Various Artists – Music from The American Epic: The Sessions {Deluxe Edition} (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – Music from The American Epic: The Sessions {Deluxe Edition} (2017)
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“American Epic” compilation series is a collection of releases of music associated with the film series “The American Epic”, a historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the “Big Bang” of modern popular music.

In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the first time America heard itself.

This is not “remastering”, in the normal sense, but something closer to fine art restoration. The intent is not for people to marvel at the antiquity of these discs, but rather to experience them as vital, immediate performances that speak to us as directly as they did on the day they were recorded—not simply great art for their time, but great art for all times. Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle”.

American Epic is a three-part documentary that tells the extraordinary story of the trailblazing era when country-wide, the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the very first time. The series culminates with The American Epic Sessions, the feature-length film showcasing contemporary artists in recording sessions using original recording equipment from the era. American Epic: The Sessions is an album of exclusive new recordings produced by Jack White and T Bone Burnett of music legends and contemporary artists including Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin and The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White. The artists have recorded both new compositions and songs from the 1920s and 1930s that are featured in the PBS documentary, American Epic

For the American Epic: The Sessions segment, the producers re-assembled a recording lathe from the late 1920s-the last of it’s kind in existence-and replicated the atmosphere of America’s seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail. The artists recorded straight to wax, using all the original microphones, amplifiers, and other equipment from that era. It was the first time that any performer has been able to use this machinery for over 80 years.

Tracklist:
01. Alabama Shakes – Killer Diller Blues
02. Nas – On the Road Again
03. Blind Boy Paxton – Candy Man
04. Elton John & Jack White – 2 Fingers of Whiskey
05. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – The Coo Coo Bird
06. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose
07. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – The Only Man Wilder Than Me
08. Jack White – Matrimonial Intentions
09. Rhiannon Giddens – One Hour Mama
10. Ana Gabriel – Mal Hombre
11. Los Lobos – El Cascabel
12. The Avett Brothers – Closer Walk With Thee
13. Beck – Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods
14. Bettye LaVette – Nobody’s Dirty Business
15. Pokey LaFarge – St. Louis Blues
16. Taj Mahal – High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2
17. Nas – One Mic
18. Rhiannon Giddens – Pretty Saro
19. Ashley Monroe – Jubilee
20. Lost Bayou Ramblers – Tous les Matins
21. Bettye LaVette – When I Woke Up This Morning
22. Frank Fairfield – If the River Was Whiskey
23. Raphael Saadiq – Stealin’ Stealin’
24. The Avett Brothers – Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel
25. The Americans – Sail Away Ladies
26. The Hawaiians – Tomi Tomi
27. Christine Pizzuti – Last Kind Words
28. Stephen Stills – Come On In My Kitchen
29. Jack White – Mama’s Angel Child
30. Pokey LaFarge – Josephine
31. The Hawaiians – Hilo Hanakahi
32. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Old Fashioned Love

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