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Smithsonian Folkways Mission

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we seek to strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Our mission is the legacy of HYPERLINK "http://folklife.si.edu/center/legacy/asch.aspx"/t "_blank" who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

Smithsonian Folkways History

Folkways Records & Service Co. was incorporated in 1948 in New York City by Moses Asch (1905-1986) and Marian Distler (1919-1964). Under Asch's enthusiastic and dedicated direction, Folkways sought to record and document the entire world of sound. Between 1948 and Asch's death, Folkways' tiny staff released 2,168 albums. Topics included traditional, ethnic, and contemporary music from around the world; poetry, spoken word, and instructional recordings in numerous languages; and documentary recordings of individuals, communities, current events, and natural sounds.

As one of the first record companies to offer albums of "world music," and as an early exponent of the singers and songwriters who formed the core of the American folk music revival (including such giants as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Lead Belly), Asch's Folkways grew to become one of the most influential record companies in the world.

Following Asch's death, in 1987 the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington D.C. acquired Folkways Recordings and the label's business papers and files to ensure that the sounds and genius of its artists would continue to be available to future generations.

As a condition of the acquisition, the Smithsonian agreed that virtually all of the firm's 2,168 titles would remain "in print" forever a condition that Smithsonian Folkways continues to honor through its custom order service. Whether it sells 8,000 copies each year or only one copy every five years, every Folkways title remains available for purchase.

In the years since 1987, Smithsonian Folkways has continued to expand on Asch's legacy, adding several other record labels to the collections and releasing over 300 new recordings that document and celebrate the sounds of the world around us.

 

 

