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Century Of The Blues - The Definitive Country Blues Collection

Century Of The Blues - The Definitive Country Blues Collection


Discerning students will know that The Blues the musical form that originated in African-American communities of primarily the Deep South of the United States from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads - emerged as a secular and identifiable form at the very dawning of the 20th Century. Indeed it was sometime in 1903 that the legendary W.C. Handy, the Father of The Blues, was awoken from slumber while waiting for a train in Tutwiler, Mississippi. Next to him on the platform was the infamous lean, loose jointed negro, as Handy described him, nonchalantly plunking a guitar while I slept. As he played, he pressed a knife against the strings; the effect was unforgettable. It was Handy himself who would soon after christen the sound he first encountered on this pivotal day the blues.
While this collection does not pretend to feature that never-to-be-identified slide pioneer, it nevertheless attempts a comprehensive round-up of the country blues legends whose names and legacies are certainly not lost on the railway stations and cotton plantations of the Mississippi Delta.
Some have become household names, like Robert Johnson earning gold discs and Grammy awards 50 years after his mysterious death. But even the less heralded artists here, like Blind Joe Reynolds, King Solomon Hill and Black Ace, have each become cult heroes for a generation of rock stars, academics and blues cognoscenti.
4 CDs containing 100 tracks in total, this collection begins in the spiritual home and birthplace of blues folklore, the Mississippi Delta, with disc one dedicated to the early development of the form in that territory. From there, as the music spread across the south through Louisiana, Texas and the East Coast, disc two collects together the pivotal recordings from those regions. Disc three covers Memphis and the mid-states giving space too to the often under-valued blues divas from all regions who contributed so much to the style but who are often now forgotten. Finally, our predominantly country blues journey will end with the post-war transition to the urban sounds of Dallas and Chicago. We will bow-out with the brave new electrified sound of T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, which would have such a direct effect on the British blues boom of the 1960s.
 
Tracklist:

DISC ONE  
1. Mississippi Boweavil Blues - Charley Patton 3:06 
2. My Black Mama Pt 1 - Son House 3:12
3. Future Blues - Willie Brown 3:03   
4. Canned Heat - Tommy Johnson   3:27  
5.  Left Alone Blues - Ishman Bracey 3:23  
6. Preachin‘ Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) - Robert Johnson 2:53   
7.  Kind Hearted Woman Blues - J.J. Johnson 2:53  
8. Wind Howlin‘ Blues - David Honeyboy Edwards 3:16  
9. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James 3:01  
10. Shake‘ Em on Down - Bukka White 3:03   
11. Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks 3:05   
12. Stack O‘Lee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt 3:00   
13 .Barrelhouse Blues - Ed Andrews 2:53   
14. Catfish Blues - Robert Petway 2:51   
15. Bottle It Up and Go - Tommy McClennan 2:50   
16. Bull Frog Blues - William Harris 3:09   
17. Mule Skinner Blues - J. Rogers 3:01   
18. Farewell Blues - Sol Hoopii 2:51  
19. Old Original Kokomo Blues - Kokomo Arnold 2:56   
20. Country Blues - Muddy Waters 3:27   
21. I Be‘s Troubled - McKinley Morganfield 3:08   
22 .Boogie Chillen‘ - John Lee Hooker 3:12   
23. Little Boy Blue - Robert Lockwood, Jr. 3:03   
24. Ramblin‘ -  Johnny shines 2:34   
25 .Yellow Dog Blues - Sam Collins 2:31

