CD The Great Bluesmen at Newport '59 (CD 161430),
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The Great Bluesmen at Newport '59
1. Midnight Boogie - Robert Pete Williams
2. Levee Camp Blues - Robert Pete Williams
3. My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
4. Tupelo - John Lee Hooker/Bill Lee
5. Bus Station Blues - John Lee Hooker/Bill Lee
6. Son Blues - Son House
7. Pony Blues - Son House
8. Mailman Blues - Sleepy John Estes
9. Clean up at Home - Sleepy John Estes
10. Hey Rattler / Oh My Lord - Doc Reese
11. Sliding Delta - Mississippi John Hurt
12. Trouble, I've Had It All My Days - Mississippi John Hurt
13. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - Skip James
14. Illinois Blues - Skip James
15. Death Don't Have No Mercy - Rev. Gary Davis
16. Catfish Blues - Willie Doss
17. I Had a Woman - Willie Doss
18. Lord, I'm Going Down South - Mississippi Fred McDowell
19. If the River Was Whiskey - Mississippi Fred McDowell
20. Cotton Field Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins/Samuel Lay
21. Shake That Thing - Lightnin' Hopkins/Samuel Lay
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 77/78
Inlcudes liner notes by Samuel Charters.
2 LPs on 1 CD.
This two-LP, single-CD compilation offers up 21 songs recorded live between 1959 and 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival. This is a killer selection of cuts by rediscovered '30s blues legends, many rising to the occasion to perform in front of thousands of people at once. A lot of comebacks and late-in-life careers were sparked by the performances captured on this CD, which is essential listening for anyone who cares about the blues.
Robert Pete Williams, playing his first concert outside Louisiana gave a performance so powerful, energetic, and dexterous, that he built a new career while still a relatively young man at the age of 40. Everyone who has heard Son House's album on Columbia and wondered if they were missing something might better look to the performance on this CD. With Mance Lipscomb accompanying him, the legendary slide player provides a good look at what his playing and singing were like in his prime. Mississippi John Hurt, who made some great records during this era, was at his best working in front of an audience, and had done so in Mississippi for decades. He gives a devastatingly nimble performance on this concert disc, both in his singing and playing. Similarly, Skip James launched a whole new career for himself with his performance on "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" and "Illinois Blues." Willie Doss appears to have gotten not too much further than his Newport performances, fine though they were, but the Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell both reignited their commercial careers with the work heard here. Rounding out the set are contributions from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins, working musicians for decades up to that time, who were simply playing very big outdoor gigs. ~ Bruce Eder
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