Revenant records returns with Paramount records set

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Revenant records is planning a return to the fray. Dean Blackwood, who founded Revenant with John Fahey in the mid-1990s, says that the last five years has seen the label lie dormant, still selling existing titles and working with Dust To Digital on the John Fahey Fonotone box set, but not releasing anything itself.

One of the first records to be released on the resurrected label will be a two volume set of words, images and music titled The Rise And Fall Of Paramount, which documents the Wisconsin based record label from the period 1922–32, and includes tracks by Son House, King Oliver, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Charley Patton, Jelly Roll Morton and Blind Lemon Jefferson among others.

Blackwood says: "The set will be a narrative, aural and visual history of this peculiar enterprise, which despite being run out of a chair factory, with cheap recording and production processes and inferior record-pressing materials, by cynical people with little idea of what black audiences were interested in, nevertheless managed to create an archive of American art which we believe is singular in its depth and power."

The packaging will be hand made, with a large format book, 200g vinyl records and digital download. more details incoming here.

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