DISC TWO    
1. Matchbox Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson 3:03   
2. Ground Hog Blues - Henry Thomas 3:10   
3. Gallis Pole - Phil Leadbetter 3:03   
4. Evil Hearted Woman Blues - Oscar Woods 3:13   
5. Outside Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds 2:58   
6. Maxwell Street Blues - Charlie “Papa“ Jackson 2:47   
7. Bulldoze Blues - Henry Thomas 3:28   
8. Black Ace - B.K. Turner 2:49  
9. It‘s Nobody‘s Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson 3:13  
10. The Gone Dead Train - King Solomon Hill 3:20  
11. Woke Up With the Blues in My Fingers - Lonnie Johnson 3:13   
12. Penitentiary Moan Blues - Texas Alexander 3:09  
13. Katie Mae - Lightnin‘ Hopkins 3:02  
14. Diddie Wa Diddie - Blind Blake 3:00  
15. I Want Some of Your Pie - Fulton Allen 2:46   
16. Mama T‘Aint Long Fo‘ Day - Blind Willie McTell 3:02  
17. Motherless Chile Blues - Robert Hicks 3:15  
18. Jealous Hearted Blues - Charley Lincoln 3:38  
19. No No Blues - Curley Weaver 3:10   
20. Guitar Rag - Sylvester Weaver 3:03  
21. Big Legged Woman - Brownie McGhee 2:44   
22. Twelve Gates to the City - Rev. Gary Davis 3:11  
 23. Every Day in the Week Blues - Pink Anderson 2:55   
24. Runaway Man Blues - Floyd Council 2:53   
25. Divin‘ Duck Blues - Sleepy John Estes  3:12

DISC THREE    
1. Careless Love Blues - Bessie Smith 3:29  
2. Goin‘ Crazy With the Blues - Mamie Smith 3:03   
3. Whip It to a Jelly - Clara Smith 3:14   
4. See See Rider - Ma Rainey 3:13   
5. Mister Man, Pt. 1 - Ida Cox 2:59   
6. Murder in the First Degree - Victoria Spivey 3:05   
7. I‘m a Mighty Tight Woman - Sippie Wallace 2:55   
8. Black Angel Blues - Lucille Bogan / Bessie Smith 3:08   
9. Long Ways from Home - Louise Johnson 3:30   
10. Downhearted Blues - Lovie Austin / Alberta Hunter 2:51   
11. Rock Island Blues - Walter Furry Lewis 2:49   
12. Poor Boy, Long Ways from Home - Gus Cannon 3:13   
13. Rollin‘ and Tumblin‘ Blues  - Hambone Willie Newbern 3:04   
14. Moanin‘ the Blues - Allen Shaw 3:04   
15. He‘s in the Jailhouse Now - Memphis Jug Band 3:13   
16. That‘s No Way to Get Along - Robert Wilkins 2:56   
17. What‘s the Matter Blues - Frank Stokes 3:03   
18. How Long, How Long Blues - Leroy Carr 3:03
19. Cow Cow Blues - Cow Cow Davenport 3:09   
20. Bricks in My Pillow - Amos Easton 3:10   
21. The Honeydripper - Roosevelt Sykes 2:45   
22. Strut That Thing - Cripple Fulton Allen2:59   
23. Blues at Midnight - Peter Chatman 2:45   
24. Gangster‘s Blues - Luther Williams 2:48   
25. Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell 3:03

DISC FOUR
1. Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy 3:04   
2. Baby Please Don‘t Go - Big Joe Williams 2:49   
3. Poor Man Blues - Henry Townsend 3:01   
4. You Can‘t Get That Stuff No More - Sam Theard 3:00   
5. Worried Life Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather  2:54   
6. Jockey Blues - Jazz Gillum 2:51   
7. That‘s All Right - Arthur Crudup 2:55   
8. When the Levee Breaks - Joe McCoy / Minnie McCoy 3:12   
9. Me and My Chauffeur - Memphis Minnie 2:49   
10. Guitar Swing - Casey Bill Weldon 2:58   
11. Mama Don‘t Allow It No. 2 - Washboard Sam 3:06   
12. Gypsy Woman - Muddy Waters 2:36   
13. Moanin‘ at Midnight – Holwin’ Wolf 2:56   
14. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson I 3:02   
15. Eyesight to the Blind - Sonny Boy Williamson II 3:03   
16. Evans Shuffle - Little Walter 2:13   
17. This Train - Sister Rosetta Tharpe 2:53  
18. Prowling Nighthawk - Robert Nighthawk 3:06   
19. Ain‘t Nobody‘s Business, Pt. 1 - Jimmy Witherspoon 2:57   
20. Dust My Broom - Elmore James 2:47   
21. B.B. Boogie - B.B KING 3:14   
22. Three O‘Clock Blues - B.B. King 3:04   
23. Everyday I Have the Blues - Lowell Fulson 2:33   
24. Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker 2:56   
25. Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker 3:02
 



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