5 hours now…

    Is there anything I can do to get the download to work without the need to pay for an account?

  6. nicholab says:

    sorry folks — it looks like adrive has been having some kind of server issues since last night. i will will reup elsewhere when i get home. (unless, that it is, its starts working before thenn) cheers!

  7. Smilin Tyler says:

    Oh man; I just put this out at my store last month. Cool album.

  8. nicholab says:

    ok folks, i just switched out the mp3 link to 4shared. it’ll be a minute on a flac replacement. hopefully ADrive will come through in the end. not sure whats up with them at the moment. enjoy!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Primal and fascinating stuff;thanks very much!

  10. Anonymous says:

    greetings. i love your blog. can you please re-post “Elisabeth Waldo‎– Rites Of The Pagan”. multiupload does’nt work anymore. i’d love to hear this album again. thanks and peace…

  11. Anonymous says:

    greetings. i love your blog. can you please re-post “Elisabeth Waldo‎– Rites Of The Pagan”. multiupload does’nt work anymore. i’d love to hear this album again. thanks and peace…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Where the fuck is Owl Qaeda? Please come back!

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