Okay, so the title of this review might be considered hyperbolic but, for me, Robeson's voice has a magical quality which at times beggars description. These recordings represent his output in the prewar years; they are a mix of spirituals, show songs, classics, and a couple of poetical recitations. They reflect Robeson the film star, Robeson the champion of Black culture, and Robeson the bourgeoning civil-rights activist.
The quality of the recordings reflects their age but, overall, the reproduction is excellent - wonderful for me since some of them I have on very crackly 78s which, in any event, I haven't played for years.
The 1939 recording of 'Deep River' is peerless.
Overdue, but very welcome.