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American Roots Music [Box Set] [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. American Roots Music Theme - Ricky Skaggs/Earl Scruggs/James Cotton/Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording)
    2. Waiting For a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
    3. Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family
    4. Take Me Back to My Old Carolina Home - Uncle Dave Macon
    5. Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff
    6. That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine - Gene Autry
    7. Sitting on Top of the World - Bob Wills
    8. Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe
    9. Salty Dog Blues - Flatt & Scruggs
    10. This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
    11. Nine Pound Hammer - Merle Travis
    12. Walking the Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb
    13. If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time - Lefty Frizzell
    14. Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams
    15. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells
    16. Black Mountain Rag - Doc Watson (new recording)
    17. Earl's Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (new recording)
    18. Little Maggie - Ralph Stanley (new recording)
    19. Where Shades of Love Lie Deep - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (new recording)
    20. Stomping Grounds - Bla Fleck & the Flecktones (new recording)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. King Biscuit Time Theme, The - James Cotton (new recording)
    2. Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith
    3. St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith
    4. Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson
    5. Screamin' and Hollering the Blues - Charley Patton
    6. Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson
    7. Death Letter Blues - Son House
    8. Another Night to Cry - Lonnie Johnson
    9. Foldin' Bed - Whistler & His Jug Band
    10. Boogie Woogie Dream - Albert Ammons/Pete Johnson
    11. Bye Bye Bird - Sonny Boy Williamson
    12. Shake For Me - Howlin' Wolf
    13. Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
    14. Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King
    15. Take a Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood, Jr. (new recording)
    16. Henry - Keb' Mo' (new recording)
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Joshua Fit de Battle - Fisk University Jubilee Singers
    2. Precious Lord Take My Hand - Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey
    3. Blind Barnabus - Golden Gate Quartet
    4. Down by the Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    5. Move on up a Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson
    6. Sit Down Servant - The Staple Singers
    7. Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins
    8. This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
    9. Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly
    10. So Long It's Been Good to Know You - The Weavers
    11. Soldier and the Lady, The - The New Lost City Ramblers
    12. John Henry - Mississippi John Hurt
    13. If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) - Peter, Paul and Mary
    14. We Shall Overcome - The SNCC Freedom Singers/Pete Seeger
    15. Times They Are a Changin', The - Bob Dylan
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Allons a LaFayette - Joe Falcon/Cleoma Breaux
    2. Madame Atchen - Amd Ardoin/Dennis McGee
    3. Port Arthur Blues - Dewey Balfa
    4. I'm a Hog For You - Clifton Chenier
    5. Dans la Louisianne - Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording)
    6. Ossun Two Step - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (new recording)
    7. Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
    8. Muchacha Bonita - Narciso Martnez
    9. Rosalito - Valerio Longoria, Sr. (new recording)
    10. Las Nubes - Little Joe y la Familia (new recording)
    11. Ring of Fire - Mingo Saldivar (new recording)
    12. Sorry Boy - Flaco Jimnez (new recording)
    13. Yeibichei Song - Unidentified Performers
    14. Traditional Powwow - Renzel Last Horse & Kiyaksa (new recording)
    15. Jesus Loves Me - Everette Red Bear/Sandor Iron Rope (new recording)
    16. Wounded Knee - Floyd Red Crow Westerman (new recording)
    17. Enchantment Song - R. Carlos Nakai (new recording)
    18. Dance, The - Robert Mirabal
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2075

  • Credits

    Several performances have been newly recorded for the AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC series. Also includes a 56-page booklet with photos, an American Roots Music "timeline" as well as extensive track-by-track annotation.
    Compilation producers: Jim Brown, Sarah Cullen, Jeff Rosen, Richard Bauer.
    Includes liner notes by Robert Santelli plus song annotations by Robert Santelli, Charles Wolfe, Holly George-Warren, Alwxander Ewen, Manuel Pena and John Swenson.
    Digitally remastered by Alan Silverman (Arf Digital).
    The successes of the breakthrough soundtrack from the film O Brother Where Art Thou? and the in-depth PBS television series Ken Burns' Jazz seem to have combined in the 2001 production of Palm Pictures' four-part TV series American Roots Music. The series touches on the development of the distinctly American styles of traditional folk, country, blues, gospel, Western swing, bluegrass, cajun, zydeco, Tejano, and Native American music. Corresponding with the television event, Palm has released a four-CD box set soundtrack with a 48-page booklet covering the styles covered during the show. Much like a broadened version of the amazing Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom, 1950-1970 CD set, American Roots Music has pulled together an impressive list of performers, including the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Son House, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, the Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Flaco Jimenez, and Bob Dylan. The depth of the track selection is impressive, as is the breadth of the performers chosen. The producers have chosen to include some studio recordings, and some audio tracks taken from the film archives, making for a somewhat uneven sound quality. While the previously unreleased nature of these select tracks will appeal to collectors and die-hard fans, those just exploring these styles might be turned off by the rough quality of these performances. The discs span more than eight decades of music, acting as a good overview of these genres for new listeners, while Americana enthusiasts will view it as another great collection of the most influential American roots artists in music history. [Also available from Palm is a 19-song CD sampler entitled American Roots Music: Highlights and a video collection containing the entire television series on DVD and VHS.] ~ Zac Johnson

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.136) - "...A stripped-to-the-bone, primer to some of the most vital music of the 20th century..." - Rating: B+
    Down Beat (May 2002, p.58) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...An impressive collection, telling America's story quite accurately via context and song..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.117) - "...Features most of the genres key players and seminal some archival rarities and some new traditionalist songs..."
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