Various Artists

Roots n' Blues: The Retrospective 1925-1950

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:25 Spotify
2
2:53 Spotify
3 3:30 Spotify
4 2:36 Spotify
5
3:11 Spotify
6 2:50 Spotify
7
2:57 Spotify
8 3:05 Spotify
9
3:01
10 2:56 Spotify
11 2:42 Spotify
12
3:02 Spotify
13 3:04 Spotify
14 2:57
15 3:25 Spotify
16 2:45 Spotify
17 3:02 Spotify
18 3:22 Spotify
19
2:48 Spotify
20 3:10 Spotify
21 2:57 Spotify
22 3:25 Spotify
23 2:36 Spotify
24 2:51 Spotify
25 2:58 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:54 Spotify
2
2:58 Spotify
3
3:13 Spotify
4 3:05 Spotify
5 3:11 Spotify
6 3:00
7 2:47 Spotify
8 3:27 Spotify
9
2:56 Spotify
10 3:00 Spotify
11 2:54 Spotify
12 3:02 Spotify
13 3:13 Spotify
14 3:09 Spotify
15 3:17 Spotify
16 2:55 Spotify
17 2:51 Spotify
18
3:17 Spotify
19 3:19 Spotify
20
3:13 Spotify
21
3:16 Spotify
22
2:56 Spotify
23 3:03 Spotify
24 3:16 Spotify
25 2:42 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
0:41 Spotify
2 3:09 Spotify
3
0:29 Spotify
4 2:52 Spotify
5 3:04 Spotify
6 2:44 Spotify
7
2:48 Spotify
8 3:11 Spotify
9 2:57 Spotify
10 2:57 Spotify
11 2:49 Spotify
12 2:46
13 2:25 Spotify
14 2:40 Spotify
15 3:03 Spotify
16
2:51 Spotify
17 3:36 Spotify
18 3:01 Spotify
19 2:58 Spotify
20 2:36 Spotify
21 2:21 Spotify
22 3:46 Spotify
23 2:32 Spotify
24 2:25 Spotify
25 2:30 Spotify
26 2:54 Spotify
27 3:06 Spotify
28 2:35 Spotify
29
2:54 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:36 Spotify
2 2:49 Spotify
3 2:49 Spotify
4 2:48 Spotify
5 2:51 Spotify
6
2:48 Spotify
7 2:38 Spotify
8 2:29 Spotify
9 2:53 Spotify
10 2:52 Spotify
11 2:42 Spotify
12 2:47 Spotify
13 2:36 Spotify
14 2:38 Spotify
15 3:05 Spotify
16 2:30 Spotify
17 2:23 Spotify
18 2:40 Spotify
19 2:34 Spotify
20 2:57 Spotify
21 2:43 Spotify
22 2:56 Spotify
23 2:46 Spotify
24 2:49 Spotify
25 2:46 Spotify
26
2:47 Spotify
27
2:25 Spotify
28
2:41 Spotify
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