Note! These are roughly in alphabetical order by artist. Compilations are at the end. Dates are copyright dates for the item (often a reissue) referenced, not the date of original release. Obviously, some tracks by these artists appear in many different places: Greatest hits collections, original CDs or vinyl, multi-artist compilations, reissues licensed or (sometimes) not. Everything on this list refers to the version I physically own and am willing to lend out. If it’s on a playlist and not on this list, it’s because I bought an mp3 online.

Arrested Development: 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…, Chrysalis, 1992, CDP-21909.

Armstrong, Louis: The Complete Hot Five and Seven Recordings, Columbia Legacy, 2000, CK64527-30.

Basie, Count: The Complete Decca Recordings, Decca, 1992, GRD3-611.

Cash, Johnny: The Sun Years, Sun/Rhino, 1990, R2 70950.

Charles, Ray: The Birth of Soul – The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952-1959, Atlantic, 1991, Atlantic 82310-2.

Cooke, Sam: Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Specialty, 1991, SPCD-7009-2.

Ellington, Duke: Highlights From the Centennial Edition (1927-1973), RCAVictor, 2000, 09026 63672-2.

Franklin, Aretha: Amazing Grace – The Complete Recordings, Rhino, 1999, R2 75427.

Frizzell, Lefty: That’s the Way Life Goes – The Hit Songs, 1950-1975. Raven, 2004, RVCD-195.

Gates, Rev. J. M.: The best of Reverend J. M. Gates: Are You Bound for Heaven or Hell?, Columbia/Legacy, 2004, CK 65710.

Golden Gate Quartet: Gospel 1937-1941. Fremeaux & Associates, S. A., 1992, FA002.

Guthrie, Woodie: This Land is Your Land – The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1, Smithsonian Folkways, 1997, SF40100.

Haggard, Merle: The Lonesome Fugitive – The Merle Haggard Anthology (1963-1977), Razor & Tie, 1995, RE 2059/

Henderson, Fletcher: A Study in Frustration – The Fletcher Henderson Story, Columbia Legacy, 1994, CK57597-9.

Hooker, John Lee: Trilogy. Hearts of Darkness, 1998, DTKBOX90.

Jackson, Mahalia: Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns, Columbia/Legacy, 1991, C2K 47083.

Jackson,Mahalia: Live in Antibes, 1968. France’s Concert, 1988, FCD 122.

Jefferson, Blind Lemon: King of the Country Blues, Yazoo, 1990, Yazoo 1069.

Jennings, Waylon: Waylon Live! The Expanded Edition, RCA Nashville BMG Heritage, 2003, 82876 51855 2.

Johnson, Robert: The Complete Recordings, Columbia, 1990, C2K 46222.

Jordan, Louis: Mo’ of the Best of Louis Jordan – Just Say Moe!, Rhino Records, 1992, R2 71144.

Owens, Buck: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos Live at Carnegie Hall, CMF Records, 1988, CMF-012-D.

Patton, Charlie: Founder of the Delta Blues, 1929-1934, Yazoo, 1989, Yazoo 1020.

Poole, Charlie: You Ain’t Talkin’ To Me – Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music, Columbia Legacy, 2005.

Reed, Jimmy: Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall, Vee Jay, 2000, COL-CD-7210

Rodgers, Jimmie: The Early Years, 1928-1929, Rounder, 1990, Rounder CD 1057.

Smith, Bessie: The Complete Recordings, Vol.1, Columbia/Legacy, 1998, C2K 47091.

The Stanley Brothers: “Folk Festival”, no label, 2001, ST-CD-5003.

Walker, T-Bone: The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954, EMI Records USA, 1991, D 200451.

Williamson, Sonny Boy: The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson, Chess/MCA Records, 1993, CH02-9343.

Wonder, Stevie: At The Close of a Century, Motown, 1999, 012 153 992-2


Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs and Ballads. Rounder, 1988, Rounder CD1510.

The Blues: A Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers, Smithsonian Collection of Recordings, 1993, A4 23986.

Goodbye, Babylon, Dust-to-Digital, 2003, DTD-01.

The Great 1955 Shrine Concert, Specialty, 1993, SPCD-7045-2

The Great Gospel Men, Shanachie, 1993, Shanachie 6005.

Greatest Gospel Gems, Specialty, 1991, SPCD-7206-2.

Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection, Smithsonian Collection of Recordings, 1989, A4 21010.

Mean Old World: The Blues From 1940 to 1964, Smithsonian Collection of Recordings, 1996, MSD4-35974.

Negro Work Songs and Calls: The Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, Rounder 1999, Rounder CD 1517.

The Pre-War Gospel Story: 1902-1944, Best of Gospel Records, 1995, Best of Gospel 21.

Precious Lord: Recordings of the great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey, Columbia/Legacy, 1994, CK 57164

Roots of Rock: 1945-1956, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Era, Time-Life Music, 1990, 2RNR30.

Roots of Rock II, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Era, Time-Life Music, 1992, 2RNR43.


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