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The three albums Poetry For The Beat Generation, with pianist Steve Allen; Blues And Haikus, with Zoot Sims and Al Cohn; Readings By Jack Kerouac. Plus an LP compiling out-takes, a college lecture, a TV appearance.

The legendary field recordings made by Alan Lomax (and Shirley Collins), released by Atlantic Records in 1959. Quality vinyl, in a deluxe multiple sleeve, with a twenty-four page booklet.

John Lomax was on a Library of Congress field trip in 1940 when he saw McTell busking in the car-park of the Atlanta Pig ‘n Whistle BBQ. The great man got a buck for this session. (Check the monologues).

Rare cuts for Regal Records in Atlanta in 1950, also featuring guitarist Curley Williams. This is the first time that many of these tracks have ever been issued on vinyl.

Recorded in Baton Rouge in 1960, when Williams was on parole, out of Angola prison, labouring eighty hours a week on a work-farm.

Earth-tilting stompers from the turn of the 1940s — hit after hit, cold chill after cold chill.

His first two, chansonnier albums, from 1958 and 1959, both originally ten-inches.

With Audrey Hepburn’s original version of Moon River.

Introducing the bossa nova in 1959, the original LP plus extras. Appearing effortlessly cultured and crafted, as natural as breath.

An entertaining haul of recordings from 1948-9, when Hank was working the Louisiana Hayride — mostly the songs of other artists, and including several KWKH radio specials.

Recording for Verve in 1957, fresh back from wowing Paris, a cultured mixture of solid-gold standards and obscurities. Accompanying herself on piano, captivating as always.

An Arhoolie from 1959 — half Williams; also Hogman Maxey and Guitar Welch.

With Cecil Taylor — and Kenny Dorham, Chuck Israels and Louis Hayes — fine bebop; and a gripping struggle to keep a slippery lid on the transgressiveness to come. Also known as Drive.

One of a group of five LPs offering a complete chronological retrospective of this twentieth-century genius, from his breakthrough in 1946, till his death five years later, at 29.

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