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Beginner's Guide to the Blues

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
    2. Whoopin' the Blues - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee/Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
    3. Frankie & Albert - Mississippi John Hurt
    4. That's All Right - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
    5. Walkin' the Blues - Son House
    6. Good Morning Blues - Leadbelly
    7. Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
    8. Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell
    9. High Water Everywhere - Charley Patton
    10. Rocks in My Bed - Lonnie Johnson
    11. Fixin' to Die Blues - Bukka White
    12. Blues Before Sunrise - Leroy Carr/Scrapper Blackwell
    13. Good Morning Judge - Furry Lewis
    14. Sittin' on the Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks
    15. Katie Mae - Lightnin' Hopkins
    16. I Be's Trouble/I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
    17. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Blind Lemon Jefferson
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
    2. Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
    3. This Is Hip - John Lee Hooker
    4. (They Call It) Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
    5. Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson
    6. Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King
    7. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
    8. My Babe - Little Walter
    9. Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
    10. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
    11. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
    12. Bad Luck Blues - Albert King
    13. Walkin' by Myself - Jimmy Rogers
    14. Driftin' Blues - Charles Brown (previously unreleased)
    15. Baby Don't You Wanna Come Home - Buddy Guy
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Rollin' and Tumblin' - R.L. Burnside
    2. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning - Corey Harris
    3. Set You Free - The Black Keys
    4. Queen Bee - Taj Mahal/Toumani Diabat/Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate
    5. Smoking Gun - Robert Cray
    6. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day - Rory Block
    7. Mr Blues - Mem Shannon
    8. Born in Louisiana - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
    9. Push I Need, The - Shemekia Copeland
    10. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - Kelly Joe Phelps
    11. Ice Pick - Albert Collins
    12. Out of the Dark - Walter "Wolfman" Washington
    13. Blues Got Me Again - Charlie Musselwhite
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 018

  • Credits
    ProducerLarry Sloven; Bruce Bromberg

    This three-disc, 45-track anthology is intended to be a casual listener's first exposure to American blues, from Robert Johnson onwards.
    Liner Note Author: Nigel Williamson.
    Nascente's three-disc blues box set is a pretty useful introduction to the blues mainly because of the way it is set up, with the first disc featuring country blues selections, most of them from the 1920s and '30s, followed by a disc of electric urban blues, drawn mainly from the '50s, and a last disc of contemporary performers who are attempting to play and further define the blues in the 21st century. Notable tracks on the first two discs include Robert Johnson's "Crossroad Blues," Charley Patton's "High Water Everywhere," Bukka White's "Fixin' to Die Blues," Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," and Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City," all of which show the blues as a vital and dynamic form. The third disc here, however, has the feel of a museum with beautiful, perfectly arranged exhibits, and while a track like Kelly Joe Phelps' version of "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues," for instance, is quite stunning; there is something studied about it, a trait not found in Skip James' original treatment of the song. Somewhere along the line the blues became a music to study and reinterpret, which is fine, but it leads to a very different place than Charley Patton stomping his feet and roaring out his songs at a Saturday night juke. In the end it's a matter of utility, and the blues will survive either way, one suspects, because it is so fundamentally simple to grasp and play, and adorned or unadorned, studied or not, it's still going to be the blues. ~ Steve Leggett

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