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The Anthology of American Folk Music was carefully constructed by its compiler Harry Smith, who paid considerable attention not only to the individual recordings, but also to the sequence in which they appeared. While some of his decisions occasionally border on the idiosyncratic, the Anthology does follow a charming internal logic. Smith subdivided the Anthology into three volumes: Volume 1 contains "Ballads" or narrative songs; Volume 2, "Social Music," consists primarily of instrumental and religious pieces played by groups… read more

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