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GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Jul 00 - 10:57 AM
Whistle Stop 13 Jul 00 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,Casey 13 Jul 00 - 09:56 AM
dwditty 13 Jul 00 - 07:14 AM
dwditty 13 Jul 00 - 07:03 AM
GeorgeH 13 Jul 00 - 06:51 AM
GUEST,grateful at work 13 Jul 00 - 06:18 AM
Lepus Rex 13 Jul 00 - 01:22 AM
WyoWoman 13 Jul 00 - 12:27 AM
Sandy Paton 13 Jul 00 - 12:22 AM
WyoWoman 12 Jul 00 - 11:44 PM
ddw 12 Jul 00 - 10:28 PM
Guy Wolff 12 Jul 00 - 10:11 PM
Stewie 12 Jul 00 - 08:09 PM
Peter T. 12 Jul 00 - 04:50 PM
Mooh 12 Jul 00 - 04:06 PM
GUEST 12 Jul 00 - 02:34 PM
Steve Latimer 12 Jul 00 - 02:28 PM
Doctor John 12 Jul 00 - 02:06 PM
Wesley S 12 Jul 00 - 11:24 AM
dwditty 12 Jul 00 - 10:17 AM
Sean Belt 12 Jul 00 - 08:39 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 12 Jul 00 - 08:31 AM
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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 10:57 AM

There is a list of 75 "essential" recordings on the Harry's Blues Lyrics page (link in Max's links at the top of the page) It includes the followng compliations (was in chart form so I don't know how th formatting will come out)
RtS
Various artists Alligator Records-25th Anniversary Collection Alligator 110/111 contemporary 2 40 Various artists Blues Masters, Vol. 2: Post-War Chicago Blues Rhino R2-71122 Chicago 1 41 Various artists Blues Masters, Vol. 3: Texas Blues Rhino R2-71123 Texas 1 42 Various artists Blues Masters, Vol. 11: Classic Blues Women Rhino R2-71134 classic female 1 43 Various artists Chess Blues MCA 9340 Chicago 4 441 Various artists Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940 to 19941 Smithsonian Collection 110 various styles 4 451 Various artists The Blues: Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers1 Smithsonian Collection 101 various styles 4 46 Various artists Trouble in Mind: Original Blues Standards Indigo 2079 various style


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 10:39 AM

As Steve Latimer mentioned, the blues is a big and multi-faceted category. For electric Chicago blues, a personal favorite is BB King: Live At The Regal.


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: GUEST,Casey
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 09:56 AM

The Platinum Collection BLUES,BLUES,BLUES

is a great collection. It includes Joe Turner, Tampa Red, Robert Johnson, on and on. I picked it up for about $10.

Also very good is The Slide Guitar Bottlers,Knives &Steel

Have fun! Casey


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: dwditty
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 07:14 AM

Some others to look for:
Lil Johnson (Never Let Your Left Hand Know), Memphis Minnie, Henry Thomas (Fishin' Blues), Blind Willie Johnson (Wow), King Solomon Hill, Tommy Johnson (Canned Heat0, Skip James (Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues), Big Boy Crudup, Robert Pete Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Peetie Wheatstraw, Roosevelt Sykes, Speckled Red, Hi Henry Brown, Yank Rachel, Frank Stokes, Furry Lewis,....

Aren't you glad you asked? I guess the point is, pick up a good sampler, give it a listen. Ignore the noise of that "old scratchy sound" and some really amazing music will come through.

dw


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: dwditty
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 07:03 AM

Hey Rex, if it's archaic-sounding field recordings, then we have to inlude Sam Charters' 1958 field recordings of Joseph Spence. While not blues, the guitar playing will blow anyone away. Warning: don't try to sing along.

dw


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: GeorgeH
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 06:51 AM

If you need to ask the question, and want something more recent rather than original (in the historical sense) I'd certainly recommend Martin Simpson's "Smoke and Mirrors" CD. Outstanding in its own right, he made it as a tribute to his blues influences (many of whom have been recommended above) and an indication of where they've taken him.

Then his recording company screwed up, and embarassed Martin, by getting a lot of the credits wrong. But that's another story.

G.


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: GUEST,grateful at work
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 06:18 AM

thanks for all the suggestions. Will look through them at home later. V.Grateful


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 01:22 AM

Personally, I'd recommend starting with the oldest, rawest, most archaic-sounding field recordings you can find of rural black folk music. I think it would give one a better understanding of the music and it's history to start like that, and then move forward to more modern sounds. A series of recordings that I really love (and recommend to boredatwork) is the 'Deep River of Song' series on Rounder.

Or maybe I'm just babbling because dwditty used EVERY SINGLE ONE of my planned recommendations, hehehe... Oh, wait. I like Victoria Spivey a lot, too.