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Various - Jamaican Cult Music (FE4461) (CD-R) CD Jamaican Cult Music/Various Artists
Review: The year 1862 brought a wave of Baptist missionaries to Jamaica, thus beginning the Great Revival. In a melding of fundamentalist Christian practices with African religious and magical beliefs, Revival Zion shepherds (ministers) led followers in a musical "laboring in the spirit." Of special note in these recordings is the audible trumping, or the "trampling" of evil spirits to a rhythmic foot-stamping, which is accompanied by a heavy rhythmic breathing (hyperventilation) that often leads to possession. In sharp contrast, this compilation also includes recordings of hymns that hit West Kingston in the 1930s emergence of Rastafarianism, another religious cult that sees itself in part as a counter to Revivalist cults, as well as the secular kumina drumming and junkanoo music.
Release Year: 1954
Catalog Number: FE4461
Credits:Produced by George Eaton Simpson Recorded by George Eaton Simpson Design by Ronald Clyne8
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Louise Bennett - Jamaican Folk Songs (FE6846) (CD-R) CD Jamaican Folk Songs/Louise Bennett
Review: Jamaican singer and folklorist Louise Bennett sings Jamaican folk songs, work songs, dancing songs and banana-boat-loading songs. Amongst these songs are parables, cautionary tales and opportunities for poking fun, all for having fun.
Release Year: 1954
Catalog Number: FE6846
Credits:Artist Louise Bennett Design by Ronald Clyne
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Various - Folk Music of Jamaica (FE4453) (CD-R) CD Folk Music of Jamaica/Various Artists
Review: This compilation provides a glimpse into the secular and religious musics of Jamaica. Work songs sung to occupy and energize manual laborers are placed side by side with "ring play" which consists of spontaneous song-games played in a circle in the moonlight, sometimes during wakes Christian cult music of Revival Zion and Pocomania is juxtaposed with "Afro" magico-religious cult music kumina.
Release Year: 1956
Catalog Number: FE4453
Credits:Recorded by Edward P.G. Seaga Produced by Edward P.G. Seaga Design by Ronald Clyne
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Louise Bennett - Children's Jamaican Songs and Games (FC07250) (CD-R) CD Children's Jamaican Songs and Games/Louise Bennett
Review: Louise Bennett leads irresistible ring games that have been the favorites of Jamaican children across generations. Many songs retain a specifically African or British flavor.
Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: FC7250
Credits:Artist Louise Bennett
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Various - Bongo, Backra & Coolie: Jamaican Roots, Vol. 1 (FE4231) (CD-R) CD Bongo, Backra & Coolie: Jamaican Roots, Vol. 1/Various Artists
Review: Jamaican folk music blends African, European and East Indian (in dialect: Bongo, Backra and Coolie) roots into something distinctly Jamaican. Kumina, a magico-religious cult of predominantly rural peasantry, includes invocation of and possession by gods and ancestral spirits aided by songs and drumbeats. Convince, another magico-religious cult that likely originated among the Maroons of the Blue Mountains, differs from kumina on two basic accounts: ghosts called "duppies" rather than gods do the possessing and convince music never uses drums. Yet, kumina and convince share similar lineage from African cultural practices. Also sampled here are examples of "Hindustani" music intended for dancing. These selections use the tabla drum, the "Indian fiddle" (a bowed three-stringed instrument) and a nasal vocal tone. Volume Two (FW04232) continues with Zion Revival, quadrille bands and fife and drum music.
Release Year: 1975
Catalog Number: FE4231
Credits:Produced by Kenneth M. Bilby Recorded by Kenneth M. Bilby Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2380 ¥2020 (US$18.55)
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Various - Bongo, Backra & Coolie: Jamaican Roots, Vol. 2 (FE04232) (CD-R) CD Bongo, Backra & Coolie: Jamaican Roots, Vol. 2/Various Artists
Review: Jamaican folk music blends African, European and East Indian (in dialect: Bongo, Backra and Coolie) roots into something distinctly Jamaican. Revival Zion, an Afro-Christian religious cult influenced by the early 19th century Myal cults and American missionaries (largely Baptist), involves possession led by a body of music comprised of Christian hymns, choruses, bands choruses and blowing tunes. Possession is uniquely defined by a heavy rhythmic breathing often called "trumping" this practice is clearly audible on this recording. Quadrille ("katreel") music hearkens back to the colonial era when slaves learned European dance forms for the entertainment of the Europeans, but it quickly became a fully appropriated fiddle music for the entertainment of the non-Europeans following the fall of slavery. On these recordings, the instrumentation includes bamboo fife, guitars and four-string banjo. Fife and drum music is often associated with junkanoo festivities surrounding the Christmas season that involves energetic dancing intended for "jollification." Volume One (FW04231) includes music of kumina and convince cults and "Hindustani" dance music.
Release Year: 1975
Catalog Number: FE04232
Credits:Produced by Kenneth M. Bilby ; Recorded by Kenneth M. Bilby Design by Ronald Clyne
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Horace Johnson - Calypso Rock Songs of Jamaica (FTS31308) (CD-R) CD Calypso Rock Songs of Jamaica/Horace Johnson
Review: 1
Release Year: 1978
Catalog Number: FTS31308
Credits:Artist Horace Johnson Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2380 ¥2023 (US$18.57)
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Various - John Crow Say..: Jamaican Music of Faith, Work and Play (FE4228) (CD-R) CD John Crow Say..: Jamaican Music of Faith, Work and Play/Various Artists
Review: Rounds or cannons or quadrilles, European church harmony or familiar hymn melodies—these are testaments to the British contribution to Jamaican culture. African call-and-response patterns, a particular and signifying humor, and Anansi (trickster) stories speak to the African input. But listening will tell you that the cultural voice is truly unique to Jamaica.
Release Year: 1981
Catalog Number: FE4228
Credits:Produced by George Eaton Simpson Recorded by George Eaton Simpson Design by Ronald Clyne8
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Various - Drums of Defiance: Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of Jamaica (SFCD40412) CD Drums of Defiance: Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of Jamaica/Various Artists
