Complete Recordings 1929-1934 CD (2002)

Artist: Charley Patton

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Label Jsp Records
SKU 60569667
UPC 788065770228
UPC 14 00788065770228
Format CD
Release Date 9/24/2002
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Author Charley Patton
Compilation Appearance Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Compilation Appearance American Roots Music
Compilation Appearance Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Warming By The Devils Fire
Compilation Appearance Back To The Crossroads: Roots Of Robe
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To The Blues
Compilation Appearance Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are M
Compilation Appearance Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Shortcut To The Grave
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters
Compilation Appearance Slide Guitar:bottles Knives Steel
Associated Artist/Work James, Skip
Associated Artist/Work Jefferson, Blind Lemon
Technical Info
CatalogID JSPCD 7702
Lable Name JSP (UK)
Released 08/26/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 5
SPARE Code n/a
Length 284m : 35s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00788065770228
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Remasterer: Charley Patton.
Liner Note Author: Ray Templeton.
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).
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
Disc 1
1 Pony Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 1),Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone,Some Summer Day,Dry Well Blues
2 Spoonful Blues, A,I Shall Not Be Moved,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),Bird Nest Bound,Moon Going Down
3 Down The Dirt Road Blues,High Water Everywhere Part 1,Jim Lee: Part 1,Future Blues,We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun
4 Prayer Of Death Part 1,High Water Everywhere Part 2,Jim Lee: Part 2,M & O Blues,Moaner Let's Go Down In The Valley
5 Prayer Of Death Part 2,I Shall Not Be Moved,Mean Black Cat Blues,Walkin' Blues,Jesus Got His Arms Around Me
6 Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues,Rattlesnake Blues,Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker),My Black Mama Part 1,God Won't Forsake His Own
7 Banty Rooster Blues,Going To Move To Alabama,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),My Black Mama Part 2,I'll Be Here
8 Tom Rushen Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 2),When Your Way Gets Dark,Preachin' The Blues Part 1,Where Was Eve Sleeping?
9 It Won't Be Long,Joe Kirby,Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone - (take 2),Preachin' The Blues Part 2,I Know My Time Ain't Long
10 Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama),Frankie And Albert,Heart Like Railwood Steel,Dry Spell Blues Part 1,Watch And Pray
11 Pea Vine Blues,Magnolia Blues,Circle Round The Moon,Dry Spell Blues Part 2,High Sheriff Blues
12 Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues,Devil Sent The Rain Blues,You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die,All Night Long Blues - (take 1),Stone Pony Blues
13 Lord, I'm Discouraged,Runnin' Wild Blues,Be True, Be True Blues,On the Wall,Jersey Bull Blues
14 I'm Goin' Home,Some Happy Day,Farrell Blues,All Night Long Blues - (take 2),Hang It On The Wall
15 Snatch It And Grab It,Mean Black Moan,Tell Me Man Blues,By The Moon And Stars,34 Blues
16 Rag Blues, A,Green River Blues,Come Back Corrina,Long Ways From Home,Love My Stuff
17 How Come Mama Blues,That's My Man,Poor Me
18 Voice Throwin' Blues,Honey Dripper Blues: No. 2,Revenue Man Blues
19 Eight Hour Woman,Troubled 'Bout My Mother
20 Nickel's Worth Of Liver Blues: No 2,Oh Death
21 Yellow Bee
22 Mind Reader Blues
Disc 2
1 Pony Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 1),Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone,Some Summer Day,Dry Well Blues
2 Spoonful Blues, A,I Shall Not Be Moved,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),Bird Nest Bound,Moon Going Down
3 Down The Dirt Road Blues,High Water Everywhere Part 1,Jim Lee: Part 1,Future Blues,We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun
4 Prayer Of Death Part 1,High Water Everywhere Part 2,Jim Lee: Part 2,M & O Blues,Moaner Let's Go Down In The Valley
5 Prayer Of Death Part 2,I Shall Not Be Moved,Mean Black Cat Blues,Walkin' Blues,Jesus Got His Arms Around Me
6 Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues,Rattlesnake Blues,Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker),My Black Mama Part 1,God Won't Forsake His Own
7 Banty Rooster Blues,Going To Move To Alabama,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),My Black Mama Part 2,I'll Be Here
8 Tom Rushen Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 2),When Your Way Gets Dark,Preachin' The Blues Part 1,Where Was Eve Sleeping?
