Live (Bonus Tracks) (Live) CD (2002)

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Label Vanguard Records
SKU 60542514
UPC 015707970228
UPC 14 00015707970228
Format CD
Release Date 4/2/2002
Author Mississippi Joh Hurt
Associated Artist/Work Block, Rory
Associated Artist/Work Hopkins, Lightnin'
Associated Artist/Work House, Son
Associated Artist/Work Lightnin' Hopkins
Technical Info
Producer Tom Vickers (Compilation)
CatalogID 79702
Lable Name Vanguard
Released 04/02/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 78m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00015707970228
Album Notes and Credits
Recorded at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio on April 15, 1965 and at the Newport Folk Festival Workshop, Newport, Rhode Island in 1965. Includes liner notes by Billy Altman.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Mississippi John Hurt's vocal and guitar style are always easy on the ears. Unlike a number of Delta stylists with their high-pitched voices and slashing slide guitars, Hurt's approach to country blues is immediately accessible. Recorded (for the most part) at Oberlin College in 1965, Live captures Hurt a couple of years after his rediscovery and one year before his death. He kicks off with several spirituals, including "I Shall Not Be Moved" and "Nearer My God to Thee." As Billy Altman points out in the liner notes, religious material was often excluded from studio recordings because no one believed it marketable. The remainder of Live consists of folk-blues, from "Salty Dog Blues" to "Coffee Blues" to "Ain't Nobody's Business." Hurt's finger-style guitar reminds one of Elizabeth Cotton and has more in common with the Piedmont players in general than those of his Mississippi home. Perhaps this connection helps explain why Hurt, who is considered primarily a bluesman, covered so many traditional folk songs. Indeed, the inclusion of songs like "C.C. Rider" also connects him to that other great straddler of folk and blues, Leadbelly. The last three tracks -- "Hop Joint," "Trouble, I've Had It All My Days," and "Spike Driver Blues" -- originate from the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 and fit in well with the other material. Fans will thank their Maker that Tom Hoskins traveled to Mississippi in 1963 to find out if Hurt was still among the living. Otherwise, excellent recordings like Live would've never been made. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Disc 1
1 Here I Am, Oh Lord, Send Me
2 I Shall Not Be Moved
3 Nearer My God To Thee
4 Baby What's Wrong With You
5 Ain't Nobody's Business
6 Salty Dog Blues
7 Coffee Blues
8 Avalon, My Home Town
9 Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
10 Since I've Laid My Burden Down
11 Sliding Delta
12 Monday Morning Blues
13 Richland Women Blues
14 Candy Man
15 Stagolee
16 My Creole Belle
17 C.C. Rider
18 Spanish Fandango
19 Talking Casey
20 Chicken
21 You Are My Sunshine
22 Hop Joint - (previously unreleased)
23 Trouble, I've Had It All My Days - (previously unreleased)
24 Spike Driver Blues - (previously unreleased)

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