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)