Review: Featuring complex, West African influenced drumming and dancing, this little-known rural tradition is at the heart of modern, politically charged reggae music. The conviction heard here reveals a long history of struggle. During the 17th and 18th centuries, some of the Africans brought to Jamaica as slaves escaped to the mountains. There they settled, and over time, they became known as "Maroons." Today, four major Maroon colonies still exist in Jamaica's rugged western Cockpit Country and in the eastern Blue Mountains. Some selections on this recording were previously issued in 1981 on Folkways 4027. "..[A]n aural kaleidoscope, presenting small glimpses into the colorful world of the Maroon music of Jamaica." - Sing Out
Release Year: 1992
Catalog Number: SFW40412
Credits:Design by Carol Hardy; Photography by Kenneth Bilby; Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow, Springfield, VA ; Compiled by Kenneth Bilby; Notes Edited by Kenneth Bilby ; Liner Notes by Kenneth Bilby ; Recorded by Kenneth Bilby ; Produced by Kenneth M. Bilby ; Field Worker Kenneth M. Bilby
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Various - B.W.I. (British West Indies) Songs (FW8809) (CD-R) CD B.W.I./Various Artists
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Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: FW8809
Credits:Cover artwork by Irwin Rosenhouse
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Various - Caribbean Folk Music, Vol. 1 (FE4533) (CD-R) CD Caribbean Folk Music, Vol. 1/Various Artists
Review: Whether purely instrumental or with a chorus, each of these recordings manages to capture the spirit of the English, Spanish, and French speaking Caribbean. Many of the recordings are of dance music as music and dance are commonly linked in Caribbean cultures. Representing fifteen countries this collection speaks to the vibrant nature of the West Indies where even a song like "Nous Allons Dodo" or "We're Going to Sleep" is anything short of a lullaby.
Release Year: 1960
Catalog Number: FE4533
Credits:Produced by Harold Courlander
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Various - Caribbean Songs and Games for Children (FC07856) (CD-R) CD Caribbean Songs and Games for Children/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1978
Catalog Number: FC07856
Credits:Design by Ronald Clyne
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Various - African and Afro-American Drums (FE04502) (CD-R) CD African and Afro-American Drums/Various Artists
Review: African and Afro-American Drums is an examination of African drumming and its influence on the music of the Americas. Representing eight countries in the American continents, Harold Courlander has compiled an anthology of drum music from three continents and explores its various uses as well as chronicles the evolution of drum music. Extensive liner notes accompany this album and include a transcription of Haitian Juba Dance drums by George Herzog.
Release Year: 1954
Catalog Number: FE04502
Credits:Produced by Harold Courlander; Cover artwork by Irwin Rosenhouse
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Various - Music Of The World's Peoples: Vol. 5 (FE4508) (CD-R) CD Music of the World's Peoples: Vol. 5/Various Artists
Review: Singing, chanting and playing instruments-music is a human activity that often draws a community together. Musicians from Haiti, Poland, Burma, Fiji and Scotland share their ways of making a joyful noise on this final volume in the Music of the World's Peoples collection. (See also FW04504, FW04505, FW04506 and FW04507.)
Release Year: 1961
Catalog Number: FE4508
Credits:Produced by Henry Cowell; Design by Ronald Clyne
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Various - Toward World Understanding with Song (FD5720) (2CD-R) CD Toward World Understanding with Song/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1966
Catalog Number: FD5720
Credits:Produced by V,V,R. Nye
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Various - Roots of Black Music in America (FD2694) (2CD-R) CD Roots of Black Music in America/Various Artists
Review: This two volume-collection, is a survey of instrumental and vocal music from African cultures as well as from African American musicians in the southern United States. Producer Samuel Charters created the album with the intent to provide musical examples from "two worlds" through traditional offerings of African tribal music, cultural roots that were forcefully suppressed during the period of slavery in America, and African American music evocative of the influence of its predecessors. 41 songs, 1.3 hours, with liner notes featuring an introduction by Samuel Charters, descriptions of songs, and examples of archival documents describing early African music and black music in the southern United States.
Release Year: 1972
Catalog Number: FD2694
Credits:Produced by Samuel Barclay Charters; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2150 ¥1580 (US$14.51)
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Various - Black Music of Two Worlds (FE04602) (2CD-R) CD Black Music of Two Worlds/Various Artists
Review: The subject of this album is the meeting of three musical traditions-African, Arab, and European-to create a fourth tradition of great richness and international impact, that of the Black New World. It is hardly surprising that Afro-American music is so rich. It draws form three major European sources-English, French, and Iberian (Spanish and Portuguese)-as well as several western African traditions..." John Storm Roberts "El objeto de este álbum es analizar el encuentro de tres tradiciones musicales, la africana, la árabe y la europea, para crear una cuarta tradición de gran riqueza e impacto internacional, la cultura negra del Nuevo Mundo. En realidad, no es sorprendente que la música afro-americana sea tan rica como lo es, ya que proviene de tres importantes fuentes europeas, Inglaterra, Francia y la península Ibérica, así como de varias tradiciones del oeste africano..." John Storm Roberts
Release Year: 1977
Catalog Number: FE04602
Credits:Produced by John Storm Roberts; Recorded by John Storm Roberts; Design by Ronald Clyne
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Various - Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection (SF CD 40471) CD Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection/Various Artists
Review: This is a compilation of Folkways recordings. Please see the abstract field for each track for a citation to the source recording from which it came.
Release Year: 1997
Catalog Number: SFW40471
Credits:Mastered by Charlie Pilzer, Airshow, Springfield, VA; Design by Visual Dialogue, Boston, MA; Compiled by Anthony Seeger; Notes Edited by Anthony Seeger; Liner Notes by Anthony Seeger; Produced by Anthony Seeger
¥1580 ¥1180 (US$10.83)
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Emory Cook Collection

