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Henry Thomas - Texas Worried Blues 1927-1929
Henry Thomas
Texas Worried Blues 1927-1929
3LP | 2018 | US | Original (Yazoo)
33,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
One of the earliest blues performers of the pre-war era, and an offspring of a family of freed slaves, Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas was one of the most influential, but also one of the most enigmatic practitioners of the blues genre. Much of Thomas' life was un-chronicled by historians (The exact date of his death is still a point of contention) except to say that much of his life he lived as a drifter, making his living by performing on street corners and for railway employees. Though his personal life is still shrouded in mystery, his music remains significant, so many decades later. Thomas stood out from his peers primarily by the way he strummed his guitar; as one would strum a banjo. His songs emphasized dance rhythm over complex picking, and often utilized instruments unorthodox to blues music, such as the Deep South folk instrument the quills. This sound proved to be instrumental in the development of the Texas blues sound, and would be his trademark across the 24 sides that he recorded for Vocalion Records, of which only 23 would be released commercially.
Memphis Jug Band - Memphis Jug Band
Mississippi John Hurt - 1928 Sessions
Mississippi John Hurt
1928 Sessions
LP | 2013 | US | Original (Yazoo)
18,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
180 gram pressing!"Across the works of Americana traditionalists like RyCooder and John Fahey, earnest folkies like BruceCockburn and Gillian Welch, and even blues-fusionweirdos like Beck, the sounds and influence ofMississippi John Hurt can be felt. Among his DeltaBlues peers Hurt stood out equally for his gentle andgenial demeanor as his distinct style of blues guitar,which heavily emphasized finger-picking and lyricalnuance, and was intended for dancing to. A legend ofthe genre that might have been condemned toobscurity if not for the folk revival of the 1960s, whichintroduced a wider audience to him and his songs,which would be covered by the likes of Bob Dylan,Jerry Garcia, Taj Mahal, and others.Hurt's most definitive works can be traced backto 1928, when he recorded several singles forOkeh Records, where he would also come into theacquaintance of other blues legends like Blind LemonJefferson and Bessie Smith. These recordings wouldlater become signature songs of his, such as ""SpikeDriver Blues"", ""Stack O' Lee Blues"" and ""AvalonBlues."" The singles were not commercially successfulat the time, but attracted greater success decadeslater, when a younger generation of blues and folkfans would embrace him, allowing him to appear onThe Tonight Show, at the Newport Folk Festival, andtour and perform until his death in 1966. The 1928Sessions, which started it all for Mississippi John, arenow compiled here in their entirety."
Skip James - Complete 1931 Session
Skip James - The Complete 1931 Session
Bo Carter - Banana In Your Fruit Basket - Red Hot Blues 1931 - 1936
Casey Bill Weldon & Kokomo Arnold - Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters Of The 1930S
Blind Willie Johnson - Praise God I'm Satisfied
Hokum Boys (Crumb Cover) - You Can't Get Enough Of That  Stuff
Blind Willie McTell - Blind Willie McTell 1927 - 1935
V.A. - Mississippi Blues 1927 - 1941
V.A. - Casey Bill Weldon / Kokomo Arnold
Charley Patton - Founder Of The Delta Blues
Charley Patton
Founder Of The Delta Blues
2LP | 2011 | US | Original (Yazoo)
30,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"Like so many of his classic blues contemporaries, thelife of Charley Patton is cloaked in mystery. Yet evenamong the legendary bluesmen he frequentlyassociated with, he stands among them, particularlyrevered. (Often referred to by musicologists as one ofthe most important American musicians of the 20thcentury.) A veritable star across the Delta, Patton wasnot just one of the first recorded performers of bluesmusic, but also one of the first successful ones, packingdancehalls, juke joints, and various other venues. Hewould even act as a mentor to the likes of otherlegends, such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, andHowlin' Wolf. Famed for his gravelly vocals, hisversatility, and for his sense of showmanship, Pattonrecorded and performed from the late 1910's until 1934,frequently collaborating with his common-law wife,singer Bertha Lee, his career and life being cut short bya mitral valve disorder.Not long after Patton's death, the label he primarilyrecorded with, Paramount, went out of business. Themetal masters which housed those same recordingswere sold off as scrap, and could not be salvaged,leaving only weathered 78 recordings as evidence ofPatton's legacy. As the Delta Blues revival of the 1960sgot underway, renewed interest in Patton and hisforebears culminated in the release of Founder Of TheDelta Blues, a double-record set which compiled thebest of Patton's recordings with Paramount andVocalion Records across 24 tracks. A definitivecollection, an essential piece of music history, and awindow into the earliest days of the classicblues sound."
Frank Stokes' Dream - The Memphis Blues 1927 - 1931
Frank Stokes' Dream
The Memphis Blues 1927 - 1931
LP | 2011 | US | Original (Yazoo)
15,29 €* 16,99 € -10%
Release:2011 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Though the blues explosion of the 60s broughtmany of the Delta bluesmen newfoundaudiences and appreciation, many were still leftto languish in obscurity. Frank Stokes is onesuch individual. Though a forgotten figurenowadays, Stokes was a fixture of theMississippi blues scene, frequently performingwith other local bluesmen such as GarfieldAkers, Dan Sane, and others. Having performedblues well before it began to flourish in theSouth, Stokes was a consummate professional,and deeply influential to future blues figures,and even the country performer JimmieRodgers, who took stylistic cues from Stokes.His performances were noteworthy for his adeptguitar-playing, his booming, stentorian voice,and for the numerous duets he recorded, whichfeatures subtle vocal and rhythmic interplay.Frank Stokes was largely forgotten among thebigger names that resurfaced after the bluesexplosion, but was eventually unearthed byhistorians and dedicated blues crate diggers.His legacy is captured in Frank Stokes' Dream,which compiles not only some of Stokes' finestworks, but those of the contemporaries heinspired, including recognizable Delta icons likeFurry Lewis, Memphis Minnie, and Cannon'sJug Stompers, just to name a few.
Blind Willie Mctell - The Early Years 1927 - 1933
Blind Willie Mctell
The Early Years 1927 - 1933
LP | 2011 | US | Original (Yazoo)
16,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Like so many other Delta blues musicians of the1930s and 40s, rock music owes a debt of gratitudeto the works of Blind Willie McTell. Considered oneof the finest guitarists and vocalists of the era,noteworthy for his then unheard of usage of a12-string guitar, artists and bands from The AllmanBrothers to The White Stripes to Taj Mahal havelisted the blind bluesman as a key influence. Fromthe start of his career in 1927, McTell cut numeroussingles for Victor Records, and maintained anoteworthy level of popularity in his home of Atlanta,but like many of his contemporaries, his careerskidded to a halt during World War II. McTell leftmusic during the 1950s and later passed of a brainhemmorage in 1959.Not long after his passing would come the Britishblues explosion, which would not only makehousehold names of Eric Clapton and John Mayall,but spark a renewed interest in the material ofclassic bluesmen like McTell. It wasn't long beforeinnumerable collections of such material came intobeing, including The Early Years, which capturesone of McTell's most prolific periods, from 1927 to1933. The singles included in The Early Yearsinclude numerous singles recorded for Victor, aswell as for staple labels of Delta Blues like Okeh,Vocalion, and Columbia. Featuring some of McTell'smost enduring works, including his most famed,"Statesboro Blues", which would famously becovered by The Allman Brothers, Taj Mahal, DeepPurple, and many others.
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