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Blues Legacy: Lost and Found Series, Vol. 1

  • 1. Every Time I Feel the Spirit - Chris Barber Band/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    2. Feed Me Jesus - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    3. Didn't It Rain - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    4. This Train - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    5. Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air - Chris Barber Band/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    6. Peace in the Valley - Chris Barber Band/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    7. Down by the Riverside - Chris Barber Band/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    8. Old Time Religion - Chris Barber Band/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    9. When the Saints Go Marching In - Chris Barber Band/Ottilie Patterson/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    10. Old Time Religion (Reprise) - Chris Barber Band/Ottilie Patterson/Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    11. Blues Foundation/Midnight Special - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    12. Climbin' on Top of the Hill - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    13. Hooray, Hooray, This Woman Is Killing Me - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    14. Fox Chase - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    15. How Long, How Long Blues - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    16. John Henry - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    17. Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    18. Worried Life Blues - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    19. Callin' Mama Blues - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    20. Betty and Dupree - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    21. When the Saints Go Marching In - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    22. This Little Light of Mine - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
    23. Glory/I'm Going to Walk and Talk with Jesus - Chris Barber Band/Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5067

  • Credits

    Personnel: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Brownie McGhee (vocals, guitar); Sonny Terry (vocals, harmonica); Chris Barber (vocals, trombone); Ottilie Patterson (vocals); Eddie Smith & the Hornets (banjo); Monty Sunshine (clarinet); Patrick Halcox (trumpet); Graham Burbridge (drums).
    Recording information: The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England (12/09/1957-04/??/1958).
    Arrangers: Chris Barber ; Sonny Terry; Brownie McGhee.
    This is the first volume of a series of tapes made in Britain between the late 1950s and mid-'60s, largely of visiting American blues performers, though Britain's Chris Barber Band is also sometimes heard backing the musicians or playing on their own. As these performances were done at a time when British concerts by U.S. blues musicians were rare events, they have considerable historical importance, especially as they helped ignite an interest in the blues in the U.K. that was highly influential on the development of major blues-rock musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. The first installment is about equally divided between sets by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (in Manchester on December 9, 1957) and the great duo of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (in Manchester in April 1958). For all their value as historical documents, it has to be noted that these aren't the ideal representations of these major blues performers, as the sound is decent but not great. In addition, Tharpe is backed on her set by the Chris Barber Band, and while that group did a great deal to popularize jazz and blues in the U.K., they weren't her optimum support unit; sometimes it sounds like a blues-gospel singer backed by a Dixieland jazz outfit, a combination that doesn't ideally suit her style. Still, Tharpe herself is in good voice and spirits on a set including standbys like "This Train," "Peace in the Valley," "Down by the Riverside," "Old Time Religion," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Midnight Special." A few of the tracks are oddities in that they're virtually a cappella, though you can hear some faint instrumentation in the background. Better is Terry & McGhee's portion of the disc, during which they're for the most part singing and playing guitar and harmonica without additional accompaniment. There are better recordings of the duo, but it's good folk-blues, likewise relying on some familiar songs; in fact, they too do "Midnight Special" and "When the Saints Go Marching In," with the Chris Barber Band eventually joining in for the final two numbers. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]armonica player Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee assert themselves as experienced folk-blues storytellers on 'Midnight 'Special' and a dozen more repertory favorites."
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