Roots n' Blues: The Retrospective 1925-1950

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All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
Roots n' Blues: the Retrospective presents five hours of music over four discs, covering the traditional recordings made by Columbia Records and its associated labels from 1925 to 1950. As an all-inclusive survey of American roots music, this set is an invaluable library piece and a good reference, but where this collection really stands out is in its presentation. The collection does a better service than the more academic studies by including a variety of styles -- including early string band recordings, spirituals, jugbands, blues, cajun and country music, mixing the better known artists with the more obscure -- in the end, the diversity makes for good listening as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
Roots n' Blues: the Retrospective presents five hours of music over four discs, covering the traditional recordings made by Columbia Records and its associated labels from 1925 to 1950. As an all-inclusive survey of American roots music, this set is an invaluable library piece and a good reference, but where this collection really stands out is in its presentation. The collection does a better service than the more academic studies by including a variety of styles -- including early string band recordings, spirituals, jugbands, blues, cajun and country music, mixing the better known artists with the more obscure -- in the end, the diversity makes for good listening as well as a good learning experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644791129
  • Catalog Number: 47911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White House Blues - Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers (3:25)
  2. 2 High Sheriff - Aiken County String Band (2:53)
  3. 3 The Last Scene of the Titanic - Frank Hutchison (3:30)
  4. 4 Suitcase Blues - Hersal Thomas (2:36)
  5. 5 Death's Black Train Is Coming - Reverend J.M. Gates (3:11)
  6. 6 Cow Cow Blues - Dora Carr (2:50)
  7. 7 Washington County Fox Chase - Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners (2:57)
  8. 8 I'm Going to Take the Train to Charlotte - Fiddlin' John Carson (3:05)
  9. 9 [Untitled Track] - Ernest Stoneman's Trio (3:01)
  10. 10 Low Down Blues - Whistler & His Jug Band (2:56)
  11. 11 Paul and Silas in Jail - George Washington Phillips (2:42)
  12. 12 Blind Pig Blues - Barbecue Bob (3:02)
  13. 13 Chattanooga Blues - Austin Allen (3:04)
  14. 14 [Untitled Track] - Sherman Tedder (2:57)
  15. 15 Hokum Blues - Coley Jones (3:25)
  16. 16 Worried Blues - Gladys Bentley (2:45)
  17. 17 Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1 - Elizabeth Johnson (3:02)
  18. 18 Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2 - Elizabeth Johnson (3:22)
  19. 19 Blue Grass Twist - South Georgia Highballers (2:48)
  20. 20 Moonshiner and His Money - Charlie Bowman (3:10)
  21. 21 Johnson City Blues - Clarence Green (2:57)
  22. 22 Warming by the Devil's Fire - Rev. Johnny Blakey (3:25)
  23. 23 (Honey) It's Tight Like That - Harry Jones (2:36)
  24. 24 Big Leg Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (2:51)
  25. 25 Hallelujah - Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Liberty - Herschel Brown (2:54)
  2. 2 My Sportin' Man - Mamie Smith (2:58)
  3. 3 Mean Low Blues - Blues Birdhead (3:13)
  4. 4 C.C. & O. Blues - Simmie Dooley (3:05)
  5. 5 Ortonville - Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers (3:11)
  6. 6 Dear Black Eyes (Chere Yeux Noirs) - Slim Doucet (3:00)
  7. 7 Roosevelt's Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:47)
  8. 8 Gin Mill Blues - The Hokum Boys (3:27)
  9. 9 Osson - Joseph Falcon (2:56)
  10. 10 Sweet Milk and Peaches (Breakdown) - S.W. Smith (3:00)
  11. 11 Soldier's Joy - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (2:54)
  12. 12 They May Not Be My Toes - Whistlin' Alex Moore (3:02)
  13. 13 The Jazz Fiddler - Mississippi Sheiks (3:13)
  14. 14 I Have to Do My Time - Lonnie Johnson (3:09)
  15. 15 Lonesome Frisco Line - Jimmie Tarlton (3:17)
  16. 16 Back to the Blue Ridge - Roy Harvey (2:55)
  17. 17 Darn Good Girl - Preston Young (2:51)
  18. 18 West Jackson Blues - Bo Carter (3:17)
  19. 19 You Had Too Much - Clara Smith (3:19)
  20. 20 Oh! Glory Glory - Silver Leaf Quartette of Norfolk (3:13)
  21. 21 Don't You Remember the Time - Freeny's Barn Dance Band (3:16)
  22. 22 Walkin' Georgia Rose - Pelican Wildcats (2:56)
