Alan Lomax Collection from American Folklife Center 1/31

By on January 2, 2012

The Alan Lomax Archive’s digital-only Global Jukebox imprint is proud to
announce the January 31, 2012 release of “The Alan Lomax Collection from
the American Folklife Center.” January 31, 2012, would have been Alan
Lomax’s 97th birthday.

“The Alan Lomax Collection from the American Folklife Center” was compiled
by Don Fleming, Executive Director of the Alan Lomax Archive and
highlights 16 songs from Lomax’s U.S and international field-recording
collections. Don is also a noted musician and producer in his own right
having fronted the Velvet Monkeys and Gumball and produced albums by
Teenage Fanclub, Sonic Youth, The Posies, Hole and Nancy Sinatra among

Alan Lomax spent his life in transit, documenting folk music from across
the United States, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, North Africa, the Soviet
Union, and the Eastern Caribbean. Featured here are sixteen selections,
including four previously unreleased songs and one previously unreleased
version, from his collections at the Library of Congress’ American
Folklife Center, recorded between 1947-1982. Introduced by a paean to
America’s greatest folk hero, John Henry, and concluding with one of the
country’s most enduring lullabies, the compilation combines ballads,
blues, dance tunes, and sacred songs from around the U.S. with a Gaelic
ode, Galician alborada (dawn song), Genoan chorale, Grenadan shango
ritual, Trinidadian calypso, and the ashug bardic music of Azerbaijan.
Here is a view of the Lomax collection in all of its breadth, joy, and

In 2004 the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress acquired
the original recordings and photographs, media collections, library,
manuscripts, and research materials that had been assembled by Alan Lomax
over the course of six decades, uniting them with the recordings made by
Alan and his father, John A. Lomax, for the Library of Congress from 1933
to 1942.

1. John Henry – W.D. Stewart (Bama), Benny Will Richardson (22),
unidentified prisoners
2. Nottamun Town – Jean Ritchie *
3. Eilean Mo Chrìdh (Isle Of My Heart) – John Carlin *
4. Mental Pictures (Interview) – Texas Gladden
5. She Moves Through the Fair – Margaret Barry
6. Alborada De Vigo – José Maria Rodriguez
7. La Partenza (The Parting) – Trallaleri of Genoa
8. When The Train Comes Along – Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sidney Carter,
Rose Hemphill
9. Trials, Troubles, Tribulations – E.C. Ball, Orna Ball
10. Joe Turner – Ed Young, Hobart Smith
11. The Old Tar River – John Davis and the Georgia Sea Island Singers
12. È-Wè È-Wè-Lo, Ogoun Bayamba – Emmanuel McQueen and chorus
13. Señorita Panchita – Neville Marcano (The Growling Tiger)
14. Jelili (Ielili) – Akbar Jaffarov, Museyib Abbasov *
15. Just Because – Doodle Thrower & Golden River Grass *
16. Go to Sleepy Little Baby – Bessie Jones **

*  Previously Unreleased
** Previously Unreleased Version


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.