Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four – CD


Two CDs housed in a 96-page artisans printed book, 2000.

In conjunction with the Harry Smith Archives, Revenant Records presents Smith’s “secret volume” in its intended song sequence, including tracks by the Monroe Bros., Carter Family, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Lead Belly, Uncle Dave Macon and Sleepy John Estes. Featuring the first in-depth narrative on Smith and his work, with essays by Harry’s friend Ed Sanders (the Fugs), John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers), John Fahey, Dick Spottswood and Greil Marcus, and previously unpublished photos, including a teenage Harry Smith engineering some of his earliest field recordings, Volume Four went unissued for almost 50 years although it was compiled by Harry Smith contemporaneously with the first three volumes.