9 It Won't Be Long,Joe Kirby,Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone - (take 2),Preachin' The Blues Part 2,I Know My Time Ain't Long
10 Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama),Frankie And Albert,Heart Like Railwood Steel,Dry Spell Blues Part 1,Watch And Pray
11 Pea Vine Blues,Magnolia Blues,Circle Round The Moon,Dry Spell Blues Part 2,High Sheriff Blues
12 Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues,Devil Sent The Rain Blues,You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die,All Night Long Blues - (take 1),Stone Pony Blues
13 Lord, I'm Discouraged,Runnin' Wild Blues,Be True, Be True Blues,On the Wall,Jersey Bull Blues
14 I'm Goin' Home,Some Happy Day,Farrell Blues,All Night Long Blues - (take 2),Hang It On The Wall
15 Snatch It And Grab It,Mean Black Moan,Tell Me Man Blues,By The Moon And Stars,34 Blues
16 Rag Blues, A,Green River Blues,Come Back Corrina,Long Ways From Home,Love My Stuff
17 How Come Mama Blues,That's My Man,Poor Me
18 Voice Throwin' Blues,Honey Dripper Blues: No. 2,Revenue Man Blues
19 Eight Hour Woman,Troubled 'Bout My Mother
20 Nickel's Worth Of Liver Blues: No 2,Oh Death
21 Yellow Bee
22 Mind Reader Blues
Disc 3
1 Pony Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 1),Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone,Some Summer Day,Dry Well Blues
2 Spoonful Blues, A,I Shall Not Be Moved,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),Bird Nest Bound,Moon Going Down
3 Down The Dirt Road Blues,High Water Everywhere Part 1,Jim Lee: Part 1,Future Blues,We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun
4 Prayer Of Death Part 1,High Water Everywhere Part 2,Jim Lee: Part 2,M & O Blues,Moaner Let's Go Down In The Valley
5 Prayer Of Death Part 2,I Shall Not Be Moved,Mean Black Cat Blues,Walkin' Blues,Jesus Got His Arms Around Me
6 Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues,Rattlesnake Blues,Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker),My Black Mama Part 1,God Won't Forsake His Own
7 Banty Rooster Blues,Going To Move To Alabama,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),My Black Mama Part 2,I'll Be Here
8 Tom Rushen Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 2),When Your Way Gets Dark,Preachin' The Blues Part 1,Where Was Eve Sleeping?
9 It Won't Be Long,Joe Kirby,Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone - (take 2),Preachin' The Blues Part 2,I Know My Time Ain't Long
10 Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama),Frankie And Albert,Heart Like Railwood Steel,Dry Spell Blues Part 1,Watch And Pray
11 Pea Vine Blues,Magnolia Blues,Circle Round The Moon,Dry Spell Blues Part 2,High Sheriff Blues
12 Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues,Devil Sent The Rain Blues,You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die,All Night Long Blues - (take 1),Stone Pony Blues
13 Lord, I'm Discouraged,Runnin' Wild Blues,Be True, Be True Blues,On the Wall,Jersey Bull Blues
14 I'm Goin' Home,Some Happy Day,Farrell Blues,All Night Long Blues - (take 2),Hang It On The Wall
15 Snatch It And Grab It,Mean Black Moan,Tell Me Man Blues,By The Moon And Stars,34 Blues
16 Rag Blues, A,Green River Blues,Come Back Corrina,Long Ways From Home,Love My Stuff
17 How Come Mama Blues,That's My Man,Poor Me
18 Voice Throwin' Blues,Honey Dripper Blues: No. 2,Revenue Man Blues
19 Eight Hour Woman,Troubled 'Bout My Mother
20 Nickel's Worth Of Liver Blues: No 2,Oh Death
21 Yellow Bee
22 Mind Reader Blues
Disc 4
1 Pony Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 1),Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone,Some Summer Day,Dry Well Blues
2 Spoonful Blues, A,I Shall Not Be Moved,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),Bird Nest Bound,Moon Going Down
3 Down The Dirt Road Blues,High Water Everywhere Part 1,Jim Lee: Part 1,Future Blues,We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun
4 Prayer Of Death Part 1,High Water Everywhere Part 2,Jim Lee: Part 2,M & O Blues,Moaner Let's Go Down In The Valley
5 Prayer Of Death Part 2,I Shall Not Be Moved,Mean Black Cat Blues,Walkin' Blues,Jesus Got His Arms Around Me
6 Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues,Rattlesnake Blues,Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker),My Black Mama Part 1,God Won't Forsake His Own
7 Banty Rooster Blues,Going To Move To Alabama,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),My Black Mama Part 2,I'll Be Here
8 Tom Rushen Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 2),When Your Way Gets Dark,Preachin' The Blues Part 1,Where Was Eve Sleeping?