Emory Cook (1913-2002) was an audio engineer and inventor who used his Sounds of our Times and Cook Laboratories record labels to demonstrate his philosophy about sound, his recording equipment, and his manufacturing techniques. From 1952 to 1966 Cook recorded, manufactured, and distributed some of the highest quality audio recordings in the world. The 140 titles on Cook Records include European and American concert music, U.S. and Caribbean popular and traditional music, as well as mechanical and natural sounds. Emory and Martha Cook donated their record company, master tapes, patents, and papers to the Smithsonian Institution in 1990.

Biography

Emory Cook (1913-2002) is widely regarded as one of the top audio engineers of all time. Born and raised in Albany, New York, he joined the Army Air Cops in 1932. After his discharge in 1934 he obtained his degree from Cornell University and began working for Western Electric in the Audio Engineering Force. During World War II, while still at Western Electric, Cook supervised the creation of a fire-controlled radar “Trainer," for which he received a Commendation from the Service.

In the late 1940's, convinced he could do better than what was on the market, Cook began experimenting with making his own audio equipment. Cook Laboratories was started in 1945 when he developed a new cutting head to be used in record production. Future development of equipment brought about the discovery that he could record frequencies as high as 20,000 hertz, more than any other recording company at the time. He cut a record of piano and organ music to demonstrate this discovery, and took it to the 1949 Audio Fair in New Yonkers. When he demonstrated the record with the hopes to sell the recording equipment, he found that people were much more interested in buying the record itself. Shortly after, Sounds of Our Times, later called Cook Records, was born.

Cook Records collected many different sounds and was mostly aimed at the devoted high-fidelity listener. Cook believed that hearing was a sense often overlooked by people, and he wanted listeners of his albums to be able to hear things they might otherwise miss. In a New Yorker profile by Daniel Lang in 1956, Cook claimed that hearing was “always being kicked aside in favor of sight… There's a time and a place for everything, and that includes sound." In order to encourage listening, he put out many albums full of everyday sounds, such as Voice of the Sea, an album of noises of the ocean and Eye of the Storm, recorded during a thunderstorm. One of the most successful albums was Rail Dynamics, an album of steam trains pulling in and out of a station.

Cook Records also produced traditional music albums from its plant in Stamford, Connecticut. The label produced everything from organ music to folk, flamenco guitar, calypso and steel band. Cook had little interest in name musicians and instead searched high and low for anything he thought might be an interesting contribution to his label. He even invited listeners to send in their favorite sounds, some of which he eventually recorded.

Cook had such a large interest in Calypso music that he set up a second pressing plant in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. There he pressed calypso and steel band music for both a Trinidadian and American audience, and most albums sold well in both countries.

In addition to the wide range of music Cook recorded, he was also an inventor. It was Cook who first came up with the idea of pressing records with powdered rather than solid vinyl, a technique he dubbed “microfusion." This technique not only saved money, but cut out many of the traditional crackles and pops associated with records.

