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Sku: 60569667
UPC: 788065770228
UPC 14: 00788065770228
Release Date: 9/24/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Pony Blues ~ Charley Patton
2. Spoonful Blues, A ~ Charley Patton
3. Down The Dirt Road Blues ~ Charley Patton
4. Prayer Of Death Part 1 ~ Charley Patton
5. Prayer Of Death Part 2 ~ Charley Patton
6. Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues ~ Charley Patton
7. Banty Rooster Blues ~ Charley Patton
8. Tom Rushen Blues ~ Charley Patton
9. It Won't Be Long ~ Charley Patton
10. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama) ~ Charley Patton
11. Pea Vine Blues ~ Charley Patton
12. Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues ~ Charley Patton
13. Lord, I'm Discouraged ~ Charley Patton
14. I'm Goin' Home ~ Charley Patton
15. Snatch It And Grab It ~ Charley Patton
16. Rag Blues, A ~ Charley Patton
17. How Come Mama Blues ~ Charley Patton
18. Voice Throwin' Blues ~ Charley Patton
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Hammer Blues - (take 1) ~ Charley Patton
2. I Shall Not Be Moved ~ Charley Patton
3. High Water Everywhere Part 1 ~ Charley Patton
4. High Water Everywhere Part 2 ~ Charley Patton
5. I Shall Not Be Moved ~ Charley Patton
6. Rattlesnake Blues ~ Charley Patton
7. Going To Move To Alabama ~ Charley Patton
8. Hammer Blues - (take 2) ~ Charley Patton
9. Joe Kirby ~ Charley Patton
10. Frankie And Albert ~ Charley Patton
11. Magnolia Blues ~ Charley Patton
12. Devil Sent The Rain Blues ~ Charley Patton
13. Runnin' Wild Blues ~ Charley Patton
14. Some Happy Day ~ Charley Patton
15. Mean Black Moan ~ Charley Patton
16. Green River Blues ~ Charley Patton
17. That's My Man ~ Charley Patton
18. Honey Dripper Blues: No. 2 ~ Charley Patton
19. Eight Hour Woman ~ Charley Patton
20. Nickel's Worth Of Liver Blues: No 2 ~ Charley Patton
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone ~ Charley Patton
2. Elder Green Blues - (take 2) ~ Charley Patton
3. Jim Lee: Part 1 ~ Charley Patton
4. Jim Lee: Part 2 ~ Charley Patton
5. Mean Black Cat Blues ~ Charley Patton
6. Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker) ~ Charley Patton
7. Elder Green Blues - (take 2) ~ Charley Patton
8. When Your Way Gets Dark ~ Charley Patton
9. Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone - (take 2) ~ Charley Patton
10. Heart Like Railwood Steel ~ Charley Patton
11. Circle Round The Moon ~ Charley Patton
12. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die ~ Charley Patton
13. Be True, Be True Blues ~ Charley Patton
14. Farrell Blues ~ Charley Patton
15. Tell Me Man Blues ~ Charley Patton
16. Come Back Corrina ~ Charley Patton
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Some Summer Day ~ Charley Patton
2. Bird Nest Bound ~ Charley Patton
3. Future Blues ~ Charley Patton
4. M & O Blues ~ Charley Patton
5. Walkin' Blues ~ Charley Patton
6. My Black Mama Part 1 ~ Charley Patton
7. My Black Mama Part 2 ~ Charley Patton
8. Preachin' The Blues Part 1 ~ Charley Patton
9. Preachin' The Blues Part 2 ~ Charley Patton
10. Dry Spell Blues Part 1 ~ Charley Patton
11. Dry Spell Blues Part 2 ~ Charley Patton
12. All Night Long Blues - (take 1) ~ Charley Patton
13. On the Wall ~ Charley Patton
14. All Night Long Blues - (take 2) ~ Charley Patton
15. By The Moon And Stars ~ Charley Patton
16. Long Ways From Home ~ Charley Patton
Disc 5
Song Title
1. Dry Well Blues ~ Charley Patton
2. Moon Going Down ~ Charley Patton
3. We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun ~ Charley Patton
4. Moaner Let's Go Down In The Valley ~ Charley Patton
5. Jesus Got His Arms Around Me ~ Charley Patton
6. God Won't Forsake His Own ~ Charley Patton
7. I'll Be Here ~ Charley Patton
8. Where Was Eve Sleeping? ~ Charley Patton
9. I Know My Time Ain't Long ~ Charley Patton
10. Watch And Pray ~ Charley Patton
11. High Sheriff Blues ~ Charley Patton
12. Stone Pony Blues ~ Charley Patton
13. Jersey Bull Blues ~ Charley Patton
14. Hang It On The Wall ~ Charley Patton
15. 34 Blues ~ Charley Patton
16. Love My Stuff ~ Charley Patton
17. Poor Me ~ Charley Patton
18. Revenue Man Blues ~ Charley Patton
19. Troubled 'Bout My Mother ~ Charley Patton
20. Oh Death ~ Charley Patton
21. Yellow Bee ~ Charley Patton
22. Mind Reader Blues ~ Charley Patton

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Charley Patton (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Walter Hawkins (vocals, guitar); Son House (vocals, slide guitar); Henry "Son" Sims (vocals, fiddle); Edith North Johnson, Louise Johnson (vocals, piano); Bertha Lee (vocals); Ivory Lou Allen (tenor saxophone).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Charley Patton.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Ray Templeton.
Muze PNote Recording information: Grafton, WI (06/14/1929-02/01/1934); New York, NY (06/14/1929-02/01/1934); Richmond, IN (06/14/1929-02/01/1934).
Muze PNote At the end of just the first disc on this five-CD set, the listener may feel like he/she was in the audio equivalent of a visual "white-out," so powerful are the sounds on that disc. From the opening bars of"Pony Blues," Charley Patton becomes a gigantic musical presence, who gets even bigger as his work goes on; with a guttural, stentorian voice that paves the way for everyone from Louis Armstrong to early Bob Dylan -- but especially for Howlin' Wolf -- he cuts through the poor condition surviving Paramount pressings like a call from the Great Beyond, almost unnaturally powerful and expressive in its smallest gesture. What's more, Patton must have broken more than his share of strings, because his playing also comes through on these sides better than almost any artist that ever recorded for Paramount, even on ruined masters like "Pea Vine Blues." This is all a lot more than a trip through history for the scholar, and some sides are just too close to some classics of the future to ignore -- "Down In The Dirt Road Blues," which could be where Willie Dixon got the idea for "Down In The Bottom," and the notion that Howlin' Wolf was the man to record it; similarly, "Some Summer Day," from the other end of Patton's career, could easily have been the demo for "Sittin' On Top Of The World" -- actually, the geneology of both songs is a lot more complicated than that, but each of these could easily have been a key part of the evolutionary chain for one or the other. And there is a raw, primordial power to Patton's music that not only grabs the listener but leaves them wanting more; that's why this box makes perfect sense, even for the casual blues listener -- the man never recorded a second-rate side or one that didn't offer at least a few of the attributes that made his best work so powerful. On a cautionary note, however, the producers have actually been a bit misleading by presenting this set as 92 sides by Charley Patton -- there are actually 63 sides by Patton, and the rest, appended to each disc, are recordings by other artists and are believed to have featured Patton, playing and singing or just playing, and people who were featured on Patton's sides; the latter two groups include Son House, Louise Johnson, Henry "Son" Sims, and Willie Brown, with the Big Delta Four filling out the last disc. And these sides offer some fascinating sounds, including killer tracks by Son House in his prime, and oddities like Brown's "Future Blues," which lifts part of its content from Jimmie Rodgers' repertory. The audio is remarkably consistent and, in fact, the whole set is so rewarding, that it raises an interesting notion -- might JSP or another enterprising label consider doing a series of Paramount Records boxes, assembling the surviving sides, blues, gospel, or whatever, in chronological order, as Bear Family did with Sun Records a few years back? ~ Bruce Eder

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Associated Artists and Works

James, Skip
Jefferson, Blind Lemon
Peyton on Patton ~ The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/26/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : JSPCD 7702
Music Label Name Label : JSP (UK)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00788065770228

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