Mississippi Records is proud to present a reproduction of the Anthology of American Folk Music as it originally was released in 1952. Each volume is a double LP, housed in a cloth bound super thick cardboard gatefold sleeve with a tip on print on the front. In the gatefold there is a pouch with a reproduction of the original liner notes. The vinyl is 200 gram. We have gone to great lengths to reproduce the LPs just as they originally were designed by Harry Smith. All the materials and mastering are as top notch as possible. It’s hard to even begin to talk about the significance of these 8 LPs. Harry Smith created an alternate version of American culture with these sets that influenced just about everyone who heard them. I would dare say that these records changed American society more than any others ever released. Bob Dylan and Carl Sagan both agree it’s the greatest record ever made. The Mississippi label’s entire ethos is based on them. As mythic and powerful as art can get. Just like every house needs a door, every record collection must have this set. That’s my opinion and it’s true. Limited one time pressing not to be missed. These are being sold as four separate volumes. The first volume of the anthology focuses on ballads. Great murder ballads, lonesome love songs, and songs of tragedy. The American experience writ large and poetically.