American Epic Sessions - 2 CD and 2 DVD Combo

 

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American Epic Sessions: 2 DVD

Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. THE BIG BANG: At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the unsung voices of everyday folk. This is the Big Bang of modern popular music–the first time America hears itself. BLOOD & SOIL: America’s poor–cotton field slaves, mine workers, sharecroppers–find freedom through music, creating gospel, protest songs, and Delta Blues. OUT OF THE MANY, THE ONE: Exotic cultures spanning America are captured on record for the first time–inventing new instruments and new cultural identities as disparate voices harmonize in a musical melting pot. THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS: Jack White and T Bone Burnett produce an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence in this tribute to the artists celebrated in the documentary. Starring Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye Lavette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard. Discs feature subtitles in English (SDH). 

 

American Epic Sessions: 2 CD

The Sessions is an album of exclusive new recordings produced by Jack White and T Bone Burnett of music legends and contemporary artists including Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin and The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White. The artists have recorded both new compositions and songs from the 1920s and 1930s, that are featured in the PBS documentary, AMERICAN EPIC. For the AMERICAN EPIC: The Sessions segment, the producers re-assembled a recording lathe from the late 1920s—the last of its kind in existence—and replicated the atmosphere of America's seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail. The artists recorded straight to wax, using all the original microphones, amplifiers, and other equipment from that era. It was the first time that any performer has been able to use this machinery for over 80 years.

Track List

Disc 1

1. Killer Diller Blues - Alabama Shakes

2. On the Road Again - Nas

3. Candy Man - Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

4. 2 Fingers of Whiskey - Elton John and Jack White

5. The Coo Coo Bird - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

6. Like a Rose - Ashley Monroe

7. The Only Man Wilder than Me - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

8. Matrimonial Intentions - Jack White

9. One Hour Mama - Rhiannon Giddens

10. Mal Hombre - Ana Gabriel

11. El Cascabel - Los Lobos

12. Closer Walk with Thee - The Avett Brothers

13. Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods - Beck

 

Disc 2

1. Nobody’s Dirty Business - Bettye Lavette

2. St. Louis Blues - Pokey LaFarge

3. High Water Everywhere, Part 2 - Taj Mahal

4. One Mic - Nas

5. Pretty Saro - Rhiannon Giddens

6. Jubilee - Ashley Monroe and The Americans

7. Tous les Matins - Lost Bayou Ramblers

8. When I Woke Up this Morning - Bettye Lavette

9. If the River was Whiskey - Frank Fairfield

10. Stealin’ Stealin’ - Raphael Saadiq

11. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel - The Avett Brothers

12. Sail Away Ladies - The Americans

13. Tomi Tomi - The Hawaiians

14. Last Kind Words - Christine Pizzuti

15. Come On in My Kitchen - Stephen Stills

16. Mama’s Angel Child - Jack White

17. Josephine - Pokey LaFarge

18. Hilo Hanakahi - The Hawaiians

19. Old Fashioned Love - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

 

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