Blues Is Back CD (2003)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label 441 Records/wildcat
SKU 60611194
UPC 826416001321
UPC 14 00826416001321
Format CD
Release Date 9/2/2003
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 13
Lable Name 441 Records
Released 09/02/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00826416001321
Album Notes and Credits
This two-disc collection of old blues 78s, most of which date from the 1930s and 1940s (the Bessie Smith track, a stately version of "Cemetery Blues," was recorded in the 1920s), rambles all over the place through the styles and genres of early blues, from Delta slide to guitar rags and early jump blues, and given the lack of liner notes, has the feel of a hastily thrown together set. That ramshackle feel, though, is part of the charm of Blues Is Black, which offers a solid 100 minutes of old blues, and although there are some famous names here (Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker), they are represented by relatively obscure sides and not their commonly anthologized titles, which is a nice plus. Among the highlights here are Sleepy John Estes' "Drop Down (I Don't Feel Welcome Here)," Mississippi John Hurt's gentle and disarming "Frankie," Charley Patton's powerful "Revenue Man Blues," and Robert Johnson's kinetic slide guitar on "Preaching Blues." The primal ooze of John Lee Hooker's instrumental "Stomp Boogie" makes it sound like it has just crawled out of a prehistoric blues swamp, and it literally gives chills. For some reason two live recordings of pianist Blind John Davis from the early 1970s in Europe are included, and while they don't really fit the time span of the rest of the set, both "Everyday I Have the Blues" and "C.C. Rider" are beautifully nuanced gems. It's hard to know whether Blues Is Black works as a collection by design or by accident, but it does work, and for fans of early blues looking for some rare tracks by both the obvious and not so obvious artists, this anthology is definitely worth a try. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Airplane Blues - Sonny Terry,Black Gal Blues - John Lee Williamson
2 Baby Please Don't Go - Joe Lee Williams,C.C. Rider - Blind John Davis
3 Blowing The Blues - Blind Boy Fuller,Death Of Blind Boy Fuller #1 - Brownie McGhee
4 Drop Down - Sleepy John Estes,Georgia Rag - Blind Willie McTell
5 Frankie - J. Hurt,Howlin' Winds - Big Joe Turner
6 Good Jelly - Big Bill Broonzy,Yancey Stomp - Jimmy Yancey
7 Mama's Got The Blues - Bessie Smith,Joe Louis Strut - Memphis Minnie
8 Revue Man Blues - Charlie Patton,Gamblin' Man Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
9 Jive Blues, The - P. Chatman,Stomp Boogie - John Lee Hooker
10 Me And My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie,I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
11 Mean Old 'Frisco Blues - Arthur Crudup,Pinebluff, Arkansas - Bukka White
12 Sally Dog - Kokomo Arnold,Preaching Blues - Robert Johnson
13 Susie-Q - John Lee Williams,Midnight Special - Huddie Ledbetter
14 T-Bone Boogie - T-bone Walker,Step It Up And Go No. 2 - Brownie McGhee
15 You Can't Get That Stuff No More - Tampa Red,Jasper's Gal - Peter Chatman
16 Booze And Blues - Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Band,Can't Do Like You Used To - Lightnin' Hopkins
17 Everyday I Have The Blues - John Davis,Cemetery Blues - Bessie Smith
Disc 2
1 Airplane Blues - Sonny Terry,Black Gal Blues - John Lee Williamson
2 Baby Please Don't Go - Joe Lee Williams,C.C. Rider - Blind John Davis
3 Blowing The Blues - Blind Boy Fuller,Death Of Blind Boy Fuller #1 - Brownie McGhee
4 Drop Down - Sleepy John Estes,Georgia Rag - Blind Willie McTell
5 Frankie - J. Hurt,Howlin' Winds - Big Joe Turner
6 Good Jelly - Big Bill Broonzy,Yancey Stomp - Jimmy Yancey
7 Mama's Got The Blues - Bessie Smith,Joe Louis Strut - Memphis Minnie
8 Revue Man Blues - Charlie Patton,Gamblin' Man Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
9 Jive Blues, The - P. Chatman,Stomp Boogie - John Lee Hooker
10 Me And My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie,I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
11 Mean Old 'Frisco Blues - Arthur Crudup,Pinebluff, Arkansas - Bukka White
12 Sally Dog - Kokomo Arnold,Preaching Blues - Robert Johnson
13 Susie-Q - John Lee Williams,Midnight Special - Huddie Ledbetter
14 T-Bone Boogie - T-bone Walker,Step It Up And Go No. 2 - Brownie McGhee
15 You Can't Get That Stuff No More - Tampa Red,Jasper's Gal - Peter Chatman
16 Booze And Blues - Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Band,Can't Do Like You Used To - Lightnin' Hopkins
17 Everyday I Have The Blues - John Davis,Cemetery Blues - Bessie Smith
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