He also developed the binaural system of recording and playing records, which he thought was superior to the more commonly used stereo method. Binaural was more precise than stereo, and it required placing two microphones six inches apart, approximately the space between two ears, during the recording. It was then played back with a special two-needle playing arm. Binaural recordings were thought by Cook to best duplicate the original sound.

Emory Cook died at the age of 89 after a long hospitalization.

 

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Various - Caribeana (COOK05003) (CD-R) CD Caribeana/Various Artists
Review: Lebanese oud (a small string instrument) in Port-au-Prince? Bagpipes in Vera Cruz? That's just what Emory Cook found on his travels throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. None of these musics necessarily represent a dominant culture where he found them, but each appears seamlessly to incorporate practices traditional to the instrument and to the majority culture of whichever adopted homeland. As a result of the fusion of styles, each musical genre gains a unique flavor.
Release Year: 1949
Catalog Number: COOK05003
Credits: Recorded by Sam Eskin
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Various - Calypso Lore and Legend (COOK5016) (CD-R) CD Calypso Lore and Legend/Various Artists
Review: 71-year old Chinee Patrick Jones, one of the most famous old-time Calypsonians to pass through Port of Spain, tells stories from his singing days and sings old tunes. As Jones reminisces, Carnival 1956 rages throughout the city, and this recording offers the chance to sample tunes from the calypso tent. Also featured is the music of an early string band from Santa Cruz led by flutist Poposit.
Release Year: 1956
Catalog Number: COOK05016
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook
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Various - Castilianne (COOK10890) (CD-R) CD Castilianne/Various Artists
Review: Start with a suave terra séca, a sensual Brazilian lament and follow with a battery of easily danceable Venezuelan waltzes called castilianne that are actually derived from the joropo (a waltz-like musical genre and dance that blends African and European influences). These ultra-smooth, predominantly instrumental, tunes are deceptively complex in their use of cross-rhythms and creole mix of Brazilian, Venezuelan, Portuguese, French, Indonesian, Africans and Spanish elements. This recording features bands led by Johnny Gomez and John Buddy Williams, the Grand Curucaye String Orchestra of Trinidad and the Girl Pat Oildrum Orchestra.
Release Year: 1956
Catalog Number: COOK10890
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook
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Various - Dance Calypso (COOK1180) (CD-R) CD Dance Calypso/Various Artists
Review: According to the liner notes, "Calypso is...a humor-coated pellet of uncamouflaged truth...taking the opportunity of saying something to somebody in song that you couldn't say in polite society...the dummy for a singing ventriloquist." Whether or not this is an apt description, this compilation brings together some of the best calypsonians from Trinidad and Antigua: Johnny Gomez and Orchestra, Small Island Pride and Herbert Howard with the Brute Force Steelband, as well as Lord Cristo and Dictator. (Also check out SWF40453 Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection.)
Release Year: 1956
Catalog Number: COOK01180
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook ; Cover photo by Cook
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Various - Drums of Trinidad (COOK1045) (CD-R) CD Drums of Trinidad/Various Artists
Review: This recording of hand drumming from Port of Spain demonstrates African-derived rhythms performed in Trinidad and the broader Caribbean region, including the nation, koromanti, manding, halicord, congo and calinda rhythms.
Release Year: 1956
Catalog Number: COOK01045
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook; Cover photo by Cook
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Various - Calypso Cross Section (COOK916) (CD-R) CD Calypso Cross Section/Various Artists
Review: Juxtaposing the musical talents of vocalists Bomber, Wrangler, Killer and Small Island Pride, the art of the 1950s Trinidadian calypso resonates on this recording. These witty songs provide a lesson in picong, the game of teasing intrinsic to the genre, from these crowned Calypso Kings.
Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: COOK00916
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Various - Calypso Kings and Pink Gin (COOK1185) (CD-R) CD Calypso Kings and Pink Gin/Various Artists
