Wednesday, September 29, 2021

VA - The Harry Smith B-sides [2020] (4 x CD's)



VA - The Harry Smith B-sides [2020] (4 x CD's)

The Harry Smith B-Sides box set contains the flip side of every 78-rpm record that Harry Smith included on the Anthology of American Folk Music. In 1952, Folkways Records published the legendary six-LP series entitled the Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by eccentric record collector, filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist Harry Smith. Many historians cite Smith's reissue, with its recordings of country, blues, and gospel music from the 1920's and '30's, and its booklet containing idiosyncratic liner notes, esoteric artwork, and handmade design as a major impetus for the folk music revival of the 1950s and '60s. 68 years later, The Harry Smith B-Sides offers both a resonant listening experience and the closing of a collector's circle. Sequenced in the identical order that Smith created, this new box set offers the flip-side of each record selected by Smith for the original Anthology of American Folk Music. Newly-remastered audio under license from Gennett Records, Paramount Records, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group. This box set represents a mirror image of the Anthology of American Folk Music's tracklist. However, the producers have omitted the following tracks due to lyrics containing racist language: track 5 on disc 1, track 4 on disc 2, and track 16 on disc 4. Cigar box, full-color 144-page book featuring original artwork by Harry Smith and four CDs; 84 newly-remastered tracks on four CDs with a full-color 144-page book featuring archival images, original artwork by Harry Smith, and essays by John Cohen, Lance Ledbetter, and Eli Smith. Transcriptions and annotations for each track by more than 80 artists, writers, and musicians that have been inspired by Harry Smith's work (Amazon)

This is an awesome collection and a great gift for anyone into folk and roots music. Incredible mastering of recordings that are 100 years old. 



Track lists


01 Dick Justice One Cold December Day 3:13

02 Nelstone's Hawaiians Village School 3:04

03 Clarence Ashley Old John Hardy 3:27

04 Coley Jones The Elder He's My Man 3:03

05 Bill & Bella Reed You Shall Be Free 0:04

06 Buell Kazee The Wagoner's Lad 3:05

07 Buell Kazee The Butcher's Boy 3:05

08 'chubby' Parker & His Old Time; Old Time Banjo Down on the Farm 3:31

09 Uncle Eck Dunford Angeline, the Baker 2:49

10 Burnett and Rutherford All Night Long Blues 3:16

11 Buster Carter and Preston Young It Won't Hurt No More 3:07

12 Carolina Tar Heels You Are a Little Too Small 3:04

13 G.B. Grayson Rose Conley 3:27

14 Kelly Harrell My Wife, She Has Gone and Left Me 3:19

15 Edward L. Crain Cowboy's Home Sweet Home 2:49

16 Kelly Harrell Henry Clay Beattie 3:06

17 Carter Family Bring Me Back My Blueeyed Boy 3:18

18 Williamson Brothers and Curry Warfield 3:14

19 Frank Hutchison Stackalee 2:47

20 Charlie Poole With the North Carolina Ramblers Monkey on a String 3:08

21 Mississippi John Hurt Nobody's Dirty Business 2:56


01 William & Versey Smith Everybody Help the Boys Come Home 2:23

02 Carter Family I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes 3:02

03 Furry Lewis Kassie Jones 6:11

04 Bently Boys Henhouse Blues 0:04

05 Masked Marvel Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues 3:05

06 Carolina Tar Heels Back to Mexico 2:45

07 ''uncle Bunt'' Stephens Louisburg Blues 3:01

08 Jilson Setters J.W. Day - Marthis Campbell 3:12

09 Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers Waltz of Roses 3:10

10 Delma Lachney and Blind Uncle Gaspard Le Bebe Et Le Gambleur (The Baby and the Gambler) 3:04

11 Andrew & Jim Baxter Forty Drops 2:46

12 A.C ''eck'' Robertson and Family Amarillo Waltz 3:10

13 Hoyt Ming and His Pepsteppers Old Red 3:10

14 Henry Thomas Bull-Doze Blues 3:28

15 Jim Jackson I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop 2:53

16 Columbus Fruge Bayou Teche 2:46

17 Joseph Falcon Aimer Et Perdre (To Love and Lose) 3:08

18 Breaux Freres T'as Vole Mon Chapeau (You Have Stolen My Hat) 3:05

19 The Cincinnati Jug Band George Street Stomp 2:48

20 Frank Cloutier and the Victoria Cafe Orchestra Moonshiner's Dance Part Two 2:13

21 Rev. J. M. Gates Oh Death Where is Thy Sting 4:13

22 Rev. J. M. Gates Must Be Born Again 4:18


01 Alabama Sacred Harp Singers Present Joys 2:55

02 Alabama Sacred Harp Singers Rocky Road 2:45

03 Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1 I Am Going Home 3:04

04 Sister Mary Nelson The Royal Telephone 2:44

05 Memphis Sanctified Singers The Great Reaping Day 2:52

06 Elder McIntorsh and Edwards' Sanctified Singers The Latter Rain is Fall 3:16

07 Rev. Moses Mason Go Wash in the Beautful Stream 2:45

08 Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stepstone 2:56

09 Blind Willie Johnson You're Going to Need Someone on Your Bond 3:14

10 Carter Family God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign 3:04

11 Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers A Little Talk With Jesus 2:50

