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John Fahey
Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)

You'll want this - oh yes - a magnificently packaged box set of Fahey's early work. It contains 5 compact discs, 115 rare recordings, 88 page hardback book, notes and essays and exclusive photos. There's no way that I'm going to 'review' this - I'm far too hot as it is sitting here - its ...view item »


Various
Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music

Straight outta the International Library of African Music comes this selection of performances recorded in Central and East Africa between 1950 and 1958 by Hugh Tracey. Rumba is the stylistic spine running through the material on this double CD set, though the joy is of course in the variations. Fantastic music ...view item »


Various
Voices of Mississippi: Artists & Musicians Documented by William Ferris

Huge compilation of recordings made by folklorist William Ferris in and around Mississippi. Comes with 3 CDs containing gospel, blues, interviews, and stories, as well as some of Ferris' documentaries on DVD and a book edited by him. An incredibly detailed study of Southern American culture that is a must for anyone interes...view item »
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Various
Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959

Here we have the definitive document of Paul Bowles’ Library of Congress sponsored journies through Morocco in 1959. His purpose? To record the songs of local musicians. As a result, reams of incredible music that might otherwise have gone unrecorded have been preserved: this 4 CD set contains the lot, presented in a lusci...view item »
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Washington Phillips
Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams

On Dust-to-Digital’s first release they featured a few tracks by Texan blues musician Washington Phillips of which very little was actually known, even less than his mystery homemade instrument that he called The Manzarene. Enlisting the help of researcher Michael Corcoran they tracked down the story of hi...view item »


Sinn Sisamouth / Ros Serey Sothea
Navy A Go Go/ Old Pot Still Cooks Good Rice

Songs of old Cambodia, sprung from the compilation Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll and given a proper 7” single release. Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea were extremely popular in their day, and these pop tunes sound just as radiant and cool as ever. ...view item »
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Blind Alfred Reed
Appalachian Visionary

Dust to Digital continue their incredible work reissuing lost folk, gospel and blues albums with Blind Alfred Reed’s Appalachian Visionary. These recordings from 1927 and 1929 are extremely rare and showcase Reed’s covers of hymns as well as his own old-time compositions for violin. ...view item »


Brian Harnetty
Rawhead & Bloodybones

Brian Harnetty has made an interesting suite of music here, sliding between his own, newly produced music and 1940’s era recordings of folk music and folk tales told by children. Children’s voices will always be creepy in this kind of context, and Rawhead And Bloodybones works very well with that fact. Doubl...view item »


Various
Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings: 1947–1959

This record documents Alan Lomax's experience in the prison farm of Parchman in Mississippi. Lomax took photos and a tape deck with him and attempted to present an image of working prisoners who passed their time in labour by singing. This collection has over forty tracks from this experience, as well as a huge collection of photo and essays tha...view item »
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Various
Joe Bussard presents: The Year of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War

Joe Bussard is known for his voluminous collections of obscure old sonic materials, and Dust To Digital are known for putting out high-grade collections of same. So The Year Of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War is a perfect combination. 19 remarkable, historic songs from the heart of the country....view item »


Various
Excavated Shellac: Strings

I got super excited by this one in that sad kind of way I get excited about weird old curious records arriving here. Parlortone is an offshoot of the Dust To Digital who've released sound breathtaking compilations of varying sorts of Americana over the years. I'm not sure what the remit of Parlortone is but after the interesting but short Edou...view item »


Various
Excavated Shellac: Reeds

The Dust To Digital label are expert archivists, and for this Reeds instalment of their ongoing Excavated Shellac series, they’ve picked out 14 rare 78rpm records containing vigorous traditional reed music from around the globe. Turkey, Iran, North Korea, Tajikistan… this is a compilation with a very broad scope. C...view item »
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Various
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946

Another luscious set from Dust To Digital, combining a whole five CDs with a full-length (as in, 456 pages) book, and a DVD to boot! Pretty much every musical culture present in the Upper Midwest circa 1937-194 is documented in Folksongs From Another America, and the DVD is a brand new documentary on Alan Lomax. Helluva...view item »
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Various
Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line

Another luscious set from Dust To Digital, combining two CDs with a full-length (seriously, 256 pages) book. Ola Belle Reed is the focal point of the collection, although plenty of other artists producing Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line are also included, often playing with Reed herself....view item »
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Jim Linderman
The Birth of Rock and Roll

