Various Artists – American Epic: The Soundtrack (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: September 18, 2022)

Various Artists – American Epic: The Soundtrack (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:23 minutes | 431 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

American Epic: The Soundtrack highlights 15 recordings from the three-part documentary on 1 CD, including original recordings by The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more all restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity. For this release, engineer Nicholas Bergh refined a transfer process using a mix of both modern and vintage equipment in order to extract the remarkable resolution from the records that is often missed. This reverse engineering approach to the transfer process enabled the restoration team of Grammy Award-winning engineer Peter Henderson, Duke Erikson and Joel Tefteller to get the resulting audio closer to the original performance than ever before.

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.

AMERICAN EPIC, a film series produced by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Director Bernard MacMahon, explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world. 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. It was the first time America heard itself.

01. Williamson Brothers & Curry – Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand (03:26)
02. Memphis Jug Band – On the Road Again (02:51)
03. Mississippi John Hurt – Frankie (03:28)
04. The Carter Family – Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (02:59)
05. Lydia Mendoza – Mal Hombre (03:32)
06. Carolina Tar Heels – Peg and Awl (02:57)
07. Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders – Tomi Tomi (02:43)
08. Big Chief Henry’s Indian String Band – The Indian Tom Tom (02:36)
09. Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband – Cocaine Habit Blues (02:51)
10. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head (02:58)
11. Charley Patton – Down the Dirt Road Blues (02:56)
12. Joseph Falcon – Allons A Lafayette (02:57)
13. Frank Hutchison – Stackalee (03:06)
14. Jimmie Rodgers – Waiting for a Train (02:47)
15. The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot – Jole Blon (02:08)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Charley Patton
Big Chief Henry’s Indian String Band
Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband
Jimmie Rodgers
Breaux Brothers
Joseph Falcon
Frank Hutchison
Mississippi John Hurt
Memphis Jug Band
Williamson Brothers & Curry
Lydia Mendoza
Sol K. Bright
The Carter Family
Carolina Tar Heels
Louis Michot, with
The Aloha Serenaders, with


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