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Negro Sinful Songs
First commercial album of American folk songs, performed by Lead Belly. Produced by Alan Lomax. 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient. (Musicraft, 1939)

Dustbowl Ballads
Performed by Woody Guthrie. Co-produced by Alan Lomax and R. P. Weatherald. (Victor, 1940)

The Midnight Special
Songs of Texas prisons, performed by Lead Belly and the Golden Gate Quartet, recorded by Alan Lomax in Washington, D.C. (Victor, 1940)

FOLK SONGS OF THE UNITED STATES
An annotated survey of the field recordings in the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, including Southern, Northern, and Western Euro-American songs and ballads; many types of African American songs from the United States and Bahamas; Mexican American songs and ballads; and songs and tunes from the Cajun country. This first recorded picture of a nation’s field recorded folk traditions was recorded by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Herbert Halpert, and others, and edited by Alan Lomax. It was subsequently expanded by other collector/editors including Benjamin Botkin, William N. Fenton, Duncan Emrich, George Pullen Jackson, George Korson, Richard Waterman, Henrietta Yurchenco, and others. (Library of Congress, 1942)

Vol. 1: Anglo-American Ballads
Vol. 2: Anglo-American Shanties, Lyric Songs, Dance Tunes, and Spirituals
Vol. 3: Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs, and Ballads
Vol. 4: Afro-American Blues and Game Songs. Bahaman Songs
Vol. 5: French Ballads and Dance Tunes. Spanish Religious Songs and Game Songs

The Martins and the Coys
A ballad opera produced in 1944 for the British Broadcasting Company. Produced by Alan Lomax, written by Elizabeth Lyttleton, directed by Roy Lockwood. (BBC, five-disc 78 rpm album, 1944)

The Saga of Mr. Jelly Lord
The first recorded biography of a jazz musician. The sessions were recorded by Alan Lomax at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress between May and December of 1938. Only a few copies of the 54 twelve-inch master discs were made until 1947, when Circle Records pressed approximately 200 sets of 45 twelve-inch 78 rpm records, presented in 12 volumes. This edited version, culled from the May and June sessions, was later released on LP. 1980 Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient. (Circle, 1947; reissued on LP by Circle, 1950, and Riverside, 1959)

AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC SERIES
In 1947 Alan Lomax became Director of Folk Music for Decca Records and edited a series of folk music albums, reissuing pre-war titles from the Decca, Vocalion, and Brunswick catalogs, and commissioning new recordings. Each release was comprised of four 10-inch 78 rpm discs. (Brunswick/Decca, 1947–49)

Mountain Frolic
Listen to Our Story – A Panorama of American Ballads
Burl Ives: Ballads and Folk Songs (2 volumes)
Richard Dyer-Bennett: Twentieth Century Minstrel
John White: Ballads and Blues (2 volumes)
Cousin Emmy: Kentucky Mountain Ballads
Cowboy Dances

Burl Ives – The Wayfaring Stranger
Edited by Alan Lomax. (Stinson, four 10-inch 78 rpm discs, 1949)

FOLK SONGS OF GREAT BRITAIN
A survey of folk music of the British Isles recorded in the field and produced by Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy, 1950-1958. (Caedmon, 1961)

Vol. 1: Songs of Courtship
Vol. 2: Songs of Seduction
Vol. 3: Jack of All Trades
Vol. 4: The Child Ballads 1
Vol. 5: The Child Ballads 2
Vol. 6: Sailormen and Servingmaids
Vol. 7: Fair Game and Foul
Vol. 8: A Soldiers Life for Me
Vol. 9: Songs of Ceremony
Vol. 10: Songs of Animals and Other Marvels

Heather and Glen: Songs and Melodies of Highland and Lowland Scotland
Traditional Scottish music collected from native folksingers and folk musicians by Alan Lomax, Calum McLean, and Hamish Henderson in 1950 and 1951. Their publication led to the founding of the Scottish folk song archive at the School for Scottish Studies. (Tradition, 1959)

FOLK SONGS OF SPAIN 
The recordings of a field survey made in 1952-1953. (Tradition; Westminster, mid-1950s)

