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American Fiddle Tunes - Alan Jabbour compilation

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Sep 20, 2020 - 2:03:47 PM
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DougD

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9798 posts since 12/2/2007
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While looking at copyright issues at the LOC I came across this page: loc.gov/folklife/LP/linernotes.html
These are the booklets that came with the records the LOC has released over the years, in .pdf format. Some also have the music available for listening or download, including this one:
loc.gov/item/2016655239/
This is AFS L62 "American Fiddle Tunes," compiled by Alan Jabbour from field recordings made in the 1930's and 40's and issued in 1972. Its a great overview of traditional fiddling from all over the US - side 1 covers the Northern states, and side 2 is the South. Essential listening IMHO!

Sep 20, 2020 - 5:23:46 PM

2643 posts since 9/13/2009

Yep, that's a good recording. I got a copy long time ago... while visiting the LOC. 

If folks ever in DC... definitely the LOC is a must. One of the most beautiful buildings. Can even get a library card from LOC.

Smithsonian also has some awesome recordings available.

Forgot to mention. LOC website has digitized many other field recordings... not available as CDs... but can access many of them. For those not online, there was a way to request a copy, that I think still exists.

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 09/20/2020 17:29:26

Sep 22, 2020 - 8:02:20 AM

RobBob

USA

2702 posts since 6/26/2007

I first heard that almost 50 years ago. It was a must have recording back then, there were so few.

Sep 22, 2020 - 8:23:58 AM

4861 posts since 9/26/2008

Thanks for pointing this out, Doug. I've been enjoying the read and the listen.

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