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Arhoolie 40th Anniversary Box Set - Various Artists

CAT. #: 491

Price: $50.00

CD 491 - Grammy Winner!

This 5 Compact Disc, Grammy winning set of 106 songs, by 96 artists clocks in at over 6 hours, all recorded by our President and founder Chris Strachwitz. It comes in a large format 12 x 12 inch box. Inside, we put together a big 68 page color book, filled with over 120 photos from the Arhoolie Archives, and a 41,000 word history of Arhoolie Records by music writer Elijah Wald. Each song has it's own description detailing Chris' fascinating journey through America's musical landscape. This is 40+ years of authentic, raw, down home roots music, all in one amazing package.

CD - A: 1954 - 1965
1. San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller (previously unreleased)
2. Mercury Blues - K.C. Douglas
3. Shake Shake Mama - Mance Lipscomb
4. Cairo Blues - Lil' Son Jackson
5. Barbershop Rhythm - Wade Walton/Robert Curtis Smith
6. One Thin Dime - Butch Cage/Willie Thomas
7. Charmin' Betsy - Hodges Brothers
8. Whistlin' Alex Moore's Blues - Alex Moore
9. I Am The Black Ace - Black Ace
10. Brother James - Big Joe Williams
11. Lady Luck - Mercy Dee
12. Don't Drive Me Away - R.C. Smith
13. Zydeco Introduction - Zydeco Announcer
14. Bernadette Chere - Albert Chevalier
15. Bald Headed Woman - Lightnin' Hopkins
16. Baby Please Don't Go - James Campbell
17. Believe On Me - Rev. Louis Overstreet
18. Low Down Blues - George Lewis
19. Country Blues, The - J.E. Mainer
20. Crowley Waltz - The Hackberry Ramblers
21. She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain - Booker White (previously unreleased)
22. Ay, Ai Ai - Clifton Chenier
23. Write Me A Few Lines - Fred McDowell
24. Charlie James - Mance Lipscomb
25. Louisiana Blues - Clifton Chenier

CD - B: 1965 - 1971
1. Cindy - John Jackson
2. Little Red Rooster - Big Mama Thornton
3. La Betaille - Isom Fontenot
4. Calcasieu Waltz - Nathan Abshire
5. Almlied - Eibelsberger Duo
6. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - Del McCoury
7. In The Breeze - Jerry Hahn Quintet
8. Goin' Back To The Country - Juke Boy Bonner
9. Sometimes I Cry - Johnny Young
10. Two Bugs And A Roach - Earl Hooker
11. Dream - John Littlejohn
12. Things Gonna Get Better - Bee Houston
13. Visions - Sonny Simmons
14. I Wish I Could Sing - Bongo Joe
15. Boogieing In Strasbourg - Alex Moore
16. Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King, The - Big Joe Williams
17. Please Settle In Vietnam - Lightnin' Hopkins
18. Shake 'Em On Down - Fred McDowell/Johnny Woods
19. El Desesperado - Los Pinguinos Del Norte
20. Creole Belles - New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
21. Finger Lickin' Good - Charlie Musselwhite

CD - C: 1971 - 1979
1. Church Point Breakdown - Austin Pitre
2. Gstanzeln Aus Dem Freistriztal - Original Herberstein Trio
3. Gibson Creek Shuffle - Charles Ford Band
4. Ups And Downs - L.C. Robinson
5. You Ain't Got A Chance - Piano Red
6. Home Sweet Home - Boisec Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
7. Satan's Burning Hell - Bill Neely
8. Luzita - Narciso Martinez
9. Yo Me Enamore - Trio San Antonio
10. Borracho Perdido - Trio San Antonio
11. One Of These Mornings (I'm Checkin' Out) - J.C. Burris
12. Allons A Grand Coteau - Clifton Chenier
13. En Bas Du Chene Vert - Dewey Balfa/Marc Savoy/D.L. Menard
14. Besos Y Copas - Chavela Ortiz Y Brown Express
15. Fast Santa Fe - Robert Shaw
16. I'll See You In C-U-B-A - Any Old Time String Band
17. El Balaju - Conjunto Alma Jarocha
18. La Gata - Los Caporales De Panuco
19. Beym Rebas Sude - The Klezmorim
20. J'ai Laisse De La Maison - Cheese Read
21. Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio - Don Santiago Jimenez Sr.
22. Mi Problema - Lydia Mendoza

