Friday, June 15, 2007

The Pearly Gates of Music


This out-of-print box set is quite possibly the best collection of American roots music that has ever been issued. Part of Columbia/Legacy's Roots N' Blues series, it compiles roots music of many genres (boogie-woogie, white and black string bands, cajun bands, white and black blues artists, spiritual and gospel music, jug-bands, country music, and rhythm and blues) in chronological order of release dating from 1925-1950.

For the music scholar, it's an interesting development to behold, observing how the change in social structure between the two World Wars had an effect on the music that was being performed. As time passed, the small pockets of communities that formed as a result of racial or monetary divisions began to become less and less distinct once the burgeoning technology of the radio and the phonograph was more prevalent. This cultural change was reflected in the music that was performed in various parts of the nation and the musical contrasts began to fade somewhat as they became more influenced by one another.

If you're a fan of old-time music, you HAVE to listen to this collection. If you're not a fan of old-time music, you WILL BE once you listen to this box set. This collection is a MUST-HAVE for any lover of music anywhere!

Roots N' Blues- The Retrospective (1925-1950)

6 comments:

eric said...

Thank you very much for posting this box set. It is my favorite Roots set, it will be nice to have an upgrade, as my copy is a factory cassette version.

b3A7n1k said...

I concur. Glad to help out!

At some point, I'm going to post my own 78 collection. I found an old cassette recording I'd made years ago and was amazed at how good it sounded (as far as cassettes are concerned). Keep an eye out for future posts of this sort.

Thanks for leaving feedback!

Ron said...
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Ron said...

Many thanks for this great set. [Sorry about the removed comments. I mistakenly thought the link was dead and requested a re-upload, then added a correction comment, then decided it was easier just to remove both of those comments.]

b3A7n1k said...

Thanks for leaving feedback, Ron.

I've been on an unintended hiatus as my employment situation was in flux. Now that things seem to have settled down, I should be making regular posts beginning next week.