Continuing with our Mike Seeger theme today, here is news of a multi-disc retrospective on the recording career of The New Lost City Ramblers.
50 Years: Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go? was released August 25 by Smithsonian Folkways. The 3 CD box set contains a total of 81 tracks (6 previously unreleased) and an 88 page booklet with notes on each track. Extensive biographical details are provided for each of the three eras of the band, as described in the booklet: 1958-1962, 1963-1973, and The New Lost City Ramblers at 50.
The CDs include the band’s choices from their long recording career (1958-1973), plus field recordings of some of the musicians who had a strong influence on their sound.
Audio samples from all of the tracks can be found on the Smithsonian Folkways web site, where you can also purchase individual tracks for download. There are three free tracks there as well, which can be downloaded as either .MP3 or.FLAC files.