Review: In a tent somewhere in Port of Spain, calypso kings of past years gather to exchange extemporaneous lyrical insults, just like a game of ping pong. The result is highly amusing, highly enlightening and highly creative. Those assembled include legendary rivals Lord Melody and Mighty Sparrow, besides King Fighter, King Solomon and Nat-Hepburn with the March of Dimes Quartet. (Be sure to listen to SWF40453 Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection.)
Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: COOK 1185
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook
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Various - Dirty Jazz From Down South (COOK01188) (CD-R) CD Dirty Jazz From Down South/Various Artists
Review: A mix of upbeat instrumental jazz, heavy on the saxophones, horns, drums. In this case,"Down South" refers to the Caribbean, with most of these ensembles (Cyril Diaz, Johnny Gomez, Lorna Pierre and others) hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. All were involved in calypso playing, which is reflected in the lively dance tunes they perform for this recording, although the Conrad Jones' Ensemble's musical contribution includes the swing standard "All of Me."
Release Year: 1958
Catalog Number: COOK01188
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook
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Lord Melody - Caribbean Limbo Music (CK01280) (CD-R) CD Caribbean Limbo Music/Lord Melody
Review: How low can you go? Chances are, you’ll laugh (or at least giggle) before you reach your limit. These largely instrumental pieces with limbo-appropriate rhythms are interspersed with brief humorous dialogues.
Release Year: 1959
Catalog Number: COOK01280
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook; Artist Lord Melody
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Mighty Sparrow - King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival (CK00920) (CD-R) CD King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival/The Mighty Sparrow
Review: Calypso King Mighty Sparrow (née Slinger Francisco) is known for provocative and often bawdy lyrics, at one point describing rival Lord Melody's face as "ugly...like a crocodile." Beyond this professional rivalry, Sparrow jokes about politics ("I am very sorry for the poor little puppy in the Russian Satellite [Sputnik]") and women ("darling, you are the one I love, you are my turtle dove"). Three songs from this recording were reissued in 2000 on Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection (SFW40453): "Teresa," Reply to Melody" and "Paye."
Release Year: 1959
Catalog Number: COOK00920
Credits: Artist Sparrow
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Various - Calypso Atrocities (COOK1123) (CD-R) CD Calypso Atrocities/Various Artists
Review: Saucy, ballsy, outspoken, yes, but not exactly an "atrocity." Pay close attention to these calypso lyrics by Small Island Pride and Mighty Cypher.
Release Year: 1959
Catalog Number: COOK01123
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Various - Calypso Jamaica (Cook1125) (CD-R) CD Calypso Jamaica/Various Artists
Review: This is not the glossy, occasionally dross calypso that entertains tourists or wins Calypso King competitions. It is more rustic in flavor, speaks more to non-urban audiences and is accompanied only by guitar, banjo and marimba. There's a bit of magic here that your average "Tourist Joe" wouldn't get to see.
Release Year: 1960
Catalog Number: COOK01125
Credits: Recorded by Ted Merolla
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Various - Hellish Calypso (COOK1122) (CD-R) CD Hellish Calypso/Various Artists
Review: Why "Hellish" The liner notes explain that it's in part because of the very apparent "pear-shaped atrocities" a listener hears in out-of-tune melodies and unintelligible lyrics. But this is a "basic misconception" of what makes good music. While calypso orchestras can play on "true pitch," they often choose not to because love and politics are "targets for the jeering crossfire of calypso" and the musicians are "laughing while playing" or disguising "unspeakable lyrics into the mouthpieces of the horns they blow." Incidentally, the tuning isn't so bad, and the lyrics, while pointed, are quite easily understood. With song titles like "They Ballin Me Name" and "Donkey Must Wear Pants" sung by King Fighter, Wrangler and Viper, this is a must-hear.
Release Year: 1962
Catalog Number: COOK01122
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Various - Voice of the Storm (COOK01077) (CD-R) CD Voice of the Storm/Various Artists
Review: Emory Cook braved "tempest-torn mountaintops,...the raging edge of the sea and...tropical downpours" to collect the natural sounds of thunder, rain and wind, as well as the sounds of wildlife anticipating a storm. He recorded this selection during the height of America's fascination with high fidelity recording of natural and manmade sounds.
Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: COOK01077
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook
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Various - Sound Effects Volume 1 (COOK10001) (CD-R) CD Sound Effects Volume 1/Various Artists
Review: Cook Laboratories promises authentic, real sound effects recorded on-location for superior sound quality. From this first volume, you can choose between the warm-up and take-off sequence for jet aircraft or propeller aircraft, horse and carriage or two-cycle old fashioned gas engine, and crows cawing or a baby wailing. There are more Sound Effects in Volumes 2 and 3 (COOK10002, COOK10003).
Release Year: 
Catalog Number: COOK10001
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Various - Cook's Tour of High Fidelity (COOK01079) (CD-R) CD Cook's Tour of High Fidelity/Various Artists
Review: Emory Cook gives listeners a tour of high fidelity recording, demonstrating techniques that enhance the sound quality and using musical performances, orations and sound effects to make his points.
Release Year: 1965
Catalog Number: COOK01079
Credits: Recorded by Emory Cook
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Various - Real Calypso: 1927-1946 (RBF013) (CD-R) CD The Real Calypso/Various Artists
Review: This compilation is an introduction to the golden age of calypso and to some of its greatest exponents. The genre is known for its incisive social commentary, and the songs on this album retain the spirit and irreverence of calypso at home in Trinidad and Tobago.
Release Year: 1966
Catalog Number: RBF013
Credits: Design by Ronald Clyne
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Various - Real Calypso, Vol. 2: Out the Fire: Calypso Songs of Social Commentary and Love Troubles (RE04) CD Real Calypso, Vol. 2:/Various Artists
Review: According to the original liner notes, this selection of 1930s Trinidadian calypso is "colorful and exuberant and richly expressive and often hilariously funny." From tales of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie to dancer Bojangles Robinson's "million dollar feet," these songs offer social commentary through calypso's inimitable raffish rhymes.
Release Year: 1981
Catalog Number: RE04
Credits: Cover photo by Samuel Charters
¥1880 ¥1380 (US$12.67)
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Various - Folk Music of the Western Congo (FW04427) (CD-R) CD Folk Music of the Western Congo/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1952
Catalog Number: FW04427
Credits: Produced by Harold Courlander; Produced by Leo A. Verwilghen; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2480 ¥2180 (US$20.02)
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Moshe Sephula - Bantu High Life (FW08857) (CD-R) CD Bantu High Life/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1967
Catalog Number: FW08857
Credits: Artist Moshe Sephula; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥1680 ¥899 (US$8.25)
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Various - Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana (FW08858) (CD-R) CD Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1976
Catalog Number: FW08858
Credits: Recorded by John Tanson; Cover photo by John Tanson; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2380 ¥1900 (US$17.45)
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Various - Music of the Ashanti of Ghana (FW04240) (CD-R) CD Music of the Ashanti of Ghana/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1979
Catalog Number: FW04240
Credits: Recorded by David Moises Perez Martinez; Recorded by Verna Gillis; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥1680 ¥899 (US$8.25)
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Various - Traditional Women's Music from Ghana: Ewe, Fanti, Ashanti, and Dagomba (FW04257) (CD-R) CD Traditional Women's Music from Ghana: Ewe, Fanti, Ashanti, and Dagomba/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1981
Catalog Number: FW04257
Credits: Recorded by Verna Gillis ; Produced by Verna Gillis ; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥1680 ¥899 (US$8.25)
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Various - Drums of the Yoruba of Nigeria (FW04441) (CD-R) CD Drums of the Yoruba of Nigeria/Various Artists
Review: This collection of Nigerian drum music demonstrates the rich textures of the three-legged sacred Igbin drums which one plays with hands and sticks, the Dundun or pressure drum which plays not only rhythm but melody, and the two-toned Bata drums which are unique to the Yoruba people.
Release Year: 1953
Catalog Number: FW04441
Credits: ecorded by William Russell Bascom ; Produced by William Russell Bascom ; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2480 ¥2180 (US$20.02)
