‘The First Time America Heard Itself’ in a deluxe box set.
Legacy Recordings will release AMERICAN EPIC: The Collection, a 5-CD/100 song deluxe box set, and AMERICAN EPIC: The Soundtrack, a single disc anthology of 15 songs featured in the AMERICAN EPIC three-part historical documentary on Friday, May 19th .
AMERICAN EPIC leads the way for a series of releases of music associated with the film series AMERICAN EPIC, produced by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and directed by Bernard MacMahon, where these historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music. The film series has already won numerous awards at Film Festivals around the world, including the Audience Award at the 2016 Sydney International Film Festival.
In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone.
AMERICAN EPIC: The Collection gathers 100 of these original recordings from the 1920s and 1930s in one five-disc set, restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity.
It includes a 100-page book filled with unpublished photographs, quotes from the artists, their friends and families, lyrics for every song, essays and recording notes.
"The extraordinary music that is the American Epic collection is a reflection of virtually everything we listen to today,” said Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings.