Lost Blues Tapes CD (2007)

Artist: Various

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Specifications

Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 205843642
UPC 614427600028
UPC 14 00614427600028
Format CD
Release Date 10/9/2007
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Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Horst Lippmann; Siegfried Loch
CatalogID 0060002ACT
Lable Name Act Music Vision
Released 03/10/2011
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 107m : 30s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00614427600028
Album Notes and Credits
Performers include: Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey, Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Big Walter "Shakey" Horton, Sugar Pie Desanto, Buddy Guy, JB Lenoir, Fred McDowell, Roosevelt Sykes, Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon, Doctor Ross, John Lee Hooker.
It is ironic that two promoters from Germany, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, may well have played the largest part in revitalizing an American audience for the blues in the United States during the 1960s. Their annual barnstorming tours of Western Europe with a roster of American blues greats sparked a blues revival, particularly in London, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and a host of other young white musicians fell under the spell of the blues. When British bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Yardbirds exported the music back to the States, blues reestablished itself as a commercially viable form in its homeland, leading to long careers for many of the artists featured here. The tours, billed as the American Folk Blues Festival, ran every fall in Europe, beginning in 1962 and lasting until 1970, and several live performances from those shows (most of them from the 1963, 1964, and 1965 tours) are collected in this two-disc set. Whether they're truly "lost tapes" or not is debatable, but several of these performances are priceless historical documents, and the sound is great, even intimate. Highlights include Memphis Slim's winking, elegant version of the traditional "John Henry" ballad; Otis Spann's "Going Down Slow"; a solo acoustic rendition of "Catfish Blues" by Muddy Waters; Big Mama Thornton's blistering "Hound Dog"; J.B. Lenoir's "If I Get Lucky"; Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Got a Letter This Morning" (a variant of Son House's "Death Letter"); and the loose, front-porch jug band feel of Sleepy John Estes' "Your Best Friend's Gone." There are no liner notes to speak of, which is a shame, but the music here is simply wonderful. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]here are too many moments of transcendence on this double CD to mention them all....More a masterclass than a concert."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Disc two's cuts are intense, cavernous and beautiful."
Disc 1
1 Blues Everywhere - Memphis Slim,Della Mae [Alternate Take] - John Lee Hooker (alternate take)
2 John Henry - Willie Dixon/Memphis Slim,Hound Dog [Outtake & Alternate Take] - Big Mama Thornton (alternate take, Outtake)
3 Captain Captain - Muddy Waters,Captain Captain - Muddy Waters
4 Catfish Blues - Muddy Waters,I Got to Cut Out - Sonny Boy Williamson II
5 In The City - Muddy Waters,Blues Harp Shuffle - Big Walter Horton
6 I Feel Like Cryin' - Muddy Waters,Strong Brain-Broad Mind - Willie Dixon
7 Your Love for Me Is True - Sonny Boy Williamson II,Big Leg Woman - Willie Dixon
8 Don't Misuse Me - Sonny Boy Williamson II,You Got Me Running - Sugar Pie DeSanto
9 I'm Gettin' Tired - Sonny Boy Williamson II,South Side Jump - Buddy Guy
10 Going Down Slow - Otis Spann,If I Get Lucky - J.B. Lenoir
11 Careless Love - Lonnie Johnson,Got a Letter This Morning - Mississippi Fred McDowell
12 C.C. Rider - Lonnie Johnson,Sail On - Roosevelt Sykes
13 T.B. Blues - Victoria Spivey,Memphis Boogie - Memphis Slim
14 Big Roll Blues - Big Joe Williams,Your Best Friend's Gone - Sleepy John Estes/Hammie Nixon
15 Back In The Bottom - Big Joe Williams,Farewell Baby - Doctor Ross
16 Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams,Della Mae - John Lee Hooker
Disc 2
1 Blues Everywhere - Memphis Slim,Della Mae [Alternate Take] - John Lee Hooker (alternate take)
2 John Henry - Willie Dixon/Memphis Slim,Hound Dog [Outtake & Alternate Take] - Big Mama Thornton (alternate take, Outtake)
3 Captain Captain - Muddy Waters,Captain Captain - Muddy Waters
4 Catfish Blues - Muddy Waters,I Got to Cut Out - Sonny Boy Williamson II
5 In The City - Muddy Waters,Blues Harp Shuffle - Big Walter Horton
6 I Feel Like Cryin' - Muddy Waters,Strong Brain-Broad Mind - Willie Dixon
7 Your Love for Me Is True - Sonny Boy Williamson II,Big Leg Woman - Willie Dixon
8 Don't Misuse Me - Sonny Boy Williamson II,You Got Me Running - Sugar Pie DeSanto
9 I'm Gettin' Tired - Sonny Boy Williamson II,South Side Jump - Buddy Guy
10 Going Down Slow - Otis Spann,If I Get Lucky - J.B. Lenoir
11 Careless Love - Lonnie Johnson,Got a Letter This Morning - Mississippi Fred McDowell
12 C.C. Rider - Lonnie Johnson,Sail On - Roosevelt Sykes
13 T.B. Blues - Victoria Spivey,Memphis Boogie - Memphis Slim
14 Big Roll Blues - Big Joe Williams,Your Best Friend's Gone - Sleepy John Estes/Hammie Nixon
15 Back In The Bottom - Big Joe Williams,Farewell Baby - Doctor Ross
16 Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams,Della Mae - John Lee Hooker
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