Magazine article New Internationalist

Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland

Magazine article New Internationalist

Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland

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Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland

by Various Artists (Dust to Digital DTD03 5 CD)

Fonotone's boxed set, the product of an almost insanely detailed record-collecting obsession, arrives with perfect timing. Back in 1956 when Joe Bussard, a collector from the town of Frederick, Maryland, started gathering 78s of country and bluegrass music in his parents' basement, he wasn't to know that, 50 years later, a renewed interest in Americana would turn his collection into gold.

Packaged with a lover's eye for detail, Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland comprises five CDs packaged in a cigar box along with postcards, a 160-page book of essays/ information and, for some reason, an embossed bottle opener. It's difficult to pull gems from the 131 tracks, but among its selling points are tracks by Birmingham Bill (aka Mike seegar), Kid Future (aka Stefan Grossman) and the first John Fahey recordings ever made. …

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