The Mickey Hart Collection

The Mickey Hart Collection from Smithsonian Folkways preserves and furthers the Grateful Dead percussionist’s endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. Smithsonian Folkways will make many of Mickey Hart’s music projects available digitally (stream and download) for the first time while keeping physical versions in print as on-demand CDs.

The Mickey Hart Collection begins with 25 albums drawn from “The World,” a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the twenty-five albums form the “Endangered Music Project,” a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk.

The Travelling Jewish Wedding

The Travelling Jewish Wedding
The Golden Gate Gypsy OrchestraHRT15003 (1981)The Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra of America and California was an itinerant band of engineers, doctors, teachers, and musicians who played their music at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs...

The Music of Upper and Lower Egypt

The Music of Upper and Lower Egypt
Various ArtistsHRT15004 (1984)The Music of Upper and Lower Egypt features unique performances recorded during the Grateful Dead's 1978 tour of Egypt. Produced by Mickey Hart and issued in 1988 as part...

Drums of Passion: The Invocation

Drums of Passion: The Invocation
Babatunde OlatunjiHRT15000 (1988)Nigerian-born drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1937-2003) collaborated with Mickey Hart to create this album, issued in 1988 as part of “THE WORLD” series...

Eclipse

Eclipse
Hamza El DinHRT15001 (1988)Eclipse, Hamza El Din’s fourth album overall, was originally released in 1978 and reissued as part of “THE WORLD” series...

Sarangi: The Music of India

Sarangi: The Music of India
Ustad Sultan KhanHRT15002 (1988)This album represents the intricate sounds of the sarangi (a bowed, short-necked stringed instrument) in the hands of Ustad Sultan Khan, 2010 winner of the...

Music to Be Born By

Music to Be Born By
Mickey Hart / Taro HartHRT15023 (1989)This soothing, 70-minute soundscape, originally created for the birth of Mickey Hart’s son Taro in 1983, was intended to transform the coldness of a hospital birthing room into...

Freedom Chants from the Roof of the WorldFreedom Chants from the Roof of the World
The Gyuto MonksHRT15024 (1989)The Tibetan Buddhist Gyuto Monks produce polyphonic prayers for various purposes including blessings, the exorcising of human afflictions of anger, lust, and envy, and invocation...

Venu

Venu
Hariprasad-Zakir HussainHRT15025 (1989)Venu is the ancient Sanskrit name for the bamboo flute that is today called bansuri. On this album, recorded live in 1974 at the Stone House in Fairfax, California...

Drums of Passion: The Beat

Drums of Passion: The Beat
Babatunde OlatunjiHRT15005 (1989)Drums of Passion: The Beat was written and co-produced (with Mickey Hart) by Nigerian artist Babatunde Olatunji (1937-2003) and features guests Brazilian percussionist...

Däfos

Däfos
Mickey Hart / Airto Moreira / Flora PurimHRT15006 (1989)Däfos is a musical ethnography of an imaginary country created by Mickey Hart and Airto Moreira. The album was recorded live in San Francisco as a celebration of percussion...

The Apocalypse Now Sessions

The Apocalypse Now Sessions
Rhythm DevilsHRT15007 (1989)Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were asked by director Francis Ford Coppola to provide a percussive underscore for his 1979 filmApocalypse Now. Combining the quiet sound...

Songs of Amber

Songs of Amber
DzintarsHRT15008 (1990)This 1990 album features traditional and modern Latvian songs performed by Dzintars, Latvia's leading female choir. Consisting of 67 voices, two conductors, one piano, and one...

Voices of the Rainforest

Voices of the Rainforest
Various ArtistsHRT15009 (1991)Voices of the Rainforest is a recorded soundscape of a day in the life of the Kaluli people of Bosavi, Papua New Guinea. As the day progresses, one hears birds, water...

Honor the Earth Powwow: Songs of the Great Lakes Indians

Honor the Earth Powwow: Songs of the Great Lakes Indians
Various ArtistsHRT15010 (1991)The powwow has become an opportunity for North American tribes to gather together to honor the earth and its creator in...

The Other Side of This

The Other Side of This
Airto MoreiraHRT15011 (1992)The Other Side of This was recorded at Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's home studio in 1991. The album's 13 selections are inspired by the Afro-Brazilian traditions of...

The Spirit Cries: Music from the Rainforests of South America & the Caribbean

The Spirit Cries: Music from the Rainforests of South America & the Caribbean
Various ArtistsHRT15012 (1993)For this first title of the Endangered Music Project, Mickey Hart explored the vast repositories of the Library of Congress' American Folklife ...

Music for the Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition: Indonesia

Music for the Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition: Indonesia
Various ArtistsHRT15013 (1994)Music For The Gods is the second release in the Endangered Music Project, a series curated by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart featuring...

American Warriors: Songs for Indian Veterans

American Warriors: Songs for Indian Veterans
Various ArtistsHRT15014 (1997)Featuring performances from six tribes - Ojibway (Chippewa), Menominee, Blackfeet, Hochunk (Winnebago), Kiowa, and Lakota (Sioux)...

Utom: Summoning the SpiritUtom: Summoning the Spirit
Various ArtistsHRT15017 (1997)Captured by ethnomusicologist Manolete Mora in 1995, this release is a collection of field recordings documenting the music of the T’boli, a group of approximately 80,000 people...

The Discoteca Collection: Missão de Pesquisas Folclóricas

The Discoteca Collection: Missão de Pesquisas Folclóricas
Various ArtistsHRT15018 (1997)This Endangered Music Project release is a collection of 1938-vintage field recordings culled from the library of the Discoteca Pública Municipal...

L. H. Corrêa de Azevedo: Music of Ceará and Minas GeraisL. H. Corrêa de Azevedo: Music of Ceará and Minas Gerais
Various ArtistsHRT15019 (1997)This Endangered Music Project album was recorded in the early 1940s by Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo. A professor of music and composer...

The Yoruba / Dahomean Collection: Orishas Across the Ocean

The Yoruba / Dahomean Collection: Orishas Across the Ocean
Various ArtistsHRT15020 (1998)The 24 tracks featured on this Endangered Music Project release are musical snapshots of Haitian vodou, Cuban santería, Trinidadian...

The Arthur S. Alberts Collection: More Tribal, Folk, and Café Music of West Africa

The Arthur S. Alberts Collection: More Tribal, Folk, and Café Music of West Africa
Various ArtistsHRT15016 (1998)A musical exploration of West Africa from the late 1940s, this Endangered Music Project compilation is comprised of 19 songs culled from...

The Bali Sessions: Living Art, Sounding Spirit

The Bali Sessions: Living Art, Sounding Spirit
Various ArtistsHRT15021 (1999)In 1999, five years after releasing Music for the Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition: Indonesia, Mickey Hart sought to record an album highlighting the more...

The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet

The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet
The Gyuto Monks Tantric ChoirHRT15022 (2002)The Gyuto Monks offer excerpts from their most important chants, selected by the monastic order’s chant master for their power and beauty. These multiphonic chants, passed down...