CD Legend [Mississippi John Hurt] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 144254),
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Legend [Mississippi John Hurt] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Trouble, I've Had It All My Days
    2. Pera Lee
    3. See See Rider
    4. Louis Collins
    5. Coffee Blues
    6. Nobody's Dirty Business
    7. Do Lord Remember Me
    8. Monday Morning Blues
    9. Let the Mermaid's Flirt With Me
    10. Pay Day
    11. Stack-O-Lee
    12. Casey Jones
    13. Frankie and Albert
    14. Stockwell
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611 100

  • Credits
    ProducerThomas Hoskins

    Includes liner notes by Mississippi John Hurt.
    Mississippi John Hurt fans have long had to satisfy themselves with the relatively few available recordings of the folk-blues master. Hurt recorded in the late '20s, then disappeared from public view until the folk revival of the '60s. Thus, a few 78s and a handful of albums from the '60s constituted his entire legacy. That all are wonderful only left fans clamoring for more. Along with MEMORIAL ANTHOLOGY, a two-disc home recording of a 1964 concert, 1997's LEGEND helps to satisfy this need.
    According to the liner notes, LEGEND is "the product of a late-night recording session circa 1963-64." The atmosphere is informal, with Hurt expanding on his more structured studio versions of familiar numbers. Best of all is the seven-minute version of "Stack-O-Lee," which here includes a spoken introduction explaining Stack's motivations (Hurt describes him as "a desperator"). Because of less-than-perfect sound quality and some quirks in performance, LEGEND is not the place to start your Hurt collection. But it will doubtless find a welcome, well-worn spot in the collections of those who have already exhausted the rest of Hurt's wonderful recorded body of work.

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