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Art of Field Recording Sampler [coll] – [Dust-To-Digital]

Art of Field Recording Sampler [coll]

As a teaser for an upcoming multi-disc box set, this sampler covers a lot of ground with many fairly short examples of country, bluegrass, blues, gospel and a field holler or two. Art Rosenbaum is an archivist, as well as an artist and banjo picker, and he’s made field recordings for 50 years, from Iowa to Michigan to New Hampshire and all through the south. His approach is simple and effective, along the lines of the great John & Alan Lomax recording trips in the US that are still revered today. But whereas the Lomaxes sometimes viewed their subjects through a scholarly lens, Rosenbaum clearly puts his subjects at ease, as you hear in the bits of dialog that appear on some tracks. The result is a lot of great music played by regular folks, including Ollie Gilbert, who Alan Lomax previously recorded in the late 50s. And the late Rev. Howard Finster, who once painted folk art record covers for R.E.M. and Talking Heads, is here playing banjo and singing.

  • Reviewed by ArtCrimes on March 7, 2007 at 8:35 am
  • Filed as CD,Country
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