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“American Epic” est un documentaire produit par Jack White (The White Stripes) et Robert Redford.]]>Ce film est consacré à l’histoire de la musique moderne américaine depuis ses origines, et comprend quatre parties allant de 1920 et s’achevant de nos jours.]]>Disponible en 3 formats :]]>> Coffret 5CD de 100 titres + livre de 100 pages]]>> CD regroupant des titres joués par Jack White et ses invités]]>> VINYLE de titres joués durant le documentaire
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Tous les styles sont représentés (folk, blues, jazz, tejano, cajun, gospel, hawaïan, ...) dans leur "jus" originel. Le son est excellent et parfaitement retravaillé sans être dénaturé.
Cet album est un monument historique indispensable à celles et ceux qui,musiciens, musicologues ou amateurs, apprécient les musiques américaines.
Un complément indispensable à l'extraordinaire compilation "American Pop: An Audio History - From Minstrel to Mojo On Record, 1893-1946" de 9 CDs sortie en 1998.
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But thanks to Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon and Duke Erikson and their 10 year-long massive project titled “American Epic” (subtitled “When The first time America first heard itself”), Smith’s package has seen its successor.
For almost two years I’ve been talking about the “forthcoming” multi-episode PBS documentary American Epic. For various reasons the broadcast was pushed back enabling the films to receive screenings in various permutations at prestigious film festivals around the world, where the series of films won many awards. Though the COMPLETE documentary will begin weekly airings in both the US (PBS) and in the UK (BBC), in May, I was given the privilege of watching all the episodes in advance.
The project has many pieces which are all interrelated. The PBS/BBC series - which consists of three episodes on the history of the music, totalling 3 ½ hours, plus another two-hour episode (with modern artists recording on a restored original recording system, the only one in the world, comprised of a Western Electric amplifier and pulley drive Scully lathe) will be issued on BluRay and DVD in June.
The first music release comes from Sony’s Legacy Recordings in this five-- disc deluxe edition titled “American Epic – The Collection”. Though Sony refers to it as a “boxed set” it is actually a 96-page hardbound 8.5x8.5 inch book with the five discs inserted in the rear. This is a landmark set and something every lover of early “American Folk, Blues, and Roots Music” will want and enjoy for years to come.
There is also another (larger in size) 276-page book, published by Touchstone, titled “ American Epic-The Companion Book to the PBS Series", written by Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald, which describes the making of the series with many unseen photographs and artifacts. There is little to no crossover between the photos or content in the Touchstone book and the Sony box set. To make thingsEVEN more confuising, Amazon lists the book's title as "American Epic The First Time America Heard Itself", yet that is not the title on the cover or title page. That is"American Epic: The Companion Book to The PBS Series". Confusing, eh? Just search "American Epic" and the Authors' names and you'll find ity.
Now a bit more background.
Ten years ago AE’s“ creators Allison McGourty (Scottish) and Duke Erikson (American), along with Director Bernard MacMahon (Anglo/Irish), decided to embark on a music and film journey to find living family members of musicians who were a major part of the “roots music” and folk explosion in the late 1920s. (This was partly covered in the great box sets for Bear Family Records produced by Ted Olson and Tony Russell.) After many years of research and filming, they were able to bring on board such big names as Robert Redford (who narrates all three episodes of AE) and producers (and musicians) Jack White (who is responsible for the two multimedia Paramount Record Sets) and T Bone Burnett (who started this “roots music revival” with the O Brother soundtrack). These guys, in turn, got some A-list artists of all genres – Willie Nelson, Steve Martin, Beck, and even Elton John, to name just a few – to record “live to disc” classic songs from the 20s in a small studio in Hollywood, using an original recording lathe sound recording technician Nicholas Bergh! The recording sessions fill a separate two-hour PBS documentary – The American Epic Sessions – which is just wonderful. It was Bergh who reassembled the last recording machine from circa 1928 and restored it with assistance from MacMahon and McGourty (in locating the final parts of the Scully lathe to make it work). This unique device used a 100 pound weight on a pulley to turn the platter.
The “American Epic Sessions” will be released in June on CD (and as part of the BD/DVD release on PBS Home Video) as well as (I’m told) on vinyl by Third Man Records.
And, now back to the “collection at hand”: There are a few recordings here that were on the Folkways set, most notably “The Coo-Coo” by Clarence Ashley (who brought Doc Watson up north and gave him his own career) but most of the other 99 tracks were new to me. And they all sound great through the new restoration process by the AE team. Yes there is a bit of surface noise – we’ll always have that. But you can hear things in the background that you’d not have heard before. Remember there was no mixing when these 78s were recorded; just direct to disk in a few takes.
The sequence of the recordings in this set is by geographic area where they were recorded. So we start in the Southeast, move to Atlanta (for a full CD), Then to New York City, The Midwest, The Deep South and The West . The selection is wonderful.
After a six-page intro by the Producers (McGourty, MacMahon, Erikson), the tracks are listed on the following pages, with recording dates, session personnel, and label (but surprisingly no record number). As well as the full lyrics – so you can follow along. There is usually a quote from another artist (identified by name only) about the artist performing but there is – again – surprisingly. No biographical data on the artist. (I guess we need Google to that). Such info would have been helpful to the collector. Those with weak eyesight should know that lyrics are printed in a small font in brown ink on a tan background. I found that having a magnifier handy was helpful.
But we are here to discuss the recordings, which is why many will want this landmark set. For about 50 cents per song you will hear these recordings like never before – and they will only take up an inch or so of shelf space.
Legacy is also releasing (both on CD and vinyl) “American Epic”: The Soundtrack” which feature 15 recordings that appear over silent footage in the documentary. And another titled “American Epic: The Sessions” with 32 of the new recordings on two-CDs. I’m still waiting for my copies as the release date is June 9, 2017.
This project is overwhelming but the releases do overlap in the sense that all EXCEPT four of the tracks on the Soundtrack do not appear on "The Collection". (I guess you could just buy the MP3s of these but that makes little sense to me.)
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the first screening of the completed project at the 51st Annual Conference for the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in San Antonio last week, where McGourty and a number of her “team” were in attendance and she revealed the “Collection” book for the first time. Also in attendance were contributors to the project such as Dick Spottswood (who literally “found” Mississippi John Hurt, and Chris Strachwitz who did the same for Lidia Mendoza. (Mendoza’s grown grandchildren were there too).
This is a landmark set and something every lover of early “American Folk, Blues, and Roots Music” will want and enjoy for years to come.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.