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The Harry Smith Project

The Harry Smith Project (Shout! Factory 826663-10041)

The Harry Smith Project
Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited
Various Artists

Shout! Factory 826663-10041 (2 CD, 2 DVD, USA, October 2006)

This is producer Hal Willner's tribute to pioneering musicologist Harry Smith's documentation and preservation of American folk music. It contains performances recorded in Los Angeles, New York and London in 1999 and 2001, and documentary material about Harry Smith's work: collecting American folk music and compiling it for the famous Folkways Records label in 1952.

Recorded at Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London, July 2, 1999 [CD 1 tracks 4, 12; CD 2 tracks 2, 8],
St. Ann's Art Center, Brooklyn, New York, November 11 & 12, 1999 [CD 1 tracks 3, 10-11, 13, 15-16; CD 2 tracks 3, 5, 7, 10-11, 14],
UCLA's Royce Hall, Los Angeles, April 25 & 26, 2001 [CD 1 tracks 1-2, 5-9, 14; CD 2 tracks 1, 4, 6, 9, 12-13, 15-16]

Box set produced by Rani Singh and Hal Willner
(P) & © 2006 The Harry Smith Archives

Tracks

Disc 1: Concert CD

  1. David Johansen: Old Dog Blue (3.52)
  2. Steve Earle: Prison Cell Blues (3.50)
  3. Wilco: James Alley Blues (4.24)
  4. Beth Orton: Frankie (4.44)
  5. Beck: Last Fair Deal Gone Down (3.34)
  6. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Sugar Baby (4.30)
  7. Elvis Costello: The Butcher's Boy (4.13)
  8. David Thomas: Way Down the Old Plank Road (5.14)
  9. Richard Thompson with Eliza Carthy: The Coo Coo Bird (Roud 413; G/D 6:1157; Henry H479) (4.16)
    Recorded at UCLA's Royce Hall, Los Angeles, April 25, 2001
  10. Ed Sanders: My Baby Done Left Me (2.42)
  11. Nick Cave: John the Revelator (3.07)
  12. Eric Mingus with Gary Lucas: Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting? (4.30)
  13. Roswell Rudd with Sonic Youth: Dry Bones (10.07)
  14. Garth & Maud Hudson: No Depression in Heaven (6.51)
  15. Geoff Muldaur: K.C. Moan (6.36)
  16. Gavin Friday with Maurice Seezer: When That Great Ship Went Down (5.35)

Disc 2: Concert CD

  1. Robin Holcomb: A Lazy Farmer Boy (3.01)
  2. Van Dyke Parks with Mondrian String Quartet: Sail Away Lady (3.00)
  3. Geoff Muldaur: Poor Boy Blues (4.22)
  4. Marianne Faithfull: Spike Driver Blues (2.46)
  5. Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (7.29)
  6. Kate & Anna McGarrigle with Elvis Costello: Ommie Wise Part 1 & 2 (What Lewis Did Last...) (8.11)
  7. Gavin Friday: Fatal Flower Garden (6.31)
  8. Bob Neuwirth with Eliza Carthy: I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground (Roud 4957) (5.31)
    Recorded at Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London, July 2, 1999
  9. David Thomas: Fishing Blues (5.46)
  10. Mary Margaret O'Hara: He Got Better Things for You (2.10)
  11. Mocean Worker: Harry Goes A-Courtin' (The Mowo! Live Hootenanny Throw-Down) (3.44)
  12. Robin Holcomb & Todd Rundgren: The HouseCarpenter (Roud 14; Child 243; G/D 2:332) (5.14)
  13. Don Byron, Percy Heath & Bill Frisell: This Song of Love (7.51)
  14. Nick Cave: Shine on Me (2.58)
  15. David Johansen: James Alley Blues (4.27)
  16. Petra Haden: Single Girl, Married Girl (3.54)

Disc 3: Concert Film - The Harry Smith Project Live DVD

  1. Elvis Costello: The Butcher's Boy
  2. David Johansen: Old Dog Blue
  3. Nick Cave: John the Revelator
  4. Beck: Last Fair Deal Gone Down
  5. Ed Sanders: One Hot Summer Night with Harry Smith
  6. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Sugar Baby
  7. Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
  8. Beth Orton: Frankie
  9. Roswell Rudd with Sonic Youth: Dry Bones
  10. The Folkmen: Old Joe's Place
  11. Robin Holcomb & Todd Rundgren: The HouseCarpenter (Roud 14; Child 243; G/D 2:332)
  12. Gavin Friday with Maurice Seezer: When That Great Ship Went Down
  13. Philip Glass: Etude No. 10
  14. David Johansen: James Alley Blues
  15. Eric Mingus with Gary Lucas: Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting?
  16. Petra Haden: Single Girl, Married Girl
  17. Richard Thompson with Eliza Carthy: The Coo Coo Bird (Roud 413; G/D 6:1157; Henry H479)
  18. Bob Neuwirth with Eliza Carthy: I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground (Roud 4957)
  19. Geoff Muldaur: Poor Boy Blues
  20. Don Byron, Percy Heath & Bill Frisell: This Song of Love
  21. Kate & Anna McGarrigle with Elvis Costello: Ommie Wise Part 1 & 2 (What Lewis Did Last...)
  22. Steve Earle: Prison Cell Blues
  23. David Thomas: Fishing Blues

Disc 4: Documentary DVD

  1. The Old Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

Bonus Feature: Three films by Harry Smith

  1. Film #2
  2. Film #7
  3. Film #10