Saturday, June 12, 2021

VA - American Epic, The Collection [2017] (5 x CD's) + Music From The American Epic Sessions (Deluxe Edition) [2017] (2 x CD's)



VA - American Epic, The Collection [2017] (5 x CD's) + Music From The American Epic Sessions (Deluxe Edition) [2017] (2 x CD's)

American Epic: The Collection gathers 100 of these original recordings from the 1920's and 1930's in one five-disc set, restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity. For this box set, compiled by Director Bernard MacMahon, engineer Nicholas Bergh refined a transfer process using a mix of both modern and vintage equipment in order to extract the remarkable resolution from the records that is often missed. This reverse engineering approach to the transfer process enabled the restoration team of Grammy Award-winning engineer Peter Henderson, Duke Erikson and Joel Tefteller to get the resulting audio closer to the original performance than ever before.

This is not "remastering," in the normal sense, but something closer to fine art restoration. The intent is not for people to marvel at the antiquity of these discs, but rather to experience them as vital, immediate performances that speak to us as directly as they did on the day they were recorded not simply great art for their time, but great art for all times. It includes a 100-page book filled with stunning unpublished photographs, quotes from the artists, their friends and families, lyrics for every song, essays and recording notes. Among the artists included are Mississippi John Hurt, The Carter Family, Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, Lydia Mendoza, Nelstone's Hawaiians, Big Chief Henry's String Band, Robert Johnson and many others. Digitally remastered. Please note: these are Mono recordings from 1928.

Also Included as a Bonus is "Music From The American Epic Sessions (Deluxe Edition) [2017]" and The American Epic Companion Book To The PBS Series [2017] by Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Elijah Wald.

Music from The American Epic Sessions is an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and is the official 2017 soundtrack album of the award-winning film The American Epic Sessions. The album features twenty-three music acts recording songs live on the restored first electrical sound recording system from the 1920's. The musicians were encouraged to record both a vintage song and a song they had written. The artists participating include Nas, Alabama Shakes, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jack White, Taj Mahal, Ana Gabriel, Pokey LaFarge, Beck, Ashley Monroe, and Steve Martin. The album won a Grammy Award for the Alabama Shakes’ performance of “Killer Diller”. (Amazon)


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Track Lists


01 Clarence Ashley The Coo Coo Bird (The Cuckoo) 2:58

02 Memphis Jug Band On the Road Again 2:51

03 Bukka White The Panama Limited 3:12

04 Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers Indian War Whoop 3:11