12 Rev. F.W. McGee Nothing to Do in Hell 3:26

13 Rev. D.C. Rice and His Sanctified Congregation He's Got His Eyes on You 2:57

14 Clarence Ashley Dark Holler Blues 2:59

15 Buell Kazee Darling Cora 2:51

16 Cannon's Jug Stompers Madison Street Rag 3:15

17 Dewey Segura & Didier Hebert Far Away From Home Blues 3:22

18 Richard ''rabbit'' Brown I'm Not Jealous 3:22

19 Dock Boggs Down South Blues 3:08

20 Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Dew 3:03


01 Ernest and Hattie Stoneman The Road to Washington 3:10

02 Stoneman Family Too Late 3:30

03 Memphis Jug Band I Packed My Suitcase, Started to the Train 3:13

04 Carter Family The Storm's Are on the Ocean 2:50

05 Joseph F. Falcon and Clemo Breaux Fe Fe Ponchaux 3:24

06 Blind Lemon Jefferson Shuckin' Sugar Blues 3:06

07 Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell Sweet Mama 2:58

08 Ramblin' Thomas Ramblin' Man 3:02

09 Cannon's Jug Stompers Riley's Wagon 3:03

10 Dock Boggs Sammie, Where Have You Been So Long 3:05

11 Julius Daniels My Mama Was a Sailor 3:25

12 Blind Lemon Jefferson Lemon's Worried Blues 3:02

13 Blind Lemon Jefferson 'lectric Chair Blues 2:35

14 Cleoma and Orphy Breaux W, Joe Falcon Elle M'a Oublie (She Has Forgotten Me) 3:06

15 Uncle Dave Macon Rise When the Rooster Crows 3:08

16 Uncle Dave Macon I'm the Child to Fight 0:04

17 Mississippi John Hurt Blue Harvest Blues 2:55

18 Memphis Jug Band Memphis Yo Yo Blues 2:52

19 J.P. Nestor Blackeyes Susie 2:56

20 Ken Maynard The Cowboy's Lament 3:29

21 Henry Thomas Texas Worries Blues 3:17




  1. Legendary, so I have heard. Thanks for these B sides. And will the A sides be going up. Or do you need them? I think I found them. But it's time for bed right now. Lol.

    1. Hi D,
      I have the Anthology of American Folk Music. i thought I posted it previously.
      if not I will post it up soon.
      Sleep Well.


  2. The Blues will make you happy, too

    1. Hi Doc,
      Thanks very much for your gift as well.


  3. Thanks! Can't wait to dig into these sides.


    1. Hi MH77,
      I will also post the first 4 volumes on Sunday.


  4. Thanks Butterboy for this collection.
    A different one!

    1. Hi Il Commendatore,
      More music of this type to come in the next few days.


  5. An inspired compilation, without question! I was thinking recently about your late sabbatical and wondered if you had wandered in the desert for a season and returned with a fierce determination and a renewed sense of purpose, because it seems that you are in the midst of a creative renascence. Or perhaps it was simply boredom. Just one man's speculation, mind you...

    So, whatever the case, thank you!

    1. Hi slr in tx,
      I am glad you are enjoying the shares here.

      Never bored, always concerned, always busy. The sabbatical was not my intention and was caused by having most of my files deleted it seemed pointless to continue at the time. When I returned was after finding a better approach to sharing.
      I am always pleased with the feedback as I know someone is happy with what has been shared. I have many more varied shares to output.

      Life is good even when the stars don't always align.


  6. Thanks, BB, that clears up a lot for me. My somewhat oblique approach had to do with, roughly, why did you close up shop before when your passion and industry were so readily apparent? Your answer is right on point.

    Carry on, soldier!

  7. Just when I get done drooling, Butter, you lay out another heaping platter of supremely good, sweet stuff for us. Thank you as always; cheers!

    1. Hi Aging Child,
      Fortunately someone had the foresight to capture these amazing recordings. We are all better for it. A shiny glint of gratitude to Harry...