|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, Volume Four||28||Audio||2000|
|2||Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, Volume Four||28||Audio||2000||Revenant|
Renowned archivist & researcher in the cultural heritage of American folk, country & blues music.
Having collected a vast hoard of early recordings since 1940, Smith then met up with [a688836], with a view to having his collection curated. Having licensed his archive to Asch's [l20694] an anthology was produced, with Smith providing background & liner notes. Technically, many of these works were still the property of extant labels, so in some respects these early Folkways issues are unofficial.
Previously a West Coast film-maker, Smith was a rather eccentric character. His booklets and notes in the works are imbued with cosmology and alchemical influences. This aspect was doubtless a lure to [l19152], who reissued some of his Anthologies on CD in 2000.
In 1986 Folkways was acquired by [l91602] Recordings, who reissued the set in 1997 in conjunction with the Harry Smith Archive. Smith died of cardiac arrest in the Chelsea Hotel, N.Y., in 1992. Poet, essayist & film-maker Paola Igliori, who had published a work on Smith in 1996 ("American Magus: A Modern Alchemist"), released a documentary of his life in 2001, entitled "American Magus".