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Roots of Rock [Acrobat]
1. Statesboro' Blues - Blind Willie McTell
2. Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks
3. Bull Doze Blues - Henry Thomas
4. When the Levee Breaks - Kansas Joe/Memphis Minnie
5. Walkin' Blues - Robert Johnson
6. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Bessie Smith
7. That's No Way to Get Along - Robert Wilkins
8. Diddie Wa Diddie - Blind Blake
9. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson
10. I'm So Glad - Skip James
11. Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
12. Don't Advertise Your Man - Clara Smith
13. Outside Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
14. Shake 'Em on Down - Bukka White
15. Milk Cow Blues - Kokomo Arnold
16. Spoonful Blues, A - Charley Patton
17. Stop Breaking Down Blues - Robert Johnson
18. Walk Right In - Cannon's Jug Stompers
19. Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson
20. That Will Never Happen No More - Blind Blake
21. Catfish Blues - Robert Petway
22. Crawlin' King Snake - Big Joe Williams
23. Me and My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie
24. Cross Roads - Robert Johnson
25. Key to the Highway
26. Corrine Corrina - Bo Carter
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 164
Also sold as part of a 3-CD box set with ROCK & ROLL GREATS & 50'S SUMMER DANCE PARTY, entitled, GOLDEN HITS OF THE 50'S & 60'S.
Personnel: Hosea Woods (vocals, guitar, kazoo); Kansas Joe McCoy, Joe Williams , Kokomo Arnold, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, Robert Petway, Robert Wilkins, Skip James, Tommy Johnson, Walter Vinson, Blind Joe Reynolds, Blind Willie McTell, Bukka White, Charley Patton (vocals, guitar); Gus Cannon (vocals, banjo); Clara Smith , Dad Tracy, Bessie Smith, Bo Carter (vocals); Robert Lee McCoy (guitar); Lonnie Chatmon (violin); Noah Lewis, Jazz Gillum (harmonica); Garvin Bushell (alto saxophone); Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); Ed Allen (cornet); Clarence Williams, Porter Grainger (piano); Washboard Sam (washboard).
Liner Note Author: Neil Slaven.
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Aurora, IL (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Chicago, IL (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Dallas, TX (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Grafton, WI (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Memphis, TN (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); New Orleans, LA (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); New York, NY (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Richmond, IN (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); San Antonio, TX (04/23/1924-05/21/1941); Shreveport, LA (04/23/1924-05/21/1941).
These tracks aren't so much the roots of rock as they are a set of country blues sides recorded in the 1920s, '30s and '40s that were later successfully covered by various rock groups and performers, including Skip James' "I'm So Glad," Charley Patton's "A Spoonful Blues," Robert Johnson's "Cross Roads Blues," Kokomo Arnold's "Milk Cow Blues," and the Mississippi Sheiks' "Sitting on Top of the World." There is little doubt that rock draws heavily on the blues as part of its makeup, but there is much more to the stew than that one ingredient (country and gospel come immediately to mind), and calling this set the "roots of rock" is a bit of a stretch. It is, however, a nice collection of classic country blues pieces. ~ Steve Leggett
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