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The Story of Vanguard

A story told through six albums of peerless folk, with an eye towards historical accuracy and faithful mastering.

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Learn about the label that helped make folk music a movement.
In those days, even if you didn’t know the singer or heard any of their songs, if it was on Vanguard, you knew it was something worthwhile, it’d be interesting. That’s been lost. A label doesn’t really stand for as much anymore. But in those days it did; there was an intellectual rigor about what they did and who they signed that made them a special company.
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Elizabeth Thomson
Author of Joan Baez: The Last Leaf

Get The Whole Story….

This box set doesn’t end at just the six LPs that are included here. Each VMP Anthology is accompanied by extensive liner notes, and a multi-episode podcast series that not only tells the story of the label, artist or time, but also of the individual albums included in each box set. Our hope is that by slowly listening to each album and accompanying podcast, you will experience a deeper connection to the music and story.

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The Weavers
At Carnegie Hall (1957)
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My Eyes Have Seen (1959)
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Joan Baez
Joan Baez (1960)
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Buffy Sainte-Marie
It's My Way! (1964)
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Doc Watson
Doc Watson (1964)
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Skip James
Skip James Today! (1966)

What's Included

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Accompanying Podcast Series
Hear the story of Vanguard and of the folk music movement from leading folk scholars and writers. This seven-episode podcast season will tell the story of every album in this box, and the artists who made them. It will release to all DSPs when this box set ships to make it as easy as possible to access this leg of your journey; be on the lookout!
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6 Classic Folk Albums
First edition limited to 1000, on 180 gram audiophile colored vinyl, pressed at GZ. All six albums were AAA cut from the mono master tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound.
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Mono Tapes

All of these albums were lacquered directly from the mono master tapes, preserving the original sound upon release of these albums in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
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Liner Notes
Read the story of these six albums in a 36-page liner notes and photo booklet.
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Premium Commemorative Box
Designed in-house at VMP, this box is truly for the connoisseur, pulling inspiration from vintage Vanguard pamphlets and ephemera, and featuring a collage of the included artists on the inside.
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An Anthology Mail Bag + Contest
You’ll receive an invite to ask any question you want to know about folk music, the featured albums, the podcast, what might be next in Anthology, or anything else on your mind. Submit your question and you'll automatically be entered into a contest to win test pressings from the Story of Vanguard. Keep your ear to the ground!
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All six albums in this VMP Anthology were mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, and pressed at GZ on high quality 180g color vinyl. All albums were lacquered from their original mono master tapes, pulled out of the Vanguard vaults.

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Go deeper than just the albums by reading our 36-page liner notes booklet, which covers Vanguard’s folk years, and our podcast, which tells the story of the folk explosion.

What They're Saying


Got a question?

VMP Anthology is the vinyl box set, reinvented. It aims to use music to tell a story, and gives space for lots of listening, learning, and conversation along the way.
VMP started as a record of the month club in 2013 and has expanded into an online record store and magazine.
Shipping is free in the U.S. and $20 internationally. Records will be sent in one shipment. Orders are expected to ship in 3-5 business days. Timeline is subject to change. We will notify you of any shipping updates.
We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By breaking up the albums, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual recording, listen to the podcast and soak it in. Of course, this is just a suggestion!
Nope! We built VMP Anthology as a way for all fans to experience music more deeply, and VMP membership is not required.
Yes, shipping is available in 16 countries in addition to the U.S. (view all FAQs for more details). Due to the box value and carrier constraints, international customers are responsible for customs and duties. When shipping to a country that is subject to VAT, this will also be due upon receipt.
Afterpay is an interest-free financing option that allows you to make four bi-weekly (every two weeks) installment payments rather than one upfront payment. If you choose Afterpay at checkout, you will be redirected to the Afterpay site to create an account and to complete your payment. You won’t be charged any interest or fees, as long as your payments are made on time. At this time, Afterpay is only available for customers in the United States.
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