On The Early Tapes 1975-1976, Rory Block is still trying to find a distinctive style. She samples from her idols -- Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, and several others -- adding slight blues and folk influences to her solo acoustic blues. However, she hasn't arrived at an original sound on any of these takes. Consequently, Early Tapes is of interest to historians and Rory Block completists, but few other listeners.
AllMusic Review by Thom Owens