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Various - Africa South of the Sahara (2CD) (FW04503) (CD-R) CD Africa South of the Sahara/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: FW04503
Credits: Produced by Harold Courlander; Produced by Alan P. Merriam; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2150 ¥1100 (US$10.10)
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Various - Yoruba Bata Drums: Elewe Music and Dance (FW04294) (CD-R) CD Yoruba Bata Drums: Elewe Music and Dance/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1980
Catalog Number: FW04294
Credits: Recorded by G. Odukwe Sackeyfio; Produced by G. Odukwe Sackeyfio; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥2380 ¥2180 (US$20.02)
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Various - Negro Folk Music of Africa and America (FW04500) (CD-R) CD Negro Folk Music of Africa and America/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1951
Catalog Number: FW04500
Credits: Produced by Harold Courlander; Produced by Dick Waterman; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥1680 ¥899 (US$8.25)
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Various - African Music (FW08852) (CD-R) CD African Music/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1957
Catalog Number: FW08852
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¥2480 ¥2180 (US$20.02)
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Alhaji Garba Leao - Alhaji Garbo Leao and His Goge Music (FW08860) (CD-R) CD Alhaji Garbo Leao and His Goge Music/Various Artists
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Release Year: 1976
Catalog Number: FW08860
Credits: Artist Alhaji Garba Leo; Recorded by Randall F. Grass; Design by Ronald Clyne
¥1680 ¥1280 (US$11.75)
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Various - Music Of Cuba (FE04064) (CD-R) CD Music Of Cuba /Various Artists
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Release Year: 1985
Catalog Number: FE04064
Credits: Produced by John Santos; Recorded by Verna Gillis; Produced by Verna Gillis; Cover photo by Brad Graves; Cover artwork by Juan Raymat
¥1880 ¥1380 (US$12.67)
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Various - Carnival in Cuba (FE04065) (CD-R) CD Carnaval in Cuba/Various Artists
Review: 
Release Year: 1981
Catalog Number: FE04065
Credits: Produced by Andrew Schloss; Recorded by Andrew Schloss; Design by Ronald Clyne; Cover photo by Andrew Schloss
¥2380 ¥1780 (US$16.34)
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Che Guevara - Che Guevara Speaks (P01017) (CD-R) CD Che Guevara Speaks/Che Guevara
Review: 'Revolutionaries are not normal people': an understatement in relation to Ernesto Che Guevara. Physician, brilliant intellect, competent soldier, charismatic leader, developed-and eventually creative-Marxist economist, always a man able to capture the spirit of an experience in his own being, Che remains one of the four or five greatest revolutionaries in modern history…
Release Year: 1973
Catalog Number: P01017
Credits: Produced by Barbara Dane; Artist Ernesto Guevara; Design by Ronald Clyne; Cover photo by Arbolito
¥1680 ¥1280 (US$11.75)
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Fidel Castro - Historic Second Declaration Of Havana: Feb. 4, 1962 (P01013) (2CD-R) CD The Historic Second Declaration Of Havana: Feb. 4, 1962/Fidel Castro
Review: "When this document was delivered to the world by Fidel Castro and the people of revolutionary Cuba, it was February 4, 1962, ‘Year of Planning." Cuba, through the manipulations of the United States, had just been expelled from the Organization of American States at the Punta del Este Conference. This confrontation had underscored three major crises which had been coming to a head on three separate fronts..." "Cuando este documento fue entregado al mundo por Fidel Castro y el pueblo de la Cuba revolucionaria, era el 4 de febrero de 1962, el ‘Año de la Planeación." Cuba, a través de las manipulaciones de Estados Unidos, había acabado de ser expulsada de la Organización de Estados Americanos en la Conferencia de Punta del Este. Esta confrontación dejó al descubierto tres grandes controversias que han venido gestándose en tres diferentes frentes..."
Release Year: 1973
Catalog Number: P01013
Credits: Artist Fidel Castro; Design by Ronald Clyne ; Cover photo by Plaza de la revolucion
¥2980 ¥2580 (US$23.69)
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Various - Anthems of All Nations, Vol. 1 & 2 (FS03881) (CD-R) CD Anthems of All Nations, Vol. 1 & 2/Various Artists
Review: These aren't really all of the national anthems out there, but you do get to hear a sampling, from Belgium to Turkey, Mexico to Japan. Liner notes provide background and lyrics.
Release Year: 1956
Catalog Number: FS03881
Credits: Produced by Michael J. Schwartzman
¥1880 ¥1380 (US$12.67)
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