The Anthology Of American Folk Music, Volumes 1-4
Edited by Harry Smith
Four double LPs, housed in cloth-bound super thick cardboard gatefold sleeves with tipped on plates on the front sleeves. All four volumes housed in a hand-made wooden box. 200 gram vinyl. Limited one-time pressing
Artist/filmmaker/archivist Smith's 1952 collection has been the bible for traditionalists, weirdos, and weirdo traditionalists for over half a century. Here's what the folks at Mississippi Records say:
"Its hard to even begin to talk about the significance of these 8 LPs. Harry Smith created an alternate version of American culture with these sets that influenced just about everyone who heard them. I would dare say that these records changed American society more than any others ever released. Bob Dylan and Carl Sagan both agree its the greatest record ever made. The Mississippi labels entire ethos is based on them. As mythic and powerful as art can get. Just like every house needs a door, every record collection must have this set. That's my opinion and it's true."