Holy BALLS and a half! I've just been floored by this NPR feature: "Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online." Fuck. YES! Alan Lomax is the son of famed folk collector John Lomax, and, like his father, spent his life collecting all types of field and folk recordings from all over the world; he sussed out anything and everything and now that anything and everything has been digitized and is streamable, for FREE! No more getting stuck in a YouHole™ for me, now I'ma be ears deep in nothing but Lomax! This is the kind of deep collection which makes my music-nerd heart SO happy.

The Sound Recordings catalog comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s.

Oh, and the recordings are UNEDITED, so false starts, random chatter, and whatever else happened when the "record" button was pushed IS included.

These recordings are from Alan’s "independent archive"—his recordings that he began compiling in 1946. The earlier recordings, those he'd made for a decade and a half prior to 1946, are all privy to the Library of Congress via the American Folklife Center at the Library.