Vol. 1: Andalusia
Vol. 2: Majorca & Ibiza
Vol. 3: Jerez & Seville
Vol. 4: Majorca & Aragon
Vol. 5: Granada & Seville
Vol. 6: The Spanish Basques
Vol. 7: Eastern Spain & Valencia
Vol. 8: Galicia
Vol. 9 : Asturias & Santander
Vol. 10: Castille
Vol. 11: Leon & Extremadura

COLUMBIA WORLD LIBRARY OF FOLK AND PRIMITIVE MUSIC
First recorded overview of world music in 18 volumes of a projected 44. Compiled by Alan Lomax for Columbia Records’ Masterworks, 1955-1964.

Vol. 1: Ireland (Recorded and edited by Seamus Ennis and Alan Lomax)
Vol. 2: French Africa (Recorded by Henri Lhote, Andre Schaeffner, and Gilbert Rouget; edited by Schaeffner and Rouget)
Vol. 3: England (Recorded and edited by Peter Kennedy and Alan Lomax)
Vol. 4: France (Recorded and edited by Cl. Marcel-Dubois and Maguy Andral)
Vol. 5: Australia & New Guinea (Recorded and edited by A.P. Elkin)
Vol. 6: Scotland (Recorded and edited by Alan Lomax)
Vol. 7: Indonesia (Recorded and edited by Jaap Kunst)
Vol. 8: Canada (Recorded and edited by Marius Barbeau)
Vol. 9: Venezuela (Recorded and edited by Juan Liscano)
Vol. 10: British East Africa (Recorded and edited by Hugh Tracey)
Vol. 11: Japan, The Ryukyus, Formosa, and Korea (Recorded and edited by Genjiro Masu)
Vol. 12: India (Recorded and edited by Alain Danielou)
Vol. 13: Spain (Recorded and edited by Alan Lomax)
Vol. 14: Yugoslavia (Edited by Alan Lomax, recorded by Peter Kennedy)
Vol. 15: Northern and Central Italy (Recorded and edited by Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella)
Vol. 16: Southern Italy and the Islands (Recorded and edited by Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella)
Vol. 17: Bulgaria (Recorded and edited by A.L. Lloyd)
Vol. 18: Romania (Recorded and edited by Tiberiu Alexandru)

Music and Song of Italy
Traditional music from across Italy, recorded by Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella in 1954 and 1955. (Tradition, 1958)

Negro Prison Songs
Recordings made with the first portable tape machine at Parchman Farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary. (Tradition, 1959)

Blues In the Mississippi Night
In 1947 Alan Lomax recorded bluesmen Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, and Sonny Boy Williamson on a Presto disc recording machine at Decca Studios in New York City after they had given concert at Town Hall. In a session of candid oral history and song, the three artists explain the origin and nature of the blues. The interviews were issued in a fictionalized form in Common Ground (1948) under the title “I Got the Blues,” but they were deemed so controversial that their album release was delayed for ten years. When United Artists finally issued them on LP as Blues In the Mississippi Night in 1959, Lomax used pseudonyms to protect the artists and their families. (United Artists, 1959; reissued by Rykodisc, 1990 and Rounder, 2003.)

Folk Song Festival
Alan Lomax Presents Folk Song Festival at Carnegie Hall. Featuring Jimmy Driftwood, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, and the Stoney Mountain Boys. (United Artists, 1959)

Folk Songs From The Blue Grass
Alan Lomax presents Folk Songs From The Blue Grass. Featuring Earl Taylor and His Stoney Mountain Boys. (United Artists, 1959)

SOUTHERN FOLK HERITAGE
First stereo field recordings of American folk music, made in 1959. (Atlantic, 1960; reissued as “Sounds of the South” 4-CD set, 1993)

Vol. 1: Sounds of the South
Vol. 2: Blue Ridge Mountain Music
Vol. 3: Roots of the Blues
Vol. 4: White Spirituals
Vol. 5: American Folk Songs for Children
Vol. 6: Negro Church Music
Vol. 7: The Blues Roll On

SOUTHERN JOURNEY
More 1959-1960 stereo recordings from the white and black South (Prestige, 1960).