9 It Won't Be Long,Joe Kirby,Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone - (take 2),Preachin' The Blues Part 2,I Know My Time Ain't Long
10 Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama),Frankie And Albert,Heart Like Railwood Steel,Dry Spell Blues Part 1,Watch And Pray
11 Pea Vine Blues,Magnolia Blues,Circle Round The Moon,Dry Spell Blues Part 2,High Sheriff Blues
12 Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues,Devil Sent The Rain Blues,You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die,All Night Long Blues - (take 1),Stone Pony Blues
13 Lord, I'm Discouraged,Runnin' Wild Blues,Be True, Be True Blues,On the Wall,Jersey Bull Blues
14 I'm Goin' Home,Some Happy Day,Farrell Blues,All Night Long Blues - (take 2),Hang It On The Wall
15 Snatch It And Grab It,Mean Black Moan,Tell Me Man Blues,By The Moon And Stars,34 Blues
16 Rag Blues, A,Green River Blues,Come Back Corrina,Long Ways From Home,Love My Stuff
17 How Come Mama Blues,That's My Man,Poor Me
18 Voice Throwin' Blues,Honey Dripper Blues: No. 2,Revenue Man Blues
19 Eight Hour Woman,Troubled 'Bout My Mother
20 Nickel's Worth Of Liver Blues: No 2,Oh Death
21 Yellow Bee
22 Mind Reader Blues
Disc 5
1 Pony Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 1),Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone,Some Summer Day,Dry Well Blues
2 Spoonful Blues, A,I Shall Not Be Moved,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),Bird Nest Bound,Moon Going Down
3 Down The Dirt Road Blues,High Water Everywhere Part 1,Jim Lee: Part 1,Future Blues,We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun
4 Prayer Of Death Part 1,High Water Everywhere Part 2,Jim Lee: Part 2,M & O Blues,Moaner Let's Go Down In The Valley
5 Prayer Of Death Part 2,I Shall Not Be Moved,Mean Black Cat Blues,Walkin' Blues,Jesus Got His Arms Around Me
6 Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues,Rattlesnake Blues,Jesus Is A-Dying (Bed Maker),My Black Mama Part 1,God Won't Forsake His Own
7 Banty Rooster Blues,Going To Move To Alabama,Elder Green Blues - (take 2),My Black Mama Part 2,I'll Be Here
8 Tom Rushen Blues,Hammer Blues - (take 2),When Your Way Gets Dark,Preachin' The Blues Part 1,Where Was Eve Sleeping?
9 It Won't Be Long,Joe Kirby,Some Of These Days I'll Be Gone - (take 2),Preachin' The Blues Part 2,I Know My Time Ain't Long
10 Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama),Frankie And Albert,Heart Like Railwood Steel,Dry Spell Blues Part 1,Watch And Pray
11 Pea Vine Blues,Magnolia Blues,Circle Round The Moon,Dry Spell Blues Part 2,High Sheriff Blues
12 Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues,Devil Sent The Rain Blues,You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die,All Night Long Blues - (take 1),Stone Pony Blues
13 Lord, I'm Discouraged,Runnin' Wild Blues,Be True, Be True Blues,On the Wall,Jersey Bull Blues
14 I'm Goin' Home,Some Happy Day,Farrell Blues,All Night Long Blues - (take 2),Hang It On The Wall
15 Snatch It And Grab It,Mean Black Moan,Tell Me Man Blues,By The Moon And Stars,34 Blues
16 Rag Blues, A,Green River Blues,Come Back Corrina,Long Ways From Home,Love My Stuff
17 How Come Mama Blues,That's My Man,Poor Me
18 Voice Throwin' Blues,Honey Dripper Blues: No. 2,Revenue Man Blues
19 Eight Hour Woman,Troubled 'Bout My Mother
20 Nickel's Worth Of Liver Blues: No 2,Oh Death
21 Yellow Bee
22 Mind Reader Blues

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