The Complete Riverside Recordings comprises 15 discs' worth of raw material to sift through, a formidable task with endless rewards.
29 Jun 2015
For adventurous listeners with sensibilities trained by the Harry Smith Anthology, this is surely as essential as any other release that will land this year.
19 Apr 2012
A welcome compilation for veteran Sparrow watchers, but a better introduction will include his work from the '50s.
29 Jan 2012
If you already have the material, this package might not appeal. But even a passing interest in any of these principal figures, or in the broad range of American music, make this an essential selection.
06 Nov 2011
A fine overview, but given the breadth of the artist's Riverside and Prestige catalogs, it's hard to shake the sense that this collection conceals at least as much as it reveals
14 Mar 2011
This album contains enough rough gems to satisfy even the most rabid blues fan, making it nearly essential for anyone invested in the music's tangled roots and its undiscovered histories.
07 Sep 2010
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