The Rough Guides: American Roots Box

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's not a bad idea at all, putting four of the Rough Guide albums together to make up the American Roots Box set. And four excellent ones have been chosen for this, pulling from the diverse corners of American roots music to round things out. So there's Cajun & Zydeco, Delta Blues, Bluegrass, and Gospel. All intelligently compiled, covering both famous and lesser-known artists, it makes for a fine introduction to a complex musical culture. No one's going to pretend that even this box is exhaustive -- it doesn't even cover all the albums on American music that the label has done -- but it makes a strong introduction.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's not a bad idea at all, putting four of the Rough Guide albums together to make up the American Roots Box set. And four excellent ones have been chosen for this, pulling from the diverse corners of American roots music to round things out. So there's Cajun & Zydeco, Delta Blues, Bluegrass, and Gospel. All intelligently compiled, covering both famous and lesser-known artists, it makes for a fine introduction to a complex musical culture. No one's going to pretend that even this box is exhaustive -- it doesn't even cover all the albums on American music that the label has done -- but it makes a strong introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633900323
  • Catalog Number: 339003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Step at a Time (4:26)
  2. 2 Zydeco Boogaloo (3:55)
  3. 3 Balfa Waltz (3:50)
  4. 4 La'tit Cord (2:13)
  5. 5 La Misére M'A Fait Brailler (4:34)
  6. 6 Rolling Pin - Beausoleil (3:56)
  7. 7 Grande Bosco (2:47)
  8. 8 Bayou Pon Pon - Mike Doucet (3:02)
  9. 9 Two Step d'Amédé (2:44)
  10. 10 Disco et Fais Do-Do (3:24)
  11. 11 Kolinda - Beausoleil (3:40)
  12. 12 Slow Horses and Fast Women - Zydeco Cha-Chas (4:18)
  13. 13 La Pointe (3:37)
  14. 14 Fiddle Stop (2:24)
  15. 15 Jolie, Petite Blonde (2:29)
  16. 16 Chicot Two-Step (2:48)
  17. 17 J'Etais au Bal (3:23)
  18. 18 Let the Good Times Roll (5:00)
  19. 19 I Passed in Front of Your Door (3:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gospel Train (3:07)
  2. 2 Every Time You Say Goodbye (3:17)
  3. 3 Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (3:53)
  4. 4 Matterhorn - The Country Gentlemen (2:16)
  5. 5 Hills of Home (4:13)
  6. 6 Chicken Reel - Virginia Boys (2:36)
  7. 7 Lonesome Wind Blues (3:02)
  8. 8 Hello City Limits - Red Allen (2:41)
  9. 9 My Better Years (3:25)
  10. 10 Shiloh - Emerson & Waldron (2:07)
  11. 11 Rank Stranger (2:55)
  12. 12 Brighter Mansion - Longview (2:30)
  13. 13 Nashville Blues (3:29)
  14. 14 Sweetheart, Darlin' of Mine (3:04)
  15. 15 I've Waited as Long as I Can (2:58)
  16. 16 Crossfire (3:25)
  17. 17 You'll Get No More of Me (2:42)
  18. 18 You've Got the Look of a Perfect Diamond (2:27)
  19. 19 Can't Say Goodbey - IIIrd Tyme Out (3:08)
  20. 20 Mama's Hand (4:13)
  21. 21 I've Lived a Lot in My Time (2:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Jumper on the Line (2:48)
  2. 2 Preaching Blues (Up Jump the Devil) - Robert Johnson (2:52)
  3. 3 Done Left Here (3:26)
  4. 4 High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1 (3:03)
  5. 5 Walkin' Blues - Son House (2:58)
  6. 6 Sitting on Top of the World (3:18)
  7. 7 Country Blues - Muddy Waters (3:26)
  8. 8 Goin' Back to the Bridge (3:06)
  9. 9 Last Kind Words Blues - Geeshie Wiley (3:06)
  10. 10 Catfish Blues (2:51)
  11. 11 Cool Drink of Water Blues (3:28)
  12. 12 Black Mattie (4:48)
  13. 13 Outside Woman Blues (2:58)
  14. 14 Future Blues (3:02)
  15. 15 On the Wall (3:04)
  16. 16 Stack O' Lee Blues (2:57)
  17. 17 Mississippi Swamp Moan (3:24)
  18. 18 Aberdeen Mississippi Blues (2:35)
  19. 19 Meet Me in the City (3:11)
  20. 20 That's No Way to Get Along (2:53)
  21. 21 The Banker's Blues (2:34)
  22. 22 Don't Mash My Digger So Deep - Bo Carter (2:58)
  23. 23 Baby Please Don't Go (2:43)
  24. 24 I'm So Glad (2:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Christ Is All (2:38)
  2. 2 I Feel Good - The Caravans (3:08)
  3. 3 Oh Lord-Stand by Me (2:44)
  4. 4 New Home (3:47)
  5. 5 I'm on My Way to Canaan (3:42)
  6. 6 Move Upstairs (2:39)
  7. 7 Heaven's Grocery Store (6:33)
  8. 8 Keep Your Hand on the Plow (2:15)
  9. 9 Jesus Is All (3:29)
  10. 10 Run All the Way (2:42)
  11. 11 Life Is Like a Mountain Railroad (4:41)
  12. 12 I'm Willing - The Caravans (3:46)
  13. 13 Go Tell It on the Mountain (3:18)
  14. 14 A Tribute to Granny (6:37)
  15. 15 Leaning and Depending on the Lord (5:00)
  16. 16 Halleujah (4:05)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Skip James Composer
Tommy Johnson Composer
Charley Patton Composer
Bukka White Composer
Big Joe Williams Composer
Del McCoury Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Larry Sparks Composer
Nathan Abshire Composer
Clifton Chenier Composer
Bruce Daigrepont Composer
John Delafose Composer
Eddie LeJeune Arranger, Composer
Marc Savoy Composer
Jim Reeves Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Hazel Dickens Composer
Inez Andrews Composer
Shirley Caesar Composer
Mahalia Jackson Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Hylo Brown Composer
William Blake Tray Card Design
Walter Vinson Composer
Bill Emerson Composer
Red Smiley Composer
Robert Wilkins Composer
Iry LeJeune Composer
Junior Kimbrough Composer
Don Reno Composer
Claire Lynch Composer
Will Balfa Composer
Willie Brown Composer
Lawrence Cedar Mastering
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Stanley Dural Composer
Béla Fleck Composer
Son House Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
John Pennell Composer
Wayne Raney Composer
Joe Reynolds Composer
Cliff Waldron Composer
Nathan Williams Composer
Tom Andrews Sleeve Notes
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Jim McGuire Back Cover
A. Reid Reynolds Composer
Robert M. Sacha Back Cover
Impetus Artwork
Fleecie Moore Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Spo-Dee-Ode-Moore Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster Composer
Mike Doucet Arranger
Louise Johnson Composer
Asie Payton Composer
Rev. B.W. Smith Composer
Robert Petway Composer
Alfred Lewis Composer
Simon Broughton Sleeve Notes
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Graeme Ewens Tray Card Design
Justin Champney Artwork
Wildcat Artwork
Randy Wells Cover Image
Richard Havers Back Cover
Dan "Boxcar" Rosenberg Sleeve Notes
Tom Downs Cover Image
Johnathan Ogle Sleeve Notes
Tony Stone Cover Image
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