  23. 23 Police Station Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw (3:03)
  24. 24 Hallelujah Side - Tindley Quaker City Gospel Singers (3:16)
  25. 25 Highway 61 Blues - Will Batts (2:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Doughboys Theme Song No. 1 - W.Lee O'Daniel & his Light Crust Doughboys (0:41)
  2. 2 Ida! Sweet as Apple Cider - W.Lee O'Daniel & his Light Crust Doughboys (3:09)
  3. 3 Doughboys Theme Song No. 2 - W.Lee O'Daniel & his Light Crust Doughboys (0:29)
  4. 4 Bell Street Lightnin' - Blind Willie McTell (2:52)
  5. 5 Jersey Bull Blues - Charley Patton (3:04)
  6. 6 Every Morning Blues - Walter Roland (2:44)
  7. 7 D Blues - H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers (2:48)
  8. 8 La Valse des Yeux Bleu (Blue Eyes Waltz) - The Breaux Fréres (3:11)
  9. 9 Skin Game Blues - Lucille Bogan (2:57)
  10. 10 Good Woman Blues - Leroy Carr (2:57)
  11. 11 Sissy Man - Josh White (2:49)
  12. 12 My Lovin' Gal Lucille - The Rhythm Wreckers (2:46)
  13. 13 Just Inside the Pearly Gates - Jack Anglin (2:25)
  14. 14 Hard Rocks in My Bed - Bumble Bee Slim (2:40)
  15. 15 Tired Feelin' Blues - The Two Charlies (3:03)
  16. 16 One Eyed Sam - Eldon Baker (2:51)
  17. 17 Poor Naomi Wise - A'nt Idy Harper (3:36)
  18. 18 South Bound Blues - Prince Moore (3:01)
  19. 19 C & A Blues - Big Bill Broonzy (2:58)
  20. 20 My Last Five Dollars - George Curry (2:36)
  21. 21 Memphis Blues - The Nite Owls (2:21)
  22. 22 Pourquoi Tu M'Aime Pas - Alley Boys of Abbeville (3:46)
  23. 23 Have Mercy on Me - Rev. Benny Campbell (2:32)
  24. 24 Shout for Joy - Albert Ammons (2:25)
  25. 25 Flower Blues - Jack Kelly (2:30)
  26. 26 Onion Eating Mama - Cliff Carlisle (2:54)
  27. 27 Brown's Ferry Blues - The Callahan Brothers (3:06)
  28. 28 Slick Capers Blues - Charlie "Little Buddy" Doyle (2:35)
  29. 29 Poor Boy Blues - Jazz Gillum (2:54)
Disc 4
  1. 1 We Got to Get Together - Frank Edwards (2:36)
  2. 2 You've Got to See Mamma Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mamma at All) - Sweet Violet Boys (2:49)
  3. 3 I'll Fly Away - Humbard Family (2:49)
  4. 4 Cross Cut Saw Blues - Tony Hollins (2:48)
  5. 5 Black Snake Blues - Peter J. Clayton (2:51)
  6. 6 Step It up and Go - Black Cats and the Kitten (2:48)
  7. 7 Papa's Going Crazy, Mama's Going Mad - Bob Atcher (2:38)
  8. 8 Cotton Eyed Joe - Adolph Hofner (2:29)
  9. 9 Old Vets Blues - Poor Boy Burke (2:53)
  10. 10 Black Rat Swing - Little Son Joe (2:52)
  11. 11 Macy Special - Big Maceo Merriweather (2:42)
  12. 12 It's Funny What Love Will Make You Do - J.B. Brinkley (2:47)
  13. 13 Army Blues - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys (2:36)
  14. 14 Who But You - James Clark (2:38)
  15. 15 Tomorrow May Be Too Late - Homer Harris (3:05)
  16. 16 Burying Ground Blues - Muddy Waters (2:30)
  17. 17 Goodbye Old Pal - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:23)
  18. 18 Dixie Cannonball - Gene Autry (2:40)
  19. 19 Run on for a Long Time - Bill Landford & The Landfordaires (2:34)
  20. 20 Baby, Please Don't Go - Joe Williams (2:57)
  21. 21 I'm Toiling - Sister Myrtle Fields (2:43)
  22. 22 Two by Four Blues - Willie Right (2:56)
  23. 23 You Can't Go Halfway (And Get In) - The Bailes Brothers (2:46)
  24. 24 Heaven's Radio - Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks (2:49)
  25. 25 Plow Hand Blues - Rosetta Howard (2:46)
  26. 26 Grunt Meat Blues - Memphis Seven (2:47)
  27. 27 Until I Found the Lord - Deep South Boys (2:25)
  28. 28 I Know My Jesus Won't Deny Me - Brother Cook (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbecue Bob Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Scrapper Blackwell Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Lucille Bogan Vocals, Track Performer
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bumble Bee Slim Track Performer
Leroy Carr Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Bo Carter Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Peter J. Clayton Track Performer
Cow Cow Davenport Piano
Blind John Davis Piano
Georgia Tom Dorsey Piano
Mississippi John Hurt Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Lonnie Johnson Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Blind Willie McTell Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Minnie Guitar
Mississippi Sheiks Track Performer
Whistlin' Alex Moore Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Charley Patton Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Mamie Smith Vocals, Track Performer