05 Frank Stokes 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do, Pt. 1 3:17

06 Andrew & Jim Baxter K. C. Railroad Blues 3:30

07 Alfred G. Karnes I Am Bound for the Promised Land 3:11

08 Garfield Akers Cottonfield Blues, Pt. 2 3:21

09 Bascom Lamar Lunsford I Wish I Was a Mole In the Ground 3:20

10 Bentley Boys Down On Penny's Farm 2:48

11 Whistler's Jug Band Foldin' Bed 2:57

12 Weems String Band Greenback Dollar 3:10

13 Mattie Delaney Tallahatchie River Blues 2:49

14 Cannon's Jug Stompers Walk Right In 2:57

15 The Carter Family Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow 2:59

16 Jim Jackson Old Dog Blue 3:03

17 Columbus Fruge Bayou Teche 2:55

18 Tommy Johnson Cool Drink of Water Blues 3:34

19 J. P. Nestor Train On the Island 3:01


01 Elder J.E. Burch My Heart Keeps Singing 3:11

02 Julius Daniels Ninety-Nine Year Blues 3:06

03 Earl Johnson and his Clodhoppers I Get My Whiskey From Rockingham 3:03

04 Rev. J. M. Gates Death's Black Train Is Coming 3:13

05 Jimmie Rodgers Waiting for a Train 2:47

06 Tenneva Ramblers Darling Where Have You Been So Long 3:24

07 Alabama Sacred Harp Singers Rocky Road 2:46

08 Amadie Breaux, Ophey Breaux & Cleoma Breaux Ma Blond Est Partie 2:51

09 Carolina Tar Heels Peg and Awl 2:57

10 Barbecue Bob Chocolate to the Bone 2:54

11 Eddie Head and Family Down On Me 3:09

12 Cleoma Breaux Prenez Courage 2:57

13 Dilly and his Dill Pickles Pickin' Off Peanuts 3:29

14 Nelstone's Hawaiians Just Because 2:54

15 Willie Walker Dupree Blues 3:30

16 Burnett & Rutherford Ladies On the Steamboat 3:16

17 Blind Willie McTell Mamma 'Tain't Long Fo' Day 3:13


01 Cuarteto Flores Cecilia 3:12

02 Los Borinquenos La Coquetera 3:03

03 Guty Cardenas Y Lencho Coconito 3:01

04 Emmett Miller Lovesick Blues 2:52

05 Big Bill Broonzy Long Tall Mama 2:51

06 Two Poor Boys John Henry Blues 2:49

07 Lead Belly Mr. Tom Hughes' Town 3:08

08 Mississippi John Hurt Louis Collins 3:01

09 Blind Gary Davis I Am The Light of the World 3:04

10 Rev. F.W. McGee Fifty Miles of Elbow Room 2:43

11 Hopi Indian Chanters Chant of the Eagle Dance 2:29

12 Mike Hanapi & The Ilima Islanders Hilo Hula 3:20

13 Charlie Poole If The River Was Whiskey 3:11

14 Frank Hutchison Stackalee 3:07

15 Ernest Stoneman The Wreck of the '97 2:50

16 Buell Kazee Faded Coat of Blue 3:11

17 Dock Boggs Country Blues 3:02

18 Uncle Dave Macon and His Fruit-Jar Drinkers Sail Away Ladies 3:00

19 Uncle Bunt Stephens Sail Away Lady 3:00

20 Eck Robertson Sally Gooden                                  3:10

21 Don Richardson Arkansas Traveller 3:07


01 Lane Hardin Hard Time Blues 3:20

02 Charley Patton Down the Dirt Road Blues 2:56

03 Banjo Joe Poor Boy Long Ways From Home 3:11

04 Blind Blake Hastings Street 3:15

05 Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave's Kept Clean 2:54

06 Golden Melody Boys Gonna Have 'Lasses In the Morning 2:43

07 Memphis Minnie New Orleans Stop Time 2:58

08 Ma Rainey Prove It On Me Blues 2:42

09 Williamson Brothers & Curry Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand 3:26

10 Geeshie Wiley Last Kind Words Blues 3:04

11 Dixieland Jug Blowers Banjoreno 3:15

12 Beale Street Sheiks It's a Good Thing 3:00

13 Blind Willie Davis Trust In God and Do the Right 2:49

14 Sleepy John Estes Someday Baby Blues 3:02

15 Sam Collins Lonesome Road Blues 3:06

16 Willie Brown Future Blues 2:57

17 Henry Thomas Bull Doze Blues 3:29

18 Massey Family Brown Skin Gal (Down the Lane) 2:47

19 Dick Justice Henry Lee aka Young Hunting 3:26

20 William Moore Old Country Rock 3:02

21 Delma Lachney La Danseuse 2:55

22 Son House My Black Mama Pt. 1 & 2 6:24

23 Skip James Cypress Grove Blues 3:16


01 Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues 2:32

02 Lydia Mendoza Mal Hombre 3:32

03 Frenchy's String Band Sunshine Special 3:11

04 Robert Wilkins Old Jim Canan's 2:54

05 Amede Ardoin Les Blues De Voyage 2:57

06 Stripling Brothers The Lost Child 3:06

07 Jaybird Coleman I'm Gonna Cross the River Jordan Some of These Days 3:06

08 Sol K. Bright Tomi Tomi 2:43

09 Mississippi Sheiks Sittin' On Top of the World 3:16

10 Richard Rabbit Brown James Alley Blues 3:09

11 Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band The Indian Tom Tom 2:36

12 Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers Blues In a Bottle 3:25

13 Bartmon Montet Je Me Suis En Alle 2:53

14 Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground 3:27

15 Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartette E Mama Ea 3:12

16 Truett & George Ghost Dance 3:03

17 Roosevelt Graves & Brother Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus) 2:51

18 Joseph Falcon Allons A Lafayette 2:57

19 Los Madrugadores Corrido De Joaquin Murrieta Pt. 1 & 2 5:55

20 Washington Phillips Denomination Blues (Part 1 & 2) 5:39

Music From The American Epic Sessions


01 Alabama Shakes Killer Diller Blues 2:12

02 Nas On The Road Again 2:00

03 Blind Boy Paxton Candy Man 2:52

04 Elton John & Jack White 2 Fingers Of Whiskey 2:52

05 Steve Martin & Edie Brickell The Coo Coo Bird 3:20

06 Ashley Monroe Like A Rose 3:05

07 Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard The Only Man Wilder Than Me 2:03

08 Jack White Matrimonial Intentions 3:08

09 Rhiannon Giddens One Hour Mama 3:06

10 Ana Gabriel Mal Hombre 3:36

11 Los Lobos El Cascabel 2:24

12 Avett Brothers Closer Walk With Thee 3:27

13 Beck Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floo 2:41


14 Bettye LaVette Nobody's Dirty Business 2:15

15 Pokey LaFarge St. Louis Blues 3:29

16 Taj Mahal High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2 3:12

17 Nas One Mic 3:17

18 Rhiannon Giddens Pretty Saro 2:40

19 Ashley Monroe Jubilee 2:42

20 Lost Bayou Ramblers Tous les Matins 2:45

21 Bettye LaVette When I Woke Up This Morning 2:29

22 Frank Fairfield If The River Was Whiskey 2:04

23 Raphael Saadiq Stealin' Stealin' 2:39

24 Avett Brothers Jordan Am A Hard Road To Trave 2:47

25 Americans Sail Away Ladies 2:04

26 Hawaiians Tomi Tomi 2:28

27 Christine Pizzuti Last Kind Words 2:49

28 Stephen Stills Come On In My Kitchen 2:21

29 Jack White Mama's Angel Child 3:01

30 Pokey LaFarge Josephine 3:12

31 Hawaiians Hilo Hanakahi 3:44

32 Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Old Fashioned Love 2:41




  1. Although I already have access to (both the audio and video
    components of) this "American Epic" set, I think it's a fantastic
    collection and a marvelous share. Thank you for posting!

    1. Hi Crab Devil,
      Thanks for that.
      It is a great opportunity to see and hear something amazing.


  2. Many Thanks Butter..stay well Friend.

    1. Thanks Professor,
      You too. Enjoy the Epic America music.


  3. Onya, Butterboy! I already had Cd 1-5 but the extra tracks & the book are great add-ons.

    1. Hi Jimmy,
      That great to hear.
      There will be more volumes in the future.


  4. Replies
    1. Hi Berni,
      Some great stuff in these boxes. Enjoy.


  5. Butter, just skimming your writeup and the titles has got me truly drooling; I can't wait to give these a listen. Thank you for this collection, and especially the companion book - I really enjoy learning about the context and details on these vintage works. Yow; cheers!

    1. Hi MT2mb,
      I was hoping you would see this. I knew you would like what was on offer in the whole set and including the videos. Fine art restoration indeed.