“…For years [by the 1920’s] foreign-language records had contained occasional examples of rural vernacular music, but not until record companies discovered the music of souther rural blacks and whites was there extensive recording of the folk music of foreign-born Americans. It marked a radical departure from both the music available from abroad and earlier record-company offerings. By the late twenties foreign-language record catalogs had become heavily augmented by fiddlers, bagpipers, rough voiced singers, plain-voiced choirs, village “orchestras”, and other representatives of a bevy of authentic folk styles that were being documented sparsely, if at all, in the Old World. many of these records are priceless documents of genres and traditions virtually extinct today. The best of these recordings represent not only styles that flourished at the time of recording but even styles that preceded those by decades or centuries.” (Dick Spotswood, from the liner notes)
Precious gems in 78rpms. Raw folk revelations from many quarters of the “Old World”. Illuminating notes & essays from Dick Spotswood & Oscar Handlin. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.