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Peetie Wheatstraw Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Joe Williams Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals
Gene Autry Vocals, Track Performer
Gid Tanner Fiddle, Track Performer
Merle Travis Guitar
Josh White Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Albert Ammons Piano, Track Performer
King Oliver Cornet
Jimmy Blythe Piano, Vocals
Rev. Benny Campbell Track Performer
Tampa Red Guitar
Charles Manson Guitar, Vocals
Hank Penny Guitar, Vocals
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Kid Prince Moore Track Performer
Pink Anderson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Maceo Merriweather Piano, Track Performer
Walter Vinson Guitar, Vocals
Riley Puckett Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Molly O'Day Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Adolph Hofner Track Performer
The Light Crust Doughboys Track Performer
Ernest V. Stoneman Guitar
Fiddlin' John Carson Fiddle, Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
North Carolina Ramblers Track Performer
Dr. Thomas Brown Baritone (Vocal)
George Washington Phillips Vocals, Track Performer, Dolceola
Dallas String Band Track Performer
The Hokum Boys Track Performer
The Bailes Brothers Track Performer
Coon Creek Girls Track Performer
Bill McKinley Harmonica, Vocals
Cliff Carlisle Track Performer
Harold Adams Vocals
Earl Backus Guitar
Will Batts Violin, Vocals, Track Performer
Rev. Johnny Blakey Track Performer
H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers Track Performer
Cleoma Breaux Guitar
J.T. Brown Clarinet
Bob Call Piano
The Callahan Brothers Track Performer
Homer "Bill" Callahan Guitar, Vocals
Bill Casimir Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Chatmon Violin, Vocals
Leonard Copeland Guitar, Track Performer
George Currie Vocals
Tom Darby Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Lynn Davis Guitar, Vocals
Tyrell Dixon Drums
Simmie Dooley Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Edwards Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Alfred Elkins Strings, Upright Bass
Joseph Falcon Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer
Leroy Foster Guitar
Jazz Gillum Track Performer
Clarence Green Guitar, Track Performer
Roy Harvey Guitar, Track Performer
Alexander Hill Piano
Frank Hutchison Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Little Son Joe Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bessie Johnson Vocals
Coley Jones Mandolin, Track Performer
Jack Kelly Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Porter Kilbert Alto Saxophone
Ransom Knowling Bass
Harvey Mason Sr. Baritone (Vocal)
Lonnie McIntorsh Guitar
Clayton McMichen Fiddle, Track Performer
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
W.T. Narmour Fiddle, Track Performer
Papa Too Sweet Vocals, Track Performer
Truck Parham Bass, Upright Bass
Charlie Poole Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
The Rhythm Wreckers Track Performer
Judge Riley Drums
Ikey Robinson Vocals
Walter Roland Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Washboard Sam Washboard
Ed Smith Harmonica
Melvin Smith Tenor (Vocal)
S.W. Smith Guitar, Track Performer
Jimmie Tarlton Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Clarence Williams Piano
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica
J.B. Brinkley Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Morton Trumpet
Eddie Smith Harmonica
David Akeman Banjo
Austin Allen Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Jack Anglin Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Anglin Bass, Vocals
Bob Atcher Vocals, Track Performer
Randall Atcher Vocals, Track Performer
John Bailes Vocals
Walter Bailes Vocals
Gladys Bentley Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Black Mandolin
Blues Birdhead Harmonica, Track Performer
Black Bob Piano
William Boush Baritone (Vocal)
Charlie Bowman Fiddle, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Walter Bowman Banjo
Amédé Breaux Accordion, Vocals
Clifford Breaux Guitar, Vocals
Ophy Breaux Violin, Vocals, Track Performer
Brother Porter Vocals, Track Performer
Cook Brother Vocals
Valda Buggs Vocals
Poor Boy Burke Vocals, Track Performer
Walter "Joe" Callahan Guitar, Vocals
Fonzie Cannon Guitar
Dora Carr Vocals, Track Performer
Buster Carter Banjo, Track Performer
Kelland Clark Accordion
Peter Cleighton Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Clifford Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Colvard Steel Guitar
Allan Crockett Electric Guitar
Marshall Derricotte Vocals
Amos Easton Vocals
