Blues, Classic Female Blues, Piano Blues, East Coast Blues, Pre-War Blues, Country Blues, Delta Blues, Blues Revival, Pre-War Country Blues, Folk Revival, Regional Blues, Acoustic Texas Blues, Pre-War Gospel Blues, Songster, Acoustic Blues, St. Louis Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Piedmont Blues, Early Jazz, Folk-Blues

Album Review

This CD serves as a perfect introduction to pre-war blues for the novice since it contains fine examples of the music of 20 blues artists: Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie Johnson, Bo Carter, Blind Willie McTell, Lonnie Johnson, Charley Patton, Leroy Carr, Josh White, Leadbelly, Peetie Wheatstraw, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams and Son House. Four selections are from the '20s, Son House's "Death Letter" is from 1965, and otherwise the music dates from 1931-1947. The who's who roster includes practically every early great (Tampa Red is missing but Washboard Sam and the first Sonny Boy Williamson appear as sidemen) and, with nine previously unreleased selections (both alternate takes and "new" performances), this CD is an essential purchase for both beginning and veteran collectors alike.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. Match Box Blues
  3. Ain't No Tellin'
  4. Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying
  5. Pig Meat Is What I Crave [#]
  6. Southern Can Is Mine
  7. Low Down St. Louis Blues [#]
  8. Revenue Man Blues
  9. Stormy Night Blues [#]
  10. I Believe I'll Make a Change
  11. Fort Worth and Dallas Blues [#]
  12. Sweet Home Blues [#]
  13. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
  14. Truckin' My Blues Away, No. 2 [#]
  15. Spreadin' Snake Blues [#]
  16. Nothing in Rambling
  17. Fixin' to Die Blues
  18. Hard Day Blues [#]
  19. Don't You Leave Me Here [#]
  20. Death Letter