Jack White's Third Man To Release Second Half Of Paramount Records Set November 18th
September 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM (PT)
JACK WHITE's THIRD MAN RECORDS, in partnership with JOHN FAHEY's REVENANT RECORDS, will release the second and final chapter in what they call "the curious tale of AMERICA's most important record label, "The Rise and Fall of PARAMOUNT RECORDS, Volume 2 (1928-1932)," on NOVEMBER 18th.
An "omnibus of words, music, art and design," "Volume 2" picks up where the "spectacular" (NEW YORK TIMES) and "unprecedented" (ROLLING STONE) 'Volume 1' left off, documenting the label's final five-year period between 1928-32, in which PARAMOUNT birthed the entire genre of MISSISSIPPI DELTA blues and issued recordings by SKIP JAMES, CHARLEY PATTON, SON HOUSE, THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS, WILLIE BROWN and hundreds of others.
"Volume 2" contains six LPs, a sculpted metal USB drive with 800 songs and 90+ original hand-drawn ads from the CHICAGO DEFENDER, a large-format hardcover book telling the label's story via new writing and original images, and an illustrated Field Guide with biographies and recording information for each artist represented in the set. It is all housed in a streamline case of polished aluminum modeled after a portable phonograph in 1930s American "Machine Age" Art Deco style.
Like "Volume 1," the collection was co-produced by leading PARAMOUNT authority ALEX VAN DER TUUK.
PARAMOUNT RECORDS recorded much of AMERICA's untamed blues, jazz, gospel and folk sounds, providing the earliest and most representative snapshot of our sonic landscape, telling the aural story of how a WISCONSIN chair company, despite producing records on the cheap, allowed this country "to hear what it really sounded like for the first time."