Record Collector (magazine) - p.994 stars out of 5
-- "The tunes range from traditional material to Hank Williams...the quality of musicianship is exceptional."
Liner Note Author: Dave Henderson.
Author: Walter J Starbuck.
The concept behind this 24-track compilation is a little quirky, as the first 12 songs gather a dozen examples of the Maddox Brothers & Sister Rose's rhythmic honky tonk-cum-pre-rockabilly sound, followed by a dozen of their sacred songs. It's not a bad way to get an overview of the group's considerable contribution to the evolution of country music. Make no mistake, this is excellent music, with top-flight harmonies, tight arrangements, and vivacious playing that epitomizes the best of country swing and early honky tonk, as well as anticipating some of the flavors of rockabilly and rock & roll. Indeed, one of the two Rose Maddox solo tracks, "My Little Baby," is a pretty decent bona fide rocker, and "Death of Rock and Roll," an apparent takeoff on "I Got a Woman," rocks pretty hard in spite of its title. And while the sacred songs don't sparkle as much as the more uptempo and raucous tunes, they're not at all devoid of the traits that made their more secular material so lively.