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Ain't Times Hard: Political and Social Comment In The Blues


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Labor Blues - Tom Dickson
    2. No Dough Blues - Blind Blake
    3. Down And Out Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
    4. Starvation Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
    5. Bad Time Blues - Barbecue Bob
    6. Miss Meal Cramp Blues - Alec Johnson
    7. Shelby County Workhouse Blues - Hambone Willie Newbern
    8. We Sure Got Hard Times - Barbecue Bob
    9. Levee Camp Man Blues - Gene Campbell
    10. Hard Times On Me Blues - Andy Chatman
    11. Tough Times Blues - Charley Jordan
    12. Northern Starvers Are Returning Home - Bo Carter/Charlie McCoy
    13. Hard Times Done Drove Me To Drink - Leroy Carr
    14. Starvation Blues - Charley Jordan
    15. Hard Time Blues - Charlie Spand
    16. Chain Gang Bound - Bumble Bee Slim
    17. Days Of The Weeks Blues - Charley Jordan
    18. Times Has Done Got So Hard - King Solomon Hill
    19. Hard Time Blues - Carrie Edwards
    20. Depression Blues, The - Leroy Carr
    21. Turpentine Blues - Tampa Red
    22. Hard Time Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
    23. DeKalb Chain Gang - Fred McMullen
    24. Hard Time Blues - Buddy Moss
    25. Red Cross Blues - Walter Roland
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Red Cross Man - Lucille Bogan
    2. Coal Mountain Blues - Sonny Scott
    3. Red Cross Blues No.2 - Walter Roland
    4. It's Hard Time - Joe Stone
    5. R.F.C. Blues - Jack Kelly
    6. Red Cross Blues - Walter Davis
    7. Sales Tax - Mississippi Sheiks
    8. Welfare Blues - Joshua White
    9. C.W.A. Blues - Walter Roland
    10. Starvation Farm Blues - Bob Campbell
    11. Charity Blues - Charlie McCoy
    12. Sylvester And His Mule Blues - Memphis Minnie
    13. Providence Help The Poor People - Big Joe Williams
    14. Meat And Bread Blues - Blind Teddy Darby
    15. Hard Time Blues - Lane Hardin
    16. Let's Have A Good Deal - Joe Pullum
    17. Bonus Blues - Joe Pullum
    18. W.P.A. Blues - Casey Bill Weldon
    19. When I Get My Bonus - Peetie Wheatstraw
    20. When I Get My Money - Bumble Bee Slim
    21. I'm Gonna Have My Fun - Bumble Bee Slim
    22. Jungle Man Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
    23. When The Soldiers Get Their Bonus - Bumble Bee Slim
    24. W.P.A. Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
    25. Don't Take Away My P.W.A. - Jimmie Gordon
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Hobo Jungle Blues - Bumble Bee Slim
    2. New Red Cross Blues - Frank "Springback" James
    3. Working For The P.W.A. - Black Ivory King
    4. Government Money - Sleepy John Estes
    5. Working On The Project - Peetie Wheatstraw
    6. Hobo Jungle Blues - Sleepy John Estes
    7. Hard Times Ain't Gone No Where - Lonnie Johnson
    8. I Have Spent My Bonus - Robert Lee McCoy
    9. Relief Blues - Red Nelson
    10. Unemployment Stomp - Big Bill Broonzy
    11. 304 Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
    12. Old Bachelor Blues - Son Bonds
    13. Welfare Blues - Calvin Frazier
    14. Back In My Cell Again - George Curry
    15. Welfare Blues - Speckled Red
    16. C.C.C. Blues - Washboard Sam
    17. Welfare Blues - Sampson Pittman
    18. `29 Blues - Alfred Fields
    19. Charity Blues - Gene Gilmore
    20. Four-O-Three Blues - Lonnie Johnson
    21. Warehouse Man Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
    22. Nothing In Rambling - Memphis Minnie
    23. Hobo Blues - Yank Rachell
    24. Stamp Blues - Tony Hollins
    25. Hard Times Is On Me - Ollie Shepard
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Keep Straight Blues - Guitar Slim/Jelly Belly
    2. Red Cross Store Blues - Clark Terry/Brownie McGhee
    3. Working Man Blues - Guitar Slim/Jelly Belly
    4. Post-War Future Blues - Cousin Joe
    5. Shipyard Woman - Jim Wynn
    6. Living In A Different World - Roosevelt Sykes
    7. Reconversion Blues - Ivory Joe Hunter
    8. Sunny Road - Roosevelt Sykes
    9. Bonus Pay - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
    10. Luxury Tax Blues - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
    11. Unemployment Blues - Smokey Hogg
    12. Hard Times - Smokey Hogg
    13. Stockyard Blues - Floyd Jones
    14. High Cost Low Pay Blues - Ivory Joe Hunter
    15. Homeless Blues - Willie "Long Time" Smith
    16. Inflation Blues - Jack McVea
    17. Strike Blues - L.C. Williams
    18. Strike Blues - John Lee Hooker
    19. Cotton Picking Blues - Big Mama Thornton
    20. Ain't Times Hard - Floyd Jones
    21. Tough Times - John Brim
    22. 22. Depression Blues - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
    23. 23.The Panic's On - Jimmy McCracklin
    24. 24.Things Are So Slow - J.B. Hutto
    25. 25.Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JSP-CD-77109

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    An expansive but reasonably priced compilation from the ever-reliable JSP imprint, AIN"T TIMES HARD collects four discs worth of classic blues sides that focus on themes of economic hardship, political disenfranchisement, and social inequality. The set embraces styles as varied as the syncopated Piedmont blues of Blind Blake, the rowdy medicine show stomp of The Mississippi Sheiks, and the sophisticated piano-led Chicago blues of Leroy Carr. It serves as a first-rate introduction to the varied landscape of American blues, and also as a valuable repository of rare and classic recordings.

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