I thought it's time for another review of a wonderful in-print CD. This compilation features 24 tracks of early american roots music. The repertoire ranges from backwood old-time music and early bluegrass over rural blues to gospel. The majority of the titles were recorded in the 1920s and 1930s, but also some in the 1940s and even one around 1950.
The first tracks are by Charlie and Bill Monroe (here featured with the old gospel tune "Lonesome Valley"), Charley Patton ("Shake It and Break It") and the Carter Family ("My Dixie Darling"). These three songs cleary show what roots music is all about: although the material is rough and the artists came from the rural south, they're really wonderful and you can feel that they come right from the heart. Other highlights on this CD includes blues by Cannon's Jug Stompers ("The Rooster's Crowing Blues"), Blind Willie Johnson ("Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning") and Charley Patton ("Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues"), mountain music by Cliff Carlisle ("Tom Cat Blues"), the Carter Family ("Wildwood Flower"), Dock Boggs ("Danville Girl"), Buell Kazee ("The Dying Soldier") and Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers ("Ride Old Buck to Water"), gospel by the Fairfield Four ("Standing In The Safety Zone") and Brown's Ferry Four ("I'll Fly Away"). There are also some little gems like David Miller's rendition of "Lonesome Valley", a rare and hard to find recording.
In my opinion, this is one of the best roots music comps I ever saw. Good music, a good price and even some little liner notes. Highly recommended. Get it here