|Rough Guides: American Roots Box CDs (2003) |
2-Flatpack CD music Each disc included in this box set is also available individually.
It's not a bad idea at all, putting four of the Rough Guide albums together to make up the American Roots Box set. And four excellent ones have been chosen for this, pulling from the diverse corners of American roots music to round things out. So there's Cajun & Zydeco, Delta Blues, Bluegrass, and Gospel. All intelligently compiled, covering both famous and lesser-known artists, it makes for a fine introduction to a complex musical culture. No one's going to pretend that even this box is exhaustive -- it doesn't even cover all the albums on American music that the label has done -- but ...