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American Epic: Music From the American Epic Sessions - Various Artists

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The American Epic historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music. In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone.

Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the first time America heard itself.

American Epic: The Sessions is the triple vinyl soundtrack to The American Epic Sessions directed by Bernard MacMahon. In The American Epic Sessions, the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by some of today's greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.

Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this "catching lightning in a bottle." All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on the soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

American Epic - The Sessions features: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

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LP1
  1. Killer Diller Blues by Alabama Shakes
  2. On the Road Again by Nas
  3. Candy Man by Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton
  4. 2 Fingers of Whiskey by Elton John and Jack White
  5. The Coo Coo Bird by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
  6. Like a Rose by Ashley Monroe
  7. The Only Man Wilder than Me by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  8. Matrimonial Intentions by Jack White
  9. One Hour Mama by Rhiannon Giddens
  10. Mal Hombre by Ana Gabriel
  11. El Cascabel by Los Lobos
LP2
  1. Closer Walk with Thee by The Avett Brothers
  2. Fourteen Rivers,Fourteen Floods by Beck
  3. Nobody's Dirty Business by Bettye Lavette
  4. St. Louis Blues by Pokey LaFarge
  5. High Water Everywhere, Part 2 by Taj Mahal
  6. One Mic by Nas
  7. Pretty Saro by Rhiannon Giddens
  8. Jubilee by Ashley Monroe and The Americans
  9. Tous les Matins by Lost Bayou Ramblers
  10. When I Woke Up this Morning by Bettye Lavette
  11. If the River was Whiskey by Frank Fairfield
LP3
  1. Stealin' Stealin' by Raphael Saadiq
  2. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel by The Avett Brothers
  3. Sail Away Ladies by The Americans
  4. Tomi Tomi by The Hawaiians
  5. Last Kind Words by Christine Pizzuti
  6. Come On in My Kitchen by Stephen Stills
  7. Mama's Angel Child by Jack White
  8. Josephine by Pokey LaFarge
  9. Hilo Hanakahi by The Hawaiians
  10. Old Fashioned Love by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

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