- World excluding USA & Canada
- Catalogue Id:
- 3VCD 208
3CD overview of ROOTS OF THE BLUES and Roots of Folk include songs from many of the key performers active during the 1950-60s. The first slip-cased set is sub-divided into three sections - Folk Blues, Delta & Country Blues, Urban Blues - the second into Roots of Folk, Singers & Songwriters, and Folk Blues. However, these divisions tend to be arbitrary and not rigorously enforced. Bluegrass founding father Bill Monroe finds himself filed under Folk Blues in the Roots of the Blues set yet doesn't feature at all in the Roots of Folk.
Certainly blues is more heavily favoured in the folk collection at the expense of old timey and bluegrass. Several performances are also duplicated on both compilations. That said, there is a great deal to savour here (as you'd expect from the artists and track listings above). From the archaic Delta stylings of the Father of folk blues Son House to the blue yodelling of the legendary Bill Monroe-.-the protest singing of Buffy Sainte-Marie to the tender introspection of singer-songwriter Eric Andersen. Also, as the beat (and the volume) picks up, there are sounds as diverse as the roaring Chicago blues of the Paul Butterfield Band and the classic chart hit (Walk Right In) by the Rooftop Singers. Roots of the Blues additionally contains five previously unreleased recordings from the 1964 and '65 Newport Folk Festivals.
By John Crosby