CD American Roots Music [Highlights] (CD 841248),
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American Roots Music [Highlights]
1. American Roots Music Theme - Earl Scruggs/James Cotton/Marc Savoy/Ann Savoy/Ricky Skaggs
2. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
3. Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family
4. Sitting on Top of the World - Bob Wills
5. Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe
6. Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams
7. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
8. Death Letter Blues - Son House
9. Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
10. Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King
11. Move on Up a Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson
12. Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins
13. This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
14. Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly
15. Times They Are A-Changin', The - Bob Dylan
16. I'm a Hog for You - Clifton Chenier
17. Ossun Two Step - Mamou Playboys/Steve Riley
18. Sorry Boy - Flaco Jimnez
19. Enchantment Song - R. Carlos Nakai
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2074
Compilation producers: Jim Brown, Sam Pollard, Jeff Rosen.
Includes liner notes by Robert Santelli.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Audio Mixer: Alan Silverman.
Director: Jim Ed Brown.
Photographer: Michael Ochs.
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 19-song CD sampler offering prime examples of the styles covered during the show. American Roots Music has pulled together an impressive list of performers, this time including the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Son House, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Mahalia Jackson, Flaco Jimenez, and Bob Dylan. Viewers who have seen the series as a newfound education into these time-honored styles will be overjoyed at this sampler, featuring a perfect introduction to American roots music. As good as the sampler is, the four-CD box set soundtrack (with accompanying 48-page booklet) is almost too good to pass up. While some of the box set's tracks are a little rougher, they also go more in-depth, digging deeper into each of the styles covered on the highlights disc. Those who have seen and enjoyed the series would be advised to invest in the box set, while those curious about exploring these genres could comfortably start with the highlights disc. [Also available from Palm is a video collection containing the entire television series on DVD and VHS.] ~ Zac Johnson
Down Beat (May 2002, p.58) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...A sonic history is portrayed with classic images and well-organized text."
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