Cozy Eggleston Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Vander Everidge Guitar
Jess Ferguson Violin
Sister Myrtle Fields Vocals, Track Performer
Cleveland Freeny Mandolin
Hendrix Freeny Fiddle
Leslie Freeny Fiddle
Murphy Guidry Rhythm Guitar
Sidney Guidry Rhythm Guitar
A'nt Idy Harper Vocals, Track Performer
Homer Harris Vocals, Track Performer
Chester Hawkins Guitar
Tony Hollins Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Salty Holmes Violin
Rosetta Howard Vocals, Track Performer
Chick Hurt Mandolin
Elizabeth Johnson Vocals, Track Performer
Hobson "Hop" Johnson Guitar
Harry Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Charlie Jordan Guitar, Vocals
Augie Klein Guitar
Ester "Violet" Koehler Mandolin
Bill Landford Guitar, Leader
Evelyn "Daisy" Lange Bass
Lily May Ledford Fiddle
Rosie Ledford Guitar
Frank Mailhes Violin, Vocals
Harold Matthews Vocals
Austin McCoy Organ
Ellis McPherson Bass (Vocal)
Whitey McPherson Vocals, yodeling
David Mells Vocals
Prince Moore Guitar, Vocals
Fate Norris Banjo
W. Lee O'Daniel Strings
Luke Owens Vocals
Porterettes Vocals, Background Vocals
Haywood Purnell Bass (Vocal)
Rampa Red Guitar
Willie Right Piano, Vocals
Claude Robinson Vocals
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Gale Ryan Vocals
Silver Leaf Quartette of Norfolk Vocals, Track Performer
Dan Sing Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Slim Soucet Accordion
Carl Stewart Bass
Sugarman Penigar Piano
Jack Taylor Accordion
Sherman Tedder Guitar, Track Performer
William Thatch Vocals, Falssetist
Hersal Thomas Piano, Track Performer
Rudolph Thompson Jug
Buford Threlkeld Guitar, Vocals, Whistle (Instrument), Nose Whistle
Tindley Quaker City Gospel Singers Vocals, Track Performer
Albert T. Tindley Tenor (Vocal)
Lourse Toutch Guitar, national steel guitar
Maxie Toutch Drums
Bill Westbrook Bass, Upright Bass
Tex Willis Guitar
Frank Wilson Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Frank Wilson Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
D.C. Wright Tenor (Vocal)
Preston Young Guitar, Track Performer
Oett "Sax" Mallard Alto Saxophone
Clara Smith Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Wilson Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Track Performer
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers Track Performer
Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys Track Performer
Reverend J.M. Gates Track Performer
Herschel Brown Track Performer
Wilene Forrester Accordion
George Curry Vocals, Track Performer
Jess Gerguson Violin
Jack True Leader
Brother Cook Vocals, Track Performer
Slim Doucet Accordion, Track Performer
Bill Landford & The Landfordaires Track Performer
Aiken County String Band Track Performer
Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners Track Performer
Whistler & His Jug Band Track Performer
South Georgia Highballers Track Performer
Okeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers Track Performer
Freeny's Barn Dance Band Track Performer
Pelican Wildcats Track Performer
The Two Charlies Track Performer
Eldon Baker Track Performer
The Nite Owls Track Performer
Alley Boys of Abbeville Track Performer
Sweet Violet Boys Track Performer
Humbard Family Track Performer
Black Cats and the Kitten Track Performer
Memphis Seven Track Performer
Deep South Boys Track Performer
Tom Griffin Piano
The Breaux Fréres Track Performer
Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks Track Performer
Ernest Stoneman's Trio Track Performer
Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers Track Performer
W.Lee O'Daniel & his Light Crust Doughboys Track Performer
Lee Allen Guitar, Kazoo, Track Performer, KAZ
James Clark Piano, Vocals
Armand Jump Jackson Drums
Charlie "Little Buddy" Doyle Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Red Foley Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
George Washington Phillips Contributor
H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers Contributor
Tom Darby Contributor
Lynn Davis Arranger
Eddie Leonard Composer
Pete Welding Liner Notes
Billy Fowler Contributor
W. Lee O'Daniel Contributor
Gary Pacheco Producer, Executive Producer
Buford Threlkeld Contributor
Lawrence Cohn Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Vaughn Horton Composer
David Mitson Remastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Rex Humbard Contributor
Ruth Humbard Contributor
George Norton Composer
Unidentified Prisoner Composer
W.R. Calaway Composer
Eddie Munson Composer
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