Words alone cannot begin to describe the beautiful music of these two cds! I am fortunate enough to own 2 original copys of both The Color Purple & Roots, both cds are incredibly inspirational and proof of Quincy Jones' Genius. The music is so powerful, at times it makes you smile, at times it'll make you cry, but above all, its music that leaves you with such an appreciation for love & life, its a true treasure to have. The music lifts your spirits, its a combination of classical, spiritual, blues and jazz. I wish everyone could experience the power of this music, its amazing, it ranks at the top of my music library as some of the best music I've ever heard. Although long out of print, I'm not surprise at how expensive the asking price has grown for those who have copies in their possession. If you can get your hands on a copy, trust me, its worth it!!