Vol. 1: Georgia Sea Islands, Vol. I
Vol. 2: Georgia Sea Islands, Vol. II
Vol. 3: Ballads and Breakdowns from the Southern Mountains
Vol. 4: Banjo Songs, Ballads and Reels from the Southern Mountains
Vol. 5: Deep South… Sacred and Sinful
Vol. 6: Folk Songs from the Ozarks
Vol. 7: All Day Singing from “The Sacred Harp”
Vol. 8: The Eastern Shores
Vol. 9: Bad Man Ballads
Vol. 10: Yazoo Delta Blues and Spirituals
Vol. 11: Southern White Spirituals
Vol. 12: Honor the Lamb: The Belleville A Cappella Choir of the Church of God and Saints in Christ

Freedom In the Air
A documentary on the 1961 civil rights protest in Albany, Georgia. Produced by Alan Lomax and Guy Carawan. (SNCC, 1962)

Woody Guthrie: The Library of Congress Recordings
A three-record set of an edited selection of Lomax’s 1940 oral history sessions with Guthrie. (Elektra, c. 1964; reissued by Rounder, 1989.)

Italian Folk Songs: Collected in Italian-Speaking Communities in New York City and Chicago
Edited by Alan Lomax and Carla Bianco. (Folkways, 1965)

Italian Folk Music: Piedmont, Emilia, Lombardy
(Ethnic Folkways, 1972)

Italian Folk Music: Naples & Campania
(Ethnic Folkways, 1972)

Emmett W. Lundy: Fiddle Tunes from Grayson County, Virginia
Recorded in Galax for the Library of Congress, 1941. (Topic, 1977)

Aunt Molly Jackson: The Library of Congress Recordings
A single LP of songs and interviews culled from Lomax’s 1937 oral history sessions with Aunt Molly. (Rounder, c. 1971)

The Gospel Ship: Baptist Hymns and White Spirituals from the Southern Mountains
(New World, 1977)

White Spirituals From the Sacred Harp
(New World, 1977)

Georgia Sea Island Songs
(New World, 1977)

Roots of the Blues
(New World, 1977)

Lousiana Cajun and Creole Music 1934: The Lomax Recordings
(Swallow, 1987)

Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record
Produced by Carl Sagan. Includes music that Alan Lomax selected for the Voyager spacecraft mission. (Warners New Media, 1992)

 

ALAN LOMAX AS RECORDING ARTIST
Alan Lomax recorded several albums of his own performances of blues, ballads, and cowboy songs, singing and accompanying himself on guitar.

 
Alan Lomax and The Ramblers

Alan Lomax and the Ramblers
A four song 7-inch ep of the Ramblers skiffle
group, featuring Alan Lomax, Ewan MacColl,
Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Sandy Brown,
John Cole, Bryan Daley, Jim Bray and Alan
Sutton. (Decca, 1956)

Kings of Skiffle
Featuring Alan Lomax and the Ramblers,
Lonnie Donegan, and Ken Colyer among
others. (Decca, 1957)

 

Alan Lomax Sings Great American Ballads
A fifteen-track LP of Lomax performing
traditional ballads with accompaniment by
British blues pioneer Alexis Korner (under
the pseudonym “Nick Wheatstraw”) and Guy
Carawan and production support from an
uncredited Guy Carawan. (HMV, 1958)

Alan Lomax Presents:
American Song Train, Volume One

Featuring Alan Lomax with Peggy Seeger, Guy
Carawan, John Cole and Sammy Stokes;
engineered by Joe Meek. (Nixa, 1958)

 

Alan Lomax Presents:
Folk-Song Saturday Night

(Kapp, 1958)

Alan Lomax Sings
Four song 7-inch ep of Lomax accompanied
by Dave Lee’s Bandits. (Nixa Jazz Today
Series, 1958)

 

Texas Folk Songs
Sung by Lomax with accompaniment by Guy Carawan on guitar and banjo and John Cole on harmonica.
(Tradition, 1958)

Raise a Ruckus & Have a Hootenanny with
Alan Lomax and the Dupree Family

(Kapp, early 1960s)

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