CD - D: 1979 - 1991
1. Gritenme Piedras Del Campo - Flaco Jimenez
2. Co-Fe - John Delafose
3. Single Girl - Rose Maddox
4. Bec De La Manche - Canray Fontenot
5. Bosco Stomp - Octa Clark/Hector Duhon
6. Negra Ausencia - Santiago Jimenez Jr.
7. La Chanson De Cinquante Sous - Michael Doucet Dit BeauSoleil (previously unreleased)
8. Shake What You Got - Preston Frank
9. Little Black Eyes - Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band
10. Chill Of A Saturday Afternoon, The - Wade Fruge
11. Jolie Blonde - Chuck Guillory
12. Here To Stay - Rebirth Brass Band
13. I Know That's Right - Katie Webster
14. I've Been There - Lawrence Ardoin
15. Mentiste Cuando Dijiste - Flaco Jimenez
16. Aguililla - Los Campesinos De Michoacan
17. La Reine De La Salle - Odile Falcon
18. Chanson De La Sagesse - Michael Doucet
19. Hot Chili Mama - BeauSoleil
20. Check Out The Zydeco - C.J. Chenier
21. El Canoero - Valerio Longoria
22. Corrido Del Mono - Los Gavilanes De Oakland
23. San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town - Omar Sharriff

CD - E: 1992 - 2000
1. Mother - Paramount Gospel Singers
2. Gumagarugu - Chatuye
3. Khandan-E Amaturi III - Aziz Herawi
4. A Ti, Colombia - Ivan Cuesta
5. Food Stamp Blues - Treme Brass Band
6. Ain't It A Shame - Elder Roma Wilson
7. J'ai Ete Au Bal - Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band
8. La Mal Sentada - Los Cenzontles
9. Falling For You - Rose Maddox
10. Los Traficantes Del Bravo - Los Palomares Del Bravo (previously unreleased)
11. Jesus Will Fix It For You - Sonny Treadway
12. Medved Na Lancu - Csokolom
13. Jale Griego - Jose Moreno
14. El Corrido De Esequiel Hernandez - Santiago Jimenez, Jr.
15. What's His Name - Jesus! - The Campbell Brothers
16. Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Aubrey Ghent

Just some of the REVIEWS


“...astonishing...It's all here, blues, country, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and the latest Arhoolie discovery, sacred steel, gospel music played on the pedal steel guitar. It's an amazing journey, and an amazing document. Plus, you can dance to it.”

(Ed Ward — The New York Times)

“...it is a tribute to [Chris Strachwitz] that he continues to have the energy and ear to find great talent, as well as the commitment to share it with us...

...[the artists] poured themselves into the recordings with a passion that was frequently magical. The performances capture the thrill of simply being able to share your musical gift. Once you get into the spirit of the set, you are likely to find dozens of enchanting moments among the six hours of music.”

(Robert Hilburn — The Los Angeles Times)

“...the year's most intoxicating musical release ... [Chris Strachwitz's] freewheeling curiosity and range of taste have made Arhoolie the most marvelously idiosyncratic purveyor of traditional grass-roots music since the heyday of Moses Asch's Folkways label...

Almost without exception, what unites these songs is the unforced passion and self-assurance of musicians perfoming in a vernacular style that has been around them, like the air and the water, all their lives.”

(Britt Robson — The Washington Post)

“[Chris Strachwitz is] one of the most important producers in the history of American music...

Confronting a compilation of this magnitude, and know that it represents only a small portion of Strachwitz's recordings, will remind many music fans of the contribution this man has made to their enjoyment of music over the years.”

(Billboard Magazine)

“...a staggering distillation of a life's work...

When the history of American music in the 20th century is written, Strachwitz will stand tall as one of the country's great folklorists...

He makes records that are documentaries...”

(Joel Selvin — The San Francisco Chronicle)

“...The presentation is superb and it is beautifully produced...”

(Offbeat Magazine)

“...Strachwitz has amassed a wide-ranging catalog that chronicles the diversity and ethnic overtones of American roots music...”

(LA Weekly)

“...The photographs are especially grand and beautifully produced...”

(SF Examiner)

“...Arhoolie has long been an important and influential musical archivist and ally to some of music's greatest artists who have traditionally been treated as second-class citizens. He is known for his efforts to ensure that obscure musicians on his label are paid royalties when their music is recorded elsewhere...”

(Contra Costa Times)

“...It's all Finger Lickin' Good....”

(U.S. News and World Report)

“...Superbly packaged and lovingly annotated...”


“...more than the producer's personal journey. It's an introduction to artists that even the most careful listener may have missed...”

(Barnes and Noble.com)

“...Magical moments...make up the body of Arhoolie's catalog, and the five-disc box contains 107 of them...”

(Austin American Statesman)