---Lepus_Rex


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: WyoWoman
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 12:27 AM

Good thinkin,' Sandy.

ww


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 13 Jul 00 - 12:22 AM

For women: I Can't Be Satisfied, Volumes 1 & 2 from YAZOO (part of Shanachie Entertainment). I also like Roots of Robert Johnson, also on YAZOO as a sampler. Camsco has these, so check 'em out in the Mudcat Shop and keep it in the family.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: WyoWoman
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 11:44 PM

I have several compilation CDs from the House of Blues, which I like a lot, especially for someone just getting his/her feet wet. Lots of different artists and style and you can see what suits you. I especially like the two "Essential Women in Blues" CDs -- KoKo Taylor, Ida cox, Ruth Brown, Alberta Hunter, Etta James, Sippie Wallace, Big Maybelle, etc., etc.

although the site seems awfully damned busy and full of eye candy, I think you can order the CDs from here:

House of Blues

Have mercy and say 'yeah,'

WW


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: ddw
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 10:28 PM

Didn't see mention of a couple of my favorites — Josh White and Bukka White. And if you're not limited to blues on guitar, anything by James Cotton is worthwhile. I've got his Livin' The Blues CD loaded up in the car right now and love it every time it comes up.

david


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 10:11 PM

Robert Johnson is always at the top of my list.. I like the above mentioned.I learned of Missisipy Fred Macdowel in these threads when asking who everyone liked for playing slide.. His name came up alot for good reasons.. All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Stewie
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 08:09 PM

For the early stuff, Proper Records has a 4CD box set overview with a 40 page booklet: Various Artists 'Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology of Blues Classics and Rarities' Properbox 7. As the blurb says: 'From barrel house to boogie, from vaudeville to the delta, the enclosed 100 tracks depict the first 20 years of recorded blues history. From cast iron classics to the rarest of the rare tracks, here are some blues you need'. It is not as good as their excellent western swing box set ('Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys'), but there are some great recordings, particularly on the first 3 discs. However, the final CD in the set is rather disappointing, with far too many Johnny Temple pieces for my liking. If you can get it cheap, it's well worth having.

Peter T., what are the details of the Columbia/Legacy 4CD set to which you refer? I have the wonderful 1992 4CD box set: Various Artists: 'Roots N'Blues - The Retrospective 1925-1950' Columbia/Legacy C4K 47911. However, it can't be the same as the set you are talking about - it covers both white and black traditions and its first CD ends with Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers. I thought the Roots N' Blues series had ground to a halt, so I would be very interested to know the details of your set.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Peter T.
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 04:50 PM

The Columbia series (Roots and Blues) is still the best I think -- there is now a four volume box set. The first in the series (Vol. 1, that ends with Son House' Death Letter Blues, redone in the 1960's) is my favourite. If you want real old delta blues, Yazoo's Friends of Charley Patton is pretty good (and then there is Robert Johnson all on his lonesome).

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Mooh
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 04:06 PM

Good ideas above. Try the Alligator Records compilations too. Mooh.


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 02:34 PM

You might want to try a blues CD sampler click here for some examples. That way you can narrow your choices down according to style, e.g., country blues vs. urban blues, etc...and then you'll get a representative cross-section of artists within that style.

http://www.idsonline.com/delmark/jrm.samplers.htm


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 02:28 PM

There are some excellent suggestions here, but I the term Blues encompasses a lot of various styles defined mostly by era. If you are a newcomer to blues you might want to start with the Chicago Blues of the 50's and 60's. This tends to be electric, (Muddy Waters invented electricity) with a full band. I would recommend any of the Chess 50th Anniversary Cd's, probably starting with both Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson.

A better idea might be to tune into CIUT on Monday's at 6:00 and listen to Let the Good Times Roll, a very good blues show that plays all styles of Blues. It is available online (can someone blueclickything it?)and is followed by Rick Fielding's Acoustic Workshop where it's not unusual to hear a lot of the acoustic Blues greats listed by other posters. (Rick introduced me to Rev. Gary Davis's music) This way you can write down names of some of the artists that you like and can start your blues collection.

Steve


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Doctor John
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 02:06 PM

Mississipi John Hurt and Lead Belly are songsters rather than pure bluesmen but I'm sure you'll find their music wonderful. For the raw stuff try Blind Lemon Jefferson. I'd certainly go along with Blind Blake and Blind Willie McTell. Try Furry Lewis too. McGhee and Terry and Broonzy are excellent but I heard a lot of them in my younger days. Lonnie Johnson is a very smooth performer who crossed many boundaries. I really like the exciting work of Blind Boy Fuller especially that with Sonny Terry. A good CD was "Bluesville" (ACE CDCH247) but may not be available now. Dr John


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Wesley S
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 11:24 AM

Anything by Mississippi John Hurt is worthwhile.


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: dwditty
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 10:17 AM

Missippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, Scrapper Blackwell, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, of course - Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Mance Lipscomb, Blind Blake, Robert Wilkins, Son House, Pink Anderson, Tampa Red, Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Besse Smith, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Kokomo Arnold, Leadbelly, any of the Willie Browns, ......

Columbia put out several CDs with lots of this stuff on it.

dw


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: Sean Belt
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 08:39 AM

You just can't go wrong with anything by Mississppi John Hurt, Son House, or most any of Muddy Waters' catalogue.

- Sean


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Subject: RE: which Blues CD
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 08:31 AM

Too many favourites! However Bessie Smith, Leadbelly and Robert Johnson would be a good start. There are many good compilations around in cheapish box sets which would give a broad spread of artists which you could use as a way in & then to pick the ones you like. There was a Paul Oliver compilation ?"Story of the Blues" on four LPs which has probably made it to CD and there are collections called things like "The Great Women Blues singers" , "Chicago Blues" etc. around, some of them very cheap. I have a particular weakness for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Mississippi Fred McDowell, but Big Bill Broonzy,Rev Gary Davis,Elmore James and Blind Blake are also essentials and favourites with many other 'Catters, that's before we get started on the newer guys....
Come on, Max, Stewie et al., before I list my entire collection!
Rts (White boy [boy?] lost in the blues).


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Subject: which Blues CD
From: GUEST,bored at work
Date: 12 Jul 00 - 05:31 AM

I am going to buy some Blues music but do not know which artist to try first> Any suggestions much appreciated
Bored


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