Nice hardcover photography book, documenting The Birth of Rock and Roll. Crucially, and thankfully, compiler Jim Linderman isn’t interested in running over the same bands and images that are already engraved on our retinas: the people pictured performing and listening here were too busy being wonderful to become f...view item »
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J.B. Smith
No More Good Time in the World for Me

Extremely raw prison blues, sung acapella by J.B. Smith, long-term inmate of the Texas penitentiary system. No More Good Time In The World For Me gathers up these magical 1960’s recordings (some of which stretch to almost 15 minutes) over 2 CDs, with a bonus book to. From the talented archivists at Dust To Digital...view item »
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Various
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll is an important forthcoming film about the musical history of Cambodia before the Vietnam War overspilled and destroyed the country’s artistic freedom. Many of the artists on this accompanying music were consequently killed, making the vitality and joy of ...view item »


George King
Ten Thousand Points of Light: The 20th Anniversary Edition



Thomas Maupin and Daniel Rothwell
Let Your Feet Do the Talkin’

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Brother Claude Ely
Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely



Various
Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South

This collection of 20s-30s gospel and old unearthed photography came together as the project of a married couple attempting to document the American South before WWII. 'Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music And Photographs From The American South' is an educational journey through the traditional music of the time and photos that give these songs the...view item »
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Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers

This extensive collection brings together the guitar-picking styles of pretty much every nomadic travellin' type who headed through Arkansas in the 20s. Hidden in this record of traditional folk are a wide variety of sub-genres you'll now be able to tell apart, from hillbilly to country. 'Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pul...view item »
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Lonnie Holley
Keeping a Record of It

I'm looking forward to see Lonnie Holley play in London on Thursday, he's also playing Manchester on Wednesday on part of his first European tour. I am really looking forward to see how the hell he manages to produce the sound of this sweeping, topsy-turvy album live. Some videos of him online show him during ...view item »
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Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco

The ever-reliable Dust To Digital have this LP of Moroccan 45s from the 1960s, showcasing the traditional styles of the region as they were, relatively untouched by international pop influences. There’s an A4 booklet with colour photos and lengthy commentary for those who need to know the details,...view item »
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Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside

As a child I imagined that by my mid 30's I'd be an estate agent or something, swaggering into a country pub on a friday evening, soft top down, lady on each arm. Instead I'm sat in a converted school overlooking a 'Bird's Eye' billboard reviewing an album of Thai Country Music. Funny how things turn out. I have to say though I wouldn't miss thi...view item »


Lonnie Holley
Just Before Music

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Various
Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM

More essential stuff on the Dust to Digital label. This is a 4CD treasure trove of early 78RPM African music (1909-1960) accompanied by a 112 page book which details each track providing a historical document of both the music and the culture.  Like the Fahey box its too exhaustive to...view item »


Various Artists
Victrola Favorites: Artifacts from Bygone Days

Finally a superbly packaged comp on Dust To Digital called Victrola which is a 2CD set in a chunky A5 cloth bound book. This features some 78's compiled from 2 guys from the Climax Golden Twins collection.... It's an amazing trawl through obscure musical history, straddling genres like Chinese Opera, Fado, Hillbilly, Jazz. Blues, Persian Folk Songs...view item »
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Rev. Johnny L. Jones
The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta

It's not hard to be swept up by the spirit as this jam-packed anthology spins in the CD player. For gospel fervor and exhilaration, this is potent stuff: stomping feet, roiling organ, full-throttle vocal testimony, some surprisingly hard-grooving drums...it all adds up to a thrilling document of one of Atlanta's most beloved spiritual leaders. I...view item »
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Rev. Johnny L. Jones
Jesus Christ from A to Z

The Rev. Johnny L. Jones is a guy who loves to testify, as the 'Jesus Christ from A to Z' LP makes clear. The fact that he does it while wearing a purple wow suit and shoes that are purest badness shouldn't be overlooked either. It's clear from the literally demented crowd noises on this collection of congregational recordings that he succeeds wild...view item »
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Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music

Just a quickie to let you know about this rather fantastic thing on Dust To Digital . It's called 'Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music' and it sort of does what it says on the tin. This package is both a treat for the eyes and ears as it's simultaneously a book and a CD based on the tradition of immersion and submersion baptism...